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.
Felix Volkmar obtained a bachelor's degree in Political and Administrative Science from the University of Konstanz, after completing a semester abroad at the Science Po Bordeaux in France. He then studied Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Marburg as well as the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. He gained professional experience working in development cooperation in Rwanda, with Reporters without Borders and the KfW Development Bank. As a Mercator Fellow, he will explore the local and regional political economy of human smuggling and work on practicable political solutions.