Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative of German Government
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 (Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative) 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.
In India, 33 refugees were awarded scholarship this year under the DAFInitiative of the German Government. With a contribution of 40,52,910 INR, the scholarship programme is supporting the selected applicants to pursue their education at tertiary level (Universities and polytechnic institutes).
20 Afghan refugees, 2 Iraqi nationals and 11 students from Myanmar were selected to be a part of this years´programme. Selection was conducted by UNHCR in association with the German Embassy, New Delhi. The entire process not only included assessment of educational background of the applicants, but also their social engagement was ranked.
This programme is the unique opportunity for the refugees to continue their higher education and to shape their own future.