The Saïd Foundation has offered educational scholarships and training opportunities since 1984. The programme aims to empower people through educational opportunities and to encourage the development of the Middle East. It is targeted towards outstanding individuals with leadership potential who will be drivers of positive change within our target countries of Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine.

What courses are considered?

We primarily offer scholarships for one-year postgraduate courses in the UK. In exceptional circumstances it may be possible to consider candidates for two-year masters courses in the UK or two-year distance learning programmes. If you are applying for a two-year course or a distance learning programme you must provide a detailed explanation of your choice in your application form. Failure to do so may mean your scholarship application will not be considered.

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

Candidates must apply to one or more of the Foundation’s partner universities. We may consider an application for study at a non-partner university but only if the candidate’s proposed course is not offered by a partner. If you have selected a non-university partner you must explain why in your application form or you may not be considered for a scholarship.
We will not consider applications for study at universities outside the UK or for undergraduate programmes.  We are also no longer accepting applications for funding for PhD/DPhil studies.

Selection criteria

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. Our decisions are based on the candidate’s academic excellence, the usefulness of the subject to their home country, their leadership potential, their future career goals and their practical ability to make use of the knowledge to be gained in the UK on their return to the Middle East. Further details about the selection process and the timeline can be found here.

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