Refugees equipped to apply for the Leadership for Africa Scholarship Programme

Finn Church Aid (FCA) - Uganda's Complementary Pathways partner and UNHCR Regional Office Nairobi, together with the DAAD Director Dorothee Weyler and Chris Lasmothey, a Programme Officer at the DAAD Regional Office Nairobi. © DAAD Kenya

The DAAD introduced a new scholarship programme “Leadership for Africa” (LfA) four years ago, with an aim of supporting young refugees and national scholars from selected countries to pursue their master’s degrees in Germany.  This year, LfA applicants must be citizens of either Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, or Uganda, or refugees residing in either of these countries.

On a beautiful Wednesday morning of May, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and  Finn Church Aid (FCA) of Uganda visited the DAAD Nairobi Office to discuss the LfA Scholarship Programme and find better ways to increase access to DAAD scholarships going forward. Apart from discussing the LfA Programme, the team also discussed the strategies for promoting inclusivity and diversity within scholarship programmes.

At the same time, a programme officer at DAAD Nairobi visited Juba, South Sudan and introduced DAAD-sponsored scholarships, especially the Leadership for Africa Scholarship Programme among the refugees and nationals at the University of Juba, at the UNHCR Office and m-Gurush office.

After an info session with students of the University of Juba, South Sudan© DAAD Kenya

DAAD appreciates the cooperation of the Commission for Refugee Affairs in Juba, which officially requested DAAD to hold the info-sessions and helped coordinate both the actual meeting with the refugees and the virtual meeting from a refugee camp. Special thanks to the m-Gurush team for their wonderful facilitation of DAAD.

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In April 2024, DAAD visited Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, and provided an info session on the Leadership for Africa Scholarship Programme. The UNHCR and Windle International  disseminated information to refugees in camps who took part digitally.

Earlier this year, in March, the DAAD visited Kigali Independent University and, following a meeting with the university’s leadership, hosted an information session for refugees and nationals about the Leadership for Africa Scholarship Programme.

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Here is more information about the scholarship. The deadline for application is 7 June 2024, for studies beginning in the winter of 2025.


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