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.
Leana Podeszfa studied politics and development studies in Nottingham and Oxford. She interned with the International Organisation for Migration on human trafficking and irregular migration. During her studies, she worked for the International Tracing and Message Service of the Red Cross, and as a researcher on deportation for the Fahamu Refugee Programme. Her focus was on what happens to failed asylum seekers after they have been deported. As a Mercator Fellow, she aims to set up a network to monitor human rights violations against failed asylum seekers post-deportation.