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 Blöcher studied German literature and classics at King’s College London and the Universität Heidelberg, where she passed the state examination to become a teacher. Maria has taught at high schools and universities in Germany, Singapore and the UK, and volunteered for Studies Without Borders and the Asylarbeitskreis [Asylum Task Force], teaching German to refugees. Recently, Maria worked for the Higher Education Unit of the UNHCR in Geneva. As a Mercator Fellow, Maria wants to explore innovative opportunities for providing access to tertiary education for refugees.