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.
Maria Tandeck (LL.M.) studied Law, with a focus on International Trade and Security Law at the European University Viadrina and Aberystwyth University. She gained her professional experience in the European Parliament in the fields of education, social and security policy. For the past two years, Maria has worked on the topic of knowledge transfer between Europe and Asia in the field of labor market policy. During her fellowship, she will explore the role of structural, legal and institutional solutions in ensuring a sustainable knowledge transfer. She will focus on the integration of skills development as a development cooperation instrument into the national legal system.