The Japanese Initiative for the Future of Syrian Refugees (JISR) offers opportunities for young Syrian refugees (hereinafter referred to as “participants”) to study in graduate courses for their master’s degree courses at Japanese universities. This program intends to foster capable Syrian individuals to lead Syria’s reconstruction and peace-building efforts at an appropriate time in the future while enhancing their understanding of Japanese people, society and systems so as to strengthen the mutual friendship between Syria and Japan.
This program targets Syrian refugees who are known to UNHCR, the U.N. Refugee Agency, who are currently residing in Jordan or Lebanon and who will play leading roles in Syria’s reconstruction and peace-building efforts in the private, governmental, or educational sectors in the future.
Fields of study include: Engineering, Agriculture, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Business Administration, Social Science (Peace-building, Political Science, Public Administration, etc.), and Japanese Language and Culture are specified as key fields of study.
The program covers accommodation, tuition fees, and a living stipend.
Type: Master’s Degree, Ph.D. or Other Doctoral Degrees
Who: Syrian refugee students in Lebanon and Jordan
What: Tuition fees + accommodation + stipend
Where: Partner Universities in Japan
Program Length: 3 to 4 years
Deadline to Apply: 29 November 2022
Destination Countries: Japan
Academic Subject(s): All Subjects
Deadline: January 29, 2021
Participants must be:
– Between 22 and 39 years of age.
– Registered as a refugee by or known to UNHCR.
– Bachelor’s degree holders (equivalent to at least 16 years of academic background) or university students in the final year of an undergraduate program who can present a certificate of expected graduation at the time of application.
– English skills both in written and oral communication adequate to complete a master’s degree program. (For those who wish to major in Japanese studies, adequate Japanese skills are also required.)
– Academic ability adequate to complete a master’s degree program.
– Applicant is required to have a clear understanding of the objectives of JISR, and to have a strong intention to contribute to the peace-building and/or reconstruction of Syria in the future, as well as strengthen the mutual friendship between Syria and Japan.
– Not be receiving a scholarship offered by organizations, foreign or domestic, for a master’s degree. [It is permissible for applicants to apply for scholarship opportunities aside from JISR. However, after passing the first selection (see Section 11), the applicant must withdraw applications to other scholarship programs to pursue the JISR scholarship.]How to apply:
Students may check the application requirements on this link.
Applications are to be submitted in hard copy to the UNHCR office of your country.