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.
Julia Ismar holds a BA in Governance and Public Policy from the University of Passau and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has worked with UN Institutions, political foundations and think tanks in Germany, Israel, Lebanon and Argentina. Before being awarded the Mercator Fellowship, Julia worked in South Sudan, where she carried out research on the governance of the water sector. As part of the fellowship programme, Julia will work on initiatives for equitable and just water governance in Easten Africa, with a special focus on Sudan.