How We Provide Scholarships

The Asfari Foundation has provided a range of scholarships, fellowships and bursaries in the past. At the moment, the Foundation only awards bursaries and fellowships through partner organisations in the UK and the Arab region and, to a smaller extent, in the US. We do not provide scholarships or bursaries directly to students. The Foundation’s current fellowship and bursary partners include the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford, the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House), Oxford Brookes University and Campaign Bootcamp in the UK,  and at Columbia University in the USA. We also have partnerships that provide scholarships or vocational training for refugees in Turkey and Lebanon, through LASER, Jusoor, ULYP and the Child and Mother Welfare Society. In 2018 we will evaluate the work done to date to see how we can continue to help young people receive a good higher education so they can contribute to the development of their communities.

Asfari Foundation Scholarship and fellowship opportunities are advertised widely by the partner and through the Foundation’s website and network to enable as many young people as possible to apply. Applications are considered on the basis of academic and professional merit, need, and the applicants’ potential to contribute to the development of their community or country. We very much welcome anyone to apply and greatly appreciate it if people help us spread the word. If you wish to receive scholarship information either for yourself or to share with others, please sign up on the contact page on this website.

Selection processes vary from one partner opportunity to another. Normally the candidate applies to the partner organisation which will assess him/her using its normal academic criteria, which may include requirements such as English language proficiency, assessed through IELTS or TOEFL, a research proposal, academic or professional references, and grade transcripts. Once the partner has shortlisted candidates, there will either be an interview by the partner in which the Foundation is represented, or the Foundation will ask the candidate to fill out its application form and hold its own interviews. Successful candidates sign a scholarship agreement, setting out the Foundation’s conditions.

If you are interested in applying for an Asfari scholarship or fellowship, please check the Foundation’s news page for current opportunities and/or contact the relevant partner university or institution directly as indicated in the news item. Please do not contact the Foundation directly. For other organisations providing scholarships you may wish to  contact the following organisations (please note that the Foundation does not have direct links to these organisations):

For information about higher education opportunities for Syrian refugees in Turkey please click here.

If you are an organisation providing scholarship opportunities for Lebanese, Palestinian or Syrian young people and would like us to share your details on this page, please contact