Scholarship Spotlight: The Refugee and Asylum Seekers Scholarship

In our political context of heightened xenophobia in the UK; of BREXIT, Theresa May and Trump, it's as important as ever that refugee and asylum seeking voices are amplified and heard. That's why I'm happy that we are able to offer our Refugee and Asylum Seekers Scholarships funded by the UK Fund of the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation for our last Bootcamp of the year, Bootcamp 11.

There's not long left to apply as the deadline is at 9am on Tuesday 22nd August. Bootcamp 11 will take place between the Monday 16th and Saturday 21st October.

We know that a movement against injustice is best led by those most pointedly affected by an issue, so this scholarship is our way of standing in solidarity with refugee and asylum seeking campaigners so that it is financially accessible to anyone with a passion for the issues. The scholarship is available to refugees and asylum seekers campaigning on any issue in the UK.

Check out some of the amazing Bootcampers who have come to Bootcamp previously:

Dalia (Bootcamp 9)

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I am a Health Volunteer working at Refugee and Migrant Centre (RMC) in Wolverhampton. I have over eight years of experience with International Non Governmental Organisations (INGOs) in my home country Sudan. I have a passion to support and work with vulnerable people from all over the world.

Joan (Bootcamp 6)

I am a Ugandan human rights activists with interest and focus on LGBTI rights and fair treatment of asylum seekers. My dream is to see a world free of any discrimination, unfair treatment, persecution, torture among others.

Emmanuel (Bootcamp 4)

I'm currently studying and doing voluntary work on issues I care about. Representing the Unity Centre in Glasgow, I worked with the Right to Remain campaign to argue for fair treatment of people seeking asylum in the UK and for justice in the immigration system. I have also been involved with the campaign to close down the Dungavel immigration detention centre in Scotland, along with Unity Centre, Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees and other organisations and individuals. 

Wai Hnin (Bootcamp 5)

I am a Campaigns Officer at Burma Campaign UK. I work on political prisoner issues, repressive laws, and I care about human rights, equality and women's rights. I am interested in education and one day I would love to build schools, and provide free education in Burma's rural areas.

If you're successful in getting a scholarship you'll get access to the full year long Campaign Bootcamp programme. It starts with a week of intensive training where you'll learn the key skills needed to make change. The syllabus includes planning a campaign, working with the media, fundraising, choosing your tactics, building websites, coding and much more! After the residential is over you'll get a year of mentorship and community support.

If you're a grassroots campaigner the scholarships can cover the full fee of coming on Bootcamp (£3500) and if you work at an NGO there are partial scholarships available to cover some of the costs of coming. 


  • Deadline for applications: 9am Tuesday 22nd August 2017
  • Bootcamp 11: Monday 16th October - Saturday 21st October
  • Full and partial scholarships available for grassroots campaigners
  • Email with any questions you may have
  • Click the button below to apply