Saïd Foundation Scholarship 2023-24 | The Full Guide
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Saïd Foundation scholarship 2022-2023
The Saïd Foundation has offered educational scholarships and training opportunities since 1984. The programme aims to empower people through educational opportunities and to encourage the development of the Middle East. It is targeted towards outstanding individuals with leadership potential who will be drivers of positive change within our target countries of Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine.
Applications for 2023/24 scholarships will open on Thursday 1st September 2022 and close on Friday 28th October 2022.
What courses are considered in Saïd Foundation scholarships?
The Saïd Foundation Scholarship offer one-year master’s degree courses in the UK.
There are no restrictions on academic subjects but candidates must demonstrate that their subject will enable them to contribute to the development of their home country.
Candidates must apply to one or more of the Foundation’s partner universities. You can find details of our partner universities here.
The Saïd Foundation may consider an application for study at a non-partner university but only if the candidate’s proposed course is not offered by a partner university. If you have selected a non-university partner you must explain why in your application form or your application will not be considered for a scholarship.
The Saïd Foundation Scholarshipwill not consider applications for study at universities outside the UK or for undergraduate or PhD programmes
The Saïd Foundation scholarship | Eligibility criteria
In order to be considered for a Saïd Foundation scholarship all candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria:
1- Hold Syrian, Jordanian, Lebanese or Palestinian nationality and permanently reside in one of these countries. The Foundation will consider Syrians residing elsewhere due to current circumstances in that country.
2- Hold an undergraduate degree that is equivalent to a UK 2:1 degree or higher. Candidates who are in the final year of their undergraduate degree will also be considered.
3- 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.
4- Demonstrate leadership potential in their chosen field or sector.
5- Have applied for an eligible course at a Foundation partner university (or have legitimate exceptional reasons for applying to a non-partner university).
6- Meet the Foundation’s English language requirements (IELTS of 6.0 overall with at least 6.0 in each band or equivalent score in an alternative English language test accepted by your university). Some universities have higher requirements so candidates are expected to meet these requirements too.
7- Upload all required documentation.
the Saïd Foundation scholarship | English language
To be considered for a Saïd Foundation scholarship candidates need to meet our English language requirement. This is an IELTS score of at least 6.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each band or equivalent score in an alternative English language test accepted by your UK university. However, some universities have higher English language requirements and it is your responsibility to check the eligibility of your English test results with your chosen university. The Foundation cannot do this for you or give you advice on partner universities’ English language requirements.
Please note that only English language certificates dated after 1st October 2020 will be accepted. If your certificate was issued before this date then you will be required to take another test in order to be considered for a scholarship.
If you have already taken an English language test then you should upload a copy of your test certificate to your application before you submit. If you have not taken a test prior to applying for a scholarship, you will need to register for a test and provide details of the test booking in your application prior to submitting.
If you are selected for an interview you will be asked to provide evidence that you have met the English language requirements of both the Saïd Foundation and your chosen university.
References are an important part of the Saïd Foundation Scholarship selection process and they will be considered when your application is assessed. Candidates are required to obtain THREE different reference letters from three different referees and to upload them to their application form prior to submitting their application. It will not be possible to accept references after an application has been submitted or after the deadline has passed. Candidates are responsible for obtaining their own reference letters; the Saïd Foundation is unable to collect references on your behalf.
Candidates without three different references will not be considered for a Saïd Foundation scholarship.
Who can be a referee and what should be included?
It is important to select your referees carefully. They must be known to you and must not be a relative or a close personal friend. You must provide three different references – one academic, one professional and one voluntary.
An academic referee
• They must be an academic who has taught you.
• They should comment in detail on your academic ability including your final position in the class (e.g. 1st out of 15 students).
• They should also comment on your potential to complete a demanding postgraduate programme in the UK.
A professional referee
• They can be either a current or recent employer.
• They should comment on your role and experience and how it is relevant to your chosen course.
• They should also comment on your leadership skills and experience and potential to bring change in your field.
• If you do not have any professional experience then you must provide a second academic or voluntary reference.
A voluntary or extra-curricular referee
• They should be an individual who can comment on your voluntary or community service.
• They should comment on your role and how long you have participated in the voluntary or extra-curricular activity.
• They should also comment on your commitment to the role and provide details of any notable achievements.
the Saïd Foundation scholarship | Required documents:
In order to be considered for a Saïd Foundation scholarship you are required to submit the following documents with your online application. Documents cannot be uploaded after you have submitted your application.
A copy of your high school marks/certificate.
A copy of your university transcripts and graduation certificate. If you are in the final year of your studies, please upload all transcripts you have received to date.
A copy of your current passport or national ID card (if you hold dual nationality this must be your passport/national ID card from Syria, Jordan, Lebanon or Palestine).
A copy of your English language results or confirmation of your English language test date.
Offer letter(s) from your chosen UK universities for a master’s degree course starting in autumn 2022 or evidence that you have applied to the course i.e. the university application ID.
Three reference letters which must be uploaded with your application. Applications without three reference letters will not be considered.
An up-to-date copy of your CV. This should be no longer than two sides and should not include a photo.
Please read through this information carefully before starting an application to Saïd Foundation Scholarship to find out if you are eligible and to help you prepare your application. If you have questions after reading through this guidance, you may find the answer in our Frequently Asked Questions.
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