Network members might be interested in this – a possibility for doing liberatory work?
Together with Tilburg University (Netherlands), (United Nations High Commission on Refugees) UNHCR has established a UNHCR Award for Statelessness Research. The Award will be administered by Tilburg and a call for nominations has already been announced for 2013. A prize pool of € 3,000 will be distributed among the winners in three categories for research at the undergraduate, masters and doctorate levels, as decided by the jury comprised of members from UNHCR and Tilburg as well as other leading academic institutions drawn from all geographic regions. Through this award, UNHCR and the Statelessness Programme will be able to map existing research, identify promising young researchers within the field and monitor ongoing gaps in geographic and thematic coverage of research. This is an innovative way for UNHCR to respond to the request by the Executive Committee in Conclusion 106 to promote research on statelessness. The closing date for nominations for the inaugural award is 1 May 2013, and the winners will be announced on 28 September each year, to coincide with the date of adoption of the 1954 Statelessness Convention.

Further details are available at: http://www.unhcr.org/512628ab6.html


Also in coordination with Tilburg University, UNHCR will co-host an international conference on statelessness in September 2014 to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the 1954 Statelessness Convention. Entitled “The First Global Forum on Statelessness: New Research and Policy Perspectives”, the conference will be a three-day event, inviting leading academics, international institutions, governmental representatives, NGOs and stateless persons themselves.  The event will be multi-disciplinary and have a strong emphasis on policy as opposed to being purely academic. The conference aims to raise awareness, encourage new research, create dialogue and galvanize action on statelessness within the academic and legal communities, government and civil society actors, the media and stateless people themselves. A pre-announcement for the conference is available at:  http://www.unhcr.org/5141e6a29.html



  1. UNHCR gives out the rewards : to themselves for research !
    And what about a reward for the stateless people who can not get any help from UNHCR for the past 6 years?
    I am asking the UNHCR for help to get back to my home fore 6 years – it is like talking to a wall – nobody listens,
    nobody does absolutely anything , you can scream, ask , beg – the best answer I’ve got – “we do not help stateless people, we just doing research. “It is easy – no obligations,no faults, no responsibilities. Read few articles, publish few articles, make something up ( publish fictitious story ) – and you can get a reward. No sweat.
    Everybody can talk. But can you do something to help people ?
    Everybody can create policies. But can you implement those policies ?

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