Access to Education - Scholarships

DAFI students graduation ceremony 2021

Conflict, marginalization, and poverty deny access to education at all levels. School fees and other costs may deny the right to education. Discrimination based on gender, disability, ethnicity, political affiliation, and country of origin denies education to millions of people. Profound inequality leads to huge differences in access to, and the quality of education. If education is to become a truly universal right, these obstructions to accessible education will have to be overcome.

Therefore, WTI provides scholarships as one of the ways of achieving its mission. For over 30 years Windle Trust International has provided and managed scholarship programmes at secondary, under-graduate and post-graduate levels with a particular emphasis on refugees and students from conflict-affected and marginalised communities.

In many conflict affected communities, particularly amongst refugees, international support focuses on basic needs. Higher education in particular is often neglected despite educational opportunities often being cited as one of the highest priorities of refugee communities as the “the key to the future” and sense that “education brings stability and hope”. By enabling access to higher education to those in communities most marginalised by conflict we aim to promote greater equality and invest in those who will inspire others to pursue their education, become positive role models and put their education to use for the benefit of others.

In many conflict affected communities, particularly amongst refugees, international support focuses on basic needs. Higher education in particular is often neglected despite educational opportunities often being cited as one of the highest priorities of refugee communities as the “the key to the future” and sense that “education brings stability and hope”. By enabling access to higher education to those in communities most marginalised by conflict we aim to promote greater equality and invest in those who will inspire others to pursue their education, become positive role models and put their education to use for the benefit of others.

We define scholarships as financial support that enables continued inclusion in education for those who otherwise face significant barriers of access. This may include but is not limited to: support for funding towards tuition; living; travel, subsistence; materials and any other areas essential to enabling access to education. We also provide welfare, pastoral and developmental support of scholars, for example developing leadership skills and values education, as a core element of all scholarships and ensure that appropriate support is provided as an intrinsic part of all scholarship programmes.

Through provision of educational scholarships WTI aims to:

  • Provide international development support to the regions of Africa in which we work.
  • Increase gender equity through the provision of targeted educational opportunities for women and girls.
  • Provide opportunities for otherwise marginalised individuals, including but not limited to: refugees; Internally Displaced Persons, disabled persons; females; those from minority backgrounds.
  • Prepare students for transition into meaningful employment or entrepreneurial opportunities.
  • Develop sustainability and continuity of scholarship programmes through the involvement of alumni in developing programme direction.
  • Partnering with educational institutions in the regions of Africa in which we work in a bid to enhance their capacity.
  • Develop needed technical and leadership capacity in our countries of operation.

Our current scholarship programmes include:

The Postgraduate Programme (for residents of Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, South Sudan)

 

Windle Trust International has forged formidable scholarship partnerships with a number of universities and other scholarship awarding organisations in the UK to provide postgraduate opportunities to young people who will provide leadership and professional skills in African societies recovering from the devastating effect of protracted wars and conflicts.

This includes our partnership as an NGO Nominating Body for the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission Masters Scholarships.

 

Read more about the programme, including eligibility criteria, selection priorities and how to apply.

Nuba Mountains Undergraduate Scholarships in South Sudan (for female residents of the Nuba Mountains region)

 

In partnership with NRRDO and KODI, WTI currently offers undergraduate scholarships for refugee women from the Nuba Mountains to study at the Catholic University of South Sudan.

The scholarships aim to overcome barriers to female participation in tertiary education for those from the Nuba Mountains region and are therefore open to female applicants only. Candidates who would be the first female in their family to attend university or who have overcome family opposition to attend tertiary education are particularly welcomed. The scholarships include tuition fees and a modest maintenance stipend.

Page coming soon - Read more about the programme, including eligibility criteria, selection priorities and how to apply.

Windle Trust International Nuba Mountains Undergraduate Scholarships

Undergraduate Scholarships in Sudan (for refugees in Sudan)

Since the 1990s Windle Trust International has supported scholarships for refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced, marginalised, and conflict-affected communities in Sudan. WTI currently manages two tertiary education scholarship programmes in Sudan:

The DAFI programme for refugees throughout the country: WTI has been UNHCR's implementing partner for the DAFI (Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative) scholarship programme, supported by the German Government, since 2005.  The DAFI programme is also managed by the Windle Trusts in Kenya, Uganda and Somalia. 

The Urban Refugee Tertiary Education Programme for urban refugees in Khartoum State: This programme, funded through UNHCR, aims to offer better access to educational opportunities so that young people refrain from seeking to migrate through unofficial and dangerous routes.

Read more about the programme, including eligibility criteria, selection priorities and how to apply.

Undergraduate Scholarships in Sudan

Secondary Scholarships in South Sudan (for residents of South Sudan)

 

Windle Trust International is fully committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4.1: “By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes.” WTI also recognises that some individuals are at greater risk of exclusion and dropping out due to exceptional circumstances.

Therefore, in exceptional circumstances, WTI offers secondary school scholarships to South Sudanese and refugee students who are at risk of not progressing to secondary school.

 

Contact the team in South Sudan directly for more information about these opportunities.