Can refugees access education?

Education is a human right.  Refugees and asylum-seekers may access primary and secondary education in Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps and Kalobeyei Settlement.  Primary education is provided free of charge, while a small contribution is levied at the secondary level.  For more information, please contact your nearest school or the UNHCR office in your locality.

For refugees living in urban areas, public primary and day secondary education is free of charge.  For more information, contact the public school in your locality or reach out to the Sub-County Director of Education.


Why is education important to refugees?

Education is a fundamental human right.  It is a powerful agent of change, and improves health and livelihoods, contributes to social stability and drives long-term economic growth.

Education also protects. When children are in school, they are less vulnerable to sexual exploitation and abuse, child labour and recruitment in criminal and militia groups.  Educated individuals are more likely to make positive choices regarding their household’s health and nutrition.  They are also more likely to contribute to their households and communities, both during displacement, on return home, or after resettlement to third country.

When is the right time to enroll in school?

In Kenya, formal education begins at 4 years old.  Children who are entering at a higher grade, may be asked to provide school reports or certificates from their previous school.  If you do not have your certificates, you may be able to set for an equivalency text.  Please contact your nearest school for more information.

Post-secondary education opportunities are available at the vocational, and university levels at the cost of the individual student or on scholarship.

Education and Scholarship Opportunities Abroad?

Regarding education opportunities and scholarships abroad, information is announced by the academic institution, UNHCR, education partners and through schools, using various channels including flyers and social media.

Recent opportunity :

Graduate application & scholarship support for displaced students

Are you interested in pursuing a master’s or PhD at University of Oxford and other institutions worldwide for courses beginning September/October 2024? Apply to join Graduate Horizons! Deadline: Sunday 17 September at 11:59pm BST.

Oxford’s Refugee-Led Research Hub (RLRH) is launching Graduate Horizons, a global application support programme for prospective students who have been affected by displacement, e.g., as refugees, asylum seekers, IDPs, and stateless, among other categories. The programme is designed for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree and are interested in submitting applications for master’s or PhD programmes that begin in late 2024 at Oxford and at other universities.

Graduate Horizons participants will receive individual support from a current graduate student or alumni of Oxford who will:

  1. Discuss available courses and the application process for different graduate degrees at Oxford and elsewhere;
  2. Help you navigate processes for different scholarships that you might be eligible for;
  3. Provide feedback on the documents you prepare for submission to graduate degrees and/or scholarship applications.

Interested candidates are invited to join an information session to learn more about the support available through the programme. Choose a session that suits your availability and register via Zoom:

  • Session 1: Wednesday 30th August at 11am BST. Register here.
  • Session 2: Thursday 7th September at 3pm BST. Register here.

If you cannot attend the live info session but would like to receive the recording, please email: [email protected].

Does this sound like a good fit for you? Fill out the application form before Sunday Sept 17th by 11:59pm BST to be matched with a mentor. If there are individuals in your networks who you think might be eligible and interested to apply to graduate degrees, feel free to share this message or tweet with them.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. If you choose to submit an application, we look forward to reviewing your materials.


United States International University (USIU) call for scholarship applications

Call for Applications for Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at USIU-Africa for Refugees/
displaced Youth and Youth with Disability.

Please click here to access the application and the guidelines

The University of Manchester, UK. 10 places are available this year. Humanitarian Scholarship | The University of Manchester

Set up in 2022, our Humanitarian Scholarship programme supports individuals at immediate risk who have been forced to flee their homes as a direct result of armed conflict. The awards cover tuition fees, living expenses and visas.

For 2024 entry, we are offering up to ten Scholarships. The Scholarships are available for a wide range of full-time undergraduate and postgraduate-taught courses excluding medicine, dentistry, nursing and architecture.

You’ll need to have an offer to study here before applying for the Scholarship. Applications open on 1 March 2024 and close on 15 April 2024.

