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 who demonstrate leadership potential and a driver of change within our target countries of Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Syria.
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 courses or distance learning programmes. The Foundation will also consider PhD/DPhil applications but only at Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
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. We will not consider applications for study at universities outside the UK or for undergraduate programmes.
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.
The Foundation also offers joint scholarships with the Chevening Scholarship programme and the British Lebanese Association (BLA) If you wish to be considered for a joint Saïd Foundation/Chevening Scholarship or a joint Saïd Foundation / BLA Scholarship you must check that you meet all the relevant eligibility requirements and, in addition to submitting a Saïd Foundation application, you must also apply to the respective partner before their deadline.
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.
In order to be considered for a Saïd Foundation Scholarship all candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria:
Hold Lebanese, Jordanian, Palestinian or Syrian, nationality. Candidates must permanently reside in the Foundation’s target region however 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 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.
Additional eligibility criteria for PhD/DPhil candidates
In addition to the above criteria, candidates for PhD/DPhil programmes must also:
Apply for a PhD or DPhil course at either the University of Oxford or the University of Cambridge only.
Hold an existing teaching post at a university in their home country and who can clearly demonstrate the need for the proposed research in their home country.