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The University of Padua offers 50 scholarships to Afghan students

14.09.2021

Faced with the rapid deterioration of the political Afghanistan framework, the University of Padua has decided to promote the launch of a new line of funding for scholarships in support of international students with Afghan citizenship who are currently at risk due to the evolution of events. To this end, we intend to promote a project that provides for the establishment of 100 renewable scholarships valued at € 12,000 per year.

The University will independently finance 50 scholarships, while 25 scholarships will be funded by local private and public institutions and a further 25 scholarships from national public or private institutions. In this regard, the call specifies that the 50 scholarships covered with the University's resources will be funded based on priority, while the activation of the additional 50 scholarships is subject to the procurement of external funds.

The "Unipd 4 Afghanistan" scholarships are aimed at students of Afghan origin under the following categories:

  1. students enrolled at The University for the academic year 2020/21, ensuring the continuation of their studies
  2. pre-enrolled students and/or those admitted to the University for the 2021/2022 academic year, providing financial support during the duration of their studies

The University bases scholarship eligibility on a series of requirements.  Students must hold Afghan citizenship and reside outside Italy (or for those who began residing in Italy after 1 August 2021, not including currently enrolled students). Students must possess a secondary school diploma for a bachelor's or single-cycle master's degree course.  A graduate degree from an accredited institute of higher education for those intending to enrol in a master's degree course not obtained in Italy. Admission or pre-enrolment admission in University degree programs for the 2021/2022 academic year and those not pre-enrolled at another Italian university for the academic year 2021/2022.

The University of Padua currently has 17 Afghan students enrolled in the 2021-2022 academic year. It is important to note that seven of these students are still in Afghanistan, seven in neighbouring countries, and, as of yet, there is no news of the other three students.