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UWC for Afghan Youth

The dramatic events happening in Afghanistan have shaken all of us. Like many of the countless humanitarian crises we are witnessing, we know that this will bring enormous repercussions on the possibility for youth—especially girls—to get access to education. Even those that manage to flee their homes will face great challenges and uncertainties in the future.

To look towards the future and show our commitment to education, we have decided to fundraise for up to 20 additional places for Afghan students to study at UWC.

The opportunity to study is a crucial stepping stone for young people to build a better future for themselves and their communities. As an organisation with a mission to make education a force for peace, we have been working for years to support youth from disadvantaged backgrounds, including refugees and internally displaced people, giving them access to a quality education and a personal and academic sanctuary.

Current events in Afghanistan now urge us to do more. And we will do that the best way we know how: through our education system and our resources. But to reach our goal we need your help.

We invite all UWC community members, UWC friends and anyone who believes in the power of education to donate today and help us fund these scholarships. Any contribution, however small, will bring us one step closer to offering a life-changing opportunity to young people - and will demonstrate how many people worldwide stand for access to education. 

To donate, go to:

You can also donate directly to the individual appeal pages that some of our schools have created to receive donations contributing to this appeal.

Thank you for supporting the next generation of Afghan students at UWC. 

Students Eligibility

If you are interested in applying to UWC and benefit from one the 20 scholarships for Afghan youth, or if you know someone who would, please note that eligible applicants must: 

  • Live in Afghanistan, or have an Afghan citizenship while living elsewhere in the world 
  • Be 15-17 at the time of application 

Application and Selection Processes

Application and selection for UWC for students from Afghanistan is conducted through the Afghan UWC National Committee. As going forward many applicants will be based out of Afghanistan, we are currently working out the details for the application and selection processes for entry 2022. We anticipate that the selections will be carried out online. We will update this page with relevant information as soon as it is available.

In the meantime, if you are an Afghan student who is interested in applying to UWC, you are invited to fill out this form with your contact details, so that we can come back to you directly when we have more information:

While we hope we’ll be able to offer a limited number of scholarships for Afghan students to start studying at UWC in 2021, the vast majority of the scholarships will go to students starting their UWC journey in August/September 2022 (January 2023 in the case of Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa).