Voices of Courage Awards

Each year, the Women’s Refugee Commission honors individual refugee women and young people who are working on behalf of other refugees.

WRC will honor cutting-edge innovations in conflict-affected settings led by refugee or internally displaced women or youth, which measurably improve the lives of displaced women, children and young people.

An innovation can be a product, a service or an approach developed by a person who is leading change in a new way.

Some examples:

  • Developing a reproductive health response that helps reduce the incidence of maternal mortality

  • Pioneering an alternative to detention to improve asylum practice in the U.S.

  • Finding a way for refugees to have a place in a thriving market economy and safely earn a living

  • Developing an ethanol-fueled cook stove so that women and girls do not have to leave camps to collect firewood, risking rape

  • Training refugee youth to run vocational training programs for displaced young people with disabilities

  • Your project here!

    Two refugee or asylum-seeking women or young people (up to age 30) will be selected to receive the Voices of Courage Award.

    The Voices of Courage honoree’s organization will receive a $5,000 grant from the Women’s Refugee Commission to further his or her critical work to benefit refugee and displaced people in his or her community.


  • The candidate may live in the United States or overseas.

  • Candidates should be current or former refugees, internally displaced women or young people or asylum-seekers who have developed successful innovations that serve people displaced by conflict or seeking asylum in the United States.

  • Candidates should be passionate advocates for improving the lives and protecting the rights of refugee and internally displaced women, children and young people.

  • Candidates must be able to travel to New York for a week in May (the luncheon is Thursday, May 6) to accept their award (all travel and housing expenses will be paid).

  • Candidates must be willing to participate in media interviews.

  • The ability to speak English is preferred.

    Deadline: 15th October

    For more information and application, visit: Voices of Courage Awards Website

  • Scholarship 2018/19

    Undergraduate Scholarships,
    Masters Scholarships,
    PhD Scholarships,
    International Scholarships.