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Saïd Foundation Oxford Scholarships

The Saïd Foundation Oxford Scholarships are the continuation of a long-standing partnership between the University of Oxford and the Saïd Foundation which has supported students from the Middle East to study at Oxford since 1984. 

The scholarship will cover 100% course fees, a grant for living costs (of at least £14,777), and flights (home-UK/UK-home) at the start and end of your course. Awards are made for the full duration of your fee liability for the agreed course.

Scholarship outcomes  

Decisions are expected to be made by the end of May 2019. If you have not heard from us by this time, then please assume that your application has been unsuccessful. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we regret that we are unable to contact unsuccessful applicants individually or provide feedback on applications.


You must be applying to start a new full-time master's or DPhil course at Oxford.  

You must be of Jordanian, Lebanese, Palestinian or Syrian nationality and ordinarily resident in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine or Israel.  You should be intending to return to one of the Saïd Foundation’s target countries (Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria) on completion of your course of study in order to apply your new skills and knowledge. 

Applicants will be assessed on their potential to become leaders and innovators of change and on academic merit.  Priority will be given to:

  • Candidates living permanently in one of the Foundation's target countries, the Foundation will however consider Syrians residing elsewhere due to current circumstances in Syria. 
  • Candidates who have not previously had the opportunity to study outside of their home country. 
  • Candidates who can demonstrate that their subject will enable them to contribute to the development of their home country. 
  • For DPhil applications, only candidates who hold a teaching post at a university in their home country and who can clearly demonstrate the need for the proposed research in their home country will be considered. 

This scholarship is not open to candidates applying for postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma courses, part-time courses or non-matriculated courses.

In order to be considered for this scholarship, you must: 

(1) Apply to the Saïd Foundation by 01 November 2018. 

(2) Submit your application for graduate study by the relevant January deadline for your course. See the Courses page for the deadline applicable to your course.   

We will use the details you insert in the ‘Nationality and ordinary residence’ section of the graduate application form to assess your nationality and country of ordinary residence. For a definition of ordinary residency and further details on how to complete this section of the graduate application form, please see the 'Nationality and ordinary residence' section of the graduate application form and also the Technical Help.

To be eligible for consideration for this scholarship, applicants must be successful in being offered a place on their course after consideration of applications received by the relevant January deadline for the course. Course applications which are held over after the January deadline to be re-evaluated against applications received by the March deadline or course applications which have been put on a waiting list are not eligible for scholarship consideration.