AJYAL: A programme to support arts education | The Fourth Edition


Academic Year | 2022-2023

Ettijahat – Independent Culture hereby announces the launch of an open call for its fourth edition of AJYAL: A programme to support arts education, targeting young Syrian and Palestinian-Syrian art students who wish to enrol in bachelor’s and equivalent applied for arts programmes in Syria, or master’s and equivalent programmes in Syria, countries of the Arab region, and Europe. For applicants living in Syria, support can cover applicants accepted to study undergraduate programmes at intermediate and higher-level institutions. For applicants living in the rest of the Arab region or in Europe, support can cover advanced degree programmes at universities and other higher educational institutions, including applied educational programmes.

The aim of AJYAL is to provide educational opportunities for young Syrian students in various arts fields by covering part or all of the costs of their studies with grants of up to €3,600 distributed over the years of study. The programme also commits to providing support for beneficiaries residing in Syria throughout and until the end of their studies. AJYAL has been designed to hone the skills of the new generation of artists and art students, make all forms of artistic expression accessible for young Syrians, and create channels of communication between the younger and the older generations.

The fourth edition of AJYAL has been made possible with the support of the DOEN Foundation and Ford Foundation.

Who can apply to AJYAL?

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Syrian and Palestinian-Syrian nationals aged 18-26 years old who reside in Syria and wish to pursue undergraduate university studies (bachelor’s degree or equivalent) or study at intermediate or higher-level arts institutes in Syria
  • Syrians and Palestinian-Syrians under the age of 35 years old who reside in Syria, the Arab region, Turkey, or any EU country, and who wish to study for an advanced degree (master's degree or equivalent). Applicants must have already obtained an undergraduate degree from a recognised university or educational institution and have received at least a “good” commendation on their examination/degree result
  • AJYAL scholarships do not cover PhD or post-doctoral studies
  • AJYAL scholarships cannot be granted to students residing in a country different from the country of study unless they have received an unconditional or conditional offer of acceptance from their chosen academic institution, from which they can derive a right to residence for the period of study. (Example: A student residing in Lebanon cannot apply for an AJYAL grant to cover study costs in Turkey, without an unconditional or conditional offer of acceptance from an eligible educational institution in Turkey.)

What costs and expenses are covered by the grant?

  • Tuition fees during the study period are limited to the academic year 2022-2023
  • Other forms of study-related expenditure, include:
  1. Educational resources such as books, stationery, equipment, etc.
  2. Transportation costs
  3. Accommodation and rent costs

Travel expenses to study abroad are not covered by the scholarship. Applicants must (a) already reside in the country of study; or (b) be able to travel legally to the country of study and establish residence there legally, assuming the costs thereof themselves.

Criteria for applicant selection

  • The applicant must show a strong link between their background and their chosen field of specialisation.
  • The applicant must demonstrate a high level of academic and personal achievement.
  • The applicant should show commitment and a strong interest in continuing in their chosen field of artistic work after graduation.

Support mechanism

  • Applicants are requested to fill out the application form and to provide the necessary supporting files and documents within the submission deadline, which is the 15th of July 2022 at 23:59, Beirut time.
  • Applications that do not meet the selection criteria will be excluded, as will incomplete submissions that lack any of the main required documents. Eligible applications are assessed collectively by a selection committee made up of artists, academics, and trainers/teachers/pedagogues, all of whom are experienced in the field of arts education. The selection committee members represent a variety of artistic disciplines and backgrounds, which allows for a detailed reading of applications and a deeper level of conversation during the deliberation phase. The identity of the selection committee members will remain confidential until the announcement of the results.
  • Depending on the application case, the Selection Committee makes its final decisions following online interviews with shortlisted applicants.
  • Ettijahat follows up with the grantees to ensure that they are content and progressing well in their studies.

How is the jury selected?

Ettijahat follows specific criteria to identify members for the AJYAL selection committee.

Members are primarily selected based on their artistic and academic knowledge and background, their ability to remain objective and critical while reading the applications, during both individual and collective assessments, comparing them with each other and anticipating the development of future projects if candidates are selected.

For this edition, the AJYAL selection committee will consist of five members from various artistic backgrounds. All the committee members will evaluate the eligible applications received and assess them based on selection criteria set by Ettijahat. The five selection committee members will ensure that a wide spectrum of artistic fields presented by applicants are represented, and simultaneously that the assessments are made based on artistic and academic merit.

On another level, the organisation is keen to take into account issues of representation, such as the genders, geographical diversity, and ages of the selection committee members. This will ensure that applications are evaluated from a variety of possible perspectives, which will allow for broader discussion during the final decision-making process. In addition, Ettijahat will also consider the personal reputations of potential selection committee members in their respective fields.

Documents required for application

Documents required from applicants residing in Syria and applying to pursue their undergraduate (or equivalent) studies, including university bachelor’s programmes and applied programmes at intermediate and higher-level institutions:

  • A completed application form exclusively in Arabic
  • A photocopy of the applicant’s passport or photo ID
  • A recommendation letter was written by an academic instructor, including their contact details (email address and/or telephone number)
  • An official or certified copy of the applicant’s latest academic certificate of achievement
  • An official transcript of grades from the applicant’s most recently completed academic year
  • Any additional documentation that the applicant would like to share with the selection committee

Documents required from students applying to follow a master’s degree programme:

  • A completed application form exclusively in Arabic
  • A photocopy of the applicant’s passport or photo ID
  • An official or certified copy of the applicant’s latest academic certificate of achievement
  • An official transcript of grades from the applicant’s most recently completed academic year
  • A recommendation letter drafted by the applicant’s bachelor’s thesis supervisor (only applicable for applicants following a university system in which the master’s programme will require the student to prepare a master's thesis)
  • A copy of the applicant’s master’s thesis plan (only applicable for applicants following a university system in which the master’s programme will require the student to prepare a master's thesis)
  • A certified recognition of equivalence/approved copy of the applicant’s latest certificate of academic achievement, issued by the Syrian Ministry of Higher Education (only applicable for applicants residing outside Syria)

Key dates for the current edition:

  • Online Q&A session over Zoom: 30th June 2022
  • Deadline for submitting applications: 15th July 2022
  • Conducting interviews with shortlisted applicants: First half of August 2022
  • Announcement of results: Second half of August 2022
  • Signing grant agreements: September 2022

To download the application form and read the FAQs, please click on the files below.

Please send your complete application with the required documents to: ajyal@ettijahat.org.


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