In 2010 and 2012, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) provided funding for two preliminary planning workshops in Toronto, Canada. The project then began the move into accessing development funding with a grant from the MasterCard Foundation (MCF) that provided support for a 2011 Workshop in Kampala, Uganda.

It was through the knowledge gained from our research and the earlier international workshops, that led us to apply for funds to carry out a study on the feasibility of developing a pilot project in the Dadaab camps in Kenya. In 2012, MasterCard Foundation gave us one year of funding to accomplish several outcomes: A Feasibility Study Report, a video  about our plans for the BHER Project that quickly became an excellent way of demonstrating our plan and the partnership workshop to validate the findings of the Feasibility Study. One of the key outcomes of the Feasibility Study was buy-in from university and NGO partners and the formation of a BHER “team” composed of university faculty researchers and administrators, graduate students, as well as people in the camps.

In 2012-13, the BHER Project, with administrative support from the Centre for Refugee Studies, led the application process for a five year University-CIDA Partnership Development project.  Global Affairs Canada/GAC is the former Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) / Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). From 2013 to 2018, the BHER Project was supported by Global Affairs Canada.

The Borderless Higher Education for Refugees is currently supported by Open Society Foundations (formerly Open Society Institute) and the Faculty of Education at York University.

We are thankful for the support of all our past and current partners and funders.