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  • Access to Higher Education Services and IDP's Program (HES)

    Spark Scholarship

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    The scholarship programme assists educational institutions in Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey in responsible to the Syrian crisis, in particular to support study and career prospects of Syrian refugees and vulnerable members of the host community, and to increase social cohesion between refugees and the host community.

    Suitable candidates for the scholarship programme are motivated Syrian and host community students with promising pre-qualification profiles who want to play an active and meaningful role in their communities, either in their host countries or in the future reconstruction of Syria. Students are placed at accredited local partner universities.

    The scholarship programme is a contribution to the costs of selected programs as well as subsistence support. The course fees are covered in the above-mentioned countries. In some countries, additional allowances are made available to cover (part of) the basic subsistence and study costs. The scholarship holders must cover any additional costs from their own resources. For some programs, scholarship holders may be asked to cover part of the tuition fees from their own resources. The scholarship is only intended for the duration of the course or program, and guaranteed only one year at the time, for which the candidate has been selected. Successful candidates will be informed about total size of the scholarship upon announcement of the results.

  • Details at a glance

    Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey
    No deadline has been announced
    Bachelor's, Technical Degrees
    Full scholarship for the full period of studies, Partial scholarship
    Applicants up to age 24 are eligible
  • Requirements

    Targeted nationalities
    Targeted Country of Asylum
    Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey
    Accepted status documentation
    Refugee certificate
  • More details about this opportunity

    • Duration of support provided
      For the duration of studies
    • What is covered in this program
      Additional allowances in some cases
    • Is the student allowed to work while studying?
    • Application period
      Varies by program country
  • For further questions contact the scholarship provider

  • Additional note

    SPARK’s involvement with scholarships in the MENA region commenced in 2015, partnering with the Dynamic Future Programme of Education Above All, the European Union (MADAD) and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2018, this was two more partners, the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and Al Nuri Society Kuwait joined the effort. In a joined effort, they work to improve youth access to higher education and enhance career opportunities for Syrian refugees, IDPs and vulnerable host community youth in Syria (SIG), Iraq, Jordan, Turkey, Palestine and Lebanon, by providing over 10,000 youth with the skills needed to reconstruct their country in the long-term, and give back to their host communities in the short-term, whilst also building the capacity of the higher education sector in the region.

    The main focus is to enroll refugees in the region in higher education, ranging from short language courses or certificate courses to full-time vocational or academic bachelor education. To achieve this, SPARK has partner agreements with approximately 18 HE institutes.  Selected students receive a wide range of extra-curricular support and are mentored to ensure successful completion of their education. SPARK aims to create new, and professionalize existing Syrian student unions in cooperation to facilitate social cohesion activities. SPARK aims to build the capacity of several HE institutes in the host countries, as well as the capacity of HE institutes inside Syria, in order to expand on and strengthen existing student services as well as the development of curricula tailored to the local labour market.

  • Disclaimer

    The content presented on this site has originated from the third party providers. UNHCR is not responsible for the application process or oversight of the opportunities presented here. Questions on a particular opportunity should be directed to the relevant provider.

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