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.
Marike Blunck holds an MSc in 'Violence, Conflict and Development' from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. Following her degree she gained practical experience through the Quaker Peace and Social Witness 'Peaceworker' Program, working for the international advocacy organisation Crisis Action in London. Her work focused on the conflicts in Israel/Palestine and Afghanistan. She also worked for CSSP - Berlin Center for Integrative Mediation in Berlin. During her year with Mercator, she will be looking at multi-track peace mediation as a tool to foster participatory political processes in post-conflict settings.