The Saïd Foundation has offered educational scholarships and training opportunities since 1984. The programme aims to empower people through educational opportunities and it is targeted towards outstanding individuals who demonstrate leadership potential and a driver of change within our target countries of Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria.

Each year, we offer around twenty postgraduate scholarships to nationals from Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Syria. Our scholarships are primarily offered for one year postgraduate courses in the UK, in exceptional circumstances it may be possible to consider candidates for two year courses.

The Foundation also offers one or two PhD/DPhil scholarships a year but only at Oxford and Cambridge universities. There is a separate application procedure for Oxford and Cambridge awards and for further details on this can be found here

There are no restrictions on academic subjects but priority will be given to candidates who can demonstrate that their subject will enable them to contribute to the development of their home country.

Applications are restricted to the Foundation’s partner universities in the UK. Applications for study at universities outside the UK and applications for undergraduate studies will not be considered.

The Foundation also offers joint scholarships with the Chevening Scholarship programme and the British Lebanese Association (BLA). If you wish to be considered for a joint Saïd Foundation / Chevening scholarship or a joint Saïd Foundation / BLA scholarship you must check that you meet all the relevant eligibility requirements and, in addition to submitting a Saïd Foundation scholarship application, you must also submit online applications to Chevening and/or the British Lebanese Association by their respective deadlines.

Saïd Foundation Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit and applications are carefully considered by officers and trustees of the Foundation and external assessors. The Foundation bases its decisions on the candidate’s academic excellence, the usefulness of the subject to the candidate’s home country, the candidate’s leadership potential, future career intentions and their practical ability to make use of the knowledge to be gained in the UK on their return to the Middle East.