Application for 2019 has just started.
Application deadline is on November 30th 2018.
|May 17, 2018||Arrival of JISR participant's family in Japan|
|February 9, 2018||The first round of participants starts student life all over Japan|
|October 12, 2017||The first round of participants arrive in Japan under the Japanese Initiative for the future of Syrian Refugees (JISR)|
|September 8, 2017||Announcement of the 2018 round of admission of the “Japanese Initiative for the future of Syrian Refugees,” a scholarship program for Syrian refugees|
|August 21, 2017||Providing Opportunities for Master’s Degrees in Japan for Future Reconstruction in Syria|
Many thousands of Syrians have been forced to leave their home country and flee 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 reasons 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) 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 a maximum of 100 Syrian refugees who are staying in neighboring countries.
The objective of JISR is to support Syrian refugees who have the 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 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, 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.
Engineering, Agriculture, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Business Administration, Social Science (Peacebuilding, Political Science, Public Administration, etc.), and Japanese Language and Culture are specified as key fields of study.
Applicant must satisfy the following requirements:
|(3) Refugee Status / UNHCR Status||
|(5) English - language Proficiency||
|(6) Academic Ability||
|(7) Understanding of the Program||
|(8) Others||Applicant must:
as of September 19, 2018
Promotion Seminar Schedule for JISR Program (in Jordan)
|18/09/2018||Tuesday||10:00-12:00||UNHCR||Princess Basma Community Development Center, Aydoun (external link)||Irbid|
|27/09/2018||Thursday||12:00-14:00||Yarmouk University||Conferences Building, Circular Room (external link)||Irbid|
|01/10/2018||Monday||10:00-12:00||UNHCR||Princess Basma Community Development Center, Al Mafraq (external link)||Mafraq|
|02/10/2018||Tuesday||10:00-12:00||UNHCR||Zaatari Camp, District 6, IRD Center||Mafraq|
|03/10/2018||Wednesday||10:00-12:00||UNHCR||Princess Basma Community Development Center, Nuzha (external link)||Amman|
|09/10/2018||Tuesday||10:00-12:00||UNHCR||Azraq Camp, Village 3, UNHCR/CARE Community Center||Zarqa|
|11/10/2018||Tuesday||10:00-12:00||UNHCR||Jubilee Center for Excellence in Education, Auditorium (external link)||Amman|
|4th Week of October||TBD||Zarqa University||TBD||Zarqa|
|TBD||University of Jordan||TBD||Amman|