Depends on the country of asylum.
In 2019, DAFI scholarships are available in 52 countries, namely:
Sub-Sahara Africa: Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia & Zimbabwe.
Middle East & Northern Africa (MENA): Algeria, Egypt, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Syria & Yemen.
Asia & Pacific: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan &Tajikistan.
The Americas: Ecuador & Mexico.
Europe: Azerbaijan, Russian Federation, Turkey & Ukraine.
UNHCR’s scholarship programme DAFI
The DAFI programme provides undergraduate refugee students with scholarships, it enables access to higher education for refugee students in their country of asylum since 1992.
The program supports the academic achievements and skill development of applicants, DAFI scholars receive additional support through close monitoring, academic preparatory and language classes based on students’ needs, as well as psychosocial support, mentoring and networking opportunities.
Opportunity Focus Areas:
DAFI scholarships support undergraduate courses of four or fewer years’ duration. The programme seeks to make as many scholarships available as possible; as such, longer courses, such as in medicine, will normally not be supported.
Proficiency in the language of instruction at universities or colleges in their country of asylum.
EGYPT, SYRIA, IRAQ, SUDAN, JORDAN, LEBANON, ALGERIA, MOROCCO, YEMEN, MAURITANIA, TURKEY, IRAN, & OTHER COUNTRIES ARE NOT FROM THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA.
DAFI scholarships may apply for up to four academic years. Renewal of the scholarship is dependent upon academic performance and timely promotion from one academic year to the next.
- Be a refugee with recognized refugee status.
- Have successfully completed secondary schooling to a high standard.
- Have no other means of support for university studies.
- Select a course of study that is likely to lead to employment in the country of origin with maximum three to four years duration.
- Not be older than 28 years at the beginning of studies.
- Have no other family member receiving a DAFI scholarship.
The DAFI Programme covers a range of costs depending on the design and needs of the specific country programme and may include:
- Registration/Tuition Fees: The scholarship covers most registration and tuition fees. Registration and tuition fees are generally paid directly to the institution.
- Subsistence Allowance: Students receive a subsistence allowance to cover costs such as accommodation, food, books and study materials, and local transportation. Allowances are set based on the cost of living assessments for the programme location and adjustments are made to reflect changed circumstances during the study period.
First Step: Check if there is a current DAFI Programme in your country of asylum.
Second Step: Confirm that you meet the above-mentioned criteria.
Third Step: Contact the respective UNHCR country office by emailing your country of interest in the contact form to receive a country-specific application form.
Fourth Step: Complete the application form and submit as indicated with supporting documents.
NOTE: Applications may not be submitted to UNHCR offices in Geneva or Copenhagen.
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This Scholarship Published by:
” Maram Rasslan/ Egypt “
Reviewed by” Mariem Memmi / Tunisia “
“Samira Shehta / Egypt”
MARJ3 Scholarships team