The German Parliament invites highly motivated graduates from South Africa, Namibia and Botswana to take part in a scholarship programme in Berlin in January 2022. During an intensive four-week programme, eight participants from these countries will have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of the German parliamentary system and political decision-making. Applications close on 31 July 2021.

The IPS (International Parliament Scholarship) programme will take place from 1 – 31 January 2022 in Berlin. The core element of the programme is a one-week work placement in the office of a Member of the German Bundestag (Parliament).

Events that focus on the German parliamentary system form part of the programme along with presentations, workshops and seminars on topics such as German history and culture, freedom of religion, minority issues, comparison of systems, approaches to experiences of dictatorship and the German culture of remembrance. A workshop on project management aims to support the development of individual project ideas with a view to promoting democracy and civil society in participants’ countries of origin.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Citizenship of one of the three participating countries
  • Under the age of 30 at the start of the scholarship
  • University degree
  • Very good knowledge of German
  • An interest in politics, and social/political commitment

Applications can be submitted to Nicole Harms ( at the German Embassy Pretoria until 31 July 2021.

Check out this page for more information on application requirements and scholarship benefits:

IPS Programme for African States