Cooperation Programs with Africa

The University of Bonn maintains a large number of cooperation programs with research institutes in Africa. These often intensive and long-lasting relationships are maintained by a range of institutes and departments at the University of Bonn.

Forschung in Afrika
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Partnerships and Projects

Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya and Namibia number amongst the priority countries with which the University of Bonn maintains long-term and intensive programs of collaboration. The University plans to maintain and extend such collaborations with institutions in African countries.

Partnerships and Projects

University of Ghana

Founded in 1948 as an affiliate of the University of London, the University of Ghana has operated independently since Ghana obtained independence in 1957. It is the country’s oldest and largest state university. As a fully-fledged classic university of the arts and sciences, the university has some 40,000 students enrolled in a wide range of degree programs. As the Ghana’s leading university (Times Higher Education Ranking 2021) and one of the top universities in Africa, it enjoys a good international reputation. The University of Bonn has a vibrant and long-standing institutional relationship with the University of Ghana in the life sciences, natural sciences and humanities, which has led to it being recognized as a special partner university.

The University of Bonn currently maintains a large number of cooperation programs in Africa. These often intensive and long-lasting relationships are maintained by a range of institutes and departments at the University of Bonn. The following bodies are especially active in this area: the Center for Development Research (ZEF), the Department of Geography and various institutes in the Faculty of Agriculture.

Lighthouse Projects

DAAD Global Centres Africa — Center for Development Research (ZEF)/University Hospital Bonn

Early 2021 saw the acquisition by the University of Bonn of two of the eight DAAD-funded “global centres” designed to address international challenges. 

  • Ghana: The German-West African Centre for Global Health and Pandemic Prevention (G-WAC), Berlin School of Public Health (Technische Universität Berlin and Charité Berlin), the University of Bonn and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
  • Ivory Coast/Kenya: African Climate and Environment Center — Future African Savannas (AFAS), University of Bonn, University Félix Houphouët-Boigny and the University of Nairobi

Press release from the University of Bonn (in German)2

Official press release from the DAAD3

Centres of African Excellence – Center for Development Research (ZEF)

West African Center for Sustainable Rural Transformation (WAC-SRT, DAAD Centre of African Excellence)4

Ghanaian-German Center for Development Studies (GGCDS, DAAD Centre of African Excellence)5

Collaborative Research Center Future Rural Africa – the Department of Geography

The Collaborative Research Center “Future Rural Africa. Future-Making and Social-Ecological Transformation” is realized in cooperation with the University of Cologne. Project partners include the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC), the University of Münster, Charité an der Humboldt-Universität in Berlin, and of course a number of cooperation partners in Africa.

Further information6


Funding Opportunities 

The expansion of global cooperation programs sharpens the profile of the University of Bonn and represents an important part of its Excellence Strategy. The central goals in this context are the systematic and ongoing development of strategic partnerships (e.g. Networks 4/ „Global Competence Centers“) and the targeted funding of cooperation agreements with universities in the Global South (e.g. Impact 3/ „Cooperation in the Global South“).

Forschung in Afrika
© ZEF/Beuchelt

Funding Opportunities

  • Bonn SDG Fellowship – Funding for Researchers from the Global South (from doctorate level)
  • Argelander Scholarships – Individual Funding for Doctoral Students at Universities in the Global South
  • “Get Finished” – Degree Completion Scholarships for Doctoral Students from Countries of the Global South Studying at the University of Bonn

The International Office and Research and Innovation Services provide a comprehensive advice service for those preparing an application.


International Office
Parnterships and International Researchers
Mira Zöller

Research and Innovation Service
Research Support
Dr. Ulrike Pag

Runder Tisch
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The African Round Table was established at the University of Bonn in 2020. More than forty members meet regularly to discuss issues surrounding research conducted in and with institutions in Africa.

Researchers at the University of Bonn who would like to attend the round table can write an email to the organizer of the round table. We are happy to include you in our mailing list: Mira Zöller,

Requests for the Round Table can be directed to us as well.


Why would you recommend Bonn?

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Prof. Dr. Tiegist Abebe, Äthiopien

Portrait von Prof. Dr. Tiegist Abebe
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