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.
Laura Wenz studied Cultural Studies and Aesthetic Communication at the University of Hildesheim and European Studies at the European University Viadrina. She completed semesters abroad at the Université d'Aix-Marseille (France) and the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo (Mexico). Amongst others, Laura gained professional experience in the fields of human rights and prevention of violence at the Heinrich Böll Foundation and several local NGOs in Mexico. Afterwards, she worked at the office of a political party chairwoman and the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford. As a Mercator Fellow, she will focus on Peacebuilding in Post-Conflict States.