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DAAD Leadership for Africa Scholarship 2024 | Fully Funded

The German Government is offering DAAD Leadership for Africa Scholarships to interested and qualified Africans willing to pursue a postgraduate degree in German universities.

The DAAD Africa Scholarship is a fully-funded award offering successful candidates a 100% tuition waiver, an annual stipend of €11,208 as well as a monthly rent subsidy.

The scholarship also offers a monthly allowance for accompanying family members (spouse and/or children) as well as yearly study and travel allowances. Successful candidates also have the opportunity to learn the German Language for free during the first year of the programme.

This post will explain all the details you need to know to be able to successfully apply for the DAAD Scholarship opportunity.

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DAAD Leadership for Africa Scholarship Summary

DAAD Leadership for Africa Scholarship Details:

The scholarship programme “Leadership for Africa” (LfA) aims to support the academic qualification and advancement of young refugees and national scholars from Benin, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Mauritania at higher education institutions in Germany.

In times of conflicts and displacement in various African countries, this programme intends to contribute to the education of future leaders, who will be essential for the further development of their home countries.

“Leadership for Africa” offers scholarships for Master’s studies in Germany to qualified applicants in all fields of study except for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Law, Fine Arts and Architecture.

All “Leadership for Africa” scholarship holders benefit from a complementary training programme in good governance, civil society and career development. The mandatory programme must be completed in addition to the regular studies.

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DAAD Leadership for Africa Scholarship Requirements:

To be considered for the DAAD Leadership in Africa Scholarships, you must:

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree at the time of application which qualifies to study for a master’s at an officially recognized university in Germany
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree of at least 2nd class upper division level

The programme targets two groups:
1) Highly qualified refugees who hold refugee status and fulfil the necessary qualifications for Master’s studies in Germany.
Applicants must fulfil the following conditions:

  • Holding refugee status in their host countries, being granted before 2nd of April, 2023
  • Country of asylum must be either Benin, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, or Mauritania
  • Completed Bachelor’s degree at the time of application

2) Highly qualified graduates from Benin, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, or Mauritania who fulfil the necessary qualifications for Master’s studies in Germany.
Applicants must fulfil the following conditions:

  • Citizenship of either Benin, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, or Mauritania
  • Country of residence is Benin, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, or Mauritania
  • Completed Bachelor’s degree at the time of application

Please note:

  • With a Degree in Medicine, you can apply for Public Health or Biomedical Master related programmes only. A Master programme in Medicine is not eligible for funding.
  • For applicants from artistic disciplines and the field of architecture, the DAAD offers subject-specific scholarship programmes (see separate DAAD scholarship offers in the scholarship database).

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DAAD Leadership for Africa Scholarship Duration and Reward

  • German language course (up to 6 months) in Germany before the start of the study programme, including the coverage of the test fees for a German language certificate (TestDaF or DSH test), pocket money and accommodation (only during the language course).
  • Monthly scholarship rate payments of 934 EURO
  • Adequate health, accident, and private/personal liability insurance in Germany
  • Travel allowance
  • Yearly study allowance
  • Additional mandatory training programme LEAD!
  • If applicable, monthly rent subsidy and monthly allowance for accompanying family members (spouse and/or children)

Required Documents for DAAD Leadership for Africa Scholarship

To apply, candidates must be ready to submit the following documents;

  • Online DAAD application form duly completed (available on the DAAD portal)
  • Curriculum vitae (max. 3 pages) containing information about your academic career to date, former scholarships, current address and current or previous employers. (Please use the European specimen form at https://europa.eu/europass/en)
  • Letter of Motivation (1-3 pages) containing a precise description of your academic/professional and personal reasons for the planned study project. Please also read our Important Scholarship Information / Section B, Point 1.
  • DAAD Form “Study course profile” duly completed (please specify 3 Master’s programmes). Please be aware that DAAD does not consider your suggestions of master programmes which charge tuition fees. 
  • Proof of necessary language skills for the desired master programmes. 
  • University degree certificate indicating final grade(s) including transcripts of records for all study years with all individual grades incl. explanation of grading system
  • Copies of your passport/national identification card and copies of your passport’s/national identification card’s biodata page and other documents containing information about you and your current residence status
  • For refugees: UNHCR registration or official proof of asylum by authorities
  • Other documents you think might be of relevance to your application (e.g., certificates of employment and/or internship, proof of former scholarships, extracurricular engagement, recommendation letters, (expired) admissions to a German master programme)

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How To Apply for DAAD Leadership for Africa Scholarship

To apply for the DAAD Leadership for Africa Scholarship, interested and qualified applicants should follow the procedures below;

  • Click on the button below to visit the scholarship application page
  • Register in the DAAD portal
  • Apply online in the DAAD portal 
    • Download and complete the online application form
    • Prepare application documents
    • If necessary, translate documents (unless they are already in German or English).
    • Scan paper documents (except references) and save in PDF format. Please note that you can only upload PDF files to the portal.
    • Upload the completed application form and the other application documents to the portal in PDF format. Translations, if applicable, should be uploaded together with the document issued in the original language.
    • Submit the uploaded application documents online.
  • Applications have to be submitted via the DAAD portal. Applications submitted through other channels or to other authorities will not be considered.
  • Preselected candidates will be invited to a (digital) interview with an independent selection committee of university professors.

Deadline: June 7, 2024

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