The University of East London has announced 10 postgraduate scholarships for Syrians fleeing conflict.


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The University of East London has responded to the refugee crisis currently gripping Europe by committing to offer ten postgraduate scholarships to Syrians sheltering in camps after fleeing their civil war. The scholarships will cover all academic fees.

The move comes after the UK Government announced it would allow 20,000 Syrian refugees to settle in the country over the next five years.

Tens of thousands of Syrian men, women and children have been desperately making their way to Europe this summer to escape war and persecution in their homeland.

Charities and local authorities have been quick to respond to the escalating crisis. In east London, the London Borough of Newham Council has already announced it will provide accommodation for ten Syrian families.

As a leading centre for the study of forced migration and refugees, the University of East London is offering the new arrivals the opportunity to build a successful future in the UK by studying free of charge for a postgraduate degree.

“No-one could fail to be moved by the plight of these desperate people,” said UEL’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Joughin. “This University is passionate about migration issues so this crisis goes to the very core of who we are.

“We are ideally placed to help. East London has a long and proud history as a place of settlement for refugees and is now one of the ethnically diverse areas in the capital. This is mirrored in our University, where we welcome students from more than 120 countries.”

The University of East London is home to the Refugee Council Archive – one of the largest collection of materials about the study of forced migration and refugees. It also conducts internationally acclaimed research at its Centre of Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging, based in the School of Social Sciences.

Professor Joughin said he hoped the scheme would provide stability for the new arrivals and the chance to pursue their academic ambitions in a safe, tolerant and supportive environment.

“These people have endured considerable trauma,” said Professor Joughin. “Our hope is that these scholarships will give some of them the chance to realise their potential and flourish in the future.”


Application Criteria
To apply for a scholarship you must be a Syrian national who has been afforded the status as having ‘humanitarian protection’ status in the UK.

To be offered a place on a full-time master’s degree course, you will need to satisfy certain entry requirements. You will need to hold the equivalent of a UK 2:2 undergraduate degree. You must also be willing to complete an assessment with our international compliance team, including English language IELTS certified proficiency or a UEL language assessment.

To apply, please complete our online form

Notes to Editors
The University of East London (UEL) is a global learning community with students from over 120 countries world-wide. Our vision is to achieve recognition, both nationally and internationally, as a successful and inclusive regional university proud of its diversity, committed to new modes of learning which focus on students and enhance their employability, and renowned for our contribution to social, cultural and economic development, especially through our research and scholarship. We have a strong track-record in widening participation and working with industry.

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