UNHCR University Corridors for Refugees (UNICORE) Project 2023 for African Students

UNHCR University Corridors for Refugees (UNICORE) Project 2023 for African Students

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When is Application Deadline?

19th May 2023

Tell Me About Award:

The project University Corridors for Refugees UNICORE 5.0 is promoted by Italian universities with the support of UNHCR, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Caritas Italiana, Diaconia Valdese, Centro Astalli and other partners. It aims to increase opportunities for refugees currently residing in Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe to continue their higher education in Italy.

The initiative, born in 2019 to allow refugee students in Ethiopia to arrive in Italy with a regular and safe path to continue their studies, has experienced the increasing participation of Italian universities over the years. Since 2021, with resolution no. 281 of 10 December 2020 of the Academic Senate, Sapienza has also joined the initiative by providing 2 scholarships for two refugee students in Ethiopia. In 2022, with resolution no. 53/22 of 8 March 2022, the Academic Senate allowed Sapienza to join UNICORE 4.0 in order to receive four refugee students in Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The project stands out for its inclusive dimension, thanks above all to a wide network of territorial partners who support students in entering academic life and integrating into the local social fabric. In particular, Caritas, Diaconia Valdese and Centro Astalli actively participate in the project, as well as a large number of other international and local actors.

What Type of Scholarship is this?


Who can apply?

The requirements for applying are described in the calls that each of the participating universities publishes on the basis of an agreed format. Each university offers a certain number of study courses from its own academic offer.

Which Countries are Eligible?

Now open to candidates from Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Where will Award be Taken?

Italy (Universita’ di Bari, Università di Bergamo, Università del Sannio di Bevenento, Università di Bologna, Universita’ di Brescia, Università di Cagliari, Università di Catania, Università degli Studi “G. d’Annunzio” Chieti – Pescara, Università di Firenze, Università degli Studi dell’Aquila, Università del Salento-Lecce, Università degli Studi di Messina, Università Statale di Milano, Università di Milano Bicocca, Universita’ di Milano Bocconi, Milano Politecnico, Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Università degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale, Universita’ di Palermo, Università degli Studi di Padova, Universita’ di Parma, Luiss Guido Carli Roma, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”, Università degli Studi di Siena, Universita’ di Torino, Torino Politecnico, Università di Trento, Università di Urbino, Università Iuav di Venezia, Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale “Amedeo Avogadro”, Università di Verona, Università degli Studi della Tuscia Viterbo)

How Many Scholarships will be Given?

Not specified

What is the Benefit of Scholarship?

The benefits enjoyed by students arriving in Italy thanks to this initiative are many and range from the monthly scholarship provided by Sapienza to orientation and academic tutoring activities, to free local transport and accommodation, teaching material, computers, telephones, SIM cards, legal assistance, listening spaces, pocket money, etc.

How to Apply for Scholarship?

It is possible to apply to a maximum of 2 universities.

The selection process for admission will be carried out by and is the sole responsibility of the individual universities. To learn more about the selection criteria please also visit the dedicated page at this link.


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