The Jusoor Hardship Fund aims at retaining students in higher education in order to invest in the future of Syria and the region. This program is open to Syrian university students at the undergraduate and Master’s levels, who are enrolled at academic institutions outside Syria and are at risk of dropping out due to financial need.
The program provides financial assistance of up to $5,000 for one time, which the student can use towards university tuition and fees. The funds are awarded as an interest-free loan, with the agreement that the student will repay their loans within 2 years after graduation, and where the returned funds will support new students in the future.
The scholarship stopped accepting applications on Friday November 13th, 2020 at 7pm CET. We are currently reviewing all applications and everyone will receive an update by the end of December
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
A maximum amount of USD$10,000 will be disbursed. In principle, this equals 2 Hardship Fund Scholarships, each up to USD$5,000. Although it is not possible to exceed the limit defined, it is possible to award scholarships of smaller amounts.
Incomplete applications, applications missing required documents or submissions past the deadline will not be considered. No exceptions will be made under any circumstances due to the high applications volume.
Please carefully read the below frequently asked questions before writing to us:
The award maximum is USD $5,000. The amount awarded will depend on the financial need you note in your scholarship application. Please note you are not guaranteed the full amount of funding you state in your application if selected for the scholarship. Jusoor’s Scholarship Selection Committee will determine the amount of each award.
All accredited academic institutions are eligible except those located within Syria.
Yes, the award is given as a loan at a zero percent interest rate. This scholarship is intended to support future Jusoor scholars and relies on funding received from alumni awardees in order to be a self-sustaining scholarship.
Awardees have up to 2 years after their graduation to repay the loan in full. Some graduates have repaid their loans in full in one payment while others choose to make smaller payments over time. This detail will be agreed with each scholar individually and witnessed in the scholarship contract.
Yes, we are proud to share that all of our awardees to date are repaying their loans on time, and we owe much of the program’s success to their contributions.
No, we do not accept applications from students who have a GPA of less than 3.0. Please see our main Scholarship Program page for other opportunities to which you may apply.
All applicants must submit the following in addition to the application: 1) estimated budget until graduation; 2) full transcript (official or unofficial) of the academic degree you are currently pursuing; 3) scanned copy of either your passport or national ID card; 4) 2 recommendation letters; 5) resume. We recommend you collect these documents as early as possible in order to ensure you complete your application on time.
No, the Hardship Fund is intended to serve as gap funding for students who might not otherwise graduate without financial assistance. Please see our main Scholarship Program page for other opportunities to which you may apply.
No, in order to apply you must be currently enrolled in a program and registered for at least one course.
We look for a balance of the following: 1) strong 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; and 4) willingness and demonstrated intent to contribute to the redevelopment of Syria; 5) proven financial need as this scholarship is based on the financial need of the applicant.
2 Hardship Fund Scholarships will be awarded, each up to USD$5,000, for the school year 2020 – 2021.
All applicants will be notified of the status of their applications by the end of November. Please do not send emails requesting an update of the status of your application.
If selected for the scholarship, the funding will be transferred directly to the scholar’s bank account. If you are selected for the scholarship and do not have a bank account, you may request that the funds be transferred to a relative’s bank account or to your university.
For more information, please contact:
JUSOOR Copyright © 2012 All Rights Reserved. Jusoor, E.I. Number 45-3842245, is a Michigan nonprofit corporation that has received a ruling from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service that it is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”). Contributions are tax-deductible to U.S. taxpayers to the extent provided in section 170 of the Code. Jusoor is also affiliated with Jusoor Canada (a Canadian registered charity under number 85063 3371), and Jusoor UK (a registered charity in England under number 1154168). While these organizations work closely together they are independent corporations and a donor can donate to any one of them.