Japan International Cooperation Agency
  • 日本語
  • English
  • Français
  • Espanol
  • Home
  • About JICA
  • News & Features
  • Countries & Regions
  • Our Work
  • Publications
  • Investor Relations

Japanese Initiative for the future of Syrian Refugees (JISR)

Accepting Application for 2022 from April 1, 2022 to May 31, 2022


* There are some articles written under anonymity upon their request since their background are refugees.

June 2, 2022 Internship Opportunity for Syrian JISR participants: Skilling up towards advanced human resources in Japanese IT company
June 2, 2022 Internship Opportunity in Toyota for JISR participants - Two Refugee Students Come to Toyota as They Try to Build Bonds between Syria and Japan (toyotatimes.jp) (external link)
March 17, 2022 JISR: Seeking for a Life-time Opportunity
December 16, 2021 JISR participants meet Deputy Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Japan office
June 21, 2021 Towards the Future of Syria and Japan Beyond Work and Research

1. Background

More than five millions of Syrians have been forced to leave their home country and fled to neighboring countries and beyond since the conflict started in 2011, and the majority of these refugees have been staying in host communities. Under their severe and harsh living conditions, the international community is required to support those refugees from a humanitarian standpoint. The protracted crisis is depriving the refugees from their opportunities to study, which is likely to become the main reason for considerable loss of human resources for the reconstruction of the Syrian Arab Republic (hereinafter referred to as "Syria") in the future.

Against this backdrop, the Japanese government announced in May 2016 that Japan would accept a maximum of 150 Syrian young personnel as students over five years with the aim of offering educational opportunities to Syrian youths who will contribute to Syria's future reconstruction when it takes place. Accordingly, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has established the program "Japanese Initiative for the future of Syrian Refugees" (hereinafter referred to as "JISR") in cooperation with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for providing higher education opportunities at a Master's degree level in Japanese universities to Syrian refugees who are staying in neighboring countries.

After successful implementation for five years, JICA decided to continue JISR.

2. Objectives

The objective of JISR is to support Syrian refugees who have potential to contribute to the reconstruction of Syria in the future. This program offers opportunities for young Syrian refugees (hereinafter referred to as "Participants") to study in graduate courses for their Master's degrees at Japanese universities. This program intends to foster capable Syrian individuals to lead Syria's reconstruction and peacebuilding 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.

3. Program Outline

  1. Program Title: Japanese Initiative for the future of Syrian Refugees (JISR)
  2. Language of the Program: English
  3. Course: Master's Degree Program
  4. Number of Participants/year: 3-5 (Lebanon & Jordan combined)

4. Duration

  1. Overall Program: August 2016 – September 2027
    Participants will be accepted every year from 2017 to 2024.
  2. Admission Schedule: November / December 2022
    • Participants will come to Japan in November / December 2022 to take part in a post-arrival orientation and Japanese Language Program before admission to Japanese universities.
    • Duration of enrollment depends on university. Please see "5. Standard Timetable (Years needed for graduation)" of Annex 5. University Information.

5. Target Participants

This program targets Syrian refugees known to UNHCR, who are currently residing in Jordan or Lebanon, and who will play leading roles in Syria's reconstruction and peacebuilding efforts in the private, governmental, or educational sectors in the future.

6. Fields of Study at Japanese Universities

Engineering, Agriculture, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Business Administration, Social Science (Peacebuilding, Political Science, Public Administration, etc.), and Health Science are specified as key fields of study.

7. Qualifications and Requirements

Applicant must satisfy the following requirements:

(1) Nationality
  • Syrian
(2) Age
  • Between 22 and 39 years of age (as of September 1st, 2022)
(3) Refugee Status / UNHCR Status
  • Applicant who is registered as a refugee by or known to UNHCR
(4) Education
  • Bachelor's degree holder (equivalent to at least 16 years of academic background) or university student in the final year of an undergraduate program who can present a certificate of expected graduation at the time of application
(5) English - language Proficiency
  • English skills both in written and oral communication adequate to complete a Master's course (for those who wish to major in Japanese studies, adequate Japanese skills are also required.)
(6) Academic Ability
  • Academic ability adequate to complete a Master's course
(7) Understanding of the Program
  • Applicant is required to have a clear understanding of the objectives of JISR, and to have a strong intention to contribute to the peacebuilding and/or reconstruction of Syria in the future, as well as strengthen the mutual friendship between Syria and Japan
(8) Others Applicant must:
  • Not be receiving a scholarship offered by organizations, foreign or domestics, for a Master's degree. (It is permissible for applicants to apply for scholarship opportunities aside from JISR. However, after passing the 1st selection (see Section 11), the applicant must withdraw applications to other scholarship programs to pursue the JISR scholarship.)

8. Application Documents for 2022

9. Promotion seminar (dates and venues)

We are not planning to hold promotion seminar either in Lebanon or Jordan due to COVID-19 at this point.

Please check following promotion movies for your application.

For your reference : Accepting Universities' Promotion Website

1. Tokyo University of Agriculture

2. University of the Ryukyus_Engineering and Science *Only Japanese

3. International University of Japan

4. Kwansei Gakuin University_Institute of Business and Accounting (IBA)

5. Hiroshima University *Only Japanese

6. Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

7. Kobe Institute of Computing Information Technology

10. Contact Information


Poster and Flyer


Copyright © Japan International Cooperation Agency