Eligibility criteria

To apply for a scholarship, you’ll need all of the following:

  • be at serious risk as a direct result of armed conflict, and/or
  • be displaced inside or have been forced to leave your home country within the last three years because of armed conflict;
  • be unable to access or complete higher education;
  • have not previously studied, at any level, in the UK or EU;
  • have received an offer of admission for entry in September 2024;
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of, and commitment, to, your chosen course;
  • have an excellent academic background.

EMPP Call for Applications

The Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) combines refugee resettlement and economic immigration. It’s a pathway that helps skilled refugees immigrate to Canada through existing economic programs and gives employers access to a new pool of qualified candidates to fill job openings.

Any refugee who meets the minimum eligibility criteria is welcome to apply. i.e., They must:
1. Be a recognized refugee in Kenya
2. Be Between 21-55 years of age
3. Have completed High School education
4. Have completed and been paid for 1-year experience in the field for which they are applying.

Click here to for more details.

Un peu sur le PPSE

Le Programme pilote des voies de mobilité économique (PPSE) combine la réinstallation des réfugiés et l’immigration économique. Il s’agit d’une voie qui aide les réfugiés qualifiés à immigrer au Canada grâce aux programmes économiques existants et qui donne aux employeurs l’accès à un nouveau bassin de personnes qualifiéespour pourvoir les postes vacants.

Qui peut accéder au PPEM?
Tout réfugié qui répond aux critères d’admissibilité minimaux est invité à postuler. c.-à-d. qu’ils doivent :
1. Être un réfugié reconnu au Kenya
2. Avoir entre 21 et 55 ans
3. Avoir terminé ses études secondaires
4. Avoir complétéet été payé pour 1 an d’expérience dans le domaine pour lequel ils postulent.

Cliquez ici pour plus de détails.




If you have at least a master’s degree, you can apply for research grant from the website of AERC by 31 May 2023. Search for “AERC KAP-FD” on Google for details or write to [email protected]

Click here to access more detials


About The Amahoro Fellowship Program

The Amahoro Fellowship program targets exceptional individuals with lived experience as Forcibly Displaced Persons(FDPs). Its overarching aim is to equip these individuals with the essential skills and resources to create transformative change. The 12-month program will give FDP leaders a platform to cultivate and disseminate their ideas on the world stage, expand their networks, seize numerous professional opportunities, and unite as a collaborative and impactful Cohort. The potential of FDP entrepreneurs and change agents is undeniably inspiring. As a network of change agents working towards positive and long-lasting ecosystems and systemic shifts, Fellows will have the power to make a real difference in the world. The Fellows will utilize their voices, skills, expertise, and innovations to catalyze solutions in Africa and globally. Collaboration and creation of this magnitude are exactly what the world needs to create lasting change.

Fellowship – (

It is a 12 month programme staring in October 2023. Application deadline 31st July 2023.


The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is implementing a five-year regional livelihood project; Refugees in East Africa Boosting Urban Innovations for Livelihood Development (RE:BUILD); which is being implemented in Nairobi and Kampala Cities. The project aspires for women and men who are displaced due to conflict or other circumstances to be able to build dignified, economically secure lives in these cities in which they have relocated, with the ability to participate equally alongside host communities in thriving, safe, local economies, and neighborhoods.

RE:BUILD targets refugees and Kenyans of 18-35 years of age residing in Nairobi Metropolitan area. This target group is reached through community engagement and client recruitment to specifically encourage their participation while utilizing an underlined vulnerability criteria that weighs gender and nationality to ensure appropriate targeting. IRC has incorporated livelihood interventions that seek to enhance clients’ ability to be self-employed and boost their skills for the job market. To achieve this, IRC is providing bridging services which include Softs Skills training (life skills, job readiness) and Job linkage to clients who have completed Vocational Training and Apprenticeship to increase their chances of employment and connection with jobs in growing sectors.

In this regard, IRC is inviting applications for the 2023 Bridging services for clients (42 Refugees 28 Kenyans) (42 Female 28Male) who have completed Vocational Training services or Apprenticeships. Kindly share with your networks or you could refer applicants directly to [email protected]  grace.maringa.rescue@org or [email protected]


You can also find information on scholarships offered to refugees at:

Click here to visit Opportunities for refugees site


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