Depends on the country of asylum and the program
DAFI scholarships are provided in a variety of countries, including those hosting significant refugee populations.:
Europe, Asia & Pacific, Sub-Sahara Africa, The Americas and Middle East & Northern Africa (MENA)(Algeria, Egypt, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Syria & Yemen)
(Fully Funded/ Partially funded)
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 DAFI programme provides undergraduate refugee students with scholarships that cover a wide range of costs: from tuition fees and study materials, to food, transport and accommodation.
To support their academic achievements and skill development, 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 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 recognised 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 a 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.
You can not apply if:
- You have an advanced resettlement process.
- You already hold a tertiary or higher-level degree.
- No. Postgraduate studies (M.A., M.Sc., Ph.D. and some postgraduate diploma courses) are not supported under the DAFI Programme.
Priority is given to:
- Qualified refugees who have no means of financial support for university studies, or who are excluded from application for scholarships available to nationals.
- Students whose studies were interrupted due to displacement, and who possess proof of previous university or college studies in their country of origin.
- Refugee students who have proficiency in the language of instruction at universities or colleges in their country of asylum.
- Students who choose shorter and inexpensive courses with high chances of employment (such as computer studies, paramedical and teaching professions, etc).
(Fully Funded/ Partially funded)
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. In many countries, refugees pay the same fees as national students. In others, refugee are required to pay fees applicable to international students, which are often considerably higher than fees for national students. 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 cost of living assessments for the programme location and adjustments are made to reflect changed circumstances during the study period. Housing allowance is intended to covers the costs of housing on or near the university campus. Where students live with their parents or other family arrangements, accommodation is not paid. Local travel allowance covers the daily travel between the university and home, or to an internship or research site.
Note: A partial sponsorship under the DAFI Programme is possible if the candidate has another source of funding. Please consult with the UNHCR or partner office in the country of study.
First Step: Check if there is a current DAFI Programme in your country of asylum.
Second Step: Confirm that you meet the 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:
“Sandra Hany/ Egypt“
“Gehad Omara/ Egypt“
MARJ3 Scholarship Team