Saïd Foundation Scholarship
The Foundation has been supporting students from the Middle East since 1984. Over the years more than 500 young people have benefited from our scholarships including archaeologists, environmentalists, geneticists, linguists, musicians, nurses, water engineers and university professors. All the Foundation asks of its scholars is that they apply their new skills and knowledge in one of our target countries on completion of their course.
The Foundation has partnership schemes with the universities listed below. You MUST apply to these universities if they have courses meeting your needs.
- University of Birmingham
- University of Cambridge
- Durham University
- University of Essex
- University of Exeter
- University of Glasgow
- Goldsmiths College (London)
- Institute of Education
- King's College London
- University of Leeds
- University of Leicester
- London School of Economics
- London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
- University of Nottingham
- University of Oxford
- Oxford Brookes University
- University of St Andrews
- Royal Holloway (London)
- School of Oriental and African Studies
- School of Pharmacy (University of London)
- University of Southampton
- University College London
- University of Warwick
- University of East Anglia
All applicants must meet the Foundation’s scholarship eligibility criteria. The criteria are as follows:
Applications are restricted to candidates who are Syrian, Lebanese, Jordanian or Palestinian (including Palestinians inside Israel);
Applications for study at universities outside the United Kingdom cannot be considered;
Scholarships are offered for postgraduate courses of up to one year’s duration. In exceptional circumstances, applications for two year postgraduate courses may be considered. Applications from PhD candidates can only be considered for Oxford and Cambridge universities (see Guidance Notes for Applicants to Oxford and Cambridge for eligibility criteria);
Applications from candidates who will be thirty five years old or more at the beginning of the 2015/16 academic year cannot be considered;
Evidence that the applicant meets his/her proposed university’s English language conditions is required by the Foundation;
Only candidates with the equivalent of a UK 2.1 degree or higher will be eligible;
Applicants must give details of the courses for which they have applied in the UK;
Successful applicants are required to sign a binding undertaking to apply the skills and knowledge they have gained in one of the Foundation's target countries (Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine);
Candidates are not required to have work experience but priority will be given to those who have some work experience and who can demonstrate that their studies will benefit their field of work on return to the Middle East. If the applicant lacks work experience the Foundation can consider experience gained from voluntary or community activities or participation in activities whilst at university;
Applicants are required to demonstrate that they have the potential to be leaders in their field.
The TOEFL® test is a popular option for students to meet the English-language requirements for scholarships.
The Saïd Foundation is able to provide full or partial scholarships for masters' degrees at universities around the UK depending on the level of financial need or whether other grants are available to applicants. While we are able to provide full funding, we are also happy to provide matching funds. In addition, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (the FCO) and the Saïd Foundation jointly fund up to 10 Saïd Foundation/Chevening awards annually for postgraduate study. The Foundation can also consider distance learning courses and shorter postgraduate courses at accredited UK academic institutions.
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