Scholarships for Refugees 2020

■ About the Summer School
Video for the Summer School, Introduction, Languages
■ Teaching Curriculum
Teaching Approach, Subjects, Lecturers, Calendar & Schedule
■ Doctoral Seminar with 4 PhD Grants
The deadline to apply for PhD grants is 15 July
■ Scholarships for Refugees and #refYOUgees campaign
Application for Refugees and Crowdfunding

■ Extracurricular Activities
Visits to the European Institutions, Evening Debates & Other Events, Networking Events
■ Practical Information
Facilities, Certificate, Admission Requirements, Registration Fees, Coordination, Contact
■ Application Form
Please apply before Friday 31st July 2020

The Odysseus Academic Network is accepting applications from refugees to attend the 20th edition of its Summer School on European Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy (Brussels, 24 August – 4 September 2020). Find all information on our brochure.

About the Refugee Scholarships

This initiative is conceived as a response to the current asylum situation in Europe and aims to provide a number of refugee students with an opportunity to gain knowledge in European immigration and asylum law. It intends to help refugees integrate in Europe, notably by allowing them to engage with European academics and continue their studies, which may have been interrupted due to forced departure from their home country.

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:

Applicants must complete the following steps:

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.

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