Further Education

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 programs 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 programs 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 organization offering scholarship support to refugees? We want to hear from you.

Contact us at hq.campaign@sboverseas.org

UK – Chevening Scholarship for Syrians CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

Canada Refugee Scholarship & Resettlement Opportunity | Refugee Youth Lebanon

“World University Service of Canada (WUSC) would like to invite qualified refugee youth in Lebanon to apply for the 2021-22 cohort of the Student Refugee Program (SRP).

Eligibility Requirements:

All applicants must be:

● Registered as a refugee in Lebanon with the UNHCR;

● Currently living in Lebanon and have arrived in Lebanon before January 1 st , 2017;

● A secondary school graduate in possession of official and original transcripts of academic documents. Minimum academic grade is 65% or equivalent;

● Between the age of 18-25 as of January 1s t , 2020 (date of birth must be no earlier than January 1 st , 1995 and no later than January 1 st 2002);

● Able to undertake academic studies in English or French;

● Single (unmarried) with no children;

● Self-reliant, mature and suitable for resettlement to Canada as an individual (i.e. not with family

members); and

● Facing barriers to accessing or completing post-secondary education.

DUE MONDAY FEBRUARY 10th 2020 by 5pm (Lebanon Local Time)

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

Business Support For Young Migrant Entrepreneurs | Vienna, Brussels, Florence & The Netherlands
Business Support for Young Migrant Entrepreneurs | Vienna, Brussels, Florence & the Netherlands

“Apply now as trainee or mentor!

Starting in February 2020, YMCB is running a free of charge 6 months training and mentoring programme for young migrant entrepreneurs. A blend of online and ‘classroom’ learning is strengthened by personal coaching based on regular, face-to-face meetings with mentors. In addition, the content is tailored to address specific needs and obstacles faced by prospective entrepreneurs with migrant background. Learn more about the content here.

The application process is now about for both prospective young migrant entrepreneurs and mentors.

We are looking for:

third country nationals living in Vienna, Brussels, Florence, and the Netherlands, who want to become entrepreneurs, but do not know where to start;
and mentors willing to share their knowledge, inspire and guide prospective young migrants on their entrepreneurial journey to untap their potential.
The application process is now open for both prospective young migrant entrepreneurs and mentors.

Prospective young migrant entrepreneurs apply here (switch languages on the right hand side).

Mentors apply here. For more information about the mentoring scheme in general, qualifications sought, your role, time requirements etc. please see the information sheet below.

Please do not hesitate to contact either Juliet Tschank or Carmen Siller if you need further information.”

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

Student-Led Refugee Projects Call | European Students Union
Call for Refugee & Student-Led Projects | European Students’ Union

“‘Together, Moving Forward’ is a small grants programme run by ESU aiming at building positive refugee-host interactions across Europe.

Since 2016, we have supported more than 40 valuable projects, shared views with resourceful activists and creative change-makers. However, we are also still confronted with little or uneven progress made by European governments and education systems, and perhaps an even more polarized public discourse regarding refugees, people in exile or seeking asylum or migrants.

We want to continue our efforts to encourage and promote valuable and viable options for refugees and asylum seekers to access and benefit from education and be part in our communities.

We are inviting and supporting university students and students in exile and to work together and get the system “unstuck”.

Get your idea funded up to 10.000 EUR (12,000 EUR for international projects).

To get you started:

Read the Call for project
Are you interested? Download the Application Pack
Read FAQ page
The deadline for applications (Stage 1) is the 16 FEBRUARY 2020 (23:59 Brussels time).”

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

Refugee Journalism Project | UK
Refugee Journalism Project | UK

“Refugee Journalism Project is looking for UK-based professional journalists with a refugee background who want to rebuild their careers. Between March and August, 15 selected participants will have the opportunity to acquire new media skills, publish journalistic content, and build professional networks through collaborations. In September, all participants will be invited to apply for the second phase which offers three six-month paid traineeships.

In order to meet the eligibility criteria, you must have:
• Refugee status (or Humanitarian Protection or Discretionary Leave to Remain as a result of an asylum claim).
• An average IELTS of 5.5 (or able to demonstrate a good command of English)
• Experience or qualifications in journalism, communications or a media-related field.
• You must be able to attend workshops between March and September 2020 (the exact dates will be supplied at a later stage)
• Be based in the UK.

In order to be considered for the project, please send a Curriculum Vitae (with the name and contact details of a referee) AND a 400-word written piece explaining why you are applying for this opportunity to: refugeejourno@protonmail.com. Candidates will be selected on the basis of on the information provided. You may be required to attend an interview.

Workshops are due to start in March 2020, so please ensure that your application is submitted by 22nd February 2020. All applications will be notified of the outcome by 2nd March 2020. The details for the paid traineeship will be circulated later on in the year.”

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

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program | Lebanon
Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program | Lebanon

“The American University of Beirut is pleased to announce the opening of this year’s recruitment for the Mastercard Foundation

Scholars Program. This program is in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation and aims to prepare young people to be agents of

change in their communities, countries, and regions. The scholarship program is open to all master’s degree programs offered at AUB.

Applicants must be nationals of African countries, nationals of Lebanon, or refugees and displaced living in Lebanon.

The program will offer the scholarship recipients full tuition support, a monthly stipend, medical insurance, housing, books,

and laptop, in addition to travel costs for students from Africa. The program can also cover for English language courses at AUB

for those who do not meet the required English score on TOEFL or IELTS.


• High financial need

• Good academic standing in undergraduate degree

• Commitment to giving back to the community, country, and region

• Leadership skills

• Commitment to attend all the additional learning experiences and workshops required by this program”

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

USAID Higher Education Scholarship Program (HES) | Lebanon
USAID Higher Education Scholarship Program (HES) | Lebanon

“The Lebanese American University is pleased to introduce and launch the following Higher Education Scholarship Program: University Scholarship Program (USP VIII-Cohort 2) and the Refugee/Displaced Scholarship Support (RSS) which offers university-bound students a unique opportunity to pursue quality higher education. The program aims to provide undergraduate scholarships to promising public and private high school students and technical school graduates from all governorates of Lebanon.

The Lebanese American University is also offering a unique opportunity to pursue a one-year certificate program for non-Lebanese refugees/Displaced, public and private high school students residing in all governorates of Lebanon.

Application deadline is March 31 2020.”

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

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
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.

RESOURCES PEER – Platform for Education in Emergencies Response

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!