Resources for at-risk individuals from Afghanistan

Scholars at Risk remains very concerned about recent events in Afghanistan, and our global network is seeking to assist as many scholars and practitioners at risk as possible. SAR is unable to assist students or others who are not professors, research scholars, or advocates/ leaders at a recognized civil society organization. We hope the external resources listed below may be useful sources of information for students, and for those seeking pathways out of Afghanistan. SAR will add additional resources to this list as they become available. Kindly note that any general inaccuracies or outdated deadlines referenced within each of the listed resources are not SAR’s responsibility.

Fellowship Opportunities
Resources for Students
Visa and Transit Resources
Digital Security Resources

Fellowship Opportunities

Call for Applications from Afghan At-risk Activists in Canada: [Canada] Carleton University and the University of British Columbia invite Afghan at-risk human rights defenders, journalists and activists who have recently resettled in Canada to apply to participate in a project entitled ‘Placement, Preservation and Perseverance: Afghan At-risk Scholars, Activists and Students’. The project is funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Participants will lead projects that help preserve and advance the work that they left behind with the sudden takeover of the Taliban in August 2021 while benefitting from individualized integration support. For further information on the opportunity and to apply please contact: Dr. Shuchi Karim, Project Director (shuchikarim@cunet.carleton.ca) (Deadline: September 15th,  2022)

University of Essex, University of Sanctuary Scholarship for Afghan Refugees: [UK] The University of Sanctuary Scholarship is available to new undergraduate or postgraduate taught students taking up a place to study in 2021-22 or 2022-23, who are refugees from Afghanistan and have been granted UK Asylum status or Discretionary/Limited Leave to Remain as a result of an asylum application, and those with Humanitarian Protection, as result of an asylum application or through a dependents claim. (Deadline: November 20th 2022 (for January 2023 start)

Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC), Professional Fellowship for Afghan Evacuees: [USA] This fellowship will support high-risk evacuees resettled or seeking resettlement in the United States. The TIEC Fellowship provides a strong start for professionals whose experiences in Afghanistan create the potential for high risk. Depending on the need, TIEC will contribute up to $25,000 per one-year fellowship as either a professional-in-resident or for study at one of the TIEC’s 35 Texas member universities. (Deadline: rolling)

University of Johannesburg – Postdoctoral Research Fellowships: [South Africa]: Offers 200 postdoctoral research fellowships for scholars during the 2022-2023 academic year. (Deadline: rolling until all positions are filled)

Resources for Students

Afghan Talent, powered by Talent Beyond Boundaries: An initiative to catalog the skills and work experience of Afghan evacuees in the USA to help facilitate local employment.

Hanns Seidel Scholarship Program: HSF’s flagship project Hanns Seidel Scholarship Program (HSSP): Support for Afghan Refugees in Pakistan aims to strengthen regional stability in Pakistan-Afghanistan through extensive education: by providing long-term support to young, talented students from Afghanistan who are registered as refugees in Pakistan and enrolled in Pakistani universities. (Deadline: rolling)

Hilde Domin Students at Risk Programme: [Germany] The programme serves to support students and doctoral candidates from across the globe, who are at risk of being formally or de facto denied educational or other rights in their country of origin, and to provide these students and doctoral candidates with an opportunity to begin or complete a study or research degree at a higher education institution in Germany. (Deadline: September 16th – October 28th, 2022)

European Resettlement Network’s University Student Resources: This page provides examples of student-led initiatives on education and refugees, including refugee mentoring projects, other education assistance programmes and campaigns aimed at expanding the educational opportunities for refugees.

President’s Alliance Higher Ed Immigration Portal: [USA] Resources for undocumented, other immigrant, international, and refugee students

President’s Alliance Refugee Students: [USA] Data and policies for refugee students and scholars

President’s Alliance Undocumented Tuition Map: [USA] Tuition and financial aid state policies for undocumented students

The Institute of International Education’s Platform for Education in Emergencies Response (IIE PEER): Database of educational opportunities and resources for displaced and refugee students.

The UK University Scholarships Directory: [UK] A list with details of UK universities that provide funding for refugees and/or asylum seekers.

UC Davis’s Article 26 Backpack: A tool to allow scholars and students to upload and secure copies of the academic and professional credentials. 

UNHCR: Scholarship opportunities for refugees.

Visa and Transit Resources

Information on visas and pathways out of Afghanistan: [USA] Application for eligible Afghans under the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa program, the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, and other pathways for Afghans at risk

Human Rights First: [USA] Those seeking legal assistance in the United States (whether physically in the US or abroad) can complete this form to submit a request for pro bono support through HRF’s Project: Afghan Legal Assistance.

Justice for Immigrants: [USA] Summary of visas and pathways to the United States for Afghan nationals.

Refugee Council USA: [USA] Resources on immigration, evacuation support, digital security, and a list of visas and their descriptions.

USCIS: [USA] Information for Afghan nationals on parole into the United States, including steps to take when you arrive in the country.

International Catholic Migration Commission: [Canada, UK, USA] Summary information on visas and pathways for those relocating to the Canada, the UK and the USA.

UNHCR: [Iran] For new arrivals in Iran

UNHCR: [Pakistan] For new arrivals in Pakistan

Evacuation and Asylum Resources:

Tim Kaine, United States Senator from Virginia: [USA] Evacuation and immigration support

Alex Padilla, United States Senator for California: [USA] Evacuation and immigration support

George W. Bush Presidential Center: [USA] Afghanistan Relief and Resources

Evacuate Our Allies: A coalition of organizations working to evacuate and support the resettlement of at-risk Afghans.

SHARP: [Pakistan] Registration and information or refugees in Pakistan

Digital Security Resources

Access Now: Digital security tips   

Human Rights First: Protecting digital privacy 

LinkedIn Safety Guidelines: Available in English, Pashto, and Dari