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.
Janina Grabs studied International Politics, Economics and Russian at McGill University in Montreal and Sciences Po Paris and subsequently completed a double Master’s degree in Agricultural and Food Economics in Bonn and Uppsala. She gained professional experience working for several Think Tanks, the NGO Food Secure Canada, and at the German Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva in the area of human rights and humanitarian affairs. During her fellowship, Janina will explore alternative sustainable agricultural methods and their institutional support mechanisms in Europe and Latin America.