Additional Help

Students, please direct all questions related to studying in the U.S. to EducationUSA Syria at

If you have questions related to to studying in schools outside of the U.S., please contact:

قرأت عن التحالف السوري لدعم التعليم العالي خلال الأزمات باللغة العربية

IIE, IIT and Jusoor will collaborate with the U.S. Department of State's EducationUSA network to help ensure Syrian students are aware of the opportunities that are available through this initiative. EducationUSA-Syria provides accurate, comprehensive and current information about U.S. higher education and guidance to qualified Syrian students to access opportunities for study in the United States.

Global Platform for Syrian Students

The Global Platform for Syrian Students is a non-profit multi-stakeholders organization, founded in November 2013, by Jorge Sampaio, former President of Portugal, with the support of a core group of institutional partners, namely the Council of Europe, the League of Arab States, the International Organization of Migrations (IOM) and the Institute of International Education (IIE).

This initiative is unique in that it effectively brings together the efforts and the contributions of the various stakeholders willing to back an emergency mechanism to support Syrian students: governments, international and regional organisations, donor agencies, universities, foundations, NGOs of different cultural backgrounds and faith-based organizations, the private sector and individuals. Through a Network of Partners, an Academic Consortium, and a Special Emergency Fund, the Global Platform for Syrian Students works in a collaborative way.

For more information on this initiative, please visit the program website

We are also collecting information on scholarship programs by other countries to help Syrian students. Please let us know if you know of additional resources.

Other Scholarship Opportunities:

Jami3ti Initiative

مرحبا بكم في موقع اليونسكو جامعتي.

يوفر هذا الموقع منصة واحدة على الانترنت لنشر المعلومات ذات الصلة لمن يسعى أو من يوفر فرص أو خدمات التعليم العالي. يتناول موقع جامعتي الحاجة إلى فهم أفضل لمتطلبات التعليم العالي للشباب السوريين النازحين في الأردن.

إذا كنت لاجئا سوريا تسعى للحصول على فرص للتعليم العالي، يمكنك التسجيل على موقع جامعتي للحصول على امكانية الوصول إلى دليل مؤسسات التعليم العالي في جميع أنحاء العالم، وكذلك مراجعة فرص المنح الدراسية المقدمة.

إذا كنت من المؤسسات المهتمة في الإعلان عن فرص التعليم العالي، يرجى التكرم بالاتصال بنا لتفعيل حسابك.

Visit the Jani3ti Initiative website

HOPES (Higher and Further Education Opportunities and Perspectives for Syrians)

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), in cooperation with its partners from British Council, Campus France and EP-Nuffic, has launched a new programme to provide Syrian refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt the opportunity to gain access to higher education. In addition to reaching up to 42,000 young Syrians through academic counselling, the project will provide language courses and short-term study programmes to more than 7,500 student refugees and award more than 300 full scholarships to Syrian refugees in the region. A total of 12 million euros has been allocated for this purpose until 2019. The programme is financed by the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis, the ‘Madad Fund’.

“By facilitating access to tailor-made academic programmes in the host countries, we are offering these young people and their families long-term opportunities in the region. These future professionals will be urgently needed to rebuild Syria when the time comes,” explains DAAD President Prof. Margret Wintermantel.

In the first phase of the programme, Syrian refugees will receive counselling and advice with regard to the academic programmes available to them in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt. The first students are expected to receive a scholarship for studying at a Turkish University from September this year onwards. In addition to full scholarships, the programme also offers preparatory and language courses and supports the creation of innovative educational programmes and capacity-building of local institutions.

Applicants for scholarships will be selected on the basis of their academic potential, whereby social aspects will also play a role. This will ensure that applicants from disadvantaged families are given an equal chance. To this end, the project intends to work closely with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Vulnerable host communities will also profit from services offered under this programme.

For more information contact:

DAAD Turkey

DAAD Jordan


DAAD Egypt

The Rhodes Scholarships for Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine (SJLP)

The Rhodes Trust just announced in partnership with the Saïd Foundation, the University of Oxford, and selected Oxford colleges, that starting in 2016, two new Rhodes Scholars will be selected from Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine (SJLP) each year. The Rhodes Scholarships are prestigious postgraduate awards supporting outstanding all-round students at the University of Oxford, and providing transformative opportunities for exceptional individuals. Applications will be open online on the Rhodes website from July 1st until the 30th of September 2016. Eligibility criteria and all other relevant information can be found here. The Rhodes Scholarships for SJLP will be administered by the Rhodes Trust, all inquiries should be addressed to the address specified in the webpage.

