The DAAD has launched its new scholarship programme "Leadership for Africa" with funding from the German Foreign Office. The programme supports  master's degrees at German universities, with the exception of the subjects of human, veterinary and dental medicine, as well as law, art, music and architecture.

Objective

Leadership for Africa offers scholarships for studies in Germany to qualified applicants in all fields of study with the exception of medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, law, the arts and architecture. Public health is open for application in the field of medical studies.

Who can apply?

1) Highly qualified refugees who hold refugee status1 and fulfil the necessary qualifications for Master’s studies in Germany.
Applicants must fulfil the following conditions:

  • Holding refugee status in their host countries
  • Country of asylum has to be either Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda or Sudan
  • Completed Bachelor’s degree at least at the time of arrival in Germany

2) Highly qualified academics from Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda or Sudan.
Applicants must fulfil the following conditions:

  • Citizenship of Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda or Sudan
  • Country of residence is Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda or Sudan at the time of application
  • Completed Bachelor’s degree at least at the time of arrival in Germany

What can be funded?

Scholarship to complete an M.A. or M.Sc. degree in Germany and an accompanying side study programme (mandatory) in good governance, civil society and sustainable project management. This has to be completed in addition to the regular studies.

Duration of the funding

The duration of funding is determined by the standard period of study of the chosen program. In general, Master’s programs require two years of full-time study.

Value

  • 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. Participation in the language course is mandatory.
  • Accompanying study programme
  • Monthly scholarship rate payments of 861 EURO
  • Adequate health, accident and private/personal liability insurance in Germany.
  • Travel allowance.
  • One-off study allowance.

If applicable, family allowance and monthly rent subsidy.

Selection

A pre-selection will take place based on the submitted application documents. Preselected candidate will be invited to an interview with an independent selection committee of university professors in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda or Sudan. Please note: Preselected candidates must present originals of all previously submitted documents at the interview.

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. Equally important will be a reflected answer how the chosen academic field can contribute to the further development of the home country.

Programme Information and Application Deadline

The application deadline has been extended to 23 October 2020!

Start of the scholarship is the German winter term 2021/22.

To the call for application 

If you have further questions please feel free to contact the LfA team on lfa.nairobi@daad.de.

If you need help in navigating the application portal, you are invited to take part in a web seminar on Wednesday 30 September 2020 from 2:00pm to 3:00 pm EAT. To do so, please register here.