The Sadako Ogata Scholarship
The University of London has established two prestigious scholarships for the MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies, the Sadako Ogata Scholarship for students beginning their studies in March, and the Guy S. Goodwin-Gill Scholarship for students beginning their studies in October.
The Sadako Ogata Scholarship celebrates the achievements of Sadako Ogata, former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (1991-2000), and an inspiring role model for practitioners and students of refugee protection worldwide. These scholarships seek to support outstanding students who are nationals of, and residing in, low- and middle-income countries and who otherwise might not be able to gain access to the MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies due to financial circumstances.
Applicants for the Sadako Ogata Scholarship must:
- Have received an offer of registration for the MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies for the relevant upcoming academic session; and
- be a national of and residing in a low- or lower-middle-income country (view a list of these countries); and
- demonstrate outstanding academic merit or potential in the field of study, evidenced particularly by past achievements; and
- be unable to take up the offer of a place on the MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies due to financial circumstances.
Students currently studying for a University of London award are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.
Scope of the award
The Sadako Ogata scholarship covers the ‘whole fee’ for the programme, comprising two Core Module fees, four Elective Module fees, and the two Dissertation modules fees. For the 2016-17 year, this is equivalent to fees of £7,720 over the lifetime of the award.
The scholarship does not cover examination centre costs and any other costs not directly payable to the University (such as the purchase of additional materials or electronic equipment), resubmission fees, payment of further elective modules if the student decides to transfer, or any other fees not covered above. Applicants must ensure they can cover such costs from other financial sources.
If no suitable candidates are identified in a single year, then the award may be held over until the following year.
Duties of successful scholarship recipients
Each scholarship recipient is required to write a short report at the end of each year of study outlining the impact of their study and research.
Each scholarship recipient is required to act at all times in conformity with the standards expected of students of the University of London. Where a student fails to comply with any of these terms, the University reserves the right unilaterally to withdraw his/her scholarship.
Background to the Sadako Ogata Scholarship
Sadako Ogata served as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from 1991 to 2000. As High Commissioner, she oversaw large-scale emergency operations in northern Iraq, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, and the Great Lakes region of Africa and steered the UNHCR towards becoming increasingly involved in assisting internally displaced people and other vulnerable civilians in conflict situations. Before her appointment as High Commissioner, Sadako Ogata was Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Studies at Sophia University, Tokyo.
The University of London created the scholarship to celebrate Sadako Ogata’s inspiring contribution on the global stage to furthering the protection of refugees and displaced persons. The scholarship promotes the study of refugee protection by outstanding students who are limited by financial circumstances, especially those from and living in low- or middle-income countries.
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