AFRIKA KOMMT! Fellowship Programme

AFRIKA KOMMT! Fellowship Programme, February 18 2024








In 2008, Germany’s leading businesses joined forces for their vision of sustainable economic cooperation with African countries and founded AFRIKA KOMMT!.

The programme creates a win-win situation for young professionals from African countries and leading German companies.

AFRIKA KOMMT! is a programme for young, extraordinary African professionals who wish to expand the horizons of their skills, knowledge and experience and are not afraid to step out of their comfort zone to do so! We strive to facilitate young leaders to drive economic and social development of their countries by promoting sustainable cooperation with German industry.

Through a one year fellowship, AFRIKA KOMMT! equips young professionals with the skills, exposure and inspiration they need to become the next generation of African leaders. The programme is structured in three different phases.


Why should I participate?


As a participant of AFRIKA KOMMT! you will:

  • Refine your leadership and management competency
  • Access networks & opportunities for career acceleration
  • Improve your intercultural competence
  • Broaden your perspective and stir up innovation
  • Achieve personal growth


Application Period


February 16 2024 – March 24 2024


A Comprehensive Programme in Three Phases


Selection and Preparation


  • Definition of fellowship profiles by the companies
  • Application phase
  • Selection of the candidates for the Assessment Center
  • Assessment Center and final selection of fellows
  • Preparatory German course in home country for fellows


One Year Stay in Germany


  • Intensive German language course
  • 3 Management Trainings (Focus: Intercultural Competencies, Leadership, Project and Change Management, Conflict Management)
  • 8-month fellowship in the partner company
  • One-week study tour
  • Weekend Seminars
  • Networking events
  • Farewell ceremony with the Federal Foreign Office


Alumni Phase


  • One-week refresher course
  • Participation in AFRIKA KOMMT! events
  • Alumni projects
  • Continous networking


What does the Fellowship offer?


Language Course

  • An individual German language course before departure to Germany
  • An intensive German language course in Germany including fees, accommodation and living allowance

Professional Fellowship in Partner Company

  • 8-month fellowship in the partner company
  • training and mentoring provided by the partner company


  • International management training courses
  • Study tour
  • Weekend seminars

Alumni activities

  • Refresher course in Germany or Africa, including management training
  • Alumni networking activities
  • Support for alumni projects

Travelling expense

  • Visa for Germany for one year
  • Roundtrip airfare from your home town to Germany and back
  • Travel to refresher course and back
  • Programme-related travelling expenses in Germany

Monthly living allowance or salary

  • Monthly living allowance of €900,- (month 1-3, month 12)
  • Monthly salary during the internship in the companies of approx. € 1.500,- gross
  • One-off relocation fee of € 1.000,- for settling back into your home country

Important note:

The monthly allowance of € 750,- and the salary ensures an adequate standard of living in Germany. However, the amount is not sufficient to provide financial support for families or relatives and for this reason, they cannot accompany you to Germany.


Accommodation during all stages of the programme in Germany (including internet allowance, electricity, water and other charges)


  • Health insurance during month 1-3 and month 12
  • Accident and liability insurance


AFRIKA KOMMT! is a practice-oriented fellowship programme. You will receive two certificates: One official certificate upon successful completion of the programme with a detailed description of the specific contents and components of the training and a certificate by the Academy for International Cooperation of GIZ GmbH by successful completion of the professional training in the tool “International Competence Development Journal”.



Eligibility Criteria


To apply for the programme you must:


  • Be a Citizen of any African country
  • Have a University degree in a relevant subject
  • Postgraduate degree (e.g. MBA) is an advantage
  • Have two to five years work experience
  • Have excellent English language skills
  • Basic knowledge of the German language is an advantage
  • Not be older than 35 years at the time of application

Further Selection Criteria


In addition to the above technical and educational requirements, you should also have the following skills and attributes:

Language and communication skills:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • High willingness to learn German

Professional skills:

  • High leadership potential
  • Strong self-motivation and self-starter mentality
  • High level of dedication, commitment and target-orientation
  • Strong capacity for teamwork

Personal attributes:

  • High level of enthusiasm, flexibility and resilience
  • Open mindset
  • Outstanding intercultural competencies
  • Ability to adapt to new environments quickly
  • Ability to reflect own behaviour and bias


How to Apply


Follow these steps to submit your application for the AFRIKA KOMMT! fellowship programme as a fellow

Step 1. 

Check the general candidate requirements – do you fit the criteria and are you eligible for the programme?


Step 2 

Check the available fellowship placements and required profiles for the new intake of AFRIKA KOMMT!

The fellowship placements will only be available during the application phase.

Your application will be considered for the AFRIKA KOMMT! programme as a whole, however you are asked to select maximum 2 profiles in the application form and to give reasons for your choice.

Step 3 

Register on and fill in the application form in English.

Applications in other languages will not be considered.

In addition to filling the application form, you will be asked to upload a short presentation about your motivation, an idea for a change initiative, a photo and your certificates.

About the idea for a change initiative:

One of the aims of AFRIKA KOMMT! is to build a platform that supports young African professionals to design change initiatives that seek to solve social and economic challenges in their countries.  Please think for an idea for a change initative that you would like to implement in your country. You will be asked four questions about your idea in the application form.

Step 4 

Submit your application before the  deadline (tbc) – applications submitted after this date cannot be considered.


Use the link below to find out more details from the AFRIKA KOMMT Fellowship Programme official website and apply








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