In order to be considered for a Saïd Foundation scholarship all candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Hold Syrian, Palestinian, Lebanese or Jordanian nationality.                                

  • Priority is given to candidates who are resident in the Foundation's target countries of Syria, Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan. The Foundation will, however, consider Syrians residing elsewhere due to current circumstances in Syria;

  • Hold an undergraduate degree that is equivalent of a UK 2.1 degree or higher at the time of submitting.

  • Demonstrate leadership potential in their chosen field or sector.


  • Have applied to an eligible course at a Foundation partner university (or have legitimate exceptional reasons for applying for a non-partner university).

  • Have work experience relevant to their field of study and a clear career path on completion of their studies and return to their home country or region. If an candidate lacks work experience the Foundation will consider experience gained from voluntary or community activities or participation in activities whilst at university;

  • Meet the Foundation’s English language requirements (IELTS of 6.0 overall with at least 6.0 in each band). Some universities have higher requirements so candidates are expected to meet these requirements too. Evidence is required that candidates meet their proposed university’s English language conditions;

  • Uploaded all the required documentation to their application.

  • Priority will be given to candidates who hold existing teaching posts at universities in their home country and who can clearly demonstrate the need for the proposed research in their home country will be considered.

  • Successful candidates are required to sign a binding undertaking to apply the skills and knowledge they have gained in the Foundation's target countries.

 

In addition to the above criteria, candidates for PhD/DPhil programmes are also required to meet the following:

  • Only PhD or DPhil courses at Oxford or Cambridge universities will be considered.

  • Only candidates who hold existing teaching posts at universities in their home country and who can clearly demonstrate the need for the proposed research in their home country will be considered.