Said Foundation Scholarship 

The Said Foundation aims to promote education and development in the Middle East. To this end, the Foundation offers up to twenty postgraduate scholarships annually to outstanding individuals who demonstrate the potential to become leaders and innovators of change.Applications are restricted to candidates who are Syrian, Lebanese, Jordanian or Palestinian  from West Bank, Gaza and Jerusaelm

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 one or two PhD/DPhil scholarships a year at Oxford and Cambridge universities. The Foundation does not fund undergraduate studies or PhD studies at other UK universities.

How to apply

A link to the application form and guidance notes can be found on Said Foundation website

Please go to our website for more information on the application process and to apply. Candidates will be asked to submit a number of supporting documents, including university transcripts, a CV and three recent references, so please read the guidance carefully before starting your application.

More information

Please see the Said Foundation website for more information about scholarships and a link to the online application form Said Foundation 

Said Foundation

24 Queen Anne's Gate

London SW1 9AA

Telephone: + 44 207 593 5420

Fax: + 44 207 593 5429

Other Awards available through Said Foundation

The Foundation encourages applicants from Gaza and West Bank to consider applying for the universities below if they have courses meeting their needs:

University of Sussex 

Churchill College  

Both Churchill College, Cambridge and the University of Sussex have scholarships reserved for Palestinians. For more information please check the university websites

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.

  • 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).


The Foundation is happy to consider you for a scholarship if you have obtained partial funding from other organisations, your employer or have funds available from personal sources. 

Partner universities

The Foundation has partnerships with the universities listed below. You MUST apply to these universities if they have courses meeting your needs:

  • University of Birmingham 
  • University of Cambridge 
  • Durham University 
  • University of East Anglia (UEA) 
  • University of Essex 
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Glasgow 
  • Goldsmiths College (University of London) 
  • King's College London 
  • University College London 
  • University of Leeds 
  • University of Leicester 
  • London School of Economics
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London 
  • University of Loughborough
  • University of Nottingham 
  • University of Oxford
  • Oxford Brookes University 
  • Royal Holloway University of London 
  • School of Oriental and African Studies
  • University of Southampton 
  • University of St Andrews 
  • University of Warwick
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Sussex

Applicants for University of Cambridge and University of Oxford

The Foundation also offers one or two PhD/DPhil scholarships a year but only at Oxford and Cambridge universities. There is a separate application procedure for Oxford and Cambridge awards and for further details on this can be found here

University of Cambridge

Applicants for Cambridge must apply directly to the university (dates will be announced )or the course deadline, whichever is earlier)and complete the Said Foundation’s online application form.  See also the Guidance Notes for Oxford and Cambridge Applicants available on the Said Foundation website and the university’s website.

University of Oxford

Applicants for Oxford must apply directly to the university (dates will be announced )for most courses but please check the university prospectus) and complete the Said Foundation’s online application form. See also the Guidance Notes for Oxford and Cambridge Applicants available on the Said Foundation website and the university’s website.

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