Tertiary Scholarship Programme DAFI

The DAFI (Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative) scholarship programme offers qualified refugee students the possibility to earn an undergraduate degree in their country of asylum. Through the dedicated support of the German Government, UNHCR and private donors, the programme has supported over 18,000 young refugees to undertake tertiary studies since 1992. The strategic priorities of the DAFI programme are to:

  • Promote self-reliance of sponsored students through 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.

Are you a refugee looking for a scholarship? Please visit our Scholarship portal for more information.​

The DAFI Scholarship programme is currently offered in the following countries:

Benin - Botswana - Burundi - Cameroon - Chad - Cote d'Ivoire - Democratic Republic of the Congo - Ethiopia - Gambia - Ghana - Guinea Conakry - Guinea Bissau - Kenya - Liberia - Malawi - Mali - Mozambique - Namibia - Niger - Nigeria - Rwanda - Senegal - Somalia - South Africa - South Sudan - Sudan - Tanzania - Togo - Uganda - Zambia - Zimbabwe

Ecuador - Mexico

Afghanistan - Bangladesh - India - Islamic Republic of Iran - Kyrgyzstan - Pakistan - Tajikistan

Azerbaijan - Russia - Ukraine - Turkey

Middle East & Northern Africa
Algeria - Arab Republic of Egypt - Republic of Iraq - Jordan - Lebanon - Mauritania - Morocco - Syrian Arab Republic - Yemen

Contact Us

If you have a general request on the DAFI programme, please contact us at: [email protected]

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