Funding sources


The Erasmus + programme provides various opportunities to support the integration of refugees through education, training, youth and sport. The Programme Guide can be found here.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) of the EU Horizon 2020 programme provide high-quality training and career development opportunities in Europe for researchers of any nationality or field, either towards or beyond PhD level. The following features of the programme are particularly relevant to researchers, whose scientific careers have been interrupted, including displaced researchers:
  • The Career Restart Panel supports post-doctoral researchers resuming their research careers in Europe
  • The eligibility criteria for MSCA funding are applied so that researchers who have suspended their activities while applying for refugee status are not disadvantaged. The time spent in a country while waiting for refugee status to be conferred, will not be counted as 'period of residence/activity ' in the country of the host organisation
  • Organisations providing pre- or post-doctoral training are encouraged to include activities for the integration of displaced researchers 

The Madad Fund

The Madad Fund can help setting up regional higher education and training programmes for Syrians in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq.
The Madad Fund aims at having:
  • More Syrian students enrolled and trained in certified and recognised higher education programmes and further training courses
  • Improved higher education institutions' capacity to provide Syrian youth and other vulnerable groups with opportunities to access further and higher education
  • A clearinghouse mechanism to provide information to vulnerable Syrian youth on existing opportunities in further and higher education for them is in place.
  • Facilitation of the exchange of experiences and continuous learning and improvement of further and higher education interventions in the context of the Syrian crisis. 

The Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF)

Higher Education Institutions and education organisations can benefit from support under AMIF. This possibility exists under the "integration" part of the Fund. Measures focusing on education and training can be funded, including language training and preparatory actions to facilitate access to the labour market (NB: vocational training as such is not eligible). In each EU country*, the text of the national AMIF programme and the calls for proposals and tenders can be found on the website of the responsible authority (eg. the Ministry of Internal Affairs).
For more info please refer to contact your national responsible authority.
* All EU countries except Denmark participate in the implementation of this Fund