The Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs annually sponsors 25 German-speaking young professionals and university graduates from all disciplines who are committed to improving the world of tomorrow. During the 12-month programme, Fellows work in two or three international organizations that are active worldwide – non-governmental or non-profit organizations, or business enterprises. The Fellows’ own practical questions serve as their project proposals and determine their workstations anywhere in the world. Seminars are also held on current issues in international cooperation, and to develop their leadership skills and key competencies.
Jannis Pähler vor der Holte, born 1985 in Münster, holds a B.A. in Politics and Administration from the University of Constance and an M.Phil. in Comparative Government from the University of Oxford. He gained first work experience in various university research projects and has interned at the UN Liaison Office with the EU in Brussels and the German Institute for Human Rights in Berlin. Most recently, he worked for a political consulting firm in Berlin. His project focuses on the inclusion of people with disabilities in developing countries.