Said Foundation Scholarships for Arabs to study in Oxford

Type: Master’s Degree

Who: Lebanese, Syrian, Jordanian, and Palestinian students wishing to study in the UK

What: 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

When: 2021-2022

Where: Partner Universities in the UK

Program Length: one year with the possibility of extension to another year

Deadline to Apply: 30 October 2020

Citizenship: Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria

Destination Countries: UK

Academic Subject(s): All Subjects


The Saïd Foundation Scholarships Programme 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. 

Each year, the foundation offers 30 postgraduate scholarships to nationals from Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine. The scholarships are fully funded and are primarily offered for one-year postgraduate courses based in the UK. In exceptional circumstances, it may be possible to consider candidates for courses. 

The Foundation also offers one or two Ph.D./DPhil scholarships a year at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge only. 

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.

Deadline: November 1, 2019 


Candidates must:

– 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.

– 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 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.

– 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 component). Some universities have higher requirements so candidates are expected to meet these requirements too.

– Upload all required documentation

How to apply: 

The application form is comprised of several sections including;

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. 

Application questions

Candidates are asked a series of questions based on our eligibility criteria. This includes leadership, work and voluntary experience, your course choices and your career plan. Most questions have a word limit of no more than 350 words so you may wish to prepare your answers before completing your application.  

Please read the questions carefully and ensure you answer them with as much detail as you can within the word limits.

Supporting documents

As well as answering all of the questions, candidates must ensure they upload all of the required documents, including three references, copies of transcripts and a valid passport or national ID. 

Previous applications

If you have previously applied for a Saïd Foundation Scholarship but were not successful, you can re-apply if you meet all of the eligibility criteria. You will need to start a brand new application and submit with all the required documentation.

Technical difficulties

If you encounter technical difficulties when completing your application, please contact us at [email protected].

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