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How to Apply

All young people wishing to apply for a UWC refugee scholarship must apply through a UWC National Committee, along with all other candidates. Scholarships for refugee students are not accessible through a separate process. Information on how to apply can be found here

The Rise-UWC partnership offers additional opportunities for students with a refugee background:

  • UWC-Amala Changemaker Foundation Programme for young refugees in Kenya
    A 20 week programme for 15-18 year old students at Kakuma Camp, Kenya.
  • Rise global talent program
    This is a separate programme run by our partner Rise which offers lifetime education support, mentorship, funding opportunities and more for 15-17 year olds of all backgrounds.

If you would like to support the UWC Refugee Initiative, visit our Support Us section.

If you would like to learn more about the Refugee Initiative or get involved, please contact Delphine Poschmann at the UWC International Office:

For an article from UNHCR on the UWC Refugee Initiative, click here


"My story is about empowerment and the trickling effect of UWC generosity in helping refugee students overcome their challenges and pursue a better life, just like every other 'normal' person. Poor leadership has created millions of refugees globally; however, effective investment in education is the kind of leadership required to un-plague the world from this refugee crisis."

- Ruddy (Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA, 2009-2012)