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.
Luisa Seiler studied political science at the University of Freiburg and the Institut d’Etudes Poli-tiques Aix-en-Provence with an emphasis on international relations and migration. She gained first professional experience in the fields of intercultural exchange (at ARTE and the Festival du Monde Arabe de Montréal), as well as international relations and development policy (German Federal Foreign Office and Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institute). Lately, Luisa worked as research associate at the european forum for migration studies. During the fellowship she will focus on the possibilities of tapping professional qualifications of asylum seekers in the EU through a flexibilisation of immigration channels.