The German Academic Exchange Service(DAAD) invites applications for Leadership for Africa (Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Senegal): Master’s Degree Scholarships in Germany in the 2022/2023 academic session.

The scholarship programme “Leadership for Africa” (LfA) aims to support the academic qualification and advancement of young refugees and national scholars from Cameroon, Ivory Coast 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 reconstruction and / or further development of their home countries.

“Leadership for Africa” offers scholarships for studies in Germany to qualified applicants in all fields of study with the exception of public health, medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, law, arts and architecture.


All “Leadership for Africa” scholarship holders benefit from a complementary study programme in good governance, civil society and sustainable project management. The mandatory programme with several attendance phases each year has to be completed in addition to the regular studies.

Worth of Award

  • 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
  • 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


The programme targets two different groups:

1) Highly qualified refugees who hold refugee status and fulfil the necessary qualifications for Master’s studies in Germany.

Applicants must fulfil the following conditions:

  • Holding refugee status in their host countries, being granted before April 30th, 2021
  • Country of asylum has to be either Cameroon, Ivory Coast or Senegal
  • Completed Bachelor’s degree, at least at the time of arrival in Germany

2) Highly qualified Graduates from Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Senegal.
Applicants must fulfil the following conditions:

  • Citizenship of Cameroon, Ivory Coast or Senegal
  • Country of residence is Cameroon, Ivory Coast or Senegal at the time of application
  • Completed Bachelor’s degree, at least at the time of arrival in Germany

How to Apply

  • The application procedure occurs online through the DAAD portal.
  • Please note that the “Application portal” tab in the scholarship database only appears while the current application period is running. ]
  • Once the application deadline is expired, the portal for this programme is not accessible until next year’s application period.

Required documents:

  • DAAD application form duly completed (available on the DAAD Portal)
  • 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
  • Letter of motivation (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
  • DAAD Form “Information about your preferred master programmes” duly completed (please specify at least 2 Master´s programmes) and proof of contact to the universities of the desired master programmes. Please be aware that the DAAD can´t pay tuition fees. This should be taken into consideration while deciding for the master programmes
  • Proof of necessary language skills
  • University degree certificate indicating final grade(s): the certificate must be subsequently submitted at least at the time of arrival in Germany if studies have not been completed at the time of application
  • All university certificates on all annual examinations with individual grade(s), incl. explanation of grading system (Transcript of Records)
  • A summary of your undergraduate project or thesis (e.g. Bachelor´s thesis) (1 page). If your undergraduate studies did not include a final project or thesis, please upload a short explanation instead
  • 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)

  • 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


  • Recommendation letter(s) by a university professor
  • Additional documents that might be relevant for your application (e.g. proof of internships, proof of employment)
  • If already existing a valid admission to a Master’s degree programme at a German Institute of Higher Education

Deadline: Application deadline is June 30th, 2022


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