THE AFRIKA KOMMT! FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME 2024/2026 FOR FUTURE LEADERS FROM AFRICA (FULLY FUNDED TO GERMANY)


Deadline: March 24, 2024

Applications are now open for the AFRIKA KOMMT! Fellowship Programme 2024/2026. The 13th intake will start in November 2024 in Germany.

AFRIKA KOMMT! brings together the most visionary young leaders from Africa and leading German companies. Companies benefit from the expertise, knowledge, local network and unique African perspective of the young professionals. The African fellows dive deep into the German corporate specifics, German business spirit and the German culture.

The AFRIKA KOMMT! fellowship programme provides an unparalleled opportunity to young, talented African professionals for a one-year career and life transformational experience.

It is a programme for young, extraordinary African professionals who wish to expand the horizons of their skills, knowledge and experience and are not afraid to step out of their comfort zone to do so! We strive to facilitate young leaders to drive economic and social development of their countries by promoting sustainable cooperation with German industry.

The programme entails selection of top tier professionals from all African countries – including North Africa – and facilitating a one year personal and professional transformational journey in Germany. This encompasses German language lessons, international management trainings, study tours and peaks in an 8-month practical training at the host company.

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for the programme you must:
Be a Citizen of any African country
Have a University degree in a relevant subject
Postgraduate degree (e.g. MBA) is an advantage
Have two to five years work experience
Have excellent English language skills
Basic knowledge of the German language is an advantage
Not be older than 35 years at the time of application

Benefits

The AFRIKA KOMMT! programme is entirely financed by the participating companies. As a fellow, all costs related to your participation in the fellowship programme will be covered (flights, accommodation, monthly stipend, trainings, language course).


Programme Details

At the core of the AFRIKA KOMMT! programme is a one-year stay for the African professionals in Germany. During this time, the fellows actively work in their partner companies where they are trained and mentored. Other components organized by GIZ such as language courses, trainings and networking events supplement the learning experience.

Professional and tailor-made selection process: The fellows of the programme are chosen in a comprehensive selection process that is implemented in close cooperation with the participating companies.
Language and cultural integration for fellows: The programme begins with German language and cultural integration courses to prepare the fellows for their stay in Germany. The fellows also get an opportunity to visit cultural heritage sites within Germany.
Management training for fellows: The fellows undergo three modules of intense management training where they advance their knowledge of modern global management practices.
Professional fellowship in partner company: The young experts spend eight months with their partner companies and are engaged in projects and meaningful work experience.

AFRIKA KOMMT! Network: The partner companies and the African professionals come together at various networking events, share expertise and drive common projects.

Alumni phase: After their one-year stay in Germany, the fellows become knowledge and skill transfer ambassadors as alumni in their home countries. A one-week refresher course in Germany or in Africa advances the skill set of the alumni and fosters continued strengthening of the AFRIKA KOMMT! network.

A Comprehensive Programme in Three Phases 
Selection and Preparation
Definition of fellowship profiles by the companies
Application phase
Selection of the candidates for the Assessment Center
Assessment Center and final selection of fellows
Preparatory German course in home country for fellows
One-Year Stay in Germany
Intensive German language course
3 Management Trainings (Focus: Intercultural Competencies, Leadership, Project and Change Management, Conflict Management)
8-month fellowship in the partner company
One-week study tour
Weekend Seminars
Networking events
Farewell ceremony with the Federal Foreign Office
Alumni Phase 
One-week refresher course
Participation in AFRIKA KOMMT! events
Alumni projects
Continous networking
Application Procedure

Step 1
Check the general candidate requirements – do you fit the criteria and are you eligible for the programme?

Step 2
Check the available fellowship placements and required profiles for the new intake of AFRIKA KOMMT!

The fellowship placements will only be available during the application phase.

Your application will be considered for the AFRIKA KOMMT! programme as a whole, however you are asked to select maximum 2 profiles in the application form and to give reasons for your choice.

Step 3
Register on https://application.afrika-kommt.de and fill in the application form in English.

Applications in other languages will not be considered.

In addition to filling the application form, you will be asked to upload a short presentation about your motivation, an idea for a change initiative, a photo and your certificates.

About the idea for a change initiative:

One of the aims of AFRIKA KOMMT! is to build a platform that supports young African professionals to design change initiatives that seek to solve social and economic challenges in their countries. Please think for an idea for a change initative that you would like to implement in your country. You will be asked four questions about your idea in the application form.

Step 4
Submit your application before the deadline (tbc) – applications submitted after this date cannot be considered.

Selection Procedure:

You will receive feedback on your application within approx. 8-12 weeks after the official end of the application period. The partner companies may contact you to do a short telephone interview with you. If your application has successfully passed the pre-selection stage, 

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