Call for Applications: AFRIKA KOMMT! Program for Future Leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa (Fully Funded)

Deadline: January 19, 2018

Calling all future leaders of Africa: applications are now open for the AFRIKA KOMMT!, an initiative of German Industry for Future Leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa 2018 – 2020. The program trains young, future managers from Sub-Saharan Africa on-site with German companies while forming stable cooperative partnerships for the future.

At the heart of the AFRIKA KOMMT! fellowship program is is an eight-month practical training in a leading German enterprise benefiting both fellows and partner companies – a classic win-win situation. The program fellows benefit as well as the partner companies. After five completed program years, a significant number of the participants now work in the branch office of their respective partner company in Africa.

Financed by the German partner companies, the capacity development program AFRIKA KOMMT! consists of the following key components:

  • One month individual German language preparation course
  • One year stay in Germany comprising of:
    • Two-months intensive German language course
    • Eight month 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 organized by the Robert Bosch in Stuttgart and the ZEIT-Siftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius in Hamburg
    • Cultural weekend activities organized by GIZ
  • Transfer phase after the stay in Germany via GIZ’s online platform Global Campus 21 and integration into the AFRIKA KOMMT! Alumni Network and its regional Alumni Clubs
  • Refresher course in Germany or Africa, approximately 6-12 months after the stay in Germany, offering the former fellows to extend their networks with the other alumni and to mutually benefit from their experiences

After the one-year stay in Germany, all candidates have to return to their home countries. Alumni activities will continue and allow former fellows to extend their networks with each other and to mutually benefit from their experiences on an ongoing basis.


The AFRIKA KOMMT! fellowship program includes:

  • Language course
    • An individual German language course before departure to Germany
    • An intensive German language course in Germany including fees, accommodations, and living allowance
  • Travelling expenses – flights, visa, etc.
    • Visa for Germany for one year
    • Round trip air fare from your home town to Germany and back
    • Travel to refresher course and back
    • Program-related travelling expenses in Germany
  • Monthly living allowance during the theoretical phase
    • Monthly living allowance of 750 EU (August, September, and October 2018; July 2019)
    • One-off relocation fee of 1.000 EU for settling back into the home countries
    • Monthly salary during the internship in the companies of approximately 1.500 EU gross
  • Accomodations
    • Accommodations during all stages of the program in Germany (including internet allowance, electricity, water and other charges)
  • Insurance
    • Health, accident, and liability insurance
  • Trainings
    • International management training courses
    • Study tour and weekend seminars in Germany
  • Alumni activities
    • Refresher course in Germany or Africa, including management training courses
    • Alumni networking opportunities
  • Certificate
    • AFRIKA KOMMT! is a practice-oriented fellowship program. Fellows will receive two certificates. One official certificate upon successful completion of the program with a detailed description of the specific contents and components of the training and one official certificate by the partner company company upon successful completion of the internship
    • In addition, fellows will receive a certificate by the Academy for International Cooperation of GIZ GmbH by successful completion of the professional training in the tool “International Competence Development Journal”


Candidates need to fulfill the following formal eligibility requirements:

  • University degree in a relevant subject (please see individual company profiles below)
  • 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
  • Female candidates are welcome

Other requirement

The AFRIKA KOMMT! fellowship program aims at highly qualified, self-driven young professionals and junior executives from Sub-Saharan Africa with several years of hands-on work experience, strong leadership qualities and a very high level of commitment and dedication. Besides the specific technical expertise relevant to the partner company, the program requires candidates to have the following set of general skills and attributes:

  • Language and communication skills:
    • Excellent English 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
    • Outstanding intercultural competencies
    • Ability to adapt to new environments quickly


  • Check the general candidate requirements – do you fit the criteria?
  • Check the available placements and required profiles of the seventh intake of AFRIKA KOMMT! 2018-2020 – please remember you are applying to the program in general, not for a specific placement
  • Please read the application requirements carefully. You will find all necessary information

For more information, click HERE and to apply, click HERE.

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