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.
Marit Berchner studied environmental policy and planning at the Freie Universität Berlin and the Technische Universität Berlin, and completed semesters abroad at the American University in Cairo and the Université Paris-Sorbonne. Her interest in renewable energy led her to work for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and other institutes. In Tunisia, she worked in the office of the German-Tunisian Energy Partnership. As a Mercator Fellow, she will focus on integrated concepts for sustainable energy access, taking into account water scarcity and climate change.