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IGAD Regional Scholarship Program for Refugees Returnees And IDPs

IGAD Regional Scholarship Program for Refugees Returnees And IDPs – The IGAD Regional Scholarship Program aims to provide access to higher education for refugee, returnee, and IDP youth, promoting self-reliance and regional integration. As a flagship initiative of the IGAD Executive Secretary, the program will financially support 35 students admitted or enrolled in accredited higher education institutions in their host community or place of origin. By nurturing future leaders equipped with quality education and training, the program endeavors to promote self-reliance and regional integration.

Goal and Expected Outcomes

The program’s primary objective is to enhance the economic inclusion and livelihood opportunities of refugees, IDPs, returnees, and host communities, fostering their self-reliance. It seeks to support students in completing their post-secondary education, equipping them with relevant skills and promoting inclusive access to quality higher education.

The Scholarship program aims to:

  • Identify and support academically talented refugee, returnee, and IDP youth pursuing higher education within the IGAD region.
  • Develop a pool of skilled young leaders and graduates equipped with the necessary skills to participate in livelihoods and economic opportunities.
  • Address gender and other disparities in refugees’, returnees’, and IDPs’ access to higher education in the IGAD region, particularly focusing on women and marginalized groups.
  • Promote sustained investment in the education and advancement of refugee, returnee, and IDP youth and their host communities.


The program aims to provide financial assistance to post-secondary students, foster self-reliance, promote regional integration, and establish academic collaborations within the IGAD region.


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Belong to a displacement-affected community (refugees, returnees, IDPs) with formal documentation.
  • Be citizens of an IGAD member state, including those in refugee /displacement situations.
  • Be admitted or enrolled in an accredited institution in the IGAD region.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Prioritization of women, persons with disabilities, and other disadvantaged populations, with at least 30% of scholarships reserved for female students. Special consideration will be given to applicants from Somalia and South Sudan, representing the largest long-standing displaced populations in the region.

Selection Process

The IGAD Council of Higher Education (ICHE) oversees beneficiary selection, ensuring enrollment at institutions within host countries.

Selection Criteria

In the interests of equity for all students and accountability in relation to the selection process, IGAD will adhere to the following selection criteria:

  • Demonstrated excellent academic performance throughout primary and secondary education.
  • Enrollment in, or acceptance to, an accredited public or private educational institution in IGAD.
  • The field of study must be relevant to the market needs in the student’s home country.

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In addition, the following issues will be determined during the interviews with the potential / shortlisted candidates:

  • Demonstrating thoughtful and coherent educational and career goals.
  • Extra-curricular interests and achievements.
  • Potential to achieve goals and likelihood to succeed in the proposed academic environment.
  • For post-graduate studies, applicants must have at least one year of work experience in relevant fields, either institutional or self-employment.


The duration of the IGAD Scholarship is 3 to 4 years.

Program Coverage

  • The Program will cover the financial costs of training (tuition, accommodation, subsistence, and medical cover) up to a maximum of Euros 3,189 per student per year.
  • The exact amount of financial support will be determined based on the costs of training and living expenses.

The Scholarship does not cover the following:

  • Extra support for family members/dependents, including children and spouses.
  • Application costs to partner institutions, including certifying and equating certificates.

Monitoring and Evaluation Systems

ICHE monitors beneficiary performance, reviews program performance, and conducts bi-annual scholarship review meetings. Scholarship awardees submit mid and end-of-year narrative reports tracking their progress.

For more information: Visit the website for IGAD Regional Scholarship Program


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