A Future for Syria’s Scholars

The crisis in Syria continues and deepens, and a record numbers of threatened Syrian scholars, students and intellectuals are reaching out to Scholars at Risk for help.

As an international network of higher education institutions dedicated to defending threatened academics, we can protect these scholars and the intellectual capital needed to restore the region when the violence eventually subsides.

Pledge to host a Syrian scholar

Members of higher education institutions can download our pledge form and email Margaret Coons to learn more about inviting scholars from diverse fields to teach and conduct research on your campus.

Donate to help us assist more scholars

Each gift helps more Syrian scholars directly through emergency fund grants, advocacy, advice and referrals.


Additional Resources
  • Bibliography on Syrian Refugees and Higher Education, Al-Fanar Media
  • Destination: Europe: Forced Migration Review (FMR) is the most widely read publication on forced migration. In this edition, FMR authors throw legal, practical, moral and experiential light on the multifarious issues and manifestations that make up this ‘migration crisis’.
  • Inspiring Practices – Higher Education Helping Newly Arrived Refugees: Following the results from an EU survey the European Commission is conducting, as well as the conclusions from a workshop held in October that gathered 30 partners, the Commission has published a list of existing initiatives to provide inspiration to individuals and institutions interested in facilitating the integration of refugees in European universities.
  • Jamiya Project: The Jamiya Project aims to create an educational platform that provides free, flexible and relevant higher education to Syrian refugees. It seeks to bring together three networks to do this: Syrian refugee students, Syrian professors who have fled the conflict and universities elsewhere in the world
  • Kiron: Kiron is a non-profit and non-governmental organization working to provide refugees worldwide with higher education and the opportunity to graduate at a university free of charge.
  • The Refugees Welcome Map: This survey is being undertaken by the European Universities Association to collect and present information on the initiatives by European universities to support refugees. The information will be presented in an interactive map showcasing the initiatives undertaken by higher education institutions, their staff and students to help refugees gain access to education and employment in higher education.
  • Study to Design a Programme/Clearinghouse Providing Access to Higher Education for Syrian Refugees and Internal Displaced Persons: A study to assist in the design of an EU programme to enhance access to further and higher education for young Syrians who had to drop-out of formal education, especially refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).
  • Jusoor: Jusoor is an NGO of Syrian expatriates supporting the country’s development and helping Syrian youth realize their potential through programs in the fields of education, career development, and global community engagement. Jusoor helps Syrian students looking to complete their studies abroad to attain scholarships and offers advice for students requiring help in their university application process.
  • Paper Airplanes: Through this tutoring program, Syrian students are matched with an English-speaking university student tutor who meets with them twice a week over Skype for a semester of sessions to assist students in reaching their target TOEFL and IELTS scores. In addition, the program offers one-on-one application support for Syrians applying to university and directs promising students to professional advisors.