A scholarship will be offered to Ukrainian, Russian and Belarusian students who do not have access to their bank accounts due to the ongoing war in the eastern European country, in a bid to help these students pursue their academic careers, Norwegian authorities have revealed.
According to a press release from the Ministry of Education, about 1,191 euros per month will be paid to each student eligible for assistance, while doctoral students will receive 2,175 euros. This program will be available from March through August 2022, with the possibility of an extension, the Minister for Research and Higher Education, Ola Borten Moe, has revealed, TheSchengen.com reports.
“Many Ukrainian students in Norway are having a very hard time now, mentally and financially. In addition, it is important for us that Russian and Belarusian students also take part in this scheme. These students are innocent in the war that broke out like you and me,” the minister said, noting that It would be ‘sad and unfair’ if these students had to stop their studies due to financial hardship.
>> Many European universities help Ukrainian students – here’s how
Eligible categories for the scholarship include students in all higher and vocational colleges from Ukraine, Russia and Belarus who cannot access their funding due to the war. However, the program does not cover students who are citizens of Ukraine, Russia or Belarus who have ordinary rights through the loan fund.
According to the Directorate of Higher Education and Proficiency, there are approximately 150 Ukrainian students, about 400 from Russia and 50 from Belarus. Although it is uncertain how many people will need financial assistance, authorities estimate a number between 50 and 300.
As the requirements of the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) indicate, students must receive about 13,000 euros per year or somewhat less for one semester transferred to a Norwegian account, which means that a large number of students have funds until June.
Furthermore, universities, colleges and other higher education institutions must inform students who are eligible for this assistance as they have to apply for the scholarship through their university.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine harmed not only Ukrainians but Russians as well, with governments imposing sanctions internationally. Previously, Norway canceled a €1.2 million project through the EXPLORE and RUSSUT programmes, with these funds being used in this scholarship programme.
>> Norway to facilitate the registration process for Ukrainian asylum seekers
More than 300 Ukrainians have arrived in Norway so far, as the prime minister revealed the country’s plans to accommodate up to 100,000 refugees.