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  • Barcelona, Spain Due Date March 20th Two Master's Level Awards

About the Scholarship

The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) is a public university located in the city of Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain. UAB ranks second in Spain and is among the 100 best European universities. It is known for its high quality research and teaching. They offer over 36 graduate programs taught entirely in English.

The Fundació Autònoma Solidaria (FAS) is an NGO affiliated with the university that aims to promote social change. One of their programs is to engage refugee and asylum seeking youth in education. Jusoor has established a partnership with FAS and UAB to support up to two Syrian students to study at UAB

The Jusoor-UAB Scholarship will support up to two master’s level awards for Syrian students who wish to pursue their studies at UAB. The scholarship will be to study a one-year master’s degree for the 2022-2023 school year. The amount will cover tuition fees, living expenses, health insurance and travel costs. The degree must be an official master’s degree; a full list of official master’s degrees taught in English can be found here. Kindly note that Erasmus master’s degrees are ineligible for this scholarship.

The Jusoor - UAB Scholarship will be open both men and women, with a preference for those who demonstrate financial need and are living either in Syria or a surrounding host country (i.e. Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq or Egypt).

 

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

Candidates must:

  • Meet the academic requirements of UAB; it is their responsibility to determine whether they do by visiting the respective program pages.

  • Be Syrian, Palestinian-Syrian or have a Syrian Travel Document

  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher

  • Not already have a master’s degree

  • Demonstrate at least C1 English Language Proficiency according to the European Framework of Reference for Languages (exceptions might be made for a B2 level)

  • Provide an IELTS/ TOEFL exam certificate if they have one 

  • 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

  • Be willing to engage with the Jusoor and FAS communities.

 

 


 

Selection Criteria

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 engage with Jusoor and participate in the FAS community.
5) A clear and realistic plan for personal and career success post-graduation.
6) Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate financial need.

How to Apply

Candidates must apply through this online application. Candidates should not apply through the university, but it is their responsibility to ensure that they meet the academic requirements of the program to which they are applying. Please visit their website for more information.

We expect to conduct interviews with shortlisted candidates throughout April 2022 and select awardees by June 2022. All applicants will be notified via e-mail of their status after each stage of the selection process.

Funds Coverage

The scholarship will cover full tuition fees, living expenses (EUR 13,000 for 12 months), health insurance (up to EUR 300) and travel costs (up to EUR 700). 

FAQs

Scholarship FAQs
Please carefully read the below

- How many awards will be given? 
For this selection cycle, up to two master’s degrees will be funded. 

- Is there an age limit to be eligible?
No. Although our mission focuses on empowering Syrian youth, we welcome applicants of all ages.

- I’m married and/or have children. Am I eligible?
Yes, but Jusoor, FAS and UAB do not sponsor family members.

- 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, UAB and FAS cannot provide any financial or relocation assistance for your family, including help with visa arrangements.

- Do I need to apply for admission to the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona 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? 
Yes, absolutely.

- 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 the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona?
No.

- 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.

- 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 bachelor’s or  master’s degree and am applying this degree to be my second bachelor’s or master’s degree. Am I eligible for the scholarship?  
No, all applicants applying to pursue a master’s degree 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. The transcripts must be translated into English (you may self-translate)
CV
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 must be on university letterhead, written in English, 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 must be written in English, 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 engage with Jusoor and participate in the FAS community. 
5) a clear and realistic plan for personal and career success post-graduation.
6) Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate financial need.

- 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, UAB and FAS 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 and FAS’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. We expect to conduct interviews with shortlisted candidates throughout April 2022 and select awardees by June 2022 (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 Spanish 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. 

- When are scholarship funds disbursed?
Scholarship funds cannot be disbursed until the awardee arrives in Spain.

Language Requirement

Candidates must demonstrate at least C1 English Language Proficiency according to the European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Please refer to this chart for your self-assessment: https://rm.coe.int/CoERMPublicCommonSearchServices/DisplayDCTMContent?documentId=090000168045bb52