Sadako Ogata Scholarship Essay

The University of London is offering MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies, the Sadako Ogata Scholarship for students beginning their studies in March. Applicants from lower and middle-income countries are eligible to apply for these scholarships.

These scholarships seek to support outstanding students who are nationals of, and residing in, low- and middle-income countries and who otherwise might not be able to gain access to the MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies due to financial circumstances.

The University of London is a collegiate research university located in London, England, consisting of 17 constituent colleges, nine research institutes and a number of central bodies.

An undergraduate degree (e.g. bachelor) which is considered at least comparable to a UK upper second class honors degree, in a social science related subject, from an institution acceptable to the University.

Course Level: Scholarship is available for pursuing MA degree program at the University of London.

Study Subject: Scholarship is awarded in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies.

Scholarship Award: The Sadako Ogata scholarship covers the ‘whole fee’ for the program, comprising two Core Module fees, four Elective Module fees, and the two Dissertation modules fees. For the 2016-17 year, this is equivalent to fees of £7,720 over the lifetime of the award.

The scholarship does not cover examination center costs and any other costs not directly payable to the University (such as the purchase of additional materials or electronic equipment), resubmission fees, payment of further elective modules if the student decides to transfer, or any other fees not covered above.Applicants must ensure they can cover such costs from other financial sources.

If no suitable candidates are identified in a single year, then the award may be held over until the following year.

Scholarship can be taken in the UK

Eligibility: Applicants for the Sadako Ogata Scholarship must:

  • Have received an offer of registration for the MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies for the relevant upcoming academic session; and
  • be a national of and residing in a low- or lower-middle-income country
  • demonstrate outstanding academic merit or potential in the field of study, evidenced particularly by past achievements; and
  • be unable to take up the offer of a place on the MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies due to financial circumstances.
  • Students currently studying for a University of London award are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Nationality: Applicants from lower and middle income countries (Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde* (Capo Verde), Central African Republic, Chad, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Dem. Rep., Congo, Rep., Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Arab Rep., El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, The Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Islamic Rep., Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea, Dem Rep., Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, FYR, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Fed. Sts., Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Rwanda, Samoa, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, RB, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen, Rep., Zambia and Zimbabwe) are eligible to apply for these scholarships.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirements: An undergraduate degree (e.g. bachelor) which is considered at least comparable to a UK upper second class honors degree, in a social science related subject, from an institution acceptable to the University.

English language Requirements: For awards at FHEQ level 7, students must provide satisfactory evidence showing that they have passed within the previous three years a test of proficiency in English at the following minimum level:

  • IELTS with an overall score of at least 7.0, and a score of at least 6.0 in the Reading and Writing sub-tests.

Tests of English proficiency from other providers will be considered on an individual basis.

Where an applicant does not meet the prescribed English language proficiency requirements but believes that they can demonstrate the requisite proficiency for admission the University may, at its discretion, consider the application.

How to Apply: Please return the application form as an attachment (along with your CV) by email to The form should ideally be sent as a PDF, however, if this is not possible, please ensure it is sent in a format that can be read by a standard Windows PC or Mac.

Application Form Link

Application Deadline: The Sadako Ogata scholarship will be awarded yearly to a student intending to commence studies in the March intake of the MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies. Relevant dates for the coming academic year are as follows:

Deadline for scholarship applications: 16 January 2017

Notification of outcome to all applicants: 31 January 2017

Deadline for registration on MA program: 1 March 2017

MA program commences: Mid to late March 2017

Scholarship Link

Written by Sadako Ogata

Today, millions of people face extreme insecurity as a result of conflicts and economic crises -- not only in acute conflicts like Syria but also in many lower-profile crises. To be sure, great strides have been made since the start of this century, notably in reducing global poverty, due in large part to the concerted action and targeted goals to be achieved by 2015 that were set in motion at the landmark 2000 UN Millennium Summit. However, there is no denying that, in too many parts of our world, the international community fails to protect people whose lives are dangerously at risk.

This calls upon us to mount a new response to meeting human needs, one that recognizes the complex nature of the problems now before us. Such a response exists in the concept of human security, which was advanced a decade ago with the release of the findings of the UN Commission on Human Security, which I co-chaired with Amartya Sen.

The need for such a commission emerged in part from my experience as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees from 1991 to 2000. During that turbulent decade, I observed serious gaps in protection of people in many conflict countries, as well as pressing need for closer coordination between humanitarian and development work. Our 2003 report, Human Security Now, drew on two years of research, field visits and public hearings to propose an innovative framework of action that addresses critical threats to human security.

Since then, through some 200 projects in 85 countries supported by the UN Trust Fund for Human Security, the concept of human security has become a powerful tool for protecting and empowering vulnerable people. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) where I served as president from 2003 to 2012 has also implemented this approach not just for communities recovering from conflicts, but also overcoming poverty, joblessness and climate change.

On May 8, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki- Moon and I will gather with global leaders in New York to review the lessons learned from applying the human security approach in the ten years since the report's release. This examination is timely. As the international community begins to chart out a post-2015 development agenda, the broad application of the human security approach can play a key role in coordinating -- and indeed galvanizing -- the world's many humanitarian and development resources to greater effect.

Here's why. As distinct from traditional state-centric notions of security, a human security lens puts the focus on vulnerable people. Moreover, it is concerned not just with protection, but also with empowerment -- making it possible for people to take an active role in making their lives and communities more secure. Human security is inclusive. It gives us a new way of operating in which all partners -- from government and UN agencies to other donors, civil society and local residents themselves -- define needs, set goals and mobilize expertise and ideas.

Human security also takes a wide view, looking across broad sectors to address interrelated issues. In this way, communities can build positive coping mechanisms to deal with many types of insecurities. Through Trust Fund projects, we have learned valuable lessons for rebuilding war-torn communities, strengthening the resilience of vulnerable people exposed to sudden economic downturns and natural disasters, and addressing urban violence. Others have responded to complex challenges such as extreme poverty in isolated and neglected communities, human trafficking and health pandemics.

Today, the value of the human security approach has found wide consensus among governments and practitioners. This has been heartening. However, a mountain looms before us: Do we have the political will to bring this approach to scale? To collaborate on the most intractable crises? And how can we best make headway on preventing conflict?

These questions challenge us to envision a world in which people live in dignity, free of fear and want -- and to deploy our most promising tools in order to make it a reality. In this spirit, I believe the human security approach provides us with an agenda for change and an important path forward. As we look to the future, how can we step more quickly in this direction?

Sadako Ogata, former UN High Commissioner for Refugees, is also former President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and co-Chair of the Commission on Human Security.


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