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How this resource works

This page will be updated weekly with the most recent postings regarding trainings, workshops, short courses, scholarships and university programmes that offer opportunities to refugees.

For inquiries directly related to a specific post or opportunity, refer your questions to the organization or group within the posting.

Questions regarding higher education or opportunities like this generally? Or are you a higher education institution or organisation offering scholarship support to refugees? We want to hear from you.

Contact us at hq.campaign@sboverseas.org



UK - Chevening Scholarship for Syrians


UK - Chevening Scholarship for Syrians

Columbia University Scholarship for Displaced Students

Colombia University Scholarship for Displaced Students

“The Columbia University Scholarship for Displaced Students (CUSDS) is an effort to combat this unprecedented humanitarian and economic loss by providing displaced students with the opportunity to pursue higher education at Columbia University, one of the leading educational institutions in the world. As the first-ever Columbia-wide scholarship, and the world’s first scholarship of its kind, this program will commit up to $6 million annually in support, per cohort, for up to 30 students each year. Mentoring and support will be provided by the Scholarship, as well as by schools and student groups at Columbia.


This scholarship program is for foreign nationals with refugee status living anywhere in the world, or who have received US asylum or submitted a US asylum application, or are in the US under Temporary Protected Status.

Submission Instructions

Applicants must apply directly to a degree program listed on the scholarship information homepage. Each school and program maintains their own acceptance requirements and application deadlines. Acceptance to an academic program DOES NOT guarantee funding through the scholarship (students may be accepted to an academic program but not receive funding through the scholarship).

**To be considered for the scholarship, CUSDS applicants must submit the following form in its entirety no later than their degree program’s application deadline.**”

For more information and to submit an application, visit their website.

Scholarship for Masters European Studies

Scholarships for Masters in European Studies

“The College of Europe offers a large number of scholarships to university graduates coming from European Neighbourhood Policy countries for post-graduate studies at the College of Europe during the academic year 2020-2021.

These scholarships cover academic expenses, accommodation, meals and travel costs.

The countries concerned are: Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority, Syria, Tunisia and Ukraine.

Selection procedure:

1. Candidates are requested to visit the website of the College www.coleurope.eu and check the academic and language requirements.

2. Candidates have to register and apply online.

3. Candidates have to submit the online application form including the requested documents (cf. application instructions).

4. After the deadline (15th of January 2020), all applications will be evaluated by the study departments at the College of Europe and a preselection will be made. Preselected candidates will be invited for an interview with the Professors/assistants of the department(s) they have applied for. The final decisions on admission and scholarships will be taken after all interviews of the candidates from the ENP countries. Candidates will be contacted by e-mail.

Want to know more about the College of Europe at a glance? See Study. “

Training & Mentoring Programme for young migrants in EU

Training & Mentoring Programme  for Young Migrants

“We are looking for young migrants (up to 35 years old) who would like to engage in a 6 months Training & Mentoring programme starting in February 2020. The course is online and free of charge.

We are also looking for experienced entrepreneurs with a migrant background who would like to share their experience and mentor other potential entrepreneurs.

If interested the first step is to register to our meeting to discuss needs and expectations. It will take place in Brussels in mid-October. You can register here: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/YMCBBelgium

More about the project: Young Migrants Capacity Building (YMCB) is a two-year project funded by the European Commission and the European Parliament. YMCB brings together seven partners actively working in the field of migrants’ entrepreneurship and business incubation for youth and social enterprises. One of the pilot countries is Belgium and specifically the Brussels-Region.”

For more information, download the flyer or send an email to info@ymcb.eu

Masters Scholarship for Refugees in Brussels

Brussels School of International Studies’ Refugee Scholarship

100% Fee waiver for individuals with refugee status or subsidiary protection in Belgium.

At BSIS, we teach a range of subjects in International Studies,
many of which touch on situations which affect refugees and in which refugees
are engaged. Recognising the difficulties which refugees may face in achieving
further education, in academic year 2019/20, BSIS is delighted to announce the
award of a 100% fee waiver scholarship for individuals living in Belgium who
are holding refugee status or subsidiary protection.


  •   Applicants should have been granted refugee status in Belgium or have been granted subsidiary protection through what would be the end date of their studies (e.g. August 2020 for September 2019 entry)
  •   Applicants must provide a letter from a Belgian authority confirming refugee status or subsidiary protection in Belgium
  • Applicants must be resident in Belgium
  •   Applicants must study full-time
  •  Applicants must be accepted into one of the standard (90 ECTS) programmes at BSIS

How to apply

  •  Applications are required to prepare a short essay (500 words) – the title of which is The world today: from globalisation to deglobalisation?
  •     The essay should be sent to bsisadmissions@kent.ac.uk with the subject line: “Refugee scholarship application Firstname SURNAME application number”, for example: Refugee scholarship application Andrew SMITH 123456789.

