25 September 2015
SOAS, University of London today announced the creation of seven new scholarships for refugee students wishing to study at SOAS. These are in addition to the Cultures of Resistance scholarships that have been offered by the School since 2013 to MA students from countries affected by war and extreme poverty
The new scholarships are available for four undergraduate and two Masters students and one research student starting in 2016/17.
The new scholarships extend SOAS’ wide ranging engagement with migration and refugees. Since 2008, the SOAS Centre for Gender Studies has offered fellowships and mentoring programmes for female academic refugees from across the globe, including the Middle East, particularly Iran and Iraq. SOAS is an institutional supporter of CARA, the Council for Assistance to Refugee Academics, hosting a number of refugee scholars and supporting doctoral studies for CARA-sponsored students. SOAS Alumni and Friends Fund also supports CARA.
The research of many SOAS scholars supports the rights of people displaced by famine and conflict, or through ethnicity, religion, gender or sexuality, drawing on expertise. Clustered around SOAS’ Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies, research across many disciplines influences the policy of governments around the world, it informs the work of agencies such as the United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank and international NGOs like Oxfam, as well as courts, civil society, families and individuals. Read more about the impact of some of our research and its positive impact on displaced people.
A number of student and staff initiatives connect with refugees and migrants themselves. These include Student Union activities with Hackney and Haringey Refugee Advice Centres, work by STAR to provide material support to migrants at Calais, and SOAS musicians who have travelled to Calais to play music and run workshops.
SOAS Development team also collaborates with CARA and Prisoners of Conscience, both organisations that are supporting a Cultures of Resistance scholar who is now a SOAS doctoral student.
SOAS staff, students and the wider community are able to give direct support to the SOAS Refugee Scholarships Fund through SOAS' online giving platform.
Professor Richard Black, Pro-Director for Research and Enterprise, said: ‘We are glad to be able to offer these scholarships as one strand of SOAS' profound and longstanding engagement with forced migration and refugees, one of the most challenging issues of our times. SOAS research provides crucial analysis to inform the international community and policy makers, as well has having a direct impact on the lives of individuals.’