The purpose of the Sir Syed Excellence in Science Award is to provide multi-layer higher education opportunities to the students and faculty of AMU in the United States. Merit based SSESA scholarship provide financial support to students attempting entrance exams and application fees for admission to universities in the United States. One-on-one mentorship by senior alumni and professional experts provides guidance throughout the application process and after the admission cycle. Senior alumni and professionals from academia and industry provide postdoctoral opportunities and arrange and support short term visits for AMU faculty at US universities. This program is sponsored by Boston based AMU alumni association "The Aligarh Alumni Association of New England (AAANE)" and alumni from around the world.