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.
Laura Scheske completed a Master in Biomedical Sciences, specialized in infectious diseases and international public health at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and holds a Bachelor in Liberal Arts & Sciences from University College Utrecht. She gained first work experience at the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), as well as at OneDiagnostics in the Netherlands. During her year as Mercator fellow, she will focus on how climate change prognoses are being integrated into global health policies, and how this is reflected in infectious disease control strategies.