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 quality education, Western has made a new commitment of $600,000 to support students and scholars affected by global crisis.

This new funding builds upon existing support programs that enable students and scholars facing dire humanitarian circumstances and forcible displacement to come to Western to pursue their degree or continue their academic studies and research. 

Support for Current Western Students Affected by Global Crisis

  • Bursary support is available to current undergraduate or graduate students in financial need due to global crises
  • Flexibility in tuition payment deadlines
  • Support for students who may be unable to travel home including housing, living expenses and emergency support

Support for Displaced Students

For new students, transfer students or prospective students not currently affiliated with Western. 

  • Scholarships to bring new undergraduate and graduate students to Western from impacted areas around the world
    • Please note, undergraduate applications have closed for the 2022/23 academic year. Undergraduate scholarship applications are under review.
    • Some graduate scholarships are still available.
  • Visiting Student Research Opportunities
    • for students forcibly displaced and unable to continue their research
    • financial support for 6-12 months, including support for living expenses
  • Virtual Visiting Student Research Opportunities
    • for students forcibly displaced and unable to continue their research
    • access to Western Libraries, faculty mentorship and other online resources


Support for Displaced Scholars

Working in partnership with the international Scholars at Risk network and the Institute of International Education's Scholar Rescue Fund, Western has expanded its commitment to support up to five displaced scholars.

  • 1- or 2-year temporary full-time appointments for faculty
  • funded in partnership with Western host faculties
  • includes 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.