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ifa CrossCulture Internship Programme 2019 for Young Leaders in North Africa

With its CrossCulture Programme (CCP), the ifa (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations) is advocating intercultural exchange and the strengthening of networks between Germany and Islamic world as a partner of the Federal Foreign Office. 

Application Deadline: 21st December 2018

Eligible Countries: 

  • Islamic countries: Target groups in the Islamic countries are young professionals and volunteers in various areas of civil society and multipliers who are engaged in the key areas of (social) political development.
  • Germany: For German candidates, the target groups are employees of the corresponding host organisations as well as young professionals and volunteers committed to fields of work in which intercultural experience is crucial.

About the Award: The programme enables scholarships for young professionals and volunteers from the participating countries and from Germany. International experience is gained and intercultural competence developed through work stays in another culture. CrossCulture scholarships open up and strengthen the exchange between people, institutions and cultures and thus enable an enhanced partnership between Germany and 30 Islamic countries in the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia, South and Southeast Asia.

Scholarships within the CrossCulture Programme are offered in the following work areas:

  • Politics & Society
  • Human Rights & Peace Building
  • Sustainable Development
  • Media & Culture

Type: Training

Eligibility: Requirements for taking part in the CrossCulture Programme (CCP) include a good command of English and a permanent involvement in an organisation or institution in one’s own country. Knowledge of the German language is an additional qualification, not a requirement. Applicants should be aged between 23 to 45 years. Currently enrolled university students will not be considered for selection. Furthermore the applicants must be in good health. Their physical as well as mental working capacity must be sufficient for the requirements of a longer stay abroad and the essential work requirements of the internship.

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award:  The interns’ travel and subsistence expenses are covered by the programme funds. This includes a monthly grant of 550 Euro, travel costs to Germany and urban local traffic, as well as visa fees, health insurance and accommodation. The latter is either a private room in a shared flat (according to gender), a private room in a host family or a small furnished apartment. Accommodation includes cost for electricity, water and heating; whereas telephone and internet facilities are not included.

  • In addition to further professional development and specialist training, the programme participants also gain an insight into the social and political structures of the host country and become acquainted with cultural characteristics and behavioural patterns through integration into working and everyday life.
  • They make important contacts which they can use when they return to their home country for future collaboration.
  • CrossCulture fellows returning home can offer a valuable contribution to their respective organisations thanks to the experience they have gained abroad. This intercultural exchange thus sustainably strengthens the formation of networks between Germany and the Islamic countries and encourages cross-border dialogue and cooperation.

Duration of Program: Professional fellowships are awarded for a period of eight to twelve weeks in the following terms:

  • Spring term; April to June 2019
  • Summer term; July to September 2019
  • Autumn term; October to December 2019

How to Apply: 

  • Applications for CCP are to be submitted online via the application portal. Please pay attention to the technical requirements before applying.
  • GOODLUCK!

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