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.
Christoph Vogel studied Political Science, African Studies, and Media Studies at Cologne University as well as Peace and Conflict Studies at Makerere University Kampala. He has been working on issues related to armed conflict and humanitarian aid in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Burundi, Haiti, and at the United Nations. Recently, he authored a study entitled Operational Stalemate or Politically Induced Failure? On the Dynamics Influencing Humanitarian Aid in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. During his Mercator Fellowship, he is pursuing a project on humanitarian challenges in the framework of integrated UN peacekeeping missions.