IGAD Regional Scholarship Program for Refugees,
Returnees, IDPs and their Host Community

August 23, 2024
Nairobi, Kenya

This Guideline serves as a reference document for the Coordination Unit of the IGAD Support Platform and stakeholders involved in the IGAD Regional Scholarship Program. The Coordination Unit of the IGAD Support Platform, established through the EUTF-CRRF grant, is responsible for overseeing the program’s implementation, including monitoring, supervision, and reporting. This dynamic document outlines all aspects of the scholarship program, including eligibility criteria, selection process, financial management, reporting, and program monitoring.

In 2021, the UNHCR estimated that there were over 14 million individuals of concern in the IGAD region, comprising of refugees, returnees, stateless people, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and asylum-seekers. This figure represents more than 70 percent of all displaced populations in Africa and over 20 percent of the total number of displaced people around the world.

The IGAD Regional Scholarship Program for Refugees, Returnees, IDPs and their Host Communities is an integral part of the Djibouti Declaration on Education for Refugees, Returnees and Host Communities adopted by the IGAD Ministers of Education in December 2017. The Scholarship is anchored on a decision of the IGAD Heads of State and Government Summit of March 2017, the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) Agenda 2063, the SDGs, and the Global Compact on Refugees.

Refugee, Returnee, and IDP youth face many barriers to higher education. The IGAD Regional Scholarship Program was established to provide youth with greater access to higher education, as well as to enhance their training and skill development. The Program offers a range of opportunities to IGAD Scholars, including access to Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions, undergraduate and graduate studies, internships, mentorship, networking events, and additional leadership training activities in their host or home countries.

The IGAD Regional Scholarship Program is a flagship initiative of the IGAD Executive Secretary. The Program will provide financial assistance to 35 graduates from disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue higher education in their host community or place of origin. The Program aims to produce future leaders who can promote self-reliance and regional integration by providing them with quality education and training.