KAS Germany International Parliamentary Scholarships (IPS) 2023 for East & Southern African Students

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Every January, the German Bundestag invites politically and socially committed university graduates from South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to a scholarship program in Berlin. Apply below.

When is Application Deadline: 15th July 2023

Tell Me About Award: Since 2020, the German Bundestag has been offering a scholarship program for talented and politically interested young university graduates from South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. Starting in the 2024 program year, committed young people from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda who are interested in the German parliamentary system and who are actively committed to democratic values ​​in their home countries will also be able to take part.

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In a four-week compact program, up to 16 scholarship holders can get to know the German parliamentary system and political decision-making processes in the German Bundestag up close.

Type: Scholarship

Who can Apply?

  • Citizenship of a participating country
  • younger than 30 years at the beginning of the scholarship on January 1st
  • completed university studies
  • Good knowledge of the German language (at least level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
  • Pronounced interest in political contexts and social/political commitment

How are Applicants Selected? The scholarship program is aimed at committed, open-minded, resilient and politically interested young people from Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda who want to actively and responsibly help shape the democratic future of their countries.

Which Countries are Eligible? Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda

Where will Award be Taken? Germany

How Many Awards? Not specified

What is the Benefit & Duration of Award?

  • Participants will receive a monthly scholarship of 700 euros. The Bundestag will also cover the costs of health, accident and personal liability insurance. In addition, accommodation in an apartment complex (two people sharing) will be provided free of charge, and the costs of travel to and from Berlin will be covered.
  • The program takes place annually from January 1st to 31st.
  • The core of the program is a one-week internship in the office of a member of the German Bundestag.
  • For this purpose, knowledge of parliamentary democracy and the workings and function of parliament is imparted in a compact preparation. In addition, the issues of a pluralistic society, the protection of minorities and a culture of remembrance are addressed as a political mandate. A workshop on project management is intended to help people develop their own project ideas with the aim of promoting democracy and civil society in the respective countries of origin.

How to Apply: Please send your applications to the German diplomatic mission in your home country by July 15, 2023 .

Your application should be sent in German and contain the following scanned documents:

  • application form
  • Passport photo (please insert on the 1st page of the application form);
  • Proof of good German language skills, not older than 2 years;
  • Letter of motivation in German with your handwritten signature (maximum two pages);
  • Copy of passport or copy ID;
  • Degree certificate from the university in the original or as an officially certified copy in English or German. The original or the officially certified copy of the original must be presented in the event of a possible selection interview.
  • a current  letter of recommendation  in German or English (from a university lecturer or employer, in which the professional qualification of the applicant for the program is assessed)

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