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.
In the focus countries Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt, there is – within the S1-programme – also the possibility for Master-scholarships at local universities (so called “in-country scholarships”/”third country scholarships”).
Information on our regional partner committees can be found here.
Marcela Bustamante Torres (Colombia)
Marcela Bustamante studied Law in her hometown of Bogotá. Before going to Germany, she practiced law in Colombia and was involved in a number of research projects. Supported by a KAAD-scholarship she completed the master program "Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies" at the Freie Universität Berlin between 2006 and 2008. Following professional activities in Washington D.C. and Lima (Peru) she returned to Bogota in 2012, where she now works for the "Defensoría del Pueblo de Colombia" - a government institution which operates autonomously in the field of defending and promoting human rights.
She is also one of the organizers of the congress "Paz y Justicia Reconciliación Tradicional" we have planned for the month of February 2016 at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá. During that event our alumni plan to establish a KAAD-network of lawyers and political scientists in Latin America.