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Leadership for Africa • DAAD



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


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.


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.


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.

Application requirements

What requirements must be met?

Successful completion of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree which qualifies to study for a master at an officially recognized

university in Germany.

Not more than 6 years should have passed since the completion of the last academic degree.

Very good English or good German language skills

Notification of admission from the German host university for the desired master study programme; Please note that the applicant

itself is responsible for ensuring to apply for admission at the host university by the due date. If notification of admission or the

application process itself is not yet available at the time of application, it must be subsequently submitted before the scholarshipsupported

study begins. A Scholarship Award Letter from the DAAD is only valid if you have been admitted to a master study

programme at a public German Institute for Higher Education.

Language skills

The language of instruction in study programmes in Germany is usually German, or in international programmes English or German and

English. To be admitted to a programme, one is therefore usually required to submit an appropriate language certificate (e.g. DSH or

TestDaF if the language of instruction is German). The necessary language skills for the desired field of study have to be proven at the latest

by the start of study program. Suitable proof of necessary language skills or the ability to acquire them within the language course has to

be submitted with the application documents. Generally, the possession of necessary language skills will be assumed, if proof of

knowledge of German level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and/or English corresponding

to IELTS band 6 or TOEFL (550 paper based, 213 computer based, 80 internet based) is submitted.

Application Procedure

Application documents

1) DAAD application form duly completed (available on the DAAD Portal)

2) Curriculum vitae (max. 3 pages) containing information about the applicant’s academic career to date and current or previous

employers. (please use the European specimen form at http://europass.cedefop. Europa.eu


3) Motivation Letter (1-3 pages) containing a precise description of the applicant’s academic / professional and personal reasons for the

choice of degree programme and for wishing to participate in the programme.

4) DAAD Form "Information about your preferred master programmes"


about_the_study_programme.docx] duly completed and proof of contact to the universities of the desired master


5) Proof of necessary language skills.

6) University degree certificate indicating final grade(s): the certificate must be subsequently submitted before the scholarship-supported

study programme begins if studies have not been completed at the time of application.

7) All university certificates on all annual examinations with individual grade(s), incl. explanation of grading system (Transcript of Records).

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7) All university certificates on all annual examinations with individual grade(s), incl. explanation of grading system (Transcript of Records).

8) Copy of school-leaving certificate which entitles holders to study at a university in the home country (with all individual grades)

German or English translations of documents submitted in the national language (points 6 to 8)

9) Copies of the applicant’s passport and all passport pages and other documents containing information about the applicant and their

current residence status. If applicable: UNHCR registration or proof of refugee status in the respective country.

10) Additional documents that might be relevant for your application (e.g. proof of internships, proof of employment).

11) If already existing a valid admission to a Master’s degree programme at a German Institute of Higher Education.

Application deadline

October 16, 2020

Please note

Your application is only valid if you submit all the required documents to the DAAD portal on time.

For submitting references by post, the postmark date serves as proof that they have been dispatched on time.

(If further documents are to be submitted by post, please send them as soon as possible.)

The DAAD portal closes at 24.00 hrs. (CET or CEST) on the last application day.

Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their applications are complete.

The application documents remain with the DAAD. Data relating to applicants is saved by the DAAD in accordance with the Federal Data

Protection Act and with the EU Data Protection Regulation insofar as this data is needed to process the application.

Contact and Consulting

Information and advisory centres

If you have any further questions, please contact DAAD Regional Office for Africa via mail: lfa.nairobi@daad.de


DAAD Kenya

DAAD Regional Office Nairobi

Adresse: Madison Insurance House, 3rd floor, Upper Hill Close, P.O. Box 14050

00800 Nairobi

Phone number: +254 (733) 92 99 29

Then we are planning to start an online virtual consultation soon and we need your contact.

Since its foundation, the DAAD has repeatedly adapted to new conditions. Following our motto "change by exchange", we want to actively participate in shaping the changes.

Due to the Coronavirus, we couldn’t provide through the usual individual consultation and we planned online virtual consultation to disseminate information.

Despite the difficult circumstances in the current COVID19 pandemic, we remain committed to serving potential students of German universities, our scholarship holders, alumni, and partners.

We are requiring your email and telephone number so that we can send you any updates regarding the consultation.

We would also be grateful if you could include details of your educational background and which program are you looking for? Inbox us your answers or reply to this email info@daad-ethiopia.org.

For any questions, feel free to write to this email, and we will promptly answer.


The DAAD will be organizing the conference "Moving target digitalization: re-thinking global exchange in higher education and would be honoured to welcome you at #MovingTarget2020.

On 5 - 6 October 2020, the German Academic Exchange Service invites the international and German higher education community to the virtual conference "Moving target digitalisation: re-thinking global exchange in higher education".

The conference addresses Collaboration, Cooperation and Partnerships, Mobility and Exchange, Administrating Internationalisation Digitally, Attractiveness of HEIs in a Global Knowledge Society, and Knowledge Transfer.

