Application Deadline: April 2nd 2021

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.

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

It 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.

Benefits
The AFRIKA KOMMT! programme is entirely financed by the participating German companies.

As a fellow, all costs related to your participation in the fellowship programme will be covered (flights, accommodation, monthly stipend, trainings, language course).

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!

Requirements

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 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 application deadline (2nd April 2021) – 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.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the AFRIKA KOMMT! fellowship Programme 2021/2023

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