Resources for at-risk individuals from Afghanistan

Scholars at Risk is very concerned about recent events in Afghanistan, and our global network is seeking to assist as many scholars and practitioners at risk as possible. Scholars at Risk is unable to assist students or others who are not professors, research scholars, or advocates/ leaders at a recognized civil society organization, but we hope the below external resources 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.

Fellowship Opportunities: 

University of Essex, University of Sanctuary Scholarship for Afghan Refugees: 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: 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

The São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP): This Call for Proposals is intended to assist research institutions in the state of São Paulo to receive researchers from countries involved in the conflict in war-affected countries. The grant should allow research institution to host researchers interested in conducting research in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. The purpose of this Call is to promote collaboration between researchers for the development of research projects which are either already in progress or about to be started at the Host Institution. Deadline: August 30th, 2022 

Columbia Global Centers, Mellon Fellows Program: In partnership with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Columbia Global Centers | Amman has established the Mellon Fellowship Program to support emerging displaced scholars working in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. The goal of the program is to create opportunities for scholars to reintegrate into academia and resume their academic pursuits. Applications for the fellowship are due on July 2, 2022.

Resources for students: 

Hanns Seidel Scholarship Program: HSF’s flagship project Hanns Seidel Scholarship Program (HSSP): Support for Afghan Refugees in Pakistan aims to strengthen to 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: 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 

Columbia University Scholarship for Displaced Students: The Scholarship supports displaced students from anywhere in the world who are unable to complete their higher education. These students will receive up to full tuition, housing, and living assistance while pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees across all 19 Columbia schools and affiliates. Deadline: Next cycle of deadlines are forthcoming

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.

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

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.

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.

UNHCR: Scholarship opportunities for Refugees

President’s Alliance Higher Ed Immigration Portal: Resources for undocumented, other immigrant, international, and refugee students (US)

President’s Alliance Refugee Students: Data and policies for refugee students and scholars (US)

President’s Alliance Undocumented Tuition Map: Tuition and financial aid state policies for undocumented students (US)

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

Visa and transit resources: 

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

[US] Human Rights First: 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.

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

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

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

[EU] European Council on Refugees and Exiles: Information for Afghans seeking protection in Europe.

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

[Iran] UNHCR: For new arrivals in Iran

[Pakistan] UNHCR: For new arrivals in Pakistan

Evacuation and Asylum Resources:

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

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

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

Evacuate Our Allies (A Coalition of Organizations): Coalition of organizations working to evacuate and support the resettlement of at-risk Afghans.

[Pakistan] SHARP: 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