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Does knowledge have borders?


WE RAISED £225,207

from 960 donors

Help support the living costs of a displaced person studying at SOAS.

Borders are closing and people are turning their backs on the displaced and dispossessed.

Hundreds of SOAS alumni, staff, students and friends of the School took a stand to support displaced people - will you join them?

In January 2017, SOAS announced six undergraduate and one postgraduate Sanctuary Scholarships for displaced people, who cannot access student finance. These scholarships cover tuition fees; however they do not cover living costs.

Studying in London is very expensive and these students are denied the right to work and are unable to access public funds.

The student community, in particular the SOAS Solidarity with Refugees and Displaced People Society, and the SOAS Alumni team have been working to raise the £250,000 needed to support all seven scholars throughout their studies.

In February of this year we ran a crowdfunding campaign and raised an incredible £160,000 thanks to the generosity of SOAS alumni, staff and students. However we still have a way to go.

We need your support to raise an additional £90,000 to support all seven scholars.

In Syria and beyond a whole generation has lost the right to education - your gift will help a displaced person to study at SOAS.

“As a person displaced from his original home, I know first-hand that scholarships are the beginning of hope” - David Onen Ongwech (MSc Social Anthropology of Development), scholarship recipient.

Borders are closing and people are turning their backs on the displaced and dispossessed - thank you for taking a stand to support displaced people.