Since 2016, Jusoor has proudly partnered with International Students Overcoming War (ISOW) at Wilfrid Laurier University to provide scholarships to outstanding Syrian women pursuing their bachelor's and master's degrees under our 100 Syrian Women, 10,000 Syrian Women Scholarship Program. From our 33 current 100 Syrian Women scholars, 14 have studied at Wilfrid Laurier University and have found a welcoming second home thanks to ISOW’s generous support. Jusoor is especially grateful to ISOW’s Faculty Advisor, Dr. Gavin Brockett, and interns Faith Laverty and Hillary Kendrick for providing such attentive care to all Jusoor-ISOW scholars.
As a Jusoor-ISOW scholar, you will not only join Jusoor’s 100 Syrian Women network but embark on a life-changing experience among your scholar peers at Laurier University. Although Jusoor-ISOW scholars each have their own story and specialized discipline of study, they all bring unique talents to their cohort through community volunteering and extracurricular activities.
In general, 100 Syrian Women demonstrate exemplary social service with leadership, academic excellence, and civic responsibility, have characteristics reflecting the importance of empathy, humility, courage, and resilience, and have the potential to serve as global leaders.
Please see ISOW‘s and Wilfrid Laurier‘s pages to learn more about them.
Please note this scholarship closed for applications on January 20, 2020, at 5 p.m. EST. In fairness to other applicants, we cannot accept any more application submissions. This scholarship will tentatively open again for applications in December 2020 for the Fall 2021 academic year. At this time, no further information is available on this next call for applications. All updates will be published to this web page and to our Facebook and LinkedIn pages.
Applicants must meet the following criteria
Be a female
Be a Syrian or Syrian-Palestinian national holding either a Syrian passport, Syrian national ID card, or Palestinian travel papers
Hold at least a bachelor degree; applications from students currently enrolled in a master degree program are also welcome
Have graduated from a bachelor degree program with a GPA of 3.0 or better
Not have graduated from a master degree program
Have a strong record of leadership and community engagement, as demonstrated through volunteer and/or work experience
Demonstrate willingness and intent to contribute to the redevelopment of Syria
Demonstrate willingness and intent to participate in ISOW initiatives on campus
Fields of Study
For this application cycle, only certain fields of study are eligible for the scholarship
If you have specific questions about a program, please e-mail the program contact listed on the page of the program in which you are interested. Please note the eligible fields of study change every year due to varying program costs and available scholarship funding.
This is a full scholarship and covers all tuition, fees, health insurance, airfare, and a living stipend for the duration of the program. The only expenses you are expected to cover if selected for the scholarship are your visa application fees. (Jusoor cannot provide an estimate on visa application fees. Please check with your local embassy.) Please note funds cannot be disbursed until the awardee arrives in Canada.
Please carefully read the below
- How many awards will be given?
For this selection cycle, just one award is available. The next selection cycle is expected to open in December 2020 for Fall 2021 admission.
- Is there an age limit to be eligible?
No. Although our mission focuses on empowering Syrian youth, we have had several middle-aged 100 Syrian Women scholars–all of whom have done exceptionally well in their programs. We welcome applicants of all ages.
- I’m married and/or have children. Am I eligible?
Yes, a few of our 100 Syrian Women scholars are married with families.
- If awarded the scholarship, can the funding support my husband and/or children?
Unfortunately not. The scholarship is intended to support only the scholar herself. Due to limited resources, Jusoor and ISOW cannot provide any financial or relocation assistance for your family, including help with visa arrangements.
- Do I need to apply for admission to Wilfrid Laurier University before submitting my application?
No. The only application you need to complete is the scholarship application provided on this page.
- I earned my undergraduate degree in Syria. Am I still eligible to apply?
- I earned my undergraduate degree in Syria and am having trouble obtaining my undergraduate degree documents as proof of attendance and/or graduation. Can Jusoor help?
Unfortunately not. Through experience in this matter, we have learned Jusoor cannot be of assistance. This issue must be resolved with your university and the Ministry of Education where applicable.
- Do I need to pay a fee to apply to Wilfrid Laurier University?
- Can Jusoor offer to fund any English exam or graduate school testing I might require?
We cannot offer to fund for English exams or graduate school testing costs to applicants. Only the scholarship awardee will receive a voucher for the TOEFL exam if they have yet to take the exam.
- I’m already enrolled in a master's degree and am applying as a transfer student. Am I eligible for the scholarship?
Yes, we welcome applications from transfer students.
- I already hold one master’s degree and am applying this degree to be my second master’s degree. Am I eligible for the scholarship?
No, all applicants must be applying to complete their first master’s degree program.
- What documents do I need to apply for?
We encourage all applicants to prepare these documents as early as possible. Both black and white and color copies are accepted. All files must be PDFs:
Copy of passport or national ID
Copy of undergraduate program transcripts (official if available), or current master degree program transcripts if applying as a transfer student
Academic letter of recommendation (from a professor)
Professional reference (from your current or previous work or volunteer experience)
Copy of TOEFL or IELTS scores if you’ve taken either exam
- What requirements does my CV need to meet?
Your CV may be in any format you like but we ask you to keep it concise. There is no maximum page length.
- What requirements does my academic letter of recommendation need to meet?
This letter should be written by a current or previous university professor, academic advisor, or other similar faculty members of yours. The letter should be dated and signed with the recommender’s e-mail address included. There is no limit to the letter’s length. You may only submit one academic letter of recommendation.
- What requirements does my professional reference need to meet?
This reference should be written by a current or previous professional supervisor/manager of yours while you were employed in a paid or volunteer position. The letter should be dated and signed with the reference’s e-mail address included. There is no limit for the reference length. You may only submit one professional reference.
- What do you look for in the ideal applicant?
We look for a balance of the following: 1) strong GPA and record of academic achievement; 2) volunteer and/or work experience relevant to your field of study; 3) proven leadership ability as demonstrated through volunteer and/or work experience; 4) willingness and demonstrated intent to contribute to the redevelopment of Syria, and to participate in the ISOW community on campus. Last but not least, we emphasize a clear and realistic plan for personal and career success post-graduation.
- What advice can you give for responding to the application essay questions?
We encourage you to fully address the question while being clear, concise, and providing relevant examples. The questions are subjective with no “right” or “wrong” answer. In fairness to other applicants, we cannot offer specific advice on the essay questions.
- What is the interview process like?
If selected as a finalist, you will be virtually interviewed by a panel of Jusoor and ISOW team members to assess your suitability for the scholarship. We may ask you to elaborate on the information provided in your application, and will also ask you to respond to a series of questions based on real-life scenarios which scholars face during their academic programs. We are interested to see how you might respond to typical challenges faced by scholars and how you would contribute to furthering Jusoor’s and ISOW’s missions while fulfilling your personal goals. Interviews generally last for 30 minutes to 1 hour and are conducted in English.
- When will I be notified of my application status?
We try to be as transparent with our selection process as possible. Please refer to the above-projected selection timeline (subject to change). All applicants will be notified via e-mail of their status after each stage of the selection process.
- What are my chances of obtaining a Canadian visa if awarded the scholarship?
The scholarship award is conditional on the awardee receiving their visa. If the awardee is not granted admission or does not receive their visa, the scholarship will be awarded to the next highest-scoring applicant. This being said, all Jusoor-ISOW scholars to date have obtained their Canadian visas. Visa processing time in their cases has ranged from two weeks to a couple of months.
- When are scholarship funds disbursed?
Scholarship funds cannot be disbursed until the awardee arrives in Canada.