‘We are Syria’ – a short film to promote hope


Syria is not a conflict, a civil war, a humanitarian disaster, or a statistic. It is made up of talented, unique, and diverse people, who all have something to offer and who all deserve a promising future. This Syrian produced film captures the hopes and dreams of some Syrians across the world. We are Syria! […]

New CEO, Saba Almubaslat, joins today


The Asfari Foundation is delighted to announce that Saba Almubaslat has joined today as our new CEO. Saba is a leading voice in the humanitarian and development sector in the Levant and beyond, and brings over 25 years of experience delivering innovative and impactful projects in many of the world’s most challenging regions. In over […]



  The Asfari Foundation is pleased to announce its 2019 call for grant applications under its Civil Society and Youth Empowerment programmes. Ten grants of up to £225,000 (disbursed at up to £75,000 per year over three years) will be available. Eligible organisations are warmly invited to apply. Concept notes must be received by 1 […]

Foundation’s New Five Year Strategy Launched (2018 – 2022)


Over the last nine months, the Foundation’s consultants have talked to Foundation Trustees, staff, and to many of our past partners, alumni and other stakeholders to evaluate the work the Foundation did between 2006 and 2017. This information was used to develop a new strategy that we hope will contribute to support our partners and our target […]

Bursaries at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, 1 July-13 July 2018


o Length of Bursary: Two week intensive course o Partner Institution: Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford o Who can apply: Candidates working on refugee-related issues from Palestine, Lebanon and Syria, and residing in the Arab world or Turkey. Priority will be given to applicants aged 40 or younger. o How to apply: Applicants should […]

Skills for success: employability and entrepreneurship in Lebanon – accepting applications now


The Asfari Foundation and AMIDEAST proudly announce the launch of the “Skills for Success: Employability and Entrepreneurship Programme” in a two-year partnership to provide economic opportunities impacting more than 600 youth in Lebanon. This programme will focus on building a new generation for the workforce and entrepreneurship by helping the youth gain skills needed to […]

Asfari Foundation announces first ever Alumni Award winners


At the Asfari Foundation’s Annual Dinner on 27 October the winners of the Foundation’s inaugural Alumni Award were announced. The Alumni Award, launched to celebrate the Foundation’s ten year anniversary, seeks to recognise the contribution of the Foundation’s alumni to their countries and communities and their achievements since completing  their Asfari Foundation scholarships. The prize-winners […]

Call for Papers: The 4th CSS International Conference on Syria: “The Syrian War: Later Evolution, Future Prospects”


The Centre for Syrian Studies (CSS) at the University of St Andrews in Scotland invites submission of abstracts for papers to be given at its Fourth International Conference on Syria to be held 1-3 August 2018 in St Andrews, Scotland. The Centre, which is supported by the Asfari Foundation, aims to produce scholarly, non-partisan research […]

2017/18 Asfari Visiting Fellowship at the Centre for Syrian Studies, University of St Andrews


Type of scholarship: Three-month Fellowship. Partner institution: Centre for Syrian Studies, University of St Andrews. Subjects:The selected fellow will conduct her/his own independent research project on contemporary Syria that she/he will work on and discuss with members of the Centre while resident at St. Andrews. Who can apply: Fellows will normally hold a university degree, […]

Developing Leaders Program for Non-profit Professionals at Columbia Business School, 11-16 March 2018


o Length of Bursary: One week intensive course o Partner Institution: Columbia Business School, New York o Who can apply: Syrians living in Syria, or displaced in Lebanon, Turkey or the UK; Lebanese citizens; Palestinian nationals, or refugee or displaced Palestinians living in Syria or Lebanon, or Palestinian citizens of Israel; British nationals who live […]