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 confronted with an increased demand for services resulting from a growth in the number of registered Palestine refugees, the extent of their vulnerability and their deepening poverty. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions and financial support has been outpaced by the growth in needs. As a result, the UNRWA Programme Budget, which supports the delivery of core essential services, operates with a large shortfall. UNRWA encourages all Member States to work collectively to exert all possible efforts to fully fund the Agency’s Programme Budget. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large shortfalls, are funded through separate funding portals.

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

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)258 90724
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