DAFI Scholarship South Africa 2023 – 2024
ABOUT THE BURSARY PROVIDER – DAFI
DAFI Scholarship South Africa | The Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Programme Initiative (known as DAFI, from the German translation Deutsche Akademische Flüchtlings Initiative Albert Einstein) is a scholarship programme for refugee students, who wish to pursue undergraduate degree studies in their country of asylum. The UNHCR, with the dedicated support of the German Government and additional private donors, has been able to support more than 21 000 young refugees since 1992.
The DAFI scholarship aims to empower young people, in the hope that they will contribute their knowledge, skills and leadership to the refugee community, and facilitate peaceful coexistence, social cohesion, and the development of host communities during displacement.
ABOUT THE DAFI SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME – FIELDS COVERED
The German Government is inviting students to apply for the DAFI Scholarship Programme, for the 2023 academic year..
Bursaries will be awarded to Refugees, for undergraduate studies in South Africa (their country of asylum).
Scholarships will be awarded based on 2 main criteria: academic potential and the applicant’s background conditions.
MORE ABOUT THE DAFI SCHOLARSHIP BURSARY PROGRAMME – EXPENSES COVERED | SELECTION
The bursary will provide cover for the following expenses, up to a capped amount: registration fees tuition fees, book allowance, monthly subsistence allowance (for basic living expenses like food, local travel and rent), monthly data allowance and medical aid.
The scholarship will be awarded for 1 academic year of study, however, funding may be extended depending on the availability of funds, satisfactory academic achievement and participation in DAFI programme activities such as the DAFI Alumni Club and community engagement projects.
Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by StudyTrust and invited to attend a selection interview. The selection of scholars will be conducted by the DAFI Selection Committee, which consists of representatives from UNHCR, StudyTrust, UNISA, and the German Embassy.
Scholars will be expected to contribute to their community and society, through their academic and professional careers, as well as through their personal engagement, supporting and inspiring other community members, especially refugee children and youth.
Otagouni.com is committed to keeping you up to date with the latest bursary opportunities, and this article covers all details about the DAFI Scholarship.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DAFI SCHOLARSHIP
Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying (please note that failure to satisfy all the requirements will lead to your application not being considered):
- You must hold a valid Refugee permit/ Section 24 permit
- You must have completed secondary school, with above-average grades
- You must be studying or intend on studying towards an Undergraduate qualification (Masters qualifications are NOT funded)
- You must have successfully applied to study on a full-time basis, at a government or public institution in South Africa
- You must achieve a minimum overall average of 65% for your undergraduate degree
- You must NOT have any other financial means of support for your tertiary studies
- You must be under 35 years old
- You must have a strong academic record (particularly if applying for specialised courses like Engineering or Medicine)
HOW TO APPLY FOR THE DAFI SCHOLARSHIP
Applications must be submitted online at; DAFI Scholarship Application 2022
Enter “Otagouni.com” in the field asking how you heard about the DAFI Scholarship.
Submitting clear copies of the following supporting documentation along with your application (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application may be disqualified):
- Photograph (head and shoulders)
- Section 24 permit (copy)
- High school transcripts, Diploma or Certification of completion (must be validated by the South African Ministry of Education certifying recognition of the diploma or certificate, if issued in another country)
- Proof of admission or provisional admission at a higher education institution
- Full academic record/ transcript of prior learning or credits completed, if you have been previously enrolled in higher education
- Progress reports (academic results, fee statements, proof of registration), if you have been previously enrolled in higher education
- Parents or guardians’ proof of household income (latest payslips if employed/ affidavit if unemployed/ death certificate if deceased)
CLOSING DATE FOR THE DAFI SCHOLARSHIP
10 November 2022.
(Applications submitted after this date will not be accepted – please apply before the closing date to ensure your application is considered.)
CONTACT THE SCHOLARSHIP PROVIDER
For any queries related to this scholarship programme, please contact StudyTrust (the administrators for this scholarship) directly:
Applicants should read the DAFI Scholarship FAQ before submitting any queries.
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