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US: 250 scholarships for Afghan students

The 250 students will be making their way from countries where they were forced to seek refuge in 2021, including northern Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, and Albania. Photo: pexels

UNHCR estimates that only 5% of refugees have access to higher education

The initiative aims to support displaced Afghan students with full scholarships to US colleges and universities.

Organisations backing the initiative include The Afghan Future Fund, Schmidt Futuresthe Yalda Hakim Foundation, the Qatar Fund For Development, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, and the Institute of International Education.

“Afghan Future Fund was established just over a year ago in order to provide a horizon of hope for Afghanistan’s most talented citizens, whose lives were suddenly upended by the Taliban takeover,” said Vance Serchuk, founding board member of the Afghan Future Fund.

“Even as Afghanistan has receded from the headlines, the creation of this extraordinary scholarship program — the largest of its kind for refugee and displaced students — sends an unmistakable message that Afghans are not forgotten.”

The scholarships to institutions in 17 states, including Rutgers University, Bard College, and the University of Texas at Austin, are “an inspiring testament to the power of partnership”, Serchuk continued.

Partners have “worked together tirelessly over the last 12 months — united only by a shared belief in the importance of education, the potential of these students, and our determination to provide them with the chance to pursue their dreams”, he added.

UNHCR estimates that only 5% of refugees have access to higher education, far below the 40% global average. QASP is seeking to represent the commitment to UNHCR’s “15by30” target, which aims to ensure that 15% of refugee youth can access higher education by 2030.

“The Qatar Afghan Scholarship Project exemplifies how partners from higher education, government and philanthropy can work together to provide displaced young people with new futures,” said Allan Goodman, CEO of the IIE.

“Supporting higher education in emergencies is an essential component of humanitarian aid. If every institution could take even one displaced student, scholar, or person, we could all help prevent a lost generation.”

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10 Responses to US: 250 scholarships for Afghan students

  1. My name is irshad ahmad and i am from afghanistan currently, staying in india and holding my bachelor degree from one of the universities in india,so i want to go for master degree.
    Thank you

  2. I am hamza from afghanistan i am graduated from school now i want to start unversity please give me a chance to i start it in out of afghanistan becuse there is facilitis for the student and there is no agood education please kind us and suporrt us

    • I am hamza from afghanistan i am graduated from school now i want to start unversity please give me a chance to i start it in out of afghanistan becuse there is no facilitis for the student and there is no agood education please kind us and suporrt us

  3. Hi my name is bilal Azan from afghanistan i am gratuated from school now i want to start university the level of education in our country is very low.i want to study at the university in another country.

  4. My name Mohammad Nabi samadi from Afghanistan and graduated bachelor in low and political science so if possible and I want to get master degree in one of the relative program, so I love to education please help me in one of the scholarships of United State.
    Thanks
    Kindly

  5. My name is Ezat Khan from Afghanistan
    I am a graduated of Paktia University’s Faculty of Agriculture, I want to start master’s degree in USA.

  6. Dear Sir/Madam,

    I am an afghan refugee girl living alone in New Delhi,India since 22/02/2021 and rigistered myself at UNHCR as a refugee,I want to apply for Qatar Afghan scholarship (QASP) and want your help to guide me regarding this issue and informe me about eligibility of this program.

    And also I have to mention that I have applied for SIV and got my SIV case number.

    Thanks.

    Waiting to hear from you soon.

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