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German International Parliamentary Scholarship Program for Young Leaders in Southern Africa 2023

Note: To successfully apply for this scholarship, ensure you read all instructions on this page.

Since 2020, the German Bundestag has been offering a scholarship program for politically committed young university graduates from South Africa, Namibia and Botswana who are interested in the German parliamentary system and who actively support basic democratic values ​​in their home countries.

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

The program will take place in Berlin. The core of the program is a one-week internship in the office of a member of the German Bundestag.

Application Deadline: 30th September 2022

Eligible Countries: South Africa, Namibia and Botswana 

To be Taken at (Country): Germany

Type: Short course

Number of Awards: 8

Value of Award: The participants receive a grant of 500 euros. In addition, the costs for health, accident and liability insurance are covered. In addition, free accommodation is granted in a residential complex (two-person shared apartment). The costs of travel to and from Berlin will be reimbursed.

Duration of Award: 4 weeks


  • Citizenship of one of the three participating countries (dual citizenship possible)
  • younger than 30 years at the beginning of the scholarship
  • completed university degree
  • very good knowledge of the German language
  • Interest in political contexts as well as social / political engagement

How to Apply: Please send the complete online application documents in a PDF document, the file name of which consists of your surname and first name (ie “surname-first name”), by email to the German representation in your home country.

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

  • Passport photo (please insert on page 1 of the application form);
  • Application form (on the Internet at: www.bundestag.de/ips_afrikanisch);
  • Proof of very good German language skills
    (at least level B 2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages);
  • Letter of motivation (maximum two pages);
  • Copy of passport or copy of ID;
  • Officially certified copy of the degree certificate 1 ;
  • a letter of recommendation in German or English (from a university professor or from the employer, in which the professional qualifications of the applicant for the program are assessed).

1 Copies are certified if an official body (German or foreign authority, embassy or consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany, university office, notary, officially sworn interpreter) confirms with an official seal and signature that the photocopy matches the original. If there are several stapled photocopies, each individual sheet must be certified. If the documents are not duly certified, the application cannot be processed.

Please send your online application to the German representation in your home country!

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