Apply for paid professional development fellowship in Germany

paid professional development fellowship

Paid Professional Development Fellowship: AFRIKA KOMMT! is a fellowship programme that connects visionary African professionals with 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.

Why should I participate?

As a participant in AFRIKA KOMMT!, you will:

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

Checklist: Am I eligible?

  • Candidates must meet the following formal application criteria:
  • Citizenship of an African state
  • university degree in a relevant subject
  • Postgraduate studies (e.g. MBA) are an advantage
  • Two to five years of relevant work experience
  • Excellent knowledge of English
  • Basic knowledge of German is an advantage
  • Not older than 35 years

How to submit your application

There are three steps to joining the programme as a fellow:

Step 1

Check the general candidate requirements—do you fit the criteria and are you eligible for the programme?

Step 2

Check out 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 a maximum of two profiles in the application form and to give reasons for your choice.

Step 3

Register at and fill out the application form in English.

Applications in other languages will not be considered.

In addition to filling out 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 of an idea for a change initiative 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 approximately . 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-day assessment centre.

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