Scholarship Spotlight: The Paul Hamlyn Scholarship for Migrants, Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Scholarships funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation mean that migrants campaigning on any issue will be able to access Campaign Bootcamp's residential training!

I’m really excited to talk announce that for the first Bootcamp of 2019, we have scholarships for migrants – including refugees and asylum seekers –  based in the UK, who campaign on any issue. 

In 2015, the Bootcamp team were discussing the backlash against refugees that had spread across Europe, a backlash that continues to grow not just in Europe, but across the globe today. Now more than ever, migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers are being demonised, disadvantaged, and denied opportunities.

Our response to this was to launch a scholarship for refugee, asylum seeking and migrant activists to come on Bootcamp, so that they had the skills and confidence to run the campaigns that they knew needed to happen.

As the daughter of a migrant, this scholarship is particularly important to me! I know how difficult it can be for migrants to access free or low-cost education and training, and I’m very happy Campaign Bootcamp are committed to tackling this.

Ensuring we embrace diversity is important to us all at Bootcamp because:

  1. We want to redress the imbalance society systematically imposes on those from marginalised backgrounds
  2. We believe that the best communities are formed when difference is embraced
  3. Campaigning works best when those directly experiencing an issue are the ones to confront it

To do this we have scholarships specifically for campaigners who are migrants – including refugees and asylum seekers – and they can campaign on any issue; it doesn’t have to be on migration.

Marissa joined us on Bootcamp 12 to learn how to support her campaigning around domestic workers rights.

After migrating to the UK from Singapore, Marissa experienced poor working conditions and found out many of her fellow domestic workers were also subject to abusive treatment, low pay, and more. To tackle this, she set up the Voice of Domestic Workers, a campaigning group calling for justice and rights for the UK’s 16,000 migrant domestic workers.

If you’re successful in getting a scholarship you’ll get access to the full year-long Campaign Bootcamp programme. It starts with a week of intensive training where you’ll learn the key skills needed to make change in the modern age. The syllabus includes planning a campaign, working with the media, exploring strategy and tactics, storytelling in campaigns and much more! After the residential is over you’ll be able to attend follow up events and receive community support.

If you’re a grassroots campaigner the scholarships can cover up to the full fee of coming on Bootcamp and if you work at an NGO there are partial scholarships available to cover some of the costs of coming.

Don’t think you’re eligible for this scholarship? No problem! See our other scholarships

To sum up…

  • Deadline to apply: 9am BST on Thursday 22nd August 2019
  • Bootcamp 17 will run from afternoon on Sunday 13th October to the evening of Friday 18th October 2019
  • Full and partial scholarships available for grassroots campaigners
  • Email [email protected] with any questions you may have
Apply now!

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