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.
During his fellowship year, Daniel Weimert aims at developing resilience and defence strategies against manipulative disinformation campaigns initiated by state actors. He has gained professional experience concerning the intersection of international politics and digital media during his work at the German Federal Ministry of Defence, the U.S. Embassy Berlin, Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity, and at PR agencies. As co-head of the transatlantic department of the think tank Polis180, Daniel published policy briefs and organized workshops and creative discussion formats. He obtained his master’s degree in Strategic Communications in Berlin and Paris and his bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Communications in Berlin and San Diego.