Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

About the Programme

AFRIKA KOMMT! is a fellowship programme that connects visionary African professionals and leading German companies. Together they pave the way for global inclusive business and mutually beneficial cooperation. Find out more about the programme.

German companies benefit from the expertise, knowledge, local network and unique and multifold African perspective of the young experts. The African fellows dive deep into the German corporate specifics, German business spirit and the German culture. They become agents for changing and widening perceptions of both: Germany and Africa. AFRIKA KOMMT! provides a life experience for the African fellows, strengthens German business relations with Africa as well as economic and social growth in the fellows’ home countries and communities. 

The AFRIKA KOMMT! programme is entirely financed by the participating companies. As a fellow, all costs related to your participation in the fellowship programme will be covered (flights, accommodation, monthly stipend, trainings, language course).

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About the Application to become a Fellow

The AFRIKA KOMMT! programme combines theory and practice through management trainings and an internship phase in a German company. AFRIKA KOMMT! does not provide academic scholarships for studying in Germany. In addition, it is not an academic degree programme.

Please apply via our online application platformApplications by email are not accepted. 

AFRIKA KOMMT! is a capacity building programme for young professionals. Therefore, you can only apply for the programme if you are 35 years old or younger.

When applying for AFRIKA KOMMT!, you always apply for the whole programme. You should mention your preferred fellowship placements in your application but we will consider your application for the entire programme. During the application phase, you can find the available fellowship placements here.

Yes, you are welcome to apply for the programme if you fulfil the general application requirements. You can find the application requirements here.

It is mandatory to be fluent in English to participate in AFRIKA KOMMT!. The working language in many German companies, in particular those that are working internationally, is English. If you are a native-French speaker, we encourage you to apply for the programme if you can imagine to work in English.

Yes, it is not necessary to speak German before taking part in the programme.

Yes, you are still eligible to apply again. We however encourage you to read through the available fellowship placements carefully. The available fellowship placements change each year and we invite you to check which placements fit your background best.

You cannot choose GIZ for your fellowship. GIZ is implementing the AFRIKA KOMMT! programme on behalf of the German companies. GIZ does not offer any fellowship positions within GIZ.

No, unfortunately you cannot change your application once you have sent it.

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FAQ – The Application Process

About the Application Form

Please mention here if you ever worked abroad or did a training abroad.

The form of the presentation is up to you. Both formats are accepted.

Please upload an application photo or a profile photo (portrait format).

Please upload your certificates in French in the attachment section. Our team speaks German, English, French and Spanish. If your certificates were issued in any other language, we advise you to attach a translation.

Questions about the Selection Process

We will inform you 8-12 weeks after the end of the application deadline if you have been invited to the assessment centre. Everyone will receive feedback on his or her application. 

We do not send out all invitations at once. It is possible that you receive an invitation later than someone else does. Everyone will receive feedback on his or her application. 

You are welcome to apply again for the next intake of AFRIKA KOMMT!. The available fellowship placements change each year and are published in the application guide.

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AFRIKA KOMMT! FAQ – The Assessment Centre

Questions about Participating as a Company

Yes, the programme is open to all German companies, whether or not they are already active in Africa or have immediate plans to do so.

The GIZ takes care of all administrative elements of the programme. Find out more about the programme structure.

Yes! Many alumni are now sales agents of their partner companies in their home countries. Some have started out as sales agents and after achieving success have continued to open offices for their companies. Find out more about the success stories of the programme.

The programme is an initiative of the German industry and thus the cost is fully covered by participating companies. Find out more about the different possibilities of participation.

Yes, you can have as many fellows as you would like.

Yes, the profile of the candidate is entirely defined by the participating company and the selection of the fellows takes place in close collaboration with the participating companies

AFRIKA KOMMT! is open to candidates from all African countries. If you are looking for candidates from a specific country or region, you can specify this in your profile of the candidate. Find out more about the current fellows and alumni of the programme.