Postgraduate scholarships for†Middle Eastern†students
Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarships
Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarships are awarded to outstanding students from developing countries who have no other means of financing their postgraduate studies (mainly masterís, although PhD programmes may be considered).
Awarded on a 50% grant, 50% loan basis, each scholarship covers fees and living costs only, not travel. The award is open to citizens of countries where the Foundation has branches, affiliates or other AKDN agencies (currently Syria in your region).
The Anglo-Jewish Association
The Anglo-Jewish Association makes grants to Jewish students from overseas at either undergraduate or postgraduate level who could not otherwise afford to go to university.
The Arab-British Chamber of Commerce
The Arab-British Chamber of Commerce offers partial funding grants worth £500 to £2,000 for postgraduate students studying at UK universities who are Arab national citizens of member states of the Arab League.
Priority will be given to those pursuing areas of special relevance to the development needs of their home country in the Arab world. These are top-up fees only and applicants must already have, or be able to secure, sufficient funds to cover the major part of all the costs required to undertake the study programme.
Additionally, a few shared scholarship schemes in partnership with Cambridge University, the British Lebanese Association and the Said Foundation are also offered.
The British Council
The British Council often offers or administers scholarships aimed at students from specific countries or regions in partnership with important organisations and bodies in the UK or in the countries where it has a presence.
In the Middle East, these include:
- the SABB Scholarship Scheme (in collaboration with the SABB (Saudi British Bank), which is open to Saudi nationals for a one-year full-time MBA course in the UK
- the BLA/ABCCF Scholarship Fund (in collaboration with the British Lebanese Association (BLA) and the Arab-British Chamber Charitable Foundation (ABCCF), which is awarded to Lebanese citizens for 12 monthsí postgraduate study in the UK
- University of Edinburgh Scholarships (in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh), which are open to Syrian nationals for one yearís study at masterís level at Edinburgh University.
Other scholarships include the following:
- The Durham Palestine Educational Trust, an independent UK charity, offers two scholarships to help postgraduate students who are Palestinian citizens undertake a one-year taught masterís degree in any subject available at Durham University.
- The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation Scholarship Programme is aimed at promising students from Arab League member states who want to undertake masterís-level study. Each award will cover tuition fees, books, and living and travel costs. Four UK universities are partners in the Programme: Cranfield University, London Business School, the London School of Economics and the University of Cambridge.
- OSI Middle East Cambridge Scholarships are offered by the Open Society Institute, a division of the Soros Foundation, in collaboration with the Cambridge Overseas Trust, to students from the Middle East for postgraduate study towards a PhD at the University of Cambridge, which they will then use to pursue an academic career in their home country or region. Each award will comprise of full course fees plus living costs and a contribution towards travel. Preferred subject areas are environmental studies, public health, education and law (other areas in social sciences and the humanities might be considered).
The Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Awards
The Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Awards were initiated in 2003 to bring outstanding students from India, China, Hong Kong, South Africa, Brazil, Russia and the developing world (as defined by the OECD) to come and study for PhDs in top-rated UK research facilities.
View this PDF of eligible countries to find out if you can apply (eligible countries are those in Part I of the list plus Russia and Hong Kong).
Go to the†Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Awards web page for more information and to find out the individual recipient universities, and contact those universities to find out how to apply.
European Union scholarships, grants and exchange programmes
European Union scholarships, grants and exchange programmes provide many opportunities for students from your region to come and study with participating UK institutions. These include:
- the Trans-European Mobility Programme for University Studies (TEMPUS), which partly involves encouraging students from 27 countries in eastern Europe, central Asia, north Africa and the Middle East now participating to study part of their course at European universities
- Erasmus Mundus, which is a complementary programme that funds the movement of higher-education student and teaching staff between European universities and universities in specific third countries
- Marie Curie Research Fellowships, which are on offer to researchers of any nationality operating in all scientific and technological fields in order to encourage excellence in European research.
Check to see which UK institutions participate, as not all will necessarily do so, and also whether your own country is involved.
The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program
The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program aims to promote to social justice, community development, and access to higher education by funding advanced study by exceptional individuals, often from backgrounds that have limited access to this kind of education, who will use this opportunity to become leaders in their fields.
Fellowships are for a maximum of two yearsí study at masterís level at any university in the world in any academic area consistent with the aims of the Ford Foundation (which are indicated on the website). Selection will be on the basis of academic achievement, leadership potential and commitment to community service. Twenty-two countries around the world are currently involved in this scheme, including the Palestinian Territories.
The Said Foundation Further Education Programme
The Said Foundation Further Education Programme provides a number of partial or full-cost scholarships annually to enable postgraduates to pursue masterís degrees at UK universities. The scholarships are open to Jordanian, Lebanese, Palestinian and Syrian citizens under 40, who are normally resident in the Middle East and have at least two yearsí work experience.
Applicants must also have a good first degree, demonstrate that their chosen course of study will be of use to their home country or the Middle East, apply for a place on a course at one of the schemeís partner universities and undertake to apply the skills and knowledge gained in one of the Foundationís target countries. The Foundation is also able to provide some full, partial, or matching of funds, scholarships for masterís degrees.
The Weidenfeld Scholarships and Leadership Programme
The Weidenfeld Scholarships and Leadership Programme aims to cultivate future leaders in eastern Europe, central Asia, Russia, the Middle East and north Africa by funding the postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford of outstanding university graduates and young professionals from these regions.
Successful applicants will also take part in a programme of leadership skills development and networking. Each scholarship will cover all university and college fees and living costs. Students will have to study at the University of Oxford, but can pursue any subject.