The Postgraduate Programme

For more than three decades, Windle Trust International has forged formidable scholarship partnerships with a number of universities and other scholarship awarding organisations to provide postgraduate opportunities to young people who will provide leadership and professional skills in African societies recovering from the devastating effect of protracted wars and conflicts.

A Postgraduate Programme Scholarship includes:
• Return airfare between the candidate’s country of residence and country of scholarship
• Arrival orientation on issues such as adapting to life in the host country, dealing with culture shock, managing finances, study methods and access to essential services in the host country.
• Fully funded academic tuition fees
• A maintenance stipend for the entire period of study
• Leadership development training
• Attendance at themed conferences and workshops
• Welfare and pastoral support throughout the programme of study

Former students are actively encouraged to stay in touch with us and become an active member of the alumni association.

As a key purpose of WTI scholarships is to support the develop of leadership and skills in African communities, all scholarship applicants must commit to returning to Africa within one month of the completion of the studies, or within the validity of their study visa, whichever is shorter. Applicants are only considered if they can satisfy the trustees that they are committed to returning to Africa after their studies. Therefore, Postgraduate Programme scholarships must not be seen as a route to asylum and asylum claims will not be supported by Windle Trust International.

Nuba Mountains Undergraduate Scholarships in South Sudan

Windle Trust International, in partnership with NRRDO and KODI, currently offers undergraduate scholarships for refugee women from the Nuba Mountains to study at the Catholic University of South Sudan.

The scholarships aim to overcome barriers to female participation in tertiary education for those from the Nuba Mountains region and are therefore open to female applicants only. Candidates who would be the first female in their family to attend university or who have overcome family opposition to attend tertiary education are particularly welcomed. The scholarships include tuition fees and a modest maintenance stipend.

Secondary Scholarships in South Sudan

Windle Trust International is fully committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4.1: “By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes.” WTI also recognises that some individuals are at greater risk of exclusion and dropping out due to exceptional circumstances. Therefore, in exceptional circumstances, WTI offers secondary school scholarships to South Sudanese and refugee students who are at risk of not progressing to secondary school.

Undergraduate Scholarships in Sudan – DAFI and URTEP

Since the 1990s Windle Trust International has supported scholarships for refugees, internally displaced, marginalised and conflict-affected communities in Sudan. WTI currently manages two tertiary education scholarship programmes in Sudan:

  • The DAFI programme for refugees throughout the country: WTI has been UNHCR's implementing partner for the DAFI (Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative) scholarship programme, supported by the German Government, since 2005. The DAFI programme is also managed by the Windle Trusts in Kenya and Uganda.
  • The Urban Refugee Tertiary Education Programme for urban refugees in Khartoum State:
    This programme, funded through UNHCR, aims to offer better access to educational opportunities so that young people refrain from seeking to migrate through unofficial and dangerous routes.

Both programmes are designed to increase access to higher education. This objective is achieved, primarily, through the provision of scholarships to study undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in Sudan. In addition, the programmes offer complementary activities such as:

• Encouraging the active engagement of students through student clubs
• Annual workshops to bring students together to address issues of concern such as improving study skills, refugee rights, and accessing relevant work experience and employment
• Training opportunities for graduates with local NGOs and businesses
• An English language course
• Safeguarding training course to equip students with basic information on their rights, available protection mechanisms and complaint procedures.

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