Visit the program website


On February 3 SPARK has signed on a program which supports about 600 young Syrian refugees through four years of higher education in the region. The contract was signed together with Al Fakhoora, a program within the Education Above All Foundation, under the motto Higher Education 4 Syrians (HES).

Visit the program website

EUA Refugees Welcome Map

With the Refugees Welcome Map campaign, EUA aims to showcase and document the commitment of higher education institutions and organizations in supporting refugees. EUA is collecting data on their initiatives and activities and provides a list of institutions and organizations worldwide that support refugees.

Refugees Welcome Map

DAAD Scholarships in Germany for Development-Related Postgraduate Courses

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides scholarships in Germany for international students for a range of postgraduate courses at German Universities which aim at providing academically educated young professionals from developing countries with further specialized studies.

The scholarship are towards eligible development-related courses. See the list of eligible postgraduate courses for 2017/2018.


  • Works either for a public authority or a state or private company in a developing country and, as such, is engaged in the planning and execution of directives and projects with emphasis on development policies having a bearing on technological, economic or social areas
  • Holds a Bachelor’s degree (normally four years) in a related subject.
  • Has completed an academic degree with far above average results (upper third) and at least two years of related professional experience
  • His/her academic degrees should normally not be more than six years old
  • For courses in German: DSH 2 or TestDaF 4; at time of application German skills at completed level A2 are required. In addition, German language courses at level A2 or B1 are highly recommended
  • For courses in English: IELTS (Band 6) certificate or TOEFL (minimum score: 550 paper based, 213 computer based, 80 internet based).

Deadline: Please see program website

Visit the DAAD program website for more information on eligibility and the application process

DAAD: New Perspectives for Young Jordanians and Syrians” Programme

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), as part of its global special initiative “Refugees” has commissioned the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH to implement the project “New Perspectives through Academic Education and Training for Young Jordanians and Syrians”. The project provides scholarships for Master studies at Jordanian universities for Syrian refugees and disadvantaged Jordanians in hosting communities.

Who can apply?

  • Highly qualified Jordanian and Syrian graduates holding a Bachelor degree with a minimum GPA of 70%.
  • No more than 6 years should have passed since the completion of the Bachelor degree. At the time of application, candidates shall not have commenced studies for a Master degree at another university. Applicants shall intend to actively contribute to the peaceful co-existence of Syrian refugees and Jordanian communities.

Jordanian applicants must fulfill the following conditions:

  • Jordanian citizenship
  • Permanent residence in Jordan
  • Residence in an area affected by the influx of Syrian refugees

Syrian applicants must fulfill the following conditions:

  • Syrian citizenship or permanent residence in Syria PRIOR TO 2011
  • Residence in Jordan at the time of application
  • UNHCR Registration

Visit the DAAD program website for more information on eligibility and the application process

Said Foundation Scholarships

Type: Master's Degree, Ph.D. or other doctoral degree

Who: Syrians, Palestinians (including Palestinian in Israel), Jordanians and Lebanese

What: Full scholarships (Master's Degrees and 1-2 PhDs per annum). This covers tuition fees, a maintenance allowance for a single person, arrival allowance, thesis allowance, flights and visa application fees.

When: Every academic year

Where: UK only. The Said Foundation has 24 partner universities in the UK. Please see the Foundation’s website for a full list of partners. Applicants must apply to a partner university. Applicants for study in other parts of the world cannot be considered.

Program Length: primarily offered for one year postgraduate courses but in exceptional circumstances it may be possible to consider applicants for two year courses. The Foundation also supports 1-2 PhD scholarships a year at Oxford and Cambridge universities. Applications for PhDs at other universities cannot be considered

Application Deadline: Information about Said Foundation scholarships for 2017/18 will be posted on this website in July 2016

Visit the Said Foundation Scholarship website

Chevening Awards in Syria

Applications for the 2017/2018 Chevening Awards are now open!

Chevening Scholarships in Syria are awarded to outstanding emerging leaders to pursue a one-year Master’s at any UK university. The scholarship programme provides a unique opportunity for future leaders, influencers, and decision-makers from all over the world to develop professionally and academically, network extensively, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK

Application Deadline: Next application Cycle will open in August 2016

Visit the Chevening Awards webiste for more information on eligibility and the application process

Oxford Jusoor Graduate Scholarship

St Antony’s College and the University of Oxford, in partnership with Jusoor, are offering one scholarship a year for entry in 2016/17 and 2017/18 to a student who is a Syrian citizen or a stateless person residing in Syria to study for a one year Master’s degree at St Antony’s College in the University of Oxford.

