HOPES scholarships for Lebanese and Syrians

Type: Bachelor’s (Undergraduate), Master’s Degree

Who: Lebanese youth and refugees from Syria

What: tuition fees and monthly living allowance for basic education-related expenses, such as books and transportation.

When: 2020-2021

Where: Lebanese University or Lebanese International University

Program Length: 1 year

Deadline to Apply: 31 August 2020

Citizenship: Lebanon, Syria

Destination Countries: Lebanon

Academic Subject(s): All Subjects


The project HOPES-LEB (Higher and Further Education Opportunities and Perspectives for Syrians and vulnerable youth in Lebanon) has announced the opening of its scholarship program for Lebanese and refugees from Syria in Lebanon.

The program is funded by the European Union through the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis, also known as the Madad Fund, and implemented by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), together with Campus France and Nuffic.

The program provides Lebanese youth and refugees from Syria of postsecondary age with the opportunity to access or continue higher education in Lebanon, thus increasing their chances for a better future.

The first intake of the HOPES-LEB scholarship program offers scholarships for graduate (Master’s degree) and undergraduate (Bachelor’s degree) studies for freshmen (study beginners) as well as already enrolled or graduated students.

The sponsorship will initially cover a period of one academic year, from September 2020 until July 2021, but can be extended.

The scholarships will be available for studies at:

– Lebanese University (LU) for Lebanese and refugees from Syria applying for all majors at undergraduate (BA) and graduate (MA) levels.

– Lebanese International University (LIU) for refugees from Syria applying for graduate (MA) and last year of undergraduate (BA) for all majors except for pharmacy.


August 31 2020


Applicants must:

– Be a Lebanese citizen who has no other means of support for obtaining the intended academic degree, or be a registered/recorded refugee from Syria having arrived in Lebanon after March 2011.

– Belong to one of the following categories regarding the educational status reached:

– Holder of a high school certificate valid for enrollment at Lebanese universities (Lebanese and refugees from Syria applying for first year at the university).

–  Lebanese or refugee from Syria student enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs at the Lebanese University (LU) with a good GPA.

–  Refugee from Syria student enrolled in undergraduate (final year of BA) or graduate (MA) studies at the Lebanese International University (LIU) with a good GPA.

–  Holder of a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with with a good average wishing to pursue their studies at the Master’s degree level. In the case of non-Lebanese degrees, equivalency from the Lebanon Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE) is necessary, as well as proof of meeting LU’s or LIU’s admission requirements.

–  Graduates who have completed their bachelor’s degree studies (as described in the previous point) not more than six years ago unless the admission regulations of the university should determine a shorter period.

– Not currently be a beneficiary of any other academic scholarship during the same time while benefiting from the HOPES-LEB scholarship for the academic year 2020–21.

– If a refugee from Syria living in Lebanon, hold a valid registration certificate/recording number from UNHCR/UNRWA and have a valid residency permit in compliance with the Lebanese law and according to the regulations at LU and LIU.

Documents needed for the application:

– HOPES-LEB personal questionnaire (in Arabic—to download, see the link under “How to Apply,” below). 

– Recent photograph.

– Copy of passport or ID.

– Copy of the family record book

– Copy of the valid UNHCR/UNRWA certificate or any other proof of registration/recording document (refugees from Syria applicants only).

– Copy of a valid residency permit (refugees from Syria applicants only).

– Copy of a valid high school certificate or a valid attestation from MEHE (only for first-year applicants).

– Copy of Syrian high school certificate (if refugee from Syria applying for first year at university).

– Equivalency from MEHE if holder of a Syrian high school diploma (only for first-year applicants).

– Copy of grades of the secondary school level (first year, second year and third year; only for first-year applicants).  Remark:  For the third year of the secondary school level, please provide the grades of the first semester and the others (if applicable) when called for the interviews.

– Transcripts of Bachelor’s or Master’s level studies finished so far.

– Equivalency of university certificates in case of a non-Lebanese ones, valid for enrolment at the LU or LIU and in compliance with their regulations (provisional equivalency certificate can be submitted and to provide the equivalency duly attested from MEHE at a later stage if called for the interview)

– Copy of the registration receipt at the Lebanese University or the Lebanese International University for the academic year 2019–2020 (only for applicants already enrolled at university). 

– For first-year applicants, please provide us with any proof of enrollment or acceptance from the student affairs office of the respective faculty.

– Copy of the Master’s thesis proposal approval (only for students starting their last year of studies).

– Copy of the thesis timeline signed by the supervisor (only for students starting their last year of studies).

– Recommendation letter from a university professor (only for students already enrolled at or having graduated from university).

How to Apply:

– Download the HOPES-LEB personal questionnaire and complete all the fields in Arabic on this link.

– Prepare all the documents mentioned above and convert them in PDF. Please check the list of sample documents for further help on this link.

– Visit the DAAD portal on this link: https://portal.daad.de/ and register on it.

– Fill the online application in English on this link.

– Submit your online application.

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