The Syrian Coalition has complied the following list of scholarships for Syrian students seeking to obtain undergraduate and advanced degrees. For more updates on recently posted scholarships for Syrian students, check Facebook and scholars4dev 

Scholarships and Grants for Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees 

Daughters for Life

The Daughters for Life Foundation Scholarships Program offers young women in the Middle East scholarships in Canada and elsewhere in order to pursue English language study programs as well as post-secondary studies at the undergraduate and graduate level.

For the 2012-2013 academic year, we welcomed the first DFL scholars to Canada from the Middle East. Yosra Albakkar, Ayah Alsisi and Hadeel Baraka are the first cohort of young women taking part in the Daughters for Life Foundation Scholarship Program in collaboration with Trent University and The Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.

Erasmus Mundus scholarships

Erasmus Mundus is an European Commission Scholarship Program for students from non-European countries to study at European partner universities. Scholarships are reserved for refugees and internally displaced persons. Scholarships cover travel, tuition fees, insurance and a monthly allowance. 

To apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship, students must apply directly to a specific course of study or partnership. A step by step guide is available on the website

Applications are due March 3, 2014 

For frequently asked questions, go to to Erasumus Mundus FAQ page

Questions about the program should be emailed to


Scholarships and Grants for Undergraduate Degrees 


DAFI is UNHCR’s main programme for tertiary education, providing more than 2,000 scholarships annually to refugees to study in host countries in 39 operations. The German government extended its contribution in 2013 to support Syrian students.

In order to be eligible for DAFI, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a refugee with recognized refugee status 
  • Completed high school in a national school in one's country of origin or a camp=based school 
  • Have no other means to pay for university studies 
  • Select a course of study that is likely to lead to employment in the country of origin
  • Be no older than 28 at the time of beginning studies 
  • Select a choice of study with a maximum of 3 to 4 years of length 

For more information, see the DAFI website 

Global Platform 4 Syrian Students 

The Global Platform 4 Syria was launched by former Portuguese President Sampaio to provide emergency assistance for Syrian students, in selected host countries as well as overseas. 

Potential participants must:

  • Be a citizen, national or permanent resident qualified to hold a valid passport issued by the State of Syria
  • Be at least 18 years old by the time the program begins
  • Hold a higher secondary certificate
  • Have excellent academic performance
  • Have financial need to continue his/her education
  • Have a strong interest in a professional qualification
  • Have strong motivation to contribute to his/her community

This scholarship program will cover all tuition fees as well as living costs for the one academic year.

The deadline for the 2013-2014 School year has passed, but check the scholarship website for the third call for applicants. 

International Institute for Education 

The International Institute for Education (IIE) administers a consortium of over 35 higher education institutions around the world that have committed support for Syrian students and scholars, primarily in the form of full and partial scholarships. The second round of scholarships offered by the colleges and universities participating in the IIE Syria Consortium will open in January of 2014. More information is available on the IIE website and the Jusoor website

Students with questions about studying in the U.S. should email

Students with questions about studying outside the U.S. should email


Scholarships and Grants for Advanced Degrees

Said Foundation scholarships

Every year the Said Foundation provides scholarships for exceptional young
people in Syria, Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan, to conduct Masters degree
studies at universities in the UK.  In particular, they identify
motivated people who, with the benefit of the scholarship, will return to
their countries and contribute to leading developments in areas that will
bring wider benefits to others. They are particularly keen to give scholarships to people who are actively
contributing to the emergency relief and development needs of Syria.

Said Foundation scholarships for 2014-2015 are available. Applicants must apply on line by
January 5th, 2014 on the Said Foundation webpage:

More information about Said Foundation scholarships and the eligibility
criteria can also be found on their website 

If applicants have any questions which
are not answered in the FAQ section, they should contact the Foundation's
Scholarships Officer on

Swedish Institute Study scholarships

The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships target highly-qualified students and are awarded for studies in Sweden starting in an autumn semester. The scholarships are intended for full-time master's level studies in Sweden and cover both living costs and tuition fees.

Due to the difficult situation in Syria, The Swedish Institute has decided to allocate up to 15 scholarships for Syrian students on an annual basis for two years.  The scholarships are for full-time master’s level studies in Sweden for the academic years of 2014/15 and 2015/16, i.e. a total maximum of 30 scholarships. Scholarships are granted on condition that the students have been admitted to a master's program at a Swedish university. 

Applicants must be students from Syria with a bachelor's degree from a Syrian university, but at the time of application and admission, reside in a country other than Syria, including Sweden. 

Scholarship applications are due February 3rd, 2013

Detailed information about the application process will be published on December, 2 2013.

There is no age limit for scholarship holders.

A scholarship cannot be granted for a student who:

  • Has already lived in Sweden for two years or more previous to the scholarship period.
  • Has previously been awarded a Swedish Institute scholarship for master’s level studies or research at a Swedish university/university college.
  • Already holds a degree from a Swedish university/university college.
  • Is currently enrolled in a study program at a Swedish university/university college

The scholarship covers both the tuition fee (which is paid directly to the Swedish university/university college by the Swedish Institute) and living expenses to the amount of 9,000 SEK/month.

The scholarship is only awarded for programs starting in the autumn semester (August/September) and is granted for one academic year. It will be extended for programs longer than two semesters provided that the student's study results are satisfactory.

Scholarship holders will receive a travel grant in connection with the scholarship of 15,000 SEK.

More information is available on the Study in Sweden website



These scholarships are not affiliated or associated with the Syrian Coalition in any way.  This web page merely directs visitors to resources which they may pursue independently and directly.  This is not an exhaustive list, and Syrian Coalition does not warrant or make any guarantees about or on behalf of any of these or any other educational organizations or programs, their availability, or their legality. 

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