Requirement 1: Geographic Connection

Because of the peacebuilding mission of the program, Tujenge Scholars Program maintains a geographic requirement for eligibility. Broadly-defined, applicants must have a connection to the Great Lakes region of Africa. Applications are welcomed from nationals of all countries and stateless persons, provided a connection to the region can be clearly articulated. The strength of this connection will be used in evaluation of the application.

Focus of the Tujenge Scholars program is on Burundi in particular, so while applications from anyone with a connection to the Great Lakes region are considered eligible, priority will generally be given to applicants with a connection to Burundi. However, given the program’s commitment to diversity in its cohorts, applications from non-Burundian applicants will be seriously considered.

For more information about the geographic connection, see the information on Selection Criteria.

Requirement 2: Graduation Year

Applicants for the Class of 2025 (Cohort 8) must graduate from secondary school in 2023. Students who graduate in any other year are not eligible for consideration.

Academic Results

There are no minimum academic results required to apply. Students from all secondary educational systems and sections are invited to apply. Please see information on Selection Criteria for a description of how Academic Results are used in selecting scholars.

University Enrollment

Tujenge Scholars Program is a full-time commitment for an 18-month period. Accordingly, scholars are not permitted to be simultaneously enrolled at Tujenge and a degree-granting university program. If you have applied for or are currently enrolled in a university program, you may apply to Tujenge. However, if you are accepted and decide to enroll at Tujenge, you must drop out of any university programs and withdraw any pending university applications.


The Tujenge Scholars Program admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.