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Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative of German Government

16.10.2018 - Press release

16 refugees will be awarded scholarship under the DAFI (Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative) programme of the German Government this year.

Johanna Borchardt at the Refugee Assistance Programme office in New Delhi
Johanna Borchardt at the Refugee Assistance Programme office in New Delhi© German Embassy New Delhi

With a contribution of 45, 35,320 INR (64,000 US $), the German Government will be supporting the refugee education through the DAFInitiative this year.
The exclusive scholarship programme enables the selected applicants to pursue their education at tertiary level (Universities and polytechnic institutes).
Selection of refugee students was conducted by UNHCR on 15th October 2018 in association with the German Embassy, New Delhi. 27 refugees from Afghanistan and Myanmar applied for the scholarship. Johanna Borchardt, Counsellor German Embassy participated in the selection procedure.

Johanna Borchardt interacts with one of the selected applicants
Johanna Borchardt interacts with one of the selected applicants© German Embassy New Delhi


She said “Refugees face series of transitional difficulties - from daily life to cultural adaption. This programme is the unique opportunity for the refugees to continue their higher education and to shape their own future in their own way”. The entire process not only included assessment of educational background of the applicants, but also their social engagement was ranked.
DAFI scholarship programme offers refugee students the possibility to pursue an undergraduate degree in their country of asylum and succeed academically. Since 1992 the DAFI

Few of the applicants
Few of the applicants© German Embassy New Delhi

programme allowed thousands of refugee students to pursue higher education in their country of first asylum. In 2016, more than 5000 students have received scholarships in 40 countries worldwide.
The program is predominantly funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and administrated by UNHCR.

Johanna Borchardt, Counsellor German Embassy, along with some of the applicants
Johanna Borchardt, Counsellor German Embassy, along with some of the applicants© German Embassy New Delhi


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