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  • Global Platform for Higher Education in Emergencies (former Global Platform for Syrian Students)

    Emergency Scholarship Programme

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    The Global Platform for Higher Education in Emergencies (former Global Platform for Syrian Students) is a non-profit multi-stakeholders organization, aimed at providing emergency scholarships to students from conflict-affected societies, be they refugees, IDPs, students at risk or in forced mobility. It was founded in November 2013, by Jorge Sampaio, former President of Portugal, with the support of a core group of international partners, higher education institutions, foundations and the private sector.

    This scholarship programme was initiated in 2014 with 45 Syrian students invited to resume their studies in Portugal. Since then it has been expanded and enlarged. Since its launch, more than 550 annual scholarships have awarded, mostly in Portugal but also in other countries.  In 2019-20 the Global Platform awarded more than 170 scholarships. The Global Platform is also involved in making advocacy at the global level for  promoting higher education opportunities in crisis situations, it has participated or organized in more than 65 international events and it has launched a Rapid Response Mechanism for Higher Education in Emergencies (RRM) that is now being finalized to be fully operational by 2021.

  • Details at a glance

    All fields of study
    No deadline has been announced
    Associate Degrees
    Full scholarship for the first year, renewable, Other
    Applicants up to age 32 are eligible
  • Requirements

    Targeted nationalities
    Targeted Country of Asylum
    Accepted status documentation
    Refugee certificate, Asylum seeker certificate, Complementary or temporary /protection status certificate
    Language of Instruction
    Language depends on the country of study for which the scholarship is awarded. Portuguese is the language of instruction for those who come to study in Portugal.
    Language Proficiency Level
    Which certificate do you require to prove the required language proficiency?
  • More details about this opportunity

    • What is covered in this program
      Language training
      Monthly stipend (e.g. food allowance)
      Health insurance
      Mentoring or psycho-social support
      Travel costs to the third country
    • Type(s) of visa/residency permit granted upon arrival
      Varies according to the situation of the candidates
    • Is the student allowed to work while studying?
      In principle no. However if there are opportunities relating to their field of studies or interships that are an added-value or for specific reasons to be analysed case-by-case permission is given.
    • Can the nuclear family accompany or join the main applicant?
      Scholarships are awarded on an individual basis. Legally speaking this is possible at any time.
    • Are there options to stay after graduation?
      Work permit/temporary residency; Permanent residency; citizenship application; asylum application; Humanitarian status; Other All possible depending on the case and country of studies.
    • Application period
      Specific calls for applications are posted on a regular basis on the website
  • For further questions contact the scholarship provider

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    The content presented on this site has originated from the third party providers. UNHCR is not responsible for the application process or oversight of the opportunities presented here. Questions on a particular opportunity should be directed to the relevant provider.

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