Young university graduates from South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana who are interested in the German parliamentary system and who actively support basic democratic values in their home countries are eligible to apply for a scholarship program that has been offered by the German Bundestag since the year 2020.
Eight fellows will have the opportunity to gain an in-depth familiarity with the German legislative system and the political decision-making processes that take place in the German Bundestag during the course of a condensed program lasting four weeks. The city of Berlin will serve as the setting for the show. The internship, which lasts for one week and takes place in the office of a member of the German Bundestag, is the primary component of the curriculum.
In addition, there will be events centered on the parliamentary system of Germany, as well as lectures, workshops, and seminars, among other things, on parliamentary democracy, the operation of parliament, and the purpose of parliament. In addition, the subjects of plurality, protection of minorities, and culture of remembrance are communicated as a political mandate to the audience. During the course of a workshop on project management, you should be able to generate your own project ideas with the intention of fostering democracy and civil society in the countries of origin that each participant hails from.
About the Scholarship Sponsor:
The German federal parliament is called the Bundestag (German pronunciation: [bndstak] (listen), “Federal Diet”). It is the only federal representative body that is chosen directly by the people of Germany, hence it is known as the Bundestag. It is analogous to the House of Representatives in the United States of America as well as the House of Commons in the United Kingdom. In 1949, Title III(c) of the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany (German: Grundgesetz, pronounced [ntzts] (listen)) established the Bundestag as one of the legislative bodies of Germany. As a result, the Bundestag is the historical successor of the previous Reichstag.
The members of the Bundestag serve as representatives of the German people as a whole, are not constrained by any orders or instructions, and are only answerable to the electorate in which they won their seats. Due to the system of overhanging and leveling seats, the current 20th Bundestag has a total of 736 members, making it the largest Bundestag to date and the largest freely elected national parliamentary chamber in the world. The minimum legal number of members of the Bundestag (German: Mitglieder des Bundestages) is 598. [e] However, due to the system of overhanging and leveling seats, the current Bundestag is the largest Bundestag to date. Citizens of Germany who are at least 18 years old are eligible to vote in federal elections held every four years.
A mixed-member proportional representation system is used during elections. This system combines elected seats based on the “first-past-the-post” method with a proportional party list to ensure that the composition of the body follows the results of the national popular vote. The only circumstances in which an early election is permissible are those specified in Articles 63 and 68 of the Grundgesetz.
The Bundestag is responsible for a variety of tasks. It is the principal deliberative assembly at the national level. The Bundesrat is a distinct assembly that allows the different states of Germany, known as Bundeslander, to have a voice in the legislative process. Additionally, the Bundestag is responsible for the election of Germany’s chancellor, who serves as the country’s head of government, as well as the oversight of that position.
Scholarship Sponsor(s): Deutscher Bundestag
Scholarship Country: Germany
Scholarship Worth: €500
Scholarship Type: Vocational
Nationality: International Students
- A grant in the amount of 500 euros is provided to each participant. In addition, the costs of many types of insurance, including health, liability, and accident, are covered. In addition to this, a free place to stay will be provided in a residential complex (two-person shared apartment). There will be a reimbursement for the money spent on travel to and from Berlin.
Eligibility for Scholarship
- Possession of citizenship in one of the three nations that are participating (dual citizenship possible)
- younger than 30 years old at the beginning of the scholarship holder of a degree from an accredited university
- excellent command of one’s native tongue (German).
- An interest in political circumstances as well as active participation in social and political life
- The scholarship program is intended for young professionals from South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana who are devoted, open-minded, resilient, and politically oriented, and who wish to actively and responsibly impact the democratic future of their countries.
- An impartial selection committee of the German Bundestag evaluates each applicant’s professional, social, linguistic, and intercultural abilities before inviting them to a personal interview at one of the German embassies located in the participating countries.
- The expenses you incurred getting to the interview will be repaid to you on a proportionate basis, provided that the interviews are not taking place in the country in which you currently reside.
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The Deutscher Bundestag 2023 International Parliamentary Scholarship Programme for African Countries is open to all International Students
- Please email the German representation in your home country with the complete online application paperwork in a PDF format. The file name should consist of your surname followed by your first name (i.e. “surname-first name”).
- Your application has to be submitted in German and must include scanned versions of the following documents:
- a photograph suitable for inclusion in a passport (this should be done on page 1 of the application form);
- Form of application (available online at www.bundestag.de/ips afrikanisch);
- Documentation demonstrating proficiency in the German language at an exceptionally high level (at least equivalent to level B 2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages);
- a letter of intent (with a maximum length of two pages);
- a copy of the applicant’s passport or other form of official identification; a copy of the degree certificate that has been officially attested to; a letter of recommendation written in either German or English (from a university professor or from the employer, in which the professional qualifications of the applicant for the program are assessed).
- 1 Copies are considered to be certified if an official body (such as a German or foreign authority, the embassy or consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany, the office of a university, a notary, or an officially sworn interpreter) verifies that the photocopy corresponds to the original by affixing their official seal and signing their name. If there are multiple photocopies that have been stapled together, each individual sheet needs to be certified. It will not be possible to process the application if the documents are not appropriately certified.
The application deadline for Deutscher Bundestag 2023 International Parliamentary Scholarship Programme for African Countries is September 30, 2022