DAFI Scholarships For 2019

DAFI has pioneered a new approach, moving beyond basic education by opening up access to tertiary education and developing highly qualified human resources in situations of displacement. This focus has lead to a wider recognition of the potential of academic education for refugees.

Since 1992, the Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Programme (DAFI, referred to by its German acronym Deutsche Akademische Flchtlingsinitiative) has provided scholarships to more than 6.000 deserving refugees worldwide to study at universities in their host country and, more recently, in their country of origin upon return.

Financed by the Government of Germany, DAFI has been and remains a unique opportunity for refugees to continue higher education while outside their country of origin.

Through scholarships for university education, DAFI contributes to the search for durable solutions for individuals of concern under UNHCRs mandate, who through this support have been enabled to provide vital support towards the reconstruction of conflict affected countries.

DAFI has pioneered a new approach, moving beyond basic education by opening up access to tertiary education and developing highly qualified human resources in situations of displacement.
This focus has lead to a wider recognition of the potential of academic education for refugees.

As the annual competition for scholarships is very high, only refugees who fulfil established criteria can be admitted to the programme.

DAFI scholarships are provided strictly for one academic year at the time. Extension is subject to demonstration of satisfactory performance and availability of funds.

Frequently asked questions about the DAFI scholarship programme:

Who can apply for DAFI?

In order to be eligible, candidates should normally meet all of the following criteria:

  • be in possession of a valid refugee permit/section 24;
  • have successfully completed secondary school with grades above the average standard;
  • have no other means of support for tertiary education studies;
  • should be below 35 years old for undergraduate studies and below 40 years old for Master’s studies;
  • must be admitted at a government owned institutions for full time studies and should have obtained a letter of admission or provisional admission letter;
  • study courses, such as medicine or engineering, are exceptionally granted on a case-by-case basis and normally only to students who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance.

What are the requirements and priorities in the DAFI Scholarship Programme?

  • Priority is given to refugees with specific needs, such as refugees with disabilities.
  • Women are encouraged to apply in order to achieve gender-balance;
  • The student’s proven academic performance;
  • Students who had to interrupt their studies due to flight, and who possess proof of previous university or college studies in their country of origin are encouraged to apply;
  • No more than one scholarship will be provided to a single refugee family;
  • Students who choose shorter and less costly courses from Government institutions with high chances of employment will receive a higher consideration in the selection;
  • Students attending courses from private institutions will not be considered;
  • Supporting documentation such as previous educational qualifications, a copy of valid refugee permit, letter of admission from a government institution must be attached to the DAFI application form.

Will I be entitled to a DAFI scholarship if I meet all the selection criteria?

  • Due to funding constraints, the number of scholarships is limited;
  • Qualified candidates who are not selected to join the DAFI programme are encouraged to take initiatives for identifying alternative sponsorships.

What are the selection procedures?

The selection process normally involves several steps:

  • Applications are received up to the fixed deadline and assessed for compliance with the criteria;
  • Those who meet the basic criteria are screened in line with the requirements and priorities outlined above and shortlisted;
  • Shortlisted candidates are submitted by UNHCR’s Partner StudyTrust to a panel consisting of representatives from UNHCR, Deutscher Akademisher Austausch Dienst (DAAD), German Embassy, UNICEF and UNISA upon request;
  • Short listed candidates are called for an interview by the panel which normally takes place in October;
  • Selected candidates are informed by telephone and in writing by the end of October of the Committee’s decisions;
  • The list of successful applicants for the 2018 bursary will be made available at the StudyTrust office, UNHCR offices, and at UNHCR partners’ offices (list attached).

Due to the large number of applications, StudyTrust will not be able to inform all applicants who have not been selected.

How do I apply?

What costs does the scholarship normally cover?

  • Annual registration/tuition fees;
  • Annual book allowance;
  • A monthly subsistence allowance covering basic expenses, such as food, local travel and rent during the semester.

CLICK TO APPLY FOR THE DAVI BURSARY PROGRAMME

NOTE:

All applications should be delivered directly to StudyTrust, 10B Clamart Road, Richmond, Johannesburg.
Email: email protected
Fax: 086 563 7495

Late applications will not be considered.

Investec 2019 Bursaries And Scholarships

Investec offers a full bursary per year towards study-related expenses. Bursaries will only be offered to applicants who are currently in Grade 12 or in their first year of University.

Our CSI strategy is aimed at facilitating the empowerment of talented individuals within a defined continuum of interventions including bursaries and other programmes through school and university to the workplace, so that they may realise their potential.

Instructions for submission of application forms

Applications will only be considered if completed in full and signed by the applicant and if all the supporting documents have been included.

  • Documents that accompany the application form must be certified
  • South African ID
  • Grade 11 results
  • This year’s June results (or your latest results if you are not studying this year)
  • Official Matric/ NSC results if you have completed Grade 12
  • Tertiary students: June results or progress report of all subjects (if no examinations were written)
  • Payslips for your parent(s)/ guardian if employed (or letter from employer and sworn statement or tax return statement stating income)
  • Latest financial statements if your parent/ guardian is self-employed
  • Sworn affidavits if your parent(s)/ guardian is/ are unemployed
  • Death certificates if your parent(s) is/ are deceased
  • Divorce certificate if your parents are divorced
  • Sworn statement from one parent if your parents are separated

Selection criteria for selected educational institutions

The main criteria for the selection of applications are financial need and academic potential.

Bursary applications are invited from young people who aim to study full time towards an undergraduate university (academic) degree in:

  • Commerce (Economics, Business Economics, Accounting, Investments and Finance),
  • BCom Informatics,
  • BSc Computer Science,
  • BSc Information Technology,
  • BIT-Bachelors of Information Technology,
  • BIS-Bachelor of Information Science,
  • Business Science,
  • Science and Mathematics,
  • Engineering or Commercial LLB

NB!! Only first year Actuarial Science students already at university will be considered.

Academic selection criteria:

  • Applicants currently in Grade 12 and applicants already in possession of a National Senior certificate should have obtained at least 50% in all their subjects with a minimum of 70% in Mathematics (not Maths Literacy) and 70% in English.

NB: Please apply timeously for admission to the educational institution of your choice. Consult the websites of the universities for application deadlines.

Investec is involved in initiatives that support learners from township and rural schools, who show good academic potential, particularly in the fields of Maths and Science, to attend top performing high schools.

When completing the application form, please clearly specify the exact degree programme for which you need a bursary, the name of the educational institution where you plan to study and the year of study.

Bursaries will only be offered to applicants who are currently in Grade 12 or in their first year of University.

Changing your degree programme after submitting your application form may lead to a cancellation of the bursary, if granted.

No bursaries are available for private tertiary institutions.

HOW TO APPLY
STUDYTRUST BURSARY APPLICATION

CLICK HERE FOR MORE: Investec, in partnership with StudyTrust, offers partial bursaries

CLICK HERE: Applications for 2019 will open 1st December 2018 and close 15th January 2019

Click Here to INVESTEC BURSARY PAGE

Completed applications, together with all supporting documents, should be returned to the administrator of the Investec Bursary, Studietrust.

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