Scholarships for Refugees 2020

About the Refugee Scholarships

The objective of the project is to offer a group of student-refugees to take part in the summer school and gain knowledge in EU immigration and asylum law and to complete their education, which may have been interrupted by their forced departure from their home country. A number of refugees working in NGOs have already benefited from it since the launch of this initiative in 2016. The initiative RefYOUgees organised with the support of the Université libre de Bruxelles is based on crowdfunding.

Due to a crowdfunding campaign, we hope to be able to fund like last year the full participation of around ten participants who hold refugee or subsidiary protection status in Europe. The funds cover registration fees and transportation costs, accommodation and living expenses for the entire duration of the Summer School. In order to support this year’s campaign, we created #refYOUgees a social media platform to share faces and stories of persons who believe that a different model of integration is possible. Join us on Instagram and Twitter by following the hashtag #refYOUgees!

Have a look at our ‘Refugee Voices’ booklets wherein the refugee students of the past Summer School editions present themselves:





Summer School on EU Immigration & Asylum Law and Policy

The Summer School has been designed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the immigration and asylum policy of the EU from a legal perspective. The classes combine theoretical and practical elements while also leaving space for question time and class discussion. They tackle the most recent legislative, jurisprudential and political developments at EU level.

Eligibility criteria

  • Be a beneficiary of international protection (refugee status or subsidiary protection) in any European State. Preference may be given to recently recognised beneficiaries of international protection (recognised in 2018-2020);
  • Hold an MA, or at least a BA or equivalent in Law or a related discipline, or have equivalent professional experience in a relevant field, for example in NGOs;
  • Speak and understand either English or French.

How to apply:

1. Complete the online registration form for the summer school, available here. Please select the ‘student option’ under course fees for administrative purposes.

2. In the same time, send, via email to odysseus@ulb.ac.be the following documents, prior to the deadline of 31st July 2020:

  • A CV with details of the applicant’s studies;
  • Applicants should submit a short letter of motivation outlining how they would benefit from attending the Summer School.
  • A proof of the protection status granted, the state which granted this and the date of grant.
  • A copy of your Resident Permit and your Passport or ID card if you have one.


For further information, please contact preferably the Odysseus Network by email: odysseus@ulb.ac.be.

You may also contact us by telephone from Monday to Thursday to 2:00pm to 4:00pm at:

00 32 (0)2 650 49 96.

The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsi­ble for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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