The scholarship is open to applicants who are Syrian citizen or a stateless person residing in Syria, and who have applied for a one year Master’s degree in any subject offered at St Antony’s College (please see below for a full list).

The scholarship covers course fees, college fees and a grant for living costs of at least £14,057. Awards are made for the full duration of your fee liability for the agreed course. The scholarship is jointly funded by the University and by Jusoor. Jusoor is a UK-based charity supporting development of Syrian youth through various initiatives in the fields of education, scholarship, mentorship, entrepreneurship, career development and global community engagement.

There is no separate application process for this scholarship: to be considered, submit your application for graduate study by the relevant January deadline (8 or 22 January 2016, depending on your course). Selection is expected to take place in April 2016. Please see the Standard scholarship selection terms for more information about the application and selection process.

Visit the Oxford Jusoor scholarship website for more information on eligibility and the application process

SOAS University of London

Seven new scholarships extend SOAS engagement with migration and refugees

SOAS, University of London today announced the creation of seven new scholarships for refugee students wishing to study at SOAS. These are in addition to the Cultures of Resistance scholarships that have been offered by the School since 2013 to MA students from countries affected by war and extreme poverty

The new scholarships are available for four undergraduate and three postgraduate students. SOAS Development Team will be seeking philanthropic donations to cover scholarship students' living expenses.

Visit the SOAS scholarship website for more information on eligibility and the application process

University of Sussex

A new scholarship to support 50 Syrian refugees to prepare for university study has been established by the University of Sussex.

Each scholarship is worth up to £10,000 per student and will cover the full course tuition fees together with £100 per week contribution towards living costs.

The Sussex Refugee Scholarship will enable Syrians newly arrived in the UK to take an intensive English language course in preparation for university study.

Visit the University of Sussex website for more information on eligibility and the application process

MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP)

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Scholarship Programme (or MSP) offers scholarships to professionals from ten countries. The scholarships can be used for short courses in the Netherlands. The programme is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


The overall aim of the MSP is to contribute to the democratic transition in the participating countries. It also aims at building capacity within organisations by enabling employees to take part in short courses in various fields of study.

Scholarships are available for short courses with a duration between two and twelve weeks.

Visit the MSP program website for more information on eligibility and the application process.

Asfari Foundation Scholarships

Asfari Foundation Scholarships are available for students from Syria, Lebanon and Palestine studying selected one-year, full-time taught Masters degrees at the University of St Andrews, University of East Anglia, Imperial College London Business School and the University Edinburgh. Scholarships include tuition fees and a stipend to cover accommodation and living costs.

Visit the Asfari Foundation website for more information on eligibility and the application process

Aga Khan International Scholarships Programme

The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from select developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies, in order to develop effective scholars and leaders and to prepare them for employment, primarily within the AKDN. Scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant : 50% loan basis through a competitive application process once a year. The 2016-2017 International Scholarship Programme application cycle is now closed and applications are no longer being accepted. Applications for the 2017-18 academic year will be available starting January 2017.

Visit the Aga Khan Foundation website for more information on eligibility and the application process

The University of Sheffield - Scholarships for Students from Syria

The University of Sheffield has a long established relationship with Syria. Please vistit the institution website for information on scholarship opportunities.

Visit the University of Sheffield website for more information

Daughters for Life Foundation

The Daughters for Life Foundation Scholarships Program offers young women in the Middle East scholarships in Canada and elsewhere in order to pursue English language study programs as well as post-secondary studies at the undergraduate and graduate level.

The application cycle for 2016/2017 Scholarships is closed now! For the academic year 2017/2018, please check the Daughters for Life Foundation website in September 2016 to start the application process as early as possible in the fall so that they have time to complete the paperwork for both Daughters for Life and Universities, and to complete and receive official scores for the required English language test (TOEFL or IELTS) and the SAT or ACT test.

Visit the Daughters for Life Foundation webpage for more information on eligibility and the application process

The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship: EMEA

Who can apply?

Female students (all levels) in the fields of computer science, computer engineering, informatics or a closely related technical field.

Visit The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship webpage for more information on eligibility and the application process

Scholarships for Development: Find International Scholarships for Students from Developing Countries

Learn more about "Scholarships for Development"

Scholar Rescue Fund

If you are an established professor, scholar, researcher, or public intellectual: please visit the Scholar Rescue Fund to see opportunities

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