Scholarships for Roma in Eastern Europe

The scholarship programme targets Roma in Eastern Europe who are studying in their home countries. The aim of the programme is to help talented and socially committed young Roma to acquire a university education, to become part of an international network of well-educated Roma and to give them the skills needed to represent the interests of Roma in society.

Participants and conditions

Evz Foundation finances up to 200 basic scholarships for Roma from Russia, Ukraine and Moldova who want to study for a masters or doctorate degree. The scholarships are open to students of law, politics, business, administration, social studies, journalism and history. The programme has awarded over 1200 scholarships to date, and it is the only scholarship programme for Roma in Russia and Moldova and the largest in Ukraine. The project executing agency is the Roma Education Fund, which operates the project within the Law and Humanities Program.

The scholarships are worth EUR 1,300 a year and can be used to buy study materials, to pay enrolment fees or to cover living expenses. Furthermore, grants are awarded if enrolment fees are particularly high. Subsidies may also be granted to cover the costs of international internships or language courses. Scholarship recipients are supported by country coordinators and invited to attend annual networking meetings.

Application forms and further information on the project is available from the Roma Education Fund.

Interviews with scholars


Interview Costel Bercus

Interview Costel Bercus

Building a Roma elite who remember the past in the future to interview
Interview Olena Fiudr

Interview Olena Fiudr

Human rights violations against Roma create a need for lawyers in the community to interview
Interview Radu Marian

Interview Radu Marian

Roma have a whole culture of tolerance to interview
Interview Tatiana Timchenkova

Interview Tatiana Timchenkova

I have mixed feelings about Germany to interview

After 10 years of cooperation between the Roma Education Fund (REF) and the Foundation and a joined implementation of the LHP Program, in 2019 the program as well as the strategies will be evaluated by both organizations. Please note the following changes for the academic year 2019/20:
Scholarship applications will be accepted only from Roma students from Russia, Moldova and Ukraine who are currently receiving scholarships. No new LHP scholarships will be granted. Only renewals will be accepted.
The results of the evaluation are expected by fall 2019 and will build the basis for elaboration of further decisions.  
Please check back in Spring for the new call for scholarships.

Aplliance and contact

Roma Education Fund
Academic Scholarship programs
H-1066, Terez Korut 46 (Mark Center)
Budapest, Ungarn
Tel.: +361 327 0613
Fax: + 361 327 0619


Olga Daitche
Senior Project Manager
Tel.:+49 (0)30 25 92 97-76
Fax: +49 (0)30 25 92 97-11