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New digital platform for the Centres launching soon!

!!! This site will move in the next weeks to the newly established DIGI-FACE Platform !!!
If you want to write a blog, please make use of the blog section on DIGI-FACE.

DIGI-FACE Platform launch on 1 October 2021

Via the DIGI-FACE project, a new platform for our African Excellence Network is developed. This Platform with its diverse functionalities, like the Learning-Management-System Moodle, the blog, the Project-Management-Tool, detailed member and profile overviews and a publication section will be launched on 1 October 2021.

DIGI-FACE is a portal to the exciting digital world of the network of DAAD-supported Centres of African Excellence. It connects these Centres of African Excellence and their alumni through teaching, learning, research, and communication opportunities by providing:

  • Information about the African Excellence Programme.
  • Information about the Centres and DAAD Alumni.
  • Access to blogs that allow members to share their news and other relevant information such as scholarship notifications and calls for proposals.
  • An access point to the DIGI-FACE Moodle Learning Management System, that we call ‘Learn’.
  • A space where members of the African Excellence Programme can find one another and exchange ideas.
  • A project management tool for supporting and operationalising collaborative research and other projects both within and across Centres, as well as for all students, academics and alumni.
  • A place to share publications and create an online library within and between the different. African-German Centres of Excellence.
Check out the DIGI-FACE Platform for exploring the new digital home of the Centres!

New DAAD-Scholarships Offers

Call for Scholarship Applications 2021 at Sub-Saharan African universities and at universities or research institutions in Germany:
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships in Germany
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships in Sub-Saharan Africa Staff Exchange Fellowships in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • For Staff Exchange Fellowships in Sub-Saharan Africa: (senior) staff members (holding a PhD) from a Sub-Saharan African university
You can find all details regarding the selection process in the respective calls at the DAAD scholarship database: Postdoctoral Fellowships in Germany   Postdoctoral Fellowships in Sub-Saharan Africa   Staff Exchange Fellowships in Sub-Saharan Africa

DAAD fördert zwei neue Fachzentren // Two new Centres funded by DAAD

Der Auf- und Ausbau leistungsfähiger und nachhaltiger Ausbildungsstrukturen an afrikanischen Universitäten ist Ziel des Programms „Fachzentren Afrika“ des Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienstes (DAAD). Aktuell sind zwei weitere Fachzentren mit Fokus auf Ressourcenmanagement ausgewählt worden. Der DAAD fördert beide von deutschen Hochschulen getragenen Zentren aus Mitteln des Auswärtigen Amtes (AA) bis 2025 mit 4,5 Millionen Euro.
Zur Pressemitteilung.



The aim of the German Academic Exchange Service’s (DAAD) “African Excellence” programme is to establish and expand efficient and sustainable teaching and learning structures at African universities. Currently, two new Centres of Excellence focusing on resource management have been selected. DAAD is funding both Centres, which are run by German universities, with 4.5 million euros from the Federal Foreign Office (AA) until 2025.
To the press release.



L’objectif du programme “African Excellence” de l’Office Allemand d’Échanges Universitaires (DAAD) est d’établir et de développer des structures d’enseignement et d’apprentissage efficaces et durables dans les universités africaines. Actuellement, deux nouveaux Centres d’Excellence axés sur la gestion des ressources ont été sélectionnés. Le DAAD finance ces deux Centres, qui sont gérés par des universités allemandes, avec 4,5 millions d’euros du Ministère Fédéral des Affaires Étrangères (AA) jusqu’en 2025.
Voici la communiqué de presse.

Brochure African Excellence

The new brochure on the Centres of African Excellence is freshly published!
Click here to download it.

This brochure illustrates, by means of practical examples and implementation strategies from the centres, how these projects actively contribute to sustainable development in Africa by impartin context-related, relevant expertise and by developing concrete approaches to solutions.

