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  • German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), implemented by GIZ in partnership with the DAAD

    Prospects for Peace through Education in Iraq

    Verified by UNHCR


    Programme objective

    The goal of the programme is to encourage and support young people to pursue Bachelor degree programmes at selected public and private universities. The target group for scholarships are highly qualified high school graduates who are facing socioeconomic barriers in their access to higher education, especially applicants from ethnic and/or religious minority groups, refugees, returnees and IDPs. 50% of the scholarships will be awarded to women. 

    To this end, scholarships are granted for 4-year Bachelor studies in the fields of agriculture / food processing, environmental sciences, information and communication technology, business administration as well as sciences in the medical field at the three participating universities. 

    Accompanying measures

    In addition to receiving the monthly stipend, scholarship holders of the programme will participate in accompanying measures designed to help them succeed in their studies. Further accompanying measures will be offered in the overarching theme of the programme, i.e. courses helping scholarship holders with skills to support their entry to the job market as well as other activities regarding community-building and peaceful co-existence (e.g. discussion and sports activities).

    Funded degree programmes and partner institutions involved

    In the first cohort, up to 30 scholarships will be awarded at selected host universities in Northern Iraq (see below partner institutions involved)


    Scholarship Application

    On the website of the programme, you will find the individual calls for applications (PDF-documents) for each of the participating universities are posted. In the PDF documents, you will find the required information regarding the application process.  Website:


    Information session

    On September 30, 2021, at 10 Hs Iraqi time, an online information session about the programme will be held via the MS Teams application.

    The information session is primarily targeted at prospective applicants (high school graduates who wish to apply to the programme). Parents, high school teachers, university staff members and other people who wish to learn more about the programme may also participate.

    To sign up for the information session, please use the following survey: 

  • Details at a glance

    Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Veterinary, Business Administration, Health and Welfare, Information and Communication Technologies
    Until 11/10/2021
    Full scholarship for the full period of studies
    There is no age limit
    0.00 USD
    Blended (combination of in-person and online programming) programme delivery
  • Requirements

    Targeted nationalities
    Iraq, Syria
    Targeted Country of Asylum
    Accepted status documentation
    Refugee certificate
    Language of Instruction
    Arabic, English, Kurdish
    Language Proficiency Level
    Not applicable
    Which certificate do you require to prove the required language proficiency?
    Please use the same language certificate as the one required by the host institution for admission to the degree programme.
  • More details about this opportunity

    • Opportunity timing
      The programme will be offered in 2021 and 2022.
    • Duration of support provided
      For the duration of studies
    • What is covered in this program
      Language training
      Monthly stipend (e.g. food allowance)
      Mentoring or psycho-social support
      Work-study or part-time employment expected/permitted
      a one-time allowance for digital equipment (such as a laptop); accompanying measures helping the scholarship holders succeed in their studies, to support their entry to the job market & activities regarding community-building and peaceful co-existence
    • Type(s) of visa/residency permit granted upon arrival
    • Is the student allowed to work while studying?
    • Can the nuclear family accompany or join the main applicant?
      Not applicable
    • Are there options to stay after graduation?
      Not applicable
    • Application fee
      There is no application fee for this programme.
    • Application period
      Specific date (annual opportunity)
    • Release of the selection decision
      November 2021
  • For further questions contact the scholarship provider

  • Additional note

    The following universities participate in the scholarship programme as partner institutions:

    University of Sulaimani

    • College of Nursing: Community Health Nursing
    • College of Agricultural Engineering Sciences: Food Science and Quality Control and Agribusiness and Rural Development
    • College of Administration & Economics: Business Management
    • College of Commerce: Computer Science

    Catholic University in Erbil

    • College of Information Technology and Computer Sciences: Information Technology and Computer Science

    Salahaddin University

    • College of Science: Environmental Sciences and Information technology (computer science)
    • College of Agriculture: Food Technology
    • College of Administration and Economics:  Administration
  • Disclaimer

    The content presented on this site has originated from the third party providers. UNHCR is not responsible for the application process or oversight of the opportunities presented here. Questions on a particular opportunity should be directed to the relevant provider.

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