Said Foundation Postgraduate Scholarships 2016/2017 for study in the United Kingdom

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Application Deadline: 30th November 2015
The Said Foundation offers 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, exceptionally, one or two PhD/DPhil scholarships a year at Oxford and Cambridge universities only. There are different eligibility criteria and a separate application procedure for Oxford and Cambridge awards.

Eligibility Criteria:
-Applications are restricted to candidates who are Lebanese, Jordanian or Palestinian (including Palestinians inside Israel) and Syrian;

-Priority is given to candidates permanently living in the Foundation’s target countries. The Foundation will, however, consider Syrians residing elsewhere due to current circumstances in Syria.

-Applications from candidates who will be thirty five years old or more at the beginning of the 2016/17 academic year cannot be considered;

-Only candidates with the equivalent of a UK 2.1 degree or higher will be eligible for consideration;

-Candidates are not required to have work experience but priority will be given to those who have some work experience and who can demonstrate that their studies will benefit their field of work on return to the Middle East. If the applicant lacks work experience the Foundation can consider experience gained from voluntary or community activities or participation in activities whilst at university;

-Applicants are required to demonstrate that they have the potential to be leaders in their field.

– PhD applicants can be considered only for Oxford and Cambridge universities.  Priority will be given to candidates who hold a teaching post at a university in their home country and can clearly demonstrate the need for the proposed research in their home country;

-Evidence that the applicant meets his/her proposed university’s English language conditions is required by the Foundation;

-Successful applicants are required to sign a binding undertaking to apply the skills and knowledge they have gained for the benefit of the Foundation’s target countries (Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria).

-Applicants must apply on line from 31 July:

-Applications must be submitted by the closing date of 23.59 UK time on 30 November 2015;

-There are different eligibility criteria and a different application procedure for the Foundation’s scholarships at Oxford and Cambridge universities. See “Information for Oxford and Cambridge Applications” which can be found on the Foundation’s website and the universities’ websites.

-Due to the volume of applications, we regret that we are unable to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.


You will be required to submit with your online application:

-an offer letter from a UK university for a postgraduate course starting in September 2016 or evidence that you have applied for a place on a postgraduate course at a partner university;

-a copy of your high school marks/certificate;

-a copy of your university transcripts and graduation certificate;

-a copy of your passport or national ID card;

-a copy of your English language results. If you are invited to an interview you must provide evidence that you meet your proposed UK university’s English language requirements;

-PhD applicants only: you must submit a supporting statement from your proposed university supervisor or other academic/professional expert which supports the relevance of and need for your studies at the PhD level in your home country;

References will be requested from candidates who are shortlisted and invited to attend an interview.


– Applications are carefully considered by trustees and staff 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;

-The Foundation conducts interviews for all candidates it has shortlisted;

-Interviews of shortlisted candidates will take place in in Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine in late February/early March.  Exceptionally, some interviews may be conducted by Skype.

-The Foundation’s Board of Trustees makes its final selection by mid-April;

The Trustees’ decision is final and there is no right of appeal. Please do not use your contacts to lobby for your scholarship application. This will not help, and may harm, your application.


There is a separate procedure for applicants for Oxford and Cambridge.  All Oxford and Cambridge applicants must complete the Said Foundation’s online scholarship application form by 30 November and the university application forms (available on the university websites) by the following deadlines:

University of Cambridge
Deadline: 2 December 2015 (or the course deadline, whichever is earlier).
University of Oxford


For More Information:
Visit the Official Webpage of the Said Foundation Postgraduate Scholarships

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