Full funding scholarship for Syrian, Jordanian, Lebanese, Palestinian postgraduate students in the UK

Full funding scholarship for Syrian, Jordanian, Lebanese, Palestinian postgraduate students in the UK

United Kingdom 01 Nov 2020
The Saïd Foundation

The Saïd Foundation

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Nonprofit organization
Host Country
01 Nov 2020
Study level
Opportunity type
Opportunity funding
Full funding
Eligible Countries
Eligible Region
All Regions

The Saïd Foundation is offering its scholarship for 30 postgraduate students from Syrian, Jordan, Lebanon, and Palestine, who pursue their degrees in the UK. This scholarship has been being offered annually since 1984. It is a fully-funded scholarship, and primarily offered for one-year postgraduate courses based in the UK. In exceptional circumstances, it may be possible to consider candidates for two-year courses. The Saïd Foundation also offers one or two Ph.D./DPhil scholarships a year at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge only. 

Eligibility for Master's Degree:

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

  1. 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.
  2. Hold an undergraduate degree that is equivalent to a UK 2.1 degree or higher. Candidates who are in the final year of their undergraduate degree will also be considered.
  3. 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.
  4. Demonstrate leadership potential in their chosen field or sector.
  5. Have applied for an eligible course at a Foundation partner university (or have legitimate exceptional reasons for applying for a non-partner university).
  6. In order to be considered for a Saïd Foundation Scholarship candidates need to meet English language requirement. This is a score in IELTS of at least 6.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each band. However, some universities have higher English language requirements and it is your responsibility to check the eligibility of your English test results with your chosen university. 
  7. Eligibility criteria for Ph.D./DPhil Programmes:

In addition to the above criteria, candidates for Ph.D./DPhil programs must also meet the following:

  1. Apply for a Ph.D. or DPhil course at either the University of Oxford or the University of Cambridge only.
  2. Hold an existing teaching post at a university in their home country and can clearly demonstrate the need for the proposed research in their home country.

Required Documents:

  • A copy of your high school marks/certificate.
  • A copy of your university transcripts and graduation certificate. If you are in the final year of your studies, please upload all transcripts you have received to date. 
  • A copy of your current passport or national ID card.
  • A copy of your English language results or confirmation of your language test date.
  • Offer letter(s) from your chosen UK universities for a postgraduate course starting in September 2020. If you have not received an offer you must provide evidence that you have applied for a place i.e. the university application ID. 
  • Three different reference letters, be it from: 
    • An academic referee
    • A professional referee
    • A voluntary or extra-curricular referee
    • A personal statement
  • Candidates are asked to write a personal statement of no more than 500 words. This is your chance to tell us your story in your own voice. It should be an overarching narrative for your application and should include your general interests and passions, your inspirations and why you have applied for a scholarship.
  • Your personal statement should be entirely your own work and you should not receive any external assistance or editing. In the application, you will be asked to confirm that the entered information is your own work and that no external help was received.
  • In addition to these documents, Ph.D. and DPhil candidates are required to submit the following: A supporting statement from your proposed university supervisor or other academic/professional expert which supports the relevance of the research topic and need for your studies at the Ph.D. level in your home country.


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


The Saïd Foundation improves the life chances of children and young people by providing them with opportunities to receive education and care. And through its Scholarships Program aims to promote education and development in the Middle East by providing educational and training opportunities to outstanding individuals who demonstrate the potential to become leaders and innovators of change. Our scholarships help career development and enable individuals to achieve impact in their professional fields and bring benefits to others in their countries of origin.

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