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Said Foundation Scholarships

The Said Foundation offers twenty postgraduate scholarships annually to outstanding individuals from Syria, Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan 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.

There are no restrictions on academic subjects but priority will be given to candidates who can demonstrate that their subject will enable them to contribute to the development of their home country.


The Foundation provides full funding, including:

  • full tuition fees
  • full maintenance/living costs for the duration of your course
  • an arrival allowance
  • a thesis allowance
  • visa fees
  • IHS fees
  • one economy return flight
Year of Entry Applicants for programmes commencing in October 2024
Number of awards available 30 approximately
Level of study Postgraduate
Mode of study Full-time
Programmes Postgraduate Taught and Research
Duration One year


For specific eligibility criteria please refer to the Said Foundation website for further information.

Geographical Criteria

Applications are restricted to candidates who are:

  • Lebanese
  • Jordanian
  • Palestinian (including Palestinians inside Israel)
  • Syrian

Not sure if you're eligible? Contact us for advice.

How to apply

  1. Apply for a course

    Submit an online postgraduate academic application directly to Durham University by 31st October 2023.


    Please ensure you indicate your intention to apply for a Said Foundation Scholarship on your academic application form.

    Durham University Applicant Portal
  2. Complete a scholarship application

    Submit an online scholarship application via the Said Foundation website by 5.00 p.m. (UK time) on 31st October 2023.


    Scholarship Application deadline

    5.00 p.m (UK time) on Tuesday 31 October 2023


    Interviews will take place at the end of February - March 2024

    When candidates will hear the outcome of their scholarship application

    June 2024

    Submit a scholarship application
  3. Ask us

    For further information or advice:

    Durham University


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Get in touch

If you have any questions about whether you are eligible for a scholarship or the application process, get in touch with our Scholarships and Student Funding Office:

Scholarships and Student Funding Office

Durham University

Palatine Centre

Stockton Road