The DAFI (Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative) scholarship programme offers refugee students the possibility to earn an undergraduate degree in their country of asylum. Through the dedicated support of the German Government, and private donors, the programme has supported over 14,000 young refugees to undertake tertiary studies since 1992. The strategic priorities of the DAFI programme are to:
- Promote self-reliance of sponsored students through opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship;
- Empower students to contribute knowledge, skills and leadership to the refugee community, and to facilitate peaceful coexistence with host communities during displacement;
- Strengthen the protective impact of education by encouraging lifelong learning for young refugees;
- Foster future role models for refugee children and youth to demonstrate the impact of education on individuals, communities and societies.
The scholarship covers a wide range of costs, including tuition, fees, study materials, food, transportation, accommodation and other expenses. To amplify academic achievement and skills development, DAFI scholars receive additional support through close monitoring, academic preparatory and language classes based on students’ needs, as well as mentoring and networking opportunities.
In 2019, DAFI scholarships are available in 52 countries, namely:
Sub-Sahara Africa: Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia & Zimbabwe.
Middle East & Northern Africa (MENA): Algeria, Egypt, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Syria & Yemen.
Asia & Pacific: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan &Tajikistan.
The Americas: Ecuador & Mexico.
Europe: Azerbaijan, Russian Federation, Turkey & Ukraine.
Eligibility and criteria
In order to be eligible, a candidate must:
- be a refugee with recognized refugee status;
- have successfully completed secondary schooling to a high standard;
- have no other means of support for university studies;
- select a course of study that is likely to lead to employment in the country of origin with maximum three to four years duration;
- not be older than 28 years at the beginning of studies;
- have no other family member receiving a DAFI scholarship.
Awards and Benefits
The DAFI Programme covers a range of costs depending on the design and needs of the specific country programme and may include:
- The scholarship covers most registration and tuition fees.
- In many countries, refugees pay the same fees as national students. In others, refugee are required to pay fees applicable to international students, which are often considerably higher than fees for national students.
- Registration and tuition fees are generally paid directly to the institution.
- Students receive a subsistence allowance to cover costs such as accommodation, food, books and study materials, and local transportation.
- Allowances are set based on cost of living assessments for the programme location and adjustments are made to reflect changed circumstances during the study period.
- Housing allowance is intended to covers the costs of housing on or near the university campus.
- Where students live with their parents or other family arrangement, accommodation is not paid. Local travel allowance covers the daily travel between the university and home, or to an internship or research site.
How To Apply
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