January 16, 2010

German-African Scholarship Exchange Programme for Students and Young Graduates from Africa and Germany 2010

Call for Papers: German-African Scholarship Exchange Programme
(14th August – 4th September)


Course(s) Offered: Seminar event
Course Level: Training
Provider: Government of Germany
Country to Study in: Germany, South Africa

Scholarship Description
The Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb) is granting fellowships to students and young graduates enabling them to take part in a four-week seminar to be held from 14th August to 4th September 2010 in Germany and in March 2011 in South Africa.

The fellowship holders will be from selected African countries and Germany, and are invited to take part in this education programme that will encompass talks from major decision-makers and personalities. The event willbe delivered in English.

The German-African Scholarship Exchange Programme is an Initiative of the Federal President of the Federal Republic of Germany in cooperation with the Federal Agency for Civic Education. This is a Call for Papers for 2010/11.

Eligibility
The event is directed at students and young graduates from Germany, Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of the Congo, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Applicants should be between 21 and 28 years old and be studying or have a degree in political science, modern history, international relations, economics, business administration, African studies, cultural studies, media and communication studies or law.

Applicants must be able to participate for the entire period of the program.

Eligible groups
Citizens of the following countries:
Germany, Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of the Congo, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Participating Institutions
Federal Republic of Germany in cooperation with the Federal Agency for Civic Education.
All accredited institutions in selected countries

Fields of study
The seminar will be delivered in English.

The fellowship holders are invited to take part in an education programme that will encompass both talks with political decision-makers, personalities from civil society and industry, academics and journalists from both countries and will give participants the opportunity to take part in political and cultural events and excursions.

The participants are to contribute towards implementing the programme by assisting in organising lectures and facilitating group discussions. They will also draw up an interdisciplinary strategy paper on an academic subject that will be prepared in Germany and will be written between September 2010 and April 2011.

Number of awards
The number of participants is limited to 24, twelve from African countries and twelve from Germany

Sponsorship duration
It will be a 4-week seminar to be held in Germany (from 14th August to 4th September 2010) and in South Africa (March 2011)

Scholarship benefits
The Federal Agency for Civic Education will cover the costs. Furthermore, there will be a compulsory preparatory seminar for the German participants in June 2010. Please note that the Federal Agency for Civic Education is not able to cover costs for obtaining visas or medical care.

Method of Application
Students and graduates who are interested can apply to the Federal Agency for Civic Education by submitting an essay comprising a maximum of three A4 pages (approx. 6,000 characters) written in English. The essay must be accompanied by a curriculum vitae in tabular form, a letter of motivation comprising no more than one A4 page and a photograph (the following information must be provided: surname, first name, gender, date of birth, profession, job/field of study, place of study, place of work and place of residence).

Applicants must also issue a declaration stating that they wrote the essay without any help from third parties.

Full applications (essay, CV, letter of motivation, photo) must be e-mailed to the Federal Agency for Civic Education at goafrica-at-bpb.de by 15 March 2010.

It is important to read the Scholarship Information(pdf), and also to visit the official website (link to it is below) for detailed information about the application process.

DEADLINES:
The deadline for submission of all applications is 15 March 2010

PLEASE NOTE:
Please note that the Federal Agency for Civic Education is not able to cover costs for obtaining visas or medical care. The acceptance of African participants to the programme only becomes final, when the German Embassy in the participant’s home country has issued the relevant visa. There is no possibility to legally claim the participation in the programme.

A further condition for receiving a grant is that applicants must be able to participate for the entire period.

Application Deadline: 15 March 2010
Open to International Applicants: No (see above)

More Scholarship Information and Application

Related: Scholarships in Germany for International Students

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