Initiatives for displaced students


Scholars at Risk (SAR)

Scholars at risk (SAR) works with refugee scholars to arrange ‘positions of sanctuary’ at higher education institutions in the network. Positions are normally one semester to a year as a visiting scholar, researcher, or professor. SAR also provides advisory services to host institutions and scholars. Institutions can join the network to help support academic freedom and threatened scholars.

Leadership for Syria Scholarship Programme (DAAD)

Funded by the Federal Foreign Office, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has set up a scholarships programme for refugees from Syria. In total, one hundred gifted Syrian students are to be given the opportunity of studying in Germany in the coming year. The Federal Foreign Office is to provide €7.8m in funding.

DAFI – Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative

This annual UNHCR scholarship programme is funded by the German government and supports deserving refugees around the world. More information can be found here.


The European Commission launched this initiative to help match displaced scholars with full and part time positions in higher education institutions that are ‘refugee-welcoming organisations’. The platform is available through EURAXESS.

Development initiatives – Capacity-Building across borders



SPARK develops higher education and entrepreneurship to empower young, ambitious people to lead their conflict affected societies into prosperity. More information at

Global platform for Syrian Students

This initiative is unique in that it effectively brings together the efforts and the contributions of the various stakeholders willing to back an emergency mechanism to support Syrian students: governments, international and regional organisations, donor agencies, universities, foundations, NGOs of different cultural backgrounds and faith-based organizations, the private sector and individuals. Through a Network of Partners, an Academic Consortium, and a Special Emergency Fund, the Global Platform for Syrian Students works in a collaborative way. More information can be found in their website.