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Further Education Initiative

Creating pathways for higher education & vocational training for refugees in Europe and the Middle East

Universities around Europe and the world have increasingly created opportunities for refugees to access higher education. Researching the progammes available, weighing options, making applications, ensuring qualifications, securing funding and other aspects of being able to attend a higher education institution, however, are difficult to access without guidance. This initiative will aims to bring prospective students in our network closer to those opportunities.

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


Internships for Refugees | ESMT Berlin

Internships for Refugees | ESMT Berlin

Internships for Refugees | ESMT Berlin

“ESMT Berlin are looking for motivated Interns (m/f/x)

These departments are available:

  • Accounting and Controlling
  • Facility Management
  • Event Management

As an intern you will

  • get an insight into one of the departments of ESMT in an international team
  • support the corresponding department with general office and administrative tasks

You should apply if you

  • have an official refugee status
  • have first experience from other administrative positions in your home country
  • have first experience with programs of the MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook)
  • can communicate well in English and/or German (level at least B2 for one of these languages)
  • can benefit from an orientation internship

Offered by this internship

  • three-month orientation internships in one of the most international working environments in the heart of Berlin, where you will work closely in one of our teams
  • thorough training to prepare you for your new responsibilities
  • an introduction to a German and international work environment
  • a compensation of 400 €/month
  • flexibility in weekly working hours (ideally 40 hours/week, fewer hours are also possible, e.g. if you need to take German classes)

Please submit your application by using our online application form, including:

  • motivation letter and CV
  • proof of refugee status

ESMT Berlin
Wilina Carter
Human Resources Manager
Schlossplatz 1
10178 Berlin
Tel: 030 21231 0

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

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. “

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.


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!