In 2021, the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW, in partnership with the Raoul Wallenberg Institute, Lund University, launched a new Displaced Scholars Peer Mentoring Program.

The Displaced Scholars Peer Mentoring Program aims to support early career scholars who have experienced displacement and are researching and/or studying in the field of refugee and forced migration studies to pursue their academic and professional goals. Displaced scholars frequently face considerable barriers to accessing traditional scholarly opportunities and fora due to financial constraints, interruption to education or limitations imposed by legal status. This Program aims to contribute to increasing representation of refugees and other people with lived experiences of displacement within the field of refugee and forced migration studies, where there is a critical need to better understand and incorporate perspectives of displaced people.  

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Who is this program for? 

The Displaced Scholars Peer Mentoring Program is for early career scholars and researchers who: 

  • Are researching and/or studying in the field refugee and forced migration studies;
  • Have experienced displacement (whether within their country or across a border). 

Participants in the program will normally be enrolled in, or have completed, a postgraduate research degree (Masters or PhD). However, other applicants will also be considered if they can demonstrate their interest in and commitment to forced migration research and scholarship. Participants may be recognised refugees, but the program is also open to individuals who have been internally displaced, or who have been displaced across borders but not obtained formal refugee status.  

What will the program provide? 

This Program establishes peer mentoring partnerships where displaced scholars are partnered with other early career scholars working in related areas of refugee and forced migration studies. Displaced scholar ‘mentees’ meet virtually each month with their early career scholar ‘mentor’. Displaced scholar ‘mentees’ will receive one-on-one support to pursue their academic and/or research goals, including: 

  • Research and writing for publication; 
  • Developing academic networks; 
  • Navigating academic environments; 
  • Applying for research-related funding and employment; and 
  • Pursuing opportunities for research collaboration. 

Displaced scholars participating in the program will also be invited to join a series of virtual workshops/roundtables with more experienced scholars in the field of refugee and forced migration studies, and will be supported by a ‘Resource Bank’ including information about current research-related opportunities and academic pathways. 

What commitment is required? 

This program will run for six (6) months from February to July 2021. Participants will meet once per month for the duration of the program. 

Where can I find out more? 

Full details of the program are available in the Program Handbook here.

Applications for the current intake of the Displaced Scholars Peer Mentoring Program are now closed. The Kaldor Centre is seeking funding to facilitate additional intakes for this program. To stay in touch, and to be informed of future intakes for the program, please contact

The Displaced Scholars Peer Mentoring Program is a joint program of the Kaldor Centre and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Lund University. It has received generous support of the Universitas 21 Research Resilience Fund


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The Kaldor Centre plays a vital role in developing legal, sustainable and humane solutions for displaced people around the world.