           Prof. Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee, President of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Open Calls for Scholarship Applications

DAAD In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme (Intake 2021)

Master and Phd Studies in Ghana, Nigeria, Benin, Burkina Faso and Malawi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda

Target Group: Graduates and postgraduates from Sub-Saharan Africa with a first academic degree if applying for a Master’s programme, or with a Master’s degree if applying for a doctoral programme who want to pursue Master’s or PhD courses in their home country (so called In-Country scholarships) or in another Sub-Sahara African country (In-Region scholarships).

The programme aims at fostering strong, internationally oriented higher education systems in Sub-Saharan Africa with the capacity to contribute to sustainable development. To this end, scholarships are granted for development-related Master or doctoral studies at selected host universities for individuals who plan to pursue a career in teaching and/or research at a higher education institution in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The programme is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and aims at university staff in the first line, without neglecting the public sector demand of academically trained personnel.

Please note: There are different selection processes depending on the study location

  • Ghana, Nigeria, Benin, Burkina Faso and Malawi:
    Applicants must first apply for their studies at the respective host institutions using the contacts and the method that is prescribed by the institution. The host institutions will screen, pre-select (according to DAAD selection criteria) and short-list the applicants. DAAD reserves the right of final selection. The host institutions will provide the shortlisted candidates with the link ot he DAAD-Portal. Only the pre-selected candidates are asked to log into the DAAD portal, register themselves and submit an DAAD application.
  • Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda:
    All applicants are asked to log in the DAAD portal, register themselves and submit the applications. Afterwards the selection process (including the pre-selection process at the host institution) starts.

You can find all details regarding the selection process in the respective calls at the DAAD scholarship database

Please find an overview of the different programmes attached:

Call for Application: Scholarship Programme New Leadership for Africa

The Leadership for Africa (LfA) programme is open to bachelor’s degree holders who wish to pursue a master’s degree in Germany. The scholarship is open to applicants from Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Sudan.

More details on the scholarship can be found at

The deadline for application is this Friday, 16 October 2020.


For further information, one can contact the LfA team on or also per telephone on 0733 929 929.

Web seminars on Tuesday, 13 October 2020 and the very final one on Wednesday, 14 October 2020 at 2:00 pm EAT will be conducted to elaborate more on how to apply via the DAAD portal as well as to answer any questions that one may have. The links to join in the Web seminars are:

i) Tuesday, 13 October 2020 at 2 pm EAT  – :

ii) Wednesday, 14 October 2020 at 2 pm EAT – :

Interested participants are encouraged to register at least a day before the date for the Web Seminar, so that they can receive the link for participation on time.

Meanwhile, still virtual visiting hours will be offered every Thursdays from 10 am – 11 am EAT. The link to join in the visiting hour on Thursday, 15 October 2020 is: <


The LfA team on behalf of
Beate Schindler-Kovats
Director Regional Office for Africa
Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Burundi
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Madison Insurance House- Upper Hill Close Road, community area, Nairobi, Kenya


New Platform online soon

Via the DIGI-FACE Project a new Platform for our African Excellence Network is about to be developed. This Platform with its rich functions, like the Learning-Management-System Moodle, a Project-Management-Tool, the blog function, detailled member and profile overviews and a publication section will be accessible via this link:

In the following some insights and impressions of the new platform:

Insight into the Moodle Platform:

Appel à candidature pour les bourses Master CEGLA 2020

Dans le cadre des activités du Centre d’Excellence de Gouvernance Locale en Afrique (CEGLA), nous sommes heureux de porter à votre connaissance le lancement de bourses de formation Master en « Décentralisation et Gouvernance Locale » financées par l’Office Allemand d’Echanges Universitaires (DAAD).

L’ensemble des modalités à respecter et des documents à fournir pour le dossier de candidature se trouve dans les documents suivants:

Appel à candidature national bourse de formation Master de Niamey

Appel à candidature national bourse de formation Master de Bamako

Appel à candidature international bourse de formation Master de Bamako

La date limite d’introduction des candidatures est fixée au 26 septembre 2020.