Applications are taken on a rolling basis and the application for the scholarship should be accompanied by the application to your chosen programme at BSIS.

For more information, visit the BSIS website.

Masters Scholarship for Refugees in the UK

The University of St Andrews is giving a scholarship to refugees in the UK for 2020.

About the St Andrews Sanctuary Scholarship

“St Andrews is committed to attracting the very best students, and to providing a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone in our community. The University is pleased to launch a new Sanctuary Scholarship, specifically designed to support undergraduate and postgraduate applicants who are seeking sanctuary in the UK.

The Sanctuary Scholarship is open to any applicant that has an official Home Office status as one of the following:

  • Asylum Seeker
  • Refugee
  • Humanitarian protection
  • Limited leave to remain
  • Discretionary leave to remain”

Asylum seekers will be assessed as Home (Scotland/EU) fee status.

Duration of award

Annually for the duration of the student’s course

Value of award (per year)

Postgraduate Taught courses up to £22,000

Postgraduate Research up to £15,000

Tuition or maintenance award?

Flexible funding which can be allocated towards Tuition or Maintenance depending on Government/other funding provided

Number of awards available

Postgraduate Taught – 4

Postgraduate Research – 2

You can apply to the scholarship within your application to study at the University of St Andrews. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is 31 May 2020.

If you have any questions on this specific call, click here for more information or contact St Andrews directly, ask a question or by phone at+44 (0)1334 46 2365.

JISR 2020 - Master degrees scholarships

Al Ghurair Foundation for Eduation AGFE is offering a new scholarship for the Summer/Fall 2020.

About the OLSP Scholarship

Arizona State University (ASU) and the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education (AGFE) are collaborating to offer scholarships to high-achieving disadvantaged Arab youth to obtain their master’s degrees online at ASU. The Open Learning Scholars Program is a full-ride scholarship focused on 33 STEM-related specializations, spanning the fields of engineering, technology, health, education, and tourism, which are considered rare in our region and so are key to building knowledge among youth in the region.

Deadline for applications is 27th October 2019 at 12h00 noon Beirut time.

If you have any questions on this specific call, click here to request information.

Open Learning Scholars Program - Summer/Fall 2020

Japanese Initiative for the future of Syrian Refugees (JISR) is making its 4th call to support Syrian refugees who have the potential to contribute to the reconstruction of Syria in the future. This program offers opportunities for young Syrian refugees to study in graduate courses for their Master’s courses at Japanese universities.

  • Japanese Initiative for the future of Syrian Refugees (JISR)
  • Conducted in English
  • Master’s Degree Program
  • Fields of Study at Japanese Universities: Engineering, Agriculture, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Business Administration, Social Science (Peacebuilding, Political Science, Public Administration, etc.), and Japanese Language and Culture are specified as key fields of study.

The link below includes all relevant application information and eligibility criteria: https://www.jica.go.jp/syria/english/office/others/jisr.html

The deadline is Friday 29th of November 2019.

If you have any questions on this specific call, email apply-jisr@jds21.com

Online Course - Planning and Tracking Advocacy Campaigns
New Tactics in Human Rights is hosting a 5-module online course on planning on tracking advocacy campaigns:
“The course will provide you with a foundation for conducting human rights-based advocacy using the Strategic Effectiveness Method, and prepare you to integrate technology into your advocacy work using our innovative online Tactical Mapping Tool (TMT). The course is being offered free of charge and 20 applicants will be selected to take the course.”

Applications due on 30 August, 2019.If you have any questions please email newtactics@cvt.org.

UK - Chevening Scholarship for Syrians

Want to study in the UK?- the #Chevening scholarship through UK for Syria is now open for applications until November 5, 2019.

The #scholarship covers university fees, monthly support, travel costs, visa application costs

More information here https://www.chevening.org/scholarship/syria/

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PEER - Platform for Education in Emergencies Reponse

PEER - Platform for Education in Emergencies Response

Sign up to receive the most recent opportunities by email in English or Arabic, curated by PEER: https://iiepeer.org/

In response to the world’s global education emergencies, the Institute of International Education (IIE) supported by the Catalyst Foundation for Universal Education developed the Platform for Education in Emergencies Response (PEER), an online clearinghouse enabling displaced and refugee students to connect with educational opportunities so they may continue formal and informal higher education.


We are working on a series of documents with information regarding studying in several countries around Europe. Keep an eye on this space!