Since 2018, the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation has been supporting Iraqi and Syrian students by awarding scholarships.

The Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation (KAS) was founded in 1955 in line with the objective of spreading political education. Over the years, KAS has grown internationally and is currently represented in over 100 countries. Acknowledging the potential of the young generation on the ground, the foundation has since then not only supported young talents in Germany, but from all over the world.

The Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation’s Syria/Iraq Office, which was founded in 2015, contributes to the foundation’s worldwide task to acknowledge the potential of the young generation on the ground. Therefore, the Syria/Iraq Office supports Syrian and Iraqi students in their education preparing them for work in state and society, especially in science, business, politics and administration, media and culture as well as in international organizations. This creates a network of future decision-makers who have access to the German political landscape. The scholarships are intended to promote young people with extraordinary social commitment and high motivation for above-average academic achievements.

At the end of 2018, as a pilot project the Syria/Iraq Office awarded a scholarship for the first time to Ruby, a young Syrian woman for her anthropology studies at the American University in Beirut (AUB).

After the successful start of the project, the Syria/Iraq office decided to award further scholarships. A particularly worthy target group was selected for the new scholarship holders: young women from the religious minority of the Yazidi in Iraq. When in 2014 the terror group of the so-called Islamic State (IS) attacked the homeland of the Yazidi in northern Iraq and committed genocide against the community, hundreds of thousands of them were expelled, while thousands died and thousands of women and children were abducted. The genocide of the IS and their consequences were such a devastating experience for the Yezidi community that it is a special concern of the Syria/Iraq office to support this religious minority with the promotion of its future-oriented youth. Our office therefore awarded two scholarships to female Yazidi students for the American University of Kurdistan (AUK) in Dohuk to start university at the end of 2019.

In the beginning of 2020 the Syria/Iraq Office extended their support for the Yezidi community in a new collaboration with the Catholic University of Erbil, Kurdistan (CUE) where eight scholarships were awarded to Yezidi students.


Cyrine Farhat Shour

Cyrine Farhat Shour

Project Manager +961 1 388061/62 +961 1 388 064