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Apply for the 13th AFRIKA KOMMT Fellowship Programme 2024

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The programme AFRIKA KOMMT! brings together the most visionary young leaders from Africa and leading German companies. Companies benefit from the expertise, knowledge, local network and unique African perspective of the young professionals. The African fellows dive deep into the German corporate specifics, German business spirit and the German culture. Empowered with international experience, technical skills and German language they become African change agents for the sake of both: the German business relations with Africa as well as for economic and social growth in the fellows’ home countries and communities.

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WHY SHOULD I JOIN

AFRIKA KOMMT! is a fellowship programme that connects visionary African professionals and leading German companies. Together they pave the way for global inclusive business and mutually beneficial cooperation.

The programme provides an unparalleled opportunity to young, talented African professionals for a one year career and life transformational experience.

As a participant of AFRIKA KOMMT! you will:

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

Refine your Leadership and Management Competence

You will advance your leadership, management and technical skills through hands on training and experience in a leading German company while, at the same time, contributing your expertise and diverse experience in meaningful projects and work assignments.

Your learning journey will also encompass diverse training modules tailor-made for you as a fellow of AFRIKA KOMMT!.

As a valuable addition to your current professional experience, this learning cycle and exposure will equip and position you to be a better leader in your sector and sphere of influence.

Access Networks & Opportunities for Career Acceleration

AFRIKA KOMMT! gives you the opportunity to network with a diverse pool of professionals from Africa, Germany and around the world, in and out of the work place. This enriching experience will facilitate you to develop a rich global network that will open exciting new career opportunities. You will also be equipped to be a bridge builder between Germany and Africa through initiating networks of cooperation between your country, continent and German companies.

Improve Intercultural Competence

During the programme, you will  interact with people from different countries and cultures. You will learn the German language and visit several German cultural heritage sites. Through this you will gain first hand intercultural experience and be better equipped to function in diverse environments with multicultural teams – an important skill for a global citizen like yourself!

Broaden your Perspective and Stir up Innovation

The programme is designed to give you maximum exposure to leading industry innovation, new technologies and the latest global ideas. This will broaden your perspective, clear your vision and stir up your innovation and leadership potential.

Achieve Personal Growth

Nothing like time away from familiar territory to give you an opportunity for deeper reflection and introspection that will immensely contribute to your journey towards achieving your full potential. The programme thus offers you an exciting opportunity for personal development and will provide you with practical tools and training to support this process. Furthermore, the friendships and bonds you will develop with your fellow participants will crown your journey with fun and good times.

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.

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

Professional

Fellowship in Partner Company

Trainings

Alumni activities

Travelling expenses
Monthly living allowance or salary

Accommodation

Insurance

Certificate


HOW DO I APPLY?

The next application phase for AFRIKA KOMMT! will be from 16.2.24 to 24.3.24.

You can apply for the AFRIKA KOMMT! programme only during the application phase and through our online application portal. Applications by email are not accepted.

How to submit your application

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 https://application.afrika-kommt.de 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.

Application submitted – what happens next?

You will receive feedback on your application within approx. 8-12 weeks after the official end of the application period. The partner companies may contact you to do a short telephone interview with you. If your application has successfully passed the pre-selection stage, you will receive an invitation to a 2-days assessment centre.

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