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.
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.
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 a 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.
The DAFI programme provides undergraduate refugee students with scholarships that cover a wide range of costs: from tuition fees and study materials, to food, transport, and accommodation.