**Call for Applications from Syria for the Asfari Foundation scholarships for Masters students at the University of St Andrews for 2014-2015**
Closing date for applications: 31st March 2014
The University of St Andrews is the third oldest university in the English-speaking world, founded in 1413, and is one of the top universities in the UK.
The University of St Andrews and the Asfari Foundation are pleased to announce scholarships for Masters study (MLitt or MSc degrees) in selected schools at the University. There are two scholarships available for qualified Syrian citizens (including Palestinians from Syria and Syrians who have been recently displaced and live in one of Syria’s neighbouring countries or Egypt) for the academic year beginning in September 2014. The scholarship is funded by a grant from the Asfari Foundation and will be called the Asfari Scholarship.
Scholarships are available in:
· The School of Management
· The School of Geography and Geosciences (MSc Sustainable Development)
· The School of International Relations
· The School of Psychology (MSc Adults with Learning Disabilities who have Significant and Complex Needs)
· The School of Mathematics and Statistics (MSc Applied Statistics and Datamining)
The Asfari Scholars will spend one year (3 terms) based at their chosen School in the University of St Andrews and will attend regular lectures and seminars. They will normally be expected to write a 15,000 word dissertation (specific requirements vary according to different Schools within the University). While at St Andrews, Asfari Scholars will also be expected to contribute actively to the Centre for Syrian Studies.
The successful applicant will have achieved good marks in a related undergraduate degree course and will have achieved a grade of at least IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 100 IBT. At time of application students will have to have up to date proof of having achieved these grades from a formal institutions. Candidates based in Syria who have not taken these tests can do so at centres in Jordan and Lebanon.
Applicants must submit their course applications on-line to the University at the following link
Supporting documentation also includes
– a CV/resume
– a sample of written work in English (such as a previous project, essay, or extract from your dissertation)
– transcripts or certificates showing proof of university grades, proof of IELTS/TOEFL results
– evidence of Syrian citizenship or official registration as a Palestinian resident of Syria (a clear scan or photocopy of your personal ID card and the photo page of your passport or official Syrian travel document)
– a brief personal statement demonstrating why you wish to study your chosen programme at St Andrews
– two letters of recommendation in support of your application. At least one of these letters of recommendation should come from a former academic teacher or supervisor, preferably at university level.
Applicants must indicate in the “Funding” section of the application form that they would like to be considered for the Asfari Scholarship. Their application will then be automatically considered for the award.
Assessment of applications and admission to the University will be decided by the University of St Andrews. Applicants who are admitted to the University will then be considered by the Asfari Foundation for a scholarship, which may include an interview by phone or Skype with Asfari Foundation staff.
If scholars are selected for the Asfari scholarship, they will be expected to sign an agreement with the Asfari Foundation that they will return to Syria after completion of their degree and use the skills, knowledge and insight they have gained during their time at St Andrews in a way which is beneficial to their country and/or society for at least the amount of time they received a scholarship from the Asfari Foundation. If they are not able to return (due to the security situation) they will be expected to show how they will significantly contribute to their country while living abroad, and that they fully intend to return in future. This is a requirement from the Foundation and not from the University of St Andrews.
Further information and application details are available through the the following link