Sunday, October 9, 2011

Said Foundation Scholarships for a Master's Degree in the UK


The Said Foundation is a charity based in the UK. One of our aims is to promote education and development in the Middle East. To this end, the Foundation offers a number of scholarships annually to enable graduates to pursue postgraduate courses and other training in subjects to be considered on their merits at partner universities in the United Kingdom. Scholarships are tenable for up to one year.

The Foundation also offers one or two PhD/DPhil scholarships a year at Oxford and Cambridge universities only. For full details of these awards see “Guidance Notes for Applicants to Oxford and Cambridge”.

The Saïd Foundation is able to provide full or partial scholarships for masters' degrees at universities around the UK depending on the level of financial need or whether other grants are available to applicants. While we are able to provide full funding, we are also happy to provide matching funds.

The Foundation can also consider distance learning courses and shorter postgraduate courses at accredited UK academic institutions.

For the academic year 2012/13 the Foundation’s criteria are as follows:

• Applications are restricted to candidates who are Syrian, Lebanese, Jordanian or Palestinian (including Palestinians inside Israel);

• Applications for study at universities outside the United Kingdom cannot be considered;

• Scholarships are offered only for postgraduate courses or training of up to one year’s duration. Applications from PhD candidates can only be considered for Oxford and Cambridge universities;

• Applications from candidates who will be forty years old or more at the beginning of the 2012/13 academic year cannot be considered;

• Evidence of proficiency in English is required by the Foundation;

• Applicants must hold a first degree of a high enough standard to indicate that they are likely to complete their proposed course of study in the UK successfully;

• Applicants cannot be considered if details have not been provided of the courses for which they have applied in the UK;

• Candidates must be in genuine need of partial or full funding;

• Successful applicants are required to sign a binding undertaking to apply the skills and knowledge they have gained in one of the Foundation's target countries (Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine);

• Priority will be given to applicants with work experience whose studies will benefit their field of work. Candidates must have at least two years work experience gained after they completed their undergraduate degree. We cannot normally consider experience gained whilst studying or during university holidays;

• Applications from candidates whose siblings or spouses are currently being supported by the Foundation cannot be considered.

Applying to the Foundation
There are no quotas per country and scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit. Each application is carefully considered by the Trustees and staff of the Foundation and the candidates who are judged to best meet the Trustees’ criteria are chosen. The Foundation bases its decisions on academic record, financial need, likelihood to succeed in their proposed course, usefulness of subject to the applicant’s country, motivation, future career intentions, practical ability to make use of the knowledge to be gained in the UK on return to the Middle East and personality.

You will be asked to enclose copies of your academic certificates with your application form. You will also be asked whether you have applied for any other scholarships. If you are awarded another scholarship and still require partial funding, the Foundation is happy to consider this request. The Foundation does not choose its scholars according to how much funding they require but bases its decisions on the factors set out in the paragraph above. It is important that you research courses carefully and can justify why you have chosen your particular course and university. The Foundation takes a broad view of whether the course may be useful to your home country or region and has accepted applicants in a wide range of subjects but will look closely at how you intend to use your new knowledge and skills upon your return to the region.

The Application Procedure
You may apply if you are from one of the Foundation’s target countries: Syria, Lebanon, Jordan or Palestine (this includes Palestinians in Israel).

Applications must be submitted via the British Council in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine. Applicants should submit their forms to their nearest British Council office. For example, a Lebanese student resident in Jordan may apply via the British Council in Amman.

If you are not currently resident in one of the Foundation’s target countries, you must apply through the British Council in your home country and include documentary evidence with your application which proves you intend to return to your home country or another of the Foundation’s target countries on completion of your course (eg evidence of a job offer).

Due to the high level of competition for scholarships, the Foundation has to reject many excellent candidates each year. Being shortlisted and called for interview does not guarantee that you will be awarded a scholarship. If you meet the Foundation’s criteria, however, it is possible to apply for a scholarship more than once, and some candidates have been successful on their second or third attempts.

Partner Universities
The Foundation has joint scholarships schemes with the University of Birmingham, the University of Cambridge, Durham University, the University of East Anglia, the University of Essex, the University of Exeter, the University of Glasgow, Goldsmiths College, The Institute of Education (University of London), King’s College London, the University of Leeds, the University of Leicester, London School of Economics, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the University of Nottingham, the University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, Royal Holloway, the School of Oriental and African Studies, the School of Pharmacy, the University of Southampton, the University of St Andrews, University College London and the University of Warwick. You MUST apply to these universities if they have courses meeting your needs. Applicants should apply using the Foundation’s application form by 31 January.

Applicants for Oxford and Cambridge should obtain separate application forms from the university websites and should apply by the following deadlines:

University of Cambridge
Deadline: 2 December 2011

University of Oxford
Deadline: 20 January 2012 (For most courses but please check the university prospectus)

After submission of your application by the required deadline your application is considered by the Foundation in London.

How to apply

Download Application Form

Download Application Form

Download Guidance Notes for Applicants

Download Financial Summary Form

Please complete these forms carefully and enclose all requested information when submitting your application.

Where to send your application

You must return your application form to a British Council office in Amman, Beirut, Damascus, East Jerusalem or Gaza by 31 January each year (see 'contact addresses' below).


Contact addresses

Saïd Foundation
4th Floor, 54 Bartholomew Close
London EC1A 7HP
Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7367 9910
Fax: 00 44 (0) 20 7726 6837

British Council Jordan
Ibrahim Ghawanmeh
Off 1st Circle
PO Box 634
Amman 11118
Tel: 00 962 (0)6 463 6147/8
Fax: 00 962 (0)6 463 8134

British Council Lebanon
Fatme Masri / Lyne Sneige
The British Council
Berytech Technology and Health
Mathaf / Sodeco Street, Damascus Road
Beirut 2064 1509
Tel: 00 961 (0)1 428900
Fax: 00 961 (0)1 428908

British Council Syria
Vanda Hamarneh / Mouna Al Sayed
PO Box 33105
Maysaloon Shaalan
Abu Rumaneh
Tel: 00 963 11 331 0631
Fax: 00 963 11 3321467

British Council East Jerusalem
Merna Kassis
PO Box 19136
31 Nablus Road
East Jerusalem 97200
Tel: 00 972 (0)2 626 7123
Fax: 00 972 (0)2 628 3021

British Council Gaza
(temporarily closed)
PO Box 355
Tel: 00 972 (0)8 282 5574
Fax: 00 972 (0)8 282 0512
Enquiries: Mohammed Rantissi
Tel: 00 972 (0)5 9960 1317
Submission: Adnan Kuhail
Tel: 00 972 (0)5 9960 1315

British Council Offices Ramallah
(temporarily closed)
PO Box 2464, Ramallah
Tel: 00 972 (0)2 240 6562
Fax: 00 972 (0)2 240 6557

British Council Contact Point, Nablus
An-Najah National University
PO Box 497
Tel/Fax: 00 972 (0)9 234 1950

British Council Contact Point, Khan Yunis
Al-Quds Open University
Khan Yunis Educational Region
Khan Yunis
Tel: 00 972 (0)8 282 5574
Fax: 00 972 (0)8 282 0512

British Council Contact Point, Hebron
Palestine Polytechnic University
Main Building
Ein Sarah Street
Tel/Fax: 00 972 (0)2 229 3717


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