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AJYAL: An Initiative to Support Arts Education

Ettijahat- Independent Culture is launching an open call for art education proposals for the first edition of its AJYAL: An Initiative to Support Arts Education. AJYAL scholarship programme supports those who wish to study a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Syria or a master's degree in Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, Jordan and all EU countries.

AJYAL Scholarships enable young Syrians to pursue their academic studies and access the education opportunities they need for their lives and careers in the arts. The scholarship programme supports those who wish to study a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Syria or a master's degree in Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, Jordan and all EU countries. Scholarships cover the costs of studying at universities and intermediate artistic institutes by offering either full or partial funding.

AJYAL Scholarships range from $1,200 to $4,000 and vary according to country, tuition fees and the cost of living in the place of study.


What type of students are targeted by Ajyal Initiative?

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Syrians and Syrian-Palestinians aged 18-26 years old who reside in Syria or its neighbouring countries and wish to pursue undergraduate studies or study at intermediate-level arts institutes in Syria
  • Syrians and Syrian-Palestinians under the age of 35 years old who reside in Europe or countries neighbouring Syria and wish to study for a master's degree. Applicants must have already obtained an undergraduate degree from a recognised and formidable university
  • Applicants who reside outside Syria must have a valid residence permit for their current country of residence
  • AJYAL Scholarships does not provide PhD funding or maintenance allowance for PhD candidates
  • Applicants cannot apply for scholarships for programmes of study outside their country of residence. For example, a student residing in Lebanon cannot apply for scholarships available to students living in Turkey


What costs and expenses are covered by the scholarship?

  • Tuition fees (for the study period only)
  • Tuition fees for applied education in universities and institutes in Europe (short term courses only)
  • Education expenses including:
  • Financial maintenance support for full or part-time study (maximum ten months)
  • Educational resources (including but not limited to books, stationery and reference material)  


Criteria for Selecting Applicants

  • Motivation: the applicant must show a strong link between their background and their chosen field of specialisation and be motivated to enhance the contribution of the arts in the building of Syrian society
  • Academic and personal achievement
  • Commitment and a strong interest in continuing in your chosen field of artistic work
  • You are currently enrolled in a programme at an intermediate-level or higher arts institute or you are undertaking a bachelor’s or master's programme at a recognised university
  • If you have not completed registration or you have not yet been granted admission at the time of your application, you may be awarded a scholarship on a conditional basis pending your registration/admission


Support Mechanism

  • Applications will be received between 10 December 2018 and 31 January 2019
  • Applicants are requested to provide supporting files and documents including their motivation letter, CV, letter of admission, copies of previous certificates and qualifications and two letters of recommendation
  • Ettijahat ensures that the correct documents have been attached and that the information provided by applicants is accurate
  • A Selection Committee is formed to examine the applications. The committee is made up of a number of experts and academics
  • The Selection Committee makes its final decisions following interviews with the applicants either in person or via Skype
  • At the end of the selection process, the committee draws up two lists: one list of applicants selected for scholarships, the second for three reserve applicants who will be awarded if any individuals on the first list are unable or unwilling to take up their positions
  • Students selected for the programme retain their entitlement to the scholarship grants pending their final admission, as explained in the application form
  • Ettijahat follows up with students to ensure that they are content and progressing well in their studies


Documents Required for Application

  • Application form in Arabic, available on Ettijahat's website
  • An official transcript of marks from the applicant’s most recent year in full-time education
  • A copy of the receipt for registration for the academic year of 2018-19 or any official document confirming the student’s registration and the tuition fees for that academic year
  • Letter of admission (if different from the above)
  • Copy of residence permit (for applicants residing outside Syria)
  • Applicants undertaking a master’s programme should present a copy of their research plan as approved by their supervisor
  • A letter of recommendation; applicants undertaking a master’s programme should present a letter of recommendation from their thesis supervisor

Applicants who are invited to interview should note that the Selection Committee will request to see original copies of all the aforementioned documents.


Key dates for the current edition:

  • Call launching: 10 December 2018
  • Deadline for submitting applications: 31 January 2019
  • Announcement of results: Second week of March 2019
  • Signing grants contracts: April 2019

For any further information or queries, please email us at:

The first edition of the intitative is launched with the support of Stichting DOEN is launching an open call for art education proposals for the first edition of its AJYAL: An Initiative to Support Arts Education, as part of the grant scheme of the HOPES project funded by the European Union, and implemented by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)together with the British Council, Campus France and Nuffic.

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

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