Information for Scholarship and Fellowship applicants

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The Asfari Foundation only awards bursaries and fellowships through partnerships with universities and other 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 partners include the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford, the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House) and Campaign Bootcamp in the UK, and Columbia University in the USA. We also have partnerships that provide scