A young person resident in Syria, or who has left the country due to being impacted by the current conflict, will be given the opportunity to study at LSE in 2016/17 thanks to a new scholarship set up through the generous support of Jusoor and the LSE Scholars at Risk initiative.
The Jusoor and LSE Scholars at Risk Scholarship will be offered to an LSE offer holder from Syria who wishes to study any master’s degree at the School, covering the full tuition fee and living expenses. The scholar will be affiliated to the School’s Middle East Centre for the duration of their degree, and will be invited to play an active part in the intellectual life of the Centre.
This comes shortly after LSE pledged £500,000 a year towards students classified as asylum seekers, or those awaiting the outcome of an asylum application, who have been offered a place to study at the School.
Jusoor is an NGO of Syrian expatriates supporting the country’s development and helping Syrian youth realise their potential through education, career development, and global community engagement. Its scholarship programme is far reaching, having supported 391 academic scholarships across the US, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East through full and partial funding. Jusoor’s Director, Maya Alkateb-Chami, said: “As a community of Syrians living around the world, we believe that the youth in Syria deserve profoundly better opportunities. The world class teaching and the enormous personal development offered through an LSE postgraduate education is one such opportunity that we are proud to help provide.”
LSE Scholars at Risk is an LSE-wide initiative co-ordinated from the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, supported by the Annual Fund, that runs programmes in support of both scholars who are currently facing risk and those who have already fled persecution and are now rebuilding their lives in the UK. LSE Scholars at Risk has pledged to match Jusoor’s funding commitment.