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  • DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service

    “Leadership for Africa” Programme for Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Niger, and Senegal: Master’s Degree Scholarships in Germany 2023/24

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    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, the 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.

    The programme targets two groups:

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

    • Holding refugee status in their host countries, being granted before 18th of April 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 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.
  • Details at a glance

    All fields of study
    Until 30/06/2022
    Full scholarship for the full period of studies
    There is no age limit
    0.00 USD
    In-person programme delivery
  • Requirements

    Targeted nationalities
    Targeted Country of Asylum
    Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Niger, Senegal
    Accepted status documentation
    Refugee certificate, Complementary or temporary /protection status certificate
    Language of Instruction
    English, German
    Language Proficiency Level
    Not applicable
    Which certificate do you require to prove the required language proficiency?
    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.
  • More details about this opportunity

    • Opportunity timing
      One-time opportunity
    • Duration of support provided
      For the duration of studies
    • What is covered in this program
      Language training
      Monthly stipend (e.g. food allowance)
      Health insurance
      Travel costs to the third country
    • Type(s) of visa/residency permit granted upon arrival
      International student visa
    • Is the student allowed to work while studying?
    • Can the nuclear family accompany or join the main applicant?
      Immediate family have the opportunity to accompany the scholarship holder (not immediately but once settled in)
    • Are there options to stay after graduation?
      Work permit/temporary residency
    • How to apply?

      The application is to be sent EXCLUSIVELY through the DAAD portal through the section “submitting an application” highlighted in green.

      Important note! The following browsers are supported: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer and EDGE. The portal is not optimised for portable or mobile devices. We therefore do not recommend accessing the portal via a mobile phone or tablet. Please use a desktop computer.

    • Application fee
      Study programmes with charge tuiton fees or private universities are not open for applications - therefore there are no direct application fees. Indirect cost ma arise depending on whether applicants can provide all the required documents
    • Application period
      Specific date (one-time opportunity)
  • For further questions contact the scholarship provider

  • Additional note


    Applicants must have good written and oral language skills either in English or German as they will have to communicate on the final selection interview using one of these languages, depending on their chosen master programme. Language skills will be checked during the interview for making sure that the language competencies of the candidates are sufficient for successfully study in Germany.

    Interested applicants who already have good language skills but have no official certificate are also eligible to apply. They will need to submit an official document proving their proficiency in English/German language. It does not necessarily have to be a TOEFL or IELTS score but it could be a letter from their university or Ministry stating that the language of instruction of their university studies was English and this is sufficient to complete the DAAD scholarship application only. 

    Selected candidates will have time to submit their official proof of language skills by the start of the study programme at the latest.

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    The content presented on this site has originated from the third party providers. UNHCR is not responsible for the application process or oversight of the opportunities presented here. Questions on a particular opportunity should be directed to the relevant provider.

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