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.
Hannes Einsporn studied political science at the Freie Universität Berlin and the University of California, Davis. He then completed a masters degree in refugee and forced migration studies at the University of Oxford. Hannes gained professional experience at the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, DC, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Amman. As a Mercator Fellow, he will focus on the conditions for the sustainable return and reintegration of refugees and internally displaced persons.