Type: Bachelor’s (Undergraduate)
Who: Registered refugees seeking higher education at the country of asylum
What: Full Scholarships + Living Expenses
Where: Partner Universities in Asylum Countries
Program Length: 1 year
Deadline to Apply: Open
Destination Countries: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Syria, Yemen
Academic Subject(s): All Subjects
The DAFI scholarship programme (Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative) offers qualified refugee and returnee students the possibility to earn an undergraduate degree in their country of asylum or home country.
The scholarships cover a wide range of expenses for academic study, from tuition fees and study materials to food, transportation, accommodation and other allowances. To support their academic achievements and skill development, DAFI scholars receive additional support through close monitoring, academic preparatory and language classes based on students’ needs, as well as mentoring and networking opportunities.
In 2023, DAFI scholarships are available in the following Middle East & Northern Africa countries: Algeria, Egypt, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Syria and Yemen.
-have 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 (with maximum duration of three to four years) that is likely to lead to employment in the country of origin
-not be older than 28 years of age at the beginning of studies
-have no family members receiving a DAFI scholarship
-not be asylum seekers who have not (yet) been recognised as refugees
-not be seeking resettlement in a third country
How to Apply
-Check if there is a current DAFI program in your country of asylum.
-Check if you meet the above-mentioned criteria.
-Contact UNHCR country office of your country to receive a country-specific application form.
-Complete the application form and submit it as indicated on the form.
NOTE: Please do not submit your application to UNHCR headquarters in Geneva or Copenhagen.