Near and Middle East
The Near and Middle East Department covers a wide geographical area ranging from Morocco in the West to Afghanistan in the East. The populations of the countries included are mainly Muslim (with the exception of Israel). Christian communities (about 15 million people) form minorities and often live under rather difficult conditions. That is why KAAD´s regional program for the Near and Middle East aims at two main objectives: Strengthening Christian churches and communities and encouraging interreligious dialogue as well as the encounter of individuals who are working towards a higher level of social integration. As a contribution to a sincere dialogue scholarships can be granted also to Muslim applicants proposed by our Catholic partners. In this context, please, also note KAAD´s Georges-Anawati-Scholarship for research projects on the issue of dialogue between Islam and Christianity.
By following the above-mentioned objectives the program wants to make a contribution to the peacefull coexistence in this conflict-ridden region. It also wants to help Christian communities to better root in their traditional social and academic environments and to counter the present tendency towards their exodus.
Countries of focus of our scholarship programs for post-graduate academics are: Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine/Israel and Syria.
Medical doctors please note: As a matter of principle, KAAD does not sponsor long-term specialization programs (Facharztausbildungen) in Germany.
Information on our regional partner committees can be found here.
Stephen Nana Ato Arthur (Ghana)
Stephen Nana Ato Arthur, born in 1961, has been a KAAD-scholar twice and between the two scholarships was not only a period of 12 years but also a very successful political career that has reached a peak in 2012: On 08.12.2012, KAAD got the news that he has won the constituency KEEA as a candidate for Parliament. He will therefore be the first alumnus of KAAD as a member of parliament in an African country.