NUI Galway has announced it will offer 12 scholarships for the 2021/22 academic year for international protection applicants, refugees, vulnerable immigrant groups, and Irish Travellers.
The announcement is being made as part of initiatives by NUI Galway as a University of Sanctuary to mark World Refugee Day on Sunday.
The university’s Quadrangle building will be lit with the blue of the United Nations over the coming weekend in solidarity with those seeking international protection around the world.
President of NUI Galway, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, says respect and openness are at the heart of NUI Galway’s values.
"The university is proud to be in a position to support students through our University of Sanctuary scholarship programme.
“The university’s role for the public good can be seen in many strands of our work. It is particularly and profoundly meaningful when we provide opportunities for some of the more vulnerable sections of society and for people who are striving to excel.”
World Refugee Day is designated by the UN to honour refugees around the world each year, celebrating the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution.
It was held globally for the first time on 20 June, 2001, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees.
NUI Galway’s Youth Academy will also offer a number of free places on its July summer camps to international protection applicants, refugees, vulnerable immigrant groups and Irish Travellers to mark World Refugee Day.
The weekly summer camps will run from July 12 to 16, and 19 to 23. To book a place on the summer camps, or for more information email [email protected]
Scholarship applications will open on Monday June 28 at 9am, and information can be found at http://www.nuigalway.ie/sanctuary/scholarships/