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Japanese Initiative for the future of Syrian Refugees (JISR)

Application period for 2018 is closed.


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

1. Background

Many thousands of Syrians have been forced to leave their home country and flee to neighboring countries since the conflict started in 2011, and the majority of these refugees have been staying in host communities. Under their severe and inconvenient living conditions, the international community is required to support those refugees from a humanitarian standpoint. The protracted crisis deprives the refugees of their opportunities to study, which it is feared will result in a huge 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. 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 the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for a maximum of 100 Syrian refugees who are staying in neighboring countries to study for a Master's degree at Japanese universities.

2. Objectives

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 Master's courses at Japanese universities. This program intends to foster capable Syrian individuals to lead Syria's peacebuilding and reconstruction 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: Approximately 20 (Lebanon & Jordan combined)

4. Duration

  1. Overall Program: August 2016 – September 2024
    Participants will be accepted every year from 2017 to 2021.
  2. Admission Schedule: September / October 2018
    • Participants will come to Japan in July 2018 to take part in a post-arrival orientation and Japanese Language Program before being admitted to Japanese universities.
    • 6 months or 1 year as a research student if necessary (See Section 12) and 2 years as a Master's student. (Maximum three years enrollment).

5. Target Participants

This program targets Syrian refugees who are known to UNHCR, who are currently residing in Jordan and Lebanon, and who will play leading roles in Syria's reconstruction and peacebuilding 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 Japanese Language and Culture 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, 2018)
(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
  • Adequate English skills both in written and oral communication to complete a Master's course (for those who wish to major in Japanese studies, adequate Japanese skills are also required.)
(6) Academic Ability
  • Adequate academic ability 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 other foreign organizations 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 2018

9. Promotion seminar (dates and venues)

as of October 31, 2017

Promotion Seminar Schedule for JISR Program (in Jordan)

26/09/2017 Tuesday 10:00-12:00
UNHCR Zaatari Camp, District 9, IRD Community Center Mafraq
27/09/2017 Wednesday 10:00-12:00
UNHCR Azraq Camp, Community Centers in Village 6 and Village 2 Zarqa
04/10/2017 Wednesday 10:30-12:30 UNHCR Princess Basma Community Development Center, Al Mafraq Mafraq
16/10/2017 Monday 10:00-12:30 The Hashemite University Room # 201 (Petra), the Deanship of Students' Affairs Building Zarqa
17/10/2017 Tuesday 10:30-12:30 UNHCR Princess Basma Community Development Center, Aydoun Irbid
21/10/2017 Saturday 10:30-12:30 UNHCR Princess Basma Community Development Center, Nuzha Amman
25/10/2017 Wednesday 11:00-12:30 Yarmouk University Circular Room, Conferences Building Irbid
29/10/2017 Sunday 10:30-12:30 Jordan University of Science and Technology Al Farabi Hall, Registration Unit Building Irbid
09/11/2017 Thursday 11:30-13:30 University of Jordan Small Theater, the Deanship of Student Affairs Amman

Promotion Seminar Schedule for JISR Program (in Lebanon)

10/10/2017 Tuesday 18:30-20:30 T-Marboutah (Open to public) Hamra, Beirut
11/10/2017 Wednesday 15:00-17:00 Arab Open University Glass Bldg. 3rd FL, Room 307,
Arab Open University
(AOU students only, not open to public)
Tayyouneh, Beirut
12/10/2017 Thursday 11:00-13:00 UNESCO Multipurpose Center, Ground Floor, UNESCO
(open to public with pre-registration)
* Please pre-register by sending your full name to apply-jisr@jds21.com and show your ID at the gate. Preregistration is a MUST.
facing Cité sportive,
Bir Hassan, Beirut
14/10/2017 Saturday 14:00-16:00   Riwaq Beirut (Open to public) Mar Mikhael, Beirut
18/10/2017 Wednesday 16:00-18:00 SB Overseas Bukra Alahla Center, Al Rabea Project, Bloc 6 (1st floor) Ard Jalloul-Sabra, Beirut
06/11/2017 Monday 10:00-12:00 Basmeh & Zeitooneh Basmeh & Zeitooneh
(B&Z beneficiaries only, not open to public)
Furn Al-Chebbak, Beirut

Schedule of other promotion seminars will be updated accordingly.


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