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Study-In-Germany: 2022 DAAD Leadership for Africa Scholarships for African students

The DAAD Leadership for Africa Scholarship has now open application for interested and qualified Africans willing to pursue a postgraduate degree in German universities.

The scholarship is a fully-funded award offering successful candidates a 100% tuition waiver, an annual stipend of €10332 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.

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Scholarship Details:

The scholarship programme “Leadership for Africa” (LfA) aims to support the academic qualification and advancement of young refugees and national scholars from Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Niger and Senegal 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 studies in Germany to qualified applicants in all fields of study except for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Law, 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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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 April 18th, 2022
  • Country of asylum must be either Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Niger or Senegal
  • Completed Bachelor’s degree at the time of application

2) Highly qualified graduates from Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Niger or Senegal who fulfil the necessary qualifications for Master’s studies in Germany.
Applicants must fulfil the following conditions:

  • Citizenship of either Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Niger or Senegal
  • Country of residence is Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Niger or Senegal
  • Completed Bachelor’s degree at the time of application

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Scholarship Duration and Reward

  • If necessary: Language course (2, 4 or 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. 
  • Additional mandatory training programme LEAD!
  • Monthly scholarship rate payments of 861 EURO (10,332 annually)
  • Adequate health, accident, and private/personal liability insurance in Germany
  • Travel allowance
  • Yearly study allowance
  • If applicable, monthly rent subsidy and monthly allowance for accompanying family members (spouse and/or children)

Required Documents

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. This should be taken into consideration while deciding for the master programmes. Please also note the information on how to fill in the form ‘Study course profile’.
  • Proof of necessary language skills for the desired master programmes. Please also read our important information for scholarship applicants / Section A, Point 9.
  • 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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Method of Application

Applications have to be submitted via the DAAD portal. Applications submitted through other channels or to other authorities will not be considered.

The DAAD portal closes at 24.00 hrs. Central European Time (CET) on the last application day.
Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their applications are complete.

A pre-selection will take place based on the submitted application documents. Preselected candidates will be invited to a (digital) interview with an independent selection committee of university professors.

In addition to previous achievements in school and university, language skills and the general motivation, the main selection criterion is a convincing description of the planned studies in Germany and the suitable choice of study programmes in the DAAD form “Study course profile”.

To ensure equal opportunities, social criteria such as special life circumstances, migration background, or students from non-academic families can play a role. Criteria such as social engagement about which you can provide information in the application form are also considered.

Click on the button below to commence your application if you are interested and eligible.

Deadline: June 30, 2022

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