Saïd Foundation Scholarship


The Saïd Foundation Scholarships Programme 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.

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.

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

  • Hold Syrian, Jordanian, Lebanese or Palestinian nationality and must permanently reside in one of these countries. The Foundation will consider Syrians residing elsewhere due to current circumstances in that country.
  • Hold an undergraduate degree that is equivalent to a UK 2.1 degree or higher. Candidates who are in their final year of their undergraduate degree will also be considered.
  • Have work and/or voluntary experience that is relevant to their field of study and a clear career path on completion of their studies and return to their home country or region.
  • Demonstrate leadership potential in their chosen field or sector.
  • Have applied for an eligible course at a Foundation partner university (or have legitimate exceptional reasons for applying for a non-partner 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.
  • Upload all required documentation

Number of Scholarships


Eligible countries/regions

  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Palestine
  • Syria

Eligible programmes


The Foundation provides fully funded scholarships which include tuition fees, full maintenance/living costs for the duration of your course, an arrival allowance, visa and healthcare surcharge fees and one economy return flight.

How to apply

Candidates apply for a Saïd Foundation Scholarship via the online application form.

Applications for our 2021/22 Saïd Foundation Scholarships will close 12:00 midday UK time on Friday 30 October 2020. 

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