The Saïd Foundation Scholarships Programme aims to promote education and development in the Middle East and to provide students and young professionals with educational and training opportunities that will help their career development, enable them to achieve impact in their professional fields and bring benefits to others in their countries of origin. 


To this end, the Foundation offers around twenty postgraduate scholarships annually to outstanding individuals who demonstrate the potential to become leaders and innovators of change.

Scholarships are primarily offered for one year postgraduate courses but in exceptional circumstances it may be possible to consider applicants for two year courses. The Foundation also offers one or two PhD/DPhil scholarships a year at Oxford and Cambridge universities only. There is a separate application procedure for Oxford and Cambridge awards. See Guidance notes for Oxford and Cambridge applicants.



The Foundation offers joint scholarships with Chevening and the British Lebanese Association. If you wish to be considered for a joint SF/Chevening scholarship or a joint SF/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 applicant’s country, the applicant’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.



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 United Kingdom and applications for undergraduate studies cannot be considered.



Applications for Saïd Foundation scholarships closed at 23.59 UK time on 1 November 2016.