Since 2016, Jusoor and its key partners at the Institute for International Education (IIE), Wilfrid Laurier University, Educational Testing Service (ETS), and Education USA have provided 32 bachelor and master scholarships to women pursuing a wide range of studies in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
In 2019, Jusoor has restructured this scholarship to best meet the needs of our network while efficiently using our resources. This year, instead of assisting applicants with placement at a university, we require all applicants to have applied to a master’s degree program at the university of their choice. All accredited universities outside of Syria are eligible.
Please note the following projected timeline. Dates are subject to change:
In order to apply to the scholarship, all applicants must meet the following criteria. We cannot make exceptions:
The maximum award is USD $20,000. Funds may be used for tuition, fees, living expenses, flights, and textbooks. The awardee will also be reimbursed up to USD $500 for visa-related costs (the visa itself, costs for sending documents, and travel to visa appointments). Please note Jusoor cannot disburse any funds, including the visa cost reimbursement until the awardee arrives in their country of study and opens a local bank account.
- How many awards will be given?
For this selection cycle, just one award (maximum USD $20,000 plus visa-related costs up to USD $500) is available.
- Is there an age limit to be eligible?
No. Although our mission focuses on empowering Syrian youth, we have had several middle-aged 100 Syrian Women scholars–all of whom have done exceptionally well in their programs. We welcome applicants of all ages.
- I’m married and/or have children. Am I eligible?
Yes, a few of our 100 Syrian Women scholars are married with families.
- If awarded the scholarship, can the funding support my husband and/or children?
Unfortunately not. The scholarship is intended to support only the scholar herself. Due to limited resources, Jusoor cannot provide any financial or relocation assistance for your family, including help with visa arrangements.
- How do you determine the amount of funding the awardee receives?
In order to best use our resources, we ask all applicants to fill out a detailed financial assessment in their application. The award amount depends on your academic program costs and income. For further information on the financial assessment, please see the application itself.
- Do I need to apply to a master’s degree program before submitting my application?
Yes, all applicants must attach proof of their application to a master’s degree program. Applicants who do not submit this proof will not be considered.
- Does Jusoor have partner universities for this scholarship? Are there certain universities to which I should apply?
No, for the purpose of this year’s scholarship we do not have partner universities. Applicants are encouraged to apply to the master’s degree program of their choice at any accredited university outside of Syria. We cannot give any recommendations for universities since the choice of the academic program is up to the applicant.
- Given the current travel ban in the U.S., should I apply to American universities?
Unfortunately, we understand Syrian citizens are highly unlikely to receive American visas and strongly advise you to apply to universities outside of the U.S. However, we also understand that those with Palestinian travel papers are typically granted the visa.
- I earned my undergraduate degree in Syria. Am I still eligible to apply?
- I earned my undergraduate degree in Syria and am having trouble obtaining the necessary academic documents for applying to a master’s degree program. Can Jusoor help?
Unfortunately not. Through experience in this matter, we have learned Jusoor cannot be of assistance. This issue must be resolved with your university and the Ministry of Education where applicable.
- Can Jusoor offer to fund for university application fees?
No, though we highly encourage you to ask the university for an application fee waiver if you are in financial need.
- Can Jusoor offer to fund for any English exam or graduate school testing I might require?
No, we cannot offer to fund for English exams or graduate school testing costs to any applicants.
- I’m applying to a master’s degree program as a transfer student. Am I eligible for the scholarship?
Yes, we welcome applications from transfer students.
- I already hold one master’s degree and am applying for a second master’s degree. Am I eligible for the scholarship?
No, all applicants must be applying for their first master’s degree program.
- What documents do I need to apply?
We encourage all applicants to prepare these documents as early as possible. Both black and white and color copies are accepted. All files must be PDFs:
- Copy of passport or national ID
- Copy of undergraduate program transcripts (official if available)
- Copy of most recent graduate program transcripts (only if applying as a transfer student)
- Proof of application submission to a master degree program of your choice; attach proof for each university application
- Academic letter of recommendation (from a professor or other university faculty)
- Professional reference (from your current or previous work or volunteer experience)
- For proof of application submission to a master’s degree program, do I need official proof from the university?
Most universities send an e-mail notification confirming your application. The simplest way to submit your proof is to save this e-mail as a PDF and upload it as an attachment to your Jusoor application. If the university did not send such a confirmation e-mail to you, please check with the university to receive some written confirmation of your application with them.
- What requirements does my CV need to meet?
Your CV may be in any format you like but we ask you to keep it concise. There is no maximum page length.
- What requirements does my academic letter of recommendation need to meet?
This letter should be written by a current or previous university professor, academic advisor, or other similar faculty members of yours. The letter should be dated and signed with the recommender’s e-mail address included. There is no limit to the letter’s length. You may only submit one academic letter of recommendation.
- What requirements does my professional reference need to meet?
This reference should be written by a current or previous professional supervisor/manager of yours while you were employed in a paid or volunteer position. The letter should be dated and signed with the reference’s e-mail address included. There is no limit for the reference length. You may only submit one professional reference.
- What do you look for in the ideal applicant?
We look for a balance of the following: 1) strong GPA and record of academic achievement; 2) volunteer and/or work experience relevant to your field of study; 3) proven leadership ability as demonstrated through volunteer and/or work experience; 4) willingness and demonstrated intent to contribute to the redevelopment of Syria. Last but not least, we emphasize a clear and realistic plan for personal and career success post-graduation.
- What level of English do I need?
Although we have no strict requirements for English proficiency, we do consider English language ability a factor if your academic program’s language of instruction will be English. In general, applicants should meet the minimum requirements of the university to which they are applying.
- What advice can you give for responding to the application essay questions?
We encourage you to fully address the question while being clear, concise and providing relevant examples. The questions are subjective with no “right” or “wrong” answer. In fairness to other applicants, we cannot offer specific advice on the essay questions.
- What is the interview process like?
If selected as a finalist, you will be virtually interviewed by a panel of Jusoor team members to assess your suitability for the scholarship. We may ask you to elaborate on the information provided in your application, and will also ask you to respond to a series of questions based on real-life scenarios which scholars face during their academic programs. We are interested to see how you might respond to typical challenges faced by scholars and how you would contribute to furthering Jusoor’s mission while fulfilling your personal goals. Interviews generally last for 30 minutes to 1 hour and are conducted in English.
- When will I be notified of my application status?
We try to be as transparent with our selection process as possible. Please refer to the above-projected selection timeline (subject to change). All applicants will be notified via e-mail of their status after each stage of the selection process.
- What happens if I am awarded the scholarship but don’t gain admission to my master’s program or receive my visa?
The scholarship award is conditional on the awardee gaining program admission and receiving their visa. If the awardee is not granted admission or does not receive their visa, the scholarship will be awarded to the next highest-scoring applicant.
- When are scholarship funds disbursed?
Scholarship funds cannot be disbursed until the awardee arrives to their country of study, confirms enrollment at their university, and opens a local bank account.