New Scholarship Opportunities in Europe

26 December 2013

In July 2013, UNRWA became an associated partner of the Phoenix Intercultural Exchange for Internationalization network. The project, funded by the European Commission and coordinated by the Spanish University of Almeria, aims to create a mobility based network between 3 Palestinian, 2 Lebanese, 1 Syrian and 2 Jordanian Higher Education Institutions in the Middle East and 9 Higher Education Institutions in Europe. UNRWA role will be to promote and strengthen the programme's accessibility to Palestine refugees in its five fields of operation.

PHOENIX is an Erasmus Mundus project that grants scholarships, including a monthly allowance, travel, insurance and participation costs, to students (undergraduate, master, PhD, post-doctorate) and staff members to undertake a mobility period or full degree in a partner University in Europe. Europeans will also be able to apply for scholarships and study in the Middle East.

The Erasmus Mundus 2013-2017 Programme is a cooperation and mobility programme in the area of Higher Education, implemented by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). The PHOENIX project aims to promote the European Higher Education; to improve and enhance the career prospects of students; to promote intercultural understanding through cooperation with third-country-schemes for students, scholars, researchers and professionals.

Based on the collaborative experiences and expertise gained through the PHOENIX project, a strong and sustainable international network will be established for reinforcing future collaboration on thematic areas of common interest.

Further details and applications can be found on the PHOENIX project official website: 

Deadline for applications is 22 January 2014.

Background Information

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, and microfinance.

Financial support to UNRWA has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, expanding need, and deepening poverty. As a result, the Agency's General Fund (GF), supporting UNRWA’s core activities and 97 per cent reliant on voluntary contributions, has begun each year with a large projected deficit. Currently the deficit stands at more than US$ 106  million.

For more information, please contact:

Christopher Gunness
Spokesperson, Director of Advocacy & Strategic Communications
+972 (0)54 240 2659
+972 (0)2 589 0267
Sami Mshasha
Chief of Communications & Arabic Language Spokesperson
+972 (0)54 216 8295
+972 (0)2 589 0724