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  • Writer's pictureOmran Aburayya

IGAD Regional Scholarship for Refugees, Returnees, and IDP's

Updated: May 27

If you are a citizen of Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan or Uganda, then this opportunity might be a good fit for you.

Applications are now open for The IGAD Regional Scholarship Program for Refugees, Returnees, IDPs. In this post we provide you with essential information about this opportunity and an application guideline.


Background and Description

The IGAD Regional Scholarship Program aims to address barriers to higher education faced by refugee, returnee, and IDP youth within the IGAD member states.

It provides opportunities for these individuals to access quality education and enhance their training and skill development. The program offers a range of opportunities, including access to Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions, as well as undergraduate and graduate studies. Additionally, scholars benefit from internships, mentorship, networking events, and leadership training activities in their host or home countries.



The program aims to provide financial assistance to post-secondary students, foster self-reliance, promote regional integration, and establish academic collaborations within the IGAD region.


Program Coverage

  • The Program will cover the financial costs of training (tuition, accommodation, subsistence, and medical cover) up to a maximum of Euros 3,189 per student per year.

  • The exact amount of financial support will be determined based on the costs of training and living expenses.

The Scholarship does not cover the following:

  • Extra support for family members/dependents, including children and spouses.

  • Application costs to partner institutions, including certifying and equating certificates.


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Belong to a displacement-affected community (refugees, returnees, IDPs) with formal documentation.

  • Be citizens of an IGAD member state, including those in refugee /displacement situations.

  • Be admitted or enrolled in an accredited institution in the IGAD region.

  • Demonstrate financial need.

  • Prioritization of women, persons with disabilities, and other disadvantaged populations, with at least 30% of scholarships reserved for female students. Special consideration will be given to applicants from Somalia and South Sudan, representing the largest long-standing displaced populations in the region.

Further Requirements:

  • Demonstrated excellent academic performance throughout primary and secondary education.

  • Enrollment in, or acceptance to, an accredited public or private educational institution in IGAD.

  • The field of study must be relevant to the market needs in the student’s home country.

  • For post-graduate studies, applicants must have at least one year of work experience in relevant fields, either institutional or self-employment.


Application procedure

To submit your application, visit the official website and hit the "Apply Button"

Duration and Deadline

The duration of the IGAD Scholarship is 3 to 4 years.

Application Deadline: June 2, 2024


For further info, visit the official website of the scholarship below:


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