The AFRIKA KOMMT! Fellowship Programme for Future Leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa

Deadline: 10 January 2020
Open to: citizens of African countries
Benefits: fully-funded practical training in a leading German enterprise


19 leading German enterprises founded the initiative AFRIKA KOMMT! in 2008 – the very first joint-initiative for capacity building by the German industry. Financed by the German partner companies, the capacity development programme AFRIKA KOMMT! consists of the following key components:

  1. One-month individual German language preparation course
  2. One-year stay in Germany comprising of:
  • Two-months intensive German language course;
  • Eight-months internship in a German partner company;
  • Three one-week training modules on international management and leadership competencies;
  • One-week study tour in Germany on relevant subjects, e.g. “Digital Change”;
  • Weekend seminars on cultural and social subjects organised by the Robert Bosch GmbH in Stuttgart and the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius in Hamburg;
  • Cultural weekend activities organized by GIZ.
  1. Transfer phase after the stay in Germany with integration into the AFRIKA KOMMT!

Alumni Network and its regional Alumni Clubs

  1. Refresher course in Germany or Africa, approx. 6-12 months after the stay in Germany,

offering the former fellows to extend their networks with other alumni and to benefit

mutually from their experiences.


  • Candidates need to fulfill the following formal eligibility requirements:
  • Citizen of a country in Africa;
  • University degree in a relevant subject (please see individual company profiles);
  • Postgraduate degree (e.g. MBA) is an advantage;
  • Two to five years of relevant work experience;
  • Excellent English language skills;
  • Basic knowledge of the German language is an advantage;
  • Not older than 35 years and physically fit;
  • Female candidates are welcomed to apply.


  • Monthly living allowance during the theoretical phase;
  • Monthly living allowance of EUR 750,- (August, September and October 2020; July 2021);
  • One-off relocation fee of EUR 1.000,- for settling back into the home countries;
  • Monthly salary during the internship in the companies of approx. EUR 1.500,- gross;
  • Accommodation during all stages of the program in Germany;
  • Health, accident and liability insurance.

How to apply?

If you want to apply for the eighth AFRIKA KOMMT! intake from 2020-2022, please make sure you follow the four steps listed below:

  • Step 1: Check the general candidate requirements – do you fit the criteria?
  • Step 2: Check the available placements and required profiles of the ninth intake of AFRIKA KOMMT! 2020-2022 – Please remember you are applying for the program in general, not for a specific placement.
  • Step 3: Visit  and fill in the application form in English.
  • Step 4: Submit your application BEFORE 10.01.2020, 23.59h CET – applications submitted after this date cannot be considered.

For more information, please visit the official web page.