Saturday, August 25, 2018

DAFI Scholarships For 2019

DAFI has pioneered a new approach, moving beyond basic
education by opening up access to tertiary education and
developing highly qualified human resources in situations of
displacement. This focus has lead to a wider recognition of
the potential of academic education for refugees.
Since 1992, the Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee
Programme (DAFI, referred to by its German acronym Deutsche
Akademische Flchtlingsinitiative) has provided scholarships to
more than 6.000 deserving refugees worldwide to study at
universities in their host country and, more recently, in their
country of origin upon return.
Financed by the Government of Germany, DAFI has been and
remains a unique opportunity for refugees to continue higher
education while outside their country of origin.
Through scholarships for university education, DAFI contributes
to the search for durable solutions for individuals of concern
under UNHCRs mandate, who through this support have been
enabled to provide vital support towards the reconstruction of
conflict affected countries.
DAFI has pioneered a new approach, moving beyond basic
education by opening up access to tertiary education and
developing highly qualified human resources in situations of
displacement.
This focus has lead to a wider recognition of the potential of
academic education for refugees.
  
As the annual competition for scholarships is very high, only
refugees who fulfil established criteria can be admitted to the
programme. 
DAFI scholarships are provided strictly for one academic year
at the time. Extension is subject to demonstration of
satisfactory performance and availability of funds.  
Frequently asked questions about the DAFI scholarship
programme: 
Who can apply for DAFI? 
In order to be eligible, candidates should normally meet all
of the following criteria: 
  • be in possession of a valid refugee permit/section
    24; 
  • have successfully completed  secondary school with
    grades above the average standard; 
  • have no other means of support for tertiary education
    studies; 
  • should be below 35 years old for undergraduate studies and
    below 40 years old for Master’s studies; 
  • must be admitted at a government owned institutions for
    full time studies  and should have obtained a letter of
    admission or provisional admission letter; 
  • study courses, such as medicine or engineering, are
    exceptionally granted on a case-by-case basis and 
    normally only to students who have demonstrated outstanding
    academic performance.
What are the requirements and priorities in the DAFI
Scholarship Programme? 
  • Priority is given to refugees with specific needs,
    such as refugees with disabilities. 
  • Women are encouraged to apply in order to achieve
    gender-balance; 
  • The student’s proven academic performance; 
  • Students who had to interrupt their studies due to flight,
    and who possess proof of previous university or college studies
    in their country of origin are encouraged to apply; 
  • No more than one scholarship will  be provided to a
    single refugee family; 
  • Students who choose shorter and less costly courses from
    Government institutions with high chances of employment will
    receive a higher consideration in the selection; 
  • Students attending courses from private institutions will
    not be considered; 
  • Supporting documentation such as previous educational
    qualifications, a copy of valid refugee permit, letter of
    admission from a government institution must be attached to the
    DAFI application form. 
Will I be entitled to a DAFI scholarship if I meet all
the selection criteria?
  • Due to funding constraints, the number of
    scholarships  is limited;  
  • Qualified candidates who are not selected to join the DAFI
    programme are encouraged to take initiatives for identifying
    alternative sponsorships.
What are the selection procedures? 
The selection process normally involves several
steps:
 
  • Applications are received up to the fixed deadline and
    assessed for compliance with the criteria; 
  • Those who meet the basic criteria are screened in line with
    the requirements and priorities outlined above and
    shortlisted; 
  • Shortlisted candidates are submitted by UNHCR’s Partner
    StudyTrust to a panel consisting of representatives from UNHCR,
    Deutscher Akademisher Austausch Dienst (DAAD), German Embassy,
    UNICEF and UNISA upon request; 
  • Short listed candidates are called for an interview by the
    panel which normally takes place in October; 
  • Selected candidates are informed by telephone and in
    writing by the end of October of the Committee’s
    decisions; 
  • The list of successful applicants for the 2018 bursary will
    be made available at the StudyTrust office, UNHCR offices, and
    at UNHCR   partners’ offices (list attached). 
Due to the large number of applications, StudyTrust will not be
able to inform all applicants who have not been selected. 

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