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UN announces tuition-free masters’ programs for refugees in Nigeria, others 

The United Nations Refugee Agency has announced a fully funded master’s degree scholarship for refugees in Nigeria through its “Project UNICORE 2024” program involving Italian universities. 

The scholarship seeks to increase higher education opportunities for refugees currently residing in Kenya, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, in Italy. 

UNICORE is promoted by Italian universities in partnership with the UNHCR, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Caritas Italiana, Diaconia Valdese, Centro Astalli, and other partners. 

Aside from being tuition-free, the successful applicants would have access to other study grants. 

Interested applicants must have been recognized refugee status in the identified countries in collaboration with UNHCR. 

They must have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of about 3.0 according to the country of graduation tertiary education grading system, among other criteria. 

However, the selection process would be determined by the individual universities.  

April 15 is set as the deadline for submission of applications.