UNHCR Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative (DAFI) UNHCR’s scholarship programme 2020 for refugee students

Application Deadline: June 30th 2019

UNHCR’s scholarship programme, the Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative (DAFI), enables access to higher education for refugee students in their country of asylum since 1992.

The DAFI programme provides undergraduate refugee students with scholarships that cover a wide range of costs: from tuition fees and study materials, to food, transport and accommodation.

To support their academic achievements and skill development, DAFI scholars receive additional support through close monitoring, academic preparatory and language classes based on students’ needs, as well as psychosocial support, mentoring and networking opportunities.


In order to be eligible, a candidate must:

  • be a refugee with recognised refugee status;
  • have successfully completed secondary schooling to a high standard;
  • have no other means of support for university studies;
  • select a course of study that is likely to lead to employment in the country of origin with maximum three to four years duration;
  • not be older than 28 years at the beginning of studies;
  • have no other family member receiving a DAFI scholarship.

In 2019, DAFI scholarships are available in 52 countries, namely:

Sub-Sahara Africa: Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia & Zimbabwe.

Middle East & Northern Africa (MENA): Algeria, Egypt, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Syria & Yemen.

Asia & Pacific: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan &Tajikistan.

The Americas: Ecuador & Mexico.

Europe: Azerbaijan, Russian Federation, Turkey & Ukraine.

How to apply?

  • Check in the list above if there is a current DAFI Programme in your country of asylum.
  • Check if you meet the above-mentioned criteria.
  • You can contact the respective office by emailing your country of interest in the following contact form.
  • Complete the country specific application form and submit as indicated on the form.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the DAFI UNHCR’s scholarship programme 2019


  1. Thanks you for your contribution in education sector . my name is salum nassoro i interested and i disire to continue my level of education in bachelor degree i finish A” level with combination of PCM (PHYSICS,CHEMISTRY,ADV.MATHEMATICS) My request is full scholarship to continue in high level of education . thanks and GOD bless you

  2. Comment: Do you offering scholarship to those who would like to do masters in Education? I am Ring Michael, south Sudanese in meheba refugee settlement, Zambia

  3. The opportunities given to the refugee students has really contributed to the positive development of the countries thanks to the Director of Dafi

  4. […] Le programme de bourses DAFI (Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative) offre aux étudiants réfugiés qualifiés la possibilité d’obtenir un diplôme de premier cycle dans leur pays d’asile. Grâce au soutien dévoué du gouvernement allemand, du HCR et de donateurs privés, le programme a aidé plus de 18 000 jeunes réfugiés à entreprendre des études supérieures depuis 1992. […]


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