Global Students & Scholars at Risk

Western is committed to supporting students and scholars facing threats to their lives, liberty and well-being in their home countries due to events beyond their control.

As part of our responsibility as a global learning institution, and commitment to global equity and quality education, Western offers financial support to students and scholars affected by global crisis to come to Western to pursue their degree or continue their academic studies and research.

Support for Current Western Students Affected by Global Crisis

For current undergraduate and graduate Western students who are impacted by a global crisis at home.

  • Bursary support for students in financial need
  • Flexibility in tuition payment deadlines
  • Assistance with housing, living expenses and emergency support for students who may be unable to travel home due to dire humanitarian circumstances.

Support for Displaced Students

For new or prospective students not currently affiliated with Western who have been forcibly displaced and unable to continue their academic study or research.

  • Undergraduate and Graduate Students
    • Scholarships for Globally Displaced Students
  • Virtual Visiting Student Research Opportunities
    • access to Western Libraries, faculty mentorship and other online resources

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Support for Displaced Scholars

For scholars who have been displaced and suffering threats to their lives, liberty and well-being seeking a teaching or research arrangement.

Working in partnership with the international Scholars at Risk network and the Institute of International Education's  Scholar Rescue Fund, Western supports up to five displaced scholars at any one time. Supports include:

  • 1- or 2-year temporary full-time appointments for faculty
  • wrap-around support services to help faculty arrive safely, settle in and thrive.

Additional opportunities may be available for short-term visiting scholars (including faculty or postdoctoral scholars) for 6-12 months. Please contact us for more information.