Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to be accepted into a university before applying for the scholarship?
No. However, you are encouraged to start searching and applying to universities. Any accredited university in the US and Canada is covered by the scholarship.
Do I need to have received a certain score on the TOEFL or IELTS exams?
No, these exams are not required to apply for the scholarship, but may be required for acceptance into university.
Do I need to live in a specific country to qualify for the scholarship?
Do I need to be of a certain age in order to apply for the scholarship?
Can I apply to the universities of my choice?
Yes, as long as the university is in the US or Canada
Can I apply if I am a dual citizen?
Can I apply for a Ph.D.?
No, Bachelor, and Master’s are only the appropriate degrees
Should the letter of recommendation be written in English or in Arabic? Does it need to be certified? How many letters do I need? And how should it be submitted?
Either language is fine.
The letter does not need to be certified.
We are requesting only one letter of recommendation.
We prefer that it’s signed and submitted as a pdf. However, the recommender could also email it directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The recommendation letter should have the contact information (email address or phone number) of the recommender on it.
Which fields am I able to study with the scholarship?
All fields are acceptable at a Bachelor, or Master’s level with the exception of dentistry, medicine, and pharmacy. Law is only available at the graduate level.
Can I apply as a transfer student if I am already enrolled in a Canadian or American university?
No. Transfer students are eligible only if they are currently studying in Syria or one of its neighboring countries.
What transcripts should I submit?
Those from the last academic year
Can the applicant present acceptance from several universities and then go to another one that wasn’t initially presented for applying for the scholarship?
Can the student change the program of study after being admitted to the scholarship?
This will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Prior approval by Jusoor will be required. The decision depends on whether the change will impact the needed time to complete the program and the cost. The student will need to make a case regarding their future plans and their intention to give back to Syria, related to the change in the study program.
If the applicant is young in age and does not have voluntary experience, should she leave the question about social service blank?
We consider the person’s circumstances in assessing her personal achievement and social service. For example, if a person has a lot of opportunities and made use of some of them, she will be considered of less caliber than another who did not have any opportunities and went out of her way to help others and even create things from zero.
Our definition of volunteerism is flexible and not restricted to helping at organizations or charities, but also helping others, including family, in general.
In general, it is better not to leave anything empty in the application form. The application form is the applicant’s opportunity to allow the selection committee to know her, and will determine whether or not she will make it to the personal interview stage of selections.
What are the selection criteria?
Solid academic plans for degree
Solid plans for future, beyond academic degree
Extraordinary strength of character (leadership and overcoming major obstacles)
Interest in and commitment towards helping Syria
Are there specific universities you prefer to accept students into?
No. However, the student should consider that we can pay a maximum of $50,000 per student for the whole duration of the study program. Therefore, a university should provide the additional funding through a partial scholarship or the student should be able to pay that. We prefer universities that give at least 50% scholarships, and of course prefer better quality universities to lesser quality ones.
Can Palestinian-Syrians apply?
Yes. They are required to submit a copy of their Syrian Travel Documents.
Does the scholarship money get transferred directly to the student or to the university?
We prefer transferring directly to the university whenever possible.
What does the scholarship cover?
Tuition and fees, living expenses, and fees related to university applications, required tests, and the visa application. All this will be covered on needs-basis up to $50,000 per student.
Is the applicant required to take any tests?
We do not require tests, but the universities may.
Are there preferred fields of study?
No, but please note that we do not accept students in the fields of pharmacy, dentistry, or medicine, and that law students are only accepted at the Master’s level.
If someone got the scholarship and would like to withdraw because of not being able to adapt, can they do that?
We look at this on a case-by-case basis and work with the students individually to support them to succeed. In general, we will be selecting students who are strong and resilient, and whom we think will succeed in their study programs.
If a student withdraws for reasons that are unjustifiable to us, she will be required to return the scholarship funding.
Can the student choose between the US or Canada?
Yes. We will support the finalists in choosing study programs and make recommendations, but we will not oblige the student to make any choices.
If someone studied in a certain field at university at the Bachelor’s level, can she change that filed for the Master’s level? e.g. from Business Administration to Moviemaking.
We support students to study in the fields where they will excel and make a great contribution to humanity and to Syria. Of course, it is important when changing fields like that to convince the university that the student is capable to pursue a higher education program in the new field. We advise students who are interested in making switches like that to have had work or voluntary experience in the new intended fields of study.
If someone has done research in a certain field, can they tell us about it?
Of course. You can mention that within the application, and if there is no place you find suitable to do so, you can include the information at the end, when we ask you about additional information that you would like the selection committee to know.
What do you mean by the “time gap” question in the application?
For example, if a student has moved from Syria to Turkey and in the process was out of school or university for one year, this is where you can tell us about that in the application.
Are you able to help students get visas?
We can help with a recommendation letter and with certifying that the students have enough funds to cover their expenses. However, we cannot change a government’s decision not to award a visa to a student.
How can someone search for university programs to apply to?
You can start by the list of universities that are interested in having Syrian students and are members of the Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis. In general, you can look at rankings of programs based on the academic field of study and use search engines to locate programs. After identifying universities you would look at their websites to see the details of the academic programs they are offering, admission requirements, and other details.
What do you mean by asking us to let you know of the university’s financial aid deadline?
If you have already gotten accepted at a university, we would like to know when the university needs to know from you about how much funding you have for your degree. Knowing that date would help us make your scholarship decision before then, so you would let the university know in time if you have external funding from us through the scholarship or not.
What if a student does not have access to her transcripts?
Please provide us with what you have and an explanation of what you are missing and why. We will try to contact the university to get the missing information. Please do everything you can to get us a transcript. The university will need it later to grant you admission, so you will need it to apply anyway. However, if there are severe circumstances that prevent you from getting your transcript please let us know. We will do our best to help.
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