The deadline for submitting contributions is 15.08.2020

To keep informed, follow us on Twitter #MovingTarget2020 #DAADdigital and visit our conference website:


If you have any further questions get in touch with our conference team via movingtarget@daad.de.

We are looking forward to your contributions and to (re-)thinking global exchange together with you!

If you have any further questions get in touch with our conference team via movingtarget@daad.de


Deutsch als Fremdsprache: In Afrika und Asien lernen immer mehr Menschen Deutsch

Das Interesse an der deutschen Sprache bleibt weiterhin ungebrochen: Wie die Erhebung „Deutsch als Fremdsprache weltweit“ zeigt, lernen weltweit mehr als 15,4 Millionen Menschen Deutsch Das Interesse an der deutschen Sprache bleibt weiterhin ungebrochen: Wie die Erhebung „Deutsch als Fremdsprache weltweit“ zeigt, lernen weltweit mehr als 15,4 Millionen Menschen Deutsch. Die Instrumente zur Förderung von Deutsch als Fremdsprache zeigen nachhaltige Wirkung. Nach wie vor gibt es in Europa die meisten Deutschlernenden, aber insbesondere in Afrika und Asien gewinnt Deutsch an Bedeutung. Die Zahl der Schulen, die Deutschunterricht anbieten, ist von 95.000 im Jahr 2015 auf rund 106.000 Schulen gewachsen. Die sprachliche Qualifizierung von Fachkräften aus dem Ausland spielt in der DeutschFörderung eine zunehmend wichtigere Rolle. Digitale Lernangebote erfreuen sich wachsender Beliebtheit.

Außerhalb Europas fällt ein außerordentlich hohes Wachstum von fast 50 % in Afrika auf. Zu den afrikanischen Ländern, in denen die Zahl der Deutschlernenden gestiegen ist, gehören Ägypten, Algerien und Côte d'Ivoire. Ein weiterer wichtiger Wachstumsmarkt der deutschen Sprache liegt in Asien, vor allem in China.

Weltweite Verteilung der Deutschlernenden nach Regionen

Afrika: 1.639.634
Nord-/Süd-/ Mittelamerika:
Asien/Ozeanien: 1.773.750
Russische Föderation:

Die Publikation der Erhebung finden Sie unter:




Corona Virus

Information on Corona in East Africa

The corona pandemic is particularly hard on Africa. The WHO expects the crisis to peak in July and August. Health systems in many African countries are about to collapse in the middle of the COVID 19 pandemic. All countries in East Africa are in the lockdown, there are curfews, mask requirements, travel restrictions, border closings and international passenger air traffic has ceased.

You can find more (German):

Dear all,

You can watch the Corona Statement of the DAAD President Joybrato Mukherjee here

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Information on Effects on the Work of the DAAD


The DAAD continuously monitors developments in the field of coronavirus and flexibly adapts its activities to changing situations. We are in close contact with our funding recipients and university partners. Current effects on the fields of action of the DAAD can be followed here.

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Application period for Green Talents award 2020

Now open

Every year, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) hosts the prestigious Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development to promote the international exchange of innovative green ideas from various fields of research. The award, under the patronage of Minister Anja Karliczek, honours young researchers each year. The winners come from numerous countries and scientific disciplines and are recognised for their outstanding achievements in making our societies more sustainable. Selected by a jury of German experts, the award winners are granted unique access to the country’s research elite.

Applications are welcome through the portal until 19 May 2020 :


Call for Applications for Master Course in German Studies at the University of Nairobi.


  • Graduates with Bachelor degree in German or German as a Foreign Language (DaF), with at least Second Class Upper Division Honours
  • must be nationals or permanent residents of a sub-Saharan African country
  • have completed their last university degree not more than 6 years ago at the time of application
  • Admission to the Masters programme at the UoN

Language skills - German Language Certificate(B2 level)

more info

Deadline for applications is 15 April 2020.

Currently, the DAAD Information Point Adds Ababa cannot provide information through the usual individual consultation

(Wedensday & Thursday  from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and Friday  from 11:00am to 1:00 pm) because of the measure taken to keep our staff and information seekers safe from the coronavirus. The provision of information on the study and research opportunities in Germany and other DAAD Programs will continue through our website and Facebook account. Please use the following links to obtain detailed information on application requirements and procedures.




You can also send us your request to our email account:  info@daad-ethiopia.org

Thanks for your understanding!

DAAD IP Team’’

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Corona Virus

Information on Corona in East Africa

The corona pandemic is particularly hard on Africa. The WHO expects the crisis to peak in July and August. Health systems in many African countries are about to collapse in the middle of the Covid 19 pandemic.

You can find more(German):https://www2.daad.de/der-daad/daad-aktuell/de/76821-corona-in-ostafrika/