DAFI Tertiary Scholarship Programme

The DAFI (Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative) scholarship programme offers qualified refugee and returnee students the possibility to earn an undergraduate degree in their country of asylum or home country. Through the dedicated support of the government of Germany, the support of Denmark and the Czech Republic, UNHCR and other private donors, the programme has supported over 18,500 young refugees to undertake tertiary studies since 1992. 

To learn more, please see the 2020 DAFI Programme Annual Report.

The strategic priorities of the DAFI programme are to:

  • Promote refugee self-reliance through increased access to opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship;
  • Empower students to contribute knowledge, skills and leadership and to facilitate peaceful coexistence with host communities during displacement and upon return;
  • Strengthen the protective impact of education by encouraging lifelong learning;
  • Provide role models for refugee children and youth to demonstrate the impact of education on individuals, communities and societies.

The scholarship covers a range of costs, including tuition, fees, study materials, food, transportation, accommodation and other expenses. To amplify academic achievement and skills 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. DAFI student clubs and alumni groups are active in many countries and make valuable contributions in the communities that host them.

DAFI Programme currently operates in:

Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, DRC, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

The Americas: Ecuador, Mexico.

Asia: Afghanistan, India, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan.

Europe: Azerbaijan, Serbia, Russia, Ukraine, Turkey.

The Middle East & Northern Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Republic of Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Syria, Yemen.


Are you a refugee looking for a scholarship?

If you are an eligible candidate and DAFI exists in your country, you can request a DAFI Application form from your UNHCR country office. All applications need to be directed to the respective UNHCR country offices.

Visit the DAFI programme FAQs page for more information.

See the Scholarship portal for other scholarship opportunities.

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