All applicants must meet the Foundation's scholarship eligibility criteria. For the academic year 2017/18 the criteria are as follows:

Applications are restricted to candidates who are Syrian, Palestinian (including Palestinians inside Israel), Lebanese and Jordanian;

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;

Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously had the opportunity to study outside of their home country;

Only candidates with the equivalent of a UK 2.1 degree or higher will be eligible;

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;

Evidence is required that applicants meet their proposed university’s English language conditions;

Only applications for study at partner universities in the United Kingdom can be considered;

Applications from PhD candidates can be considered only for Oxford and Cambridge universities. Priority will be given to PhD candidates who can clearly demonstrate the need for their proposed research in their home country and who hold a teaching post at a university in their home country;

Successful applicants are required to sign a binding undertaking to apply the skills and knowledge they have gained in the Foundation's target countries (Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine).