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.
Emily Meyer studied medicine in Freiburg and Seville with a focus on global health and infectious diseases. Throughout her longstanding commitment to Universites Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) she gained profound expertise in the areas of neglected diseases and access to medicines. For her MD thesis she optimized an approach for a gene therapy for HIV/AIDS based on designer nucleases. She gained professional work experience in German hospitals as well as clinics in Uganda, Tanzania, Cuba and Australia. As a Mercator Fellow, Emily focuses on how sociocultural aspects can be integrated into the control of infectious diseases.