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Higher education scholarships for refugee and asylum seeker students in Portugal

Scholarship applications are now being accepted for refugee and asylum seeker students in Portugal who wish to pursue higher education. The scholarships will provide support during the 2019-2020 academic year for students who are refugees, asylum seekers, entitled to international protection, part of a relocation scheme or resettlement programme or who have been admitted in Portugal for humanitarian reasons.

The scholarships can be used for any area of study and are also available to young people who wish to develop research work to obtain a doctoral degree, provided that they meet the qualification requirements to enter doctoral studies. In both cases, the objective is to support the academic training of young refugees and asylum seekers to ensure better conditions for remaking their lives, strengthen their professional skills and employability and encourage their social integration.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted electronically in English using the online form. The deadline to apply is 26 April 2019. Each candidate may submit only one application. Prospective applicants should carefully read the rules and requirements.


Applications will be evaluated based on the candidate’s academic merit, personal and social background and motivation.


  • Application deadline: 26 April 2019 at 19:00 (Lisbon time)
  • Interviews for selected students: 27 to 31 May 2019
  • Communication of final results: 7 June 2019
  • Signing of scholarship agreements: 11 to 18 June 2019
  • Beginning of intensive Portuguese language courses: 1 July 2019 (expected duration of about 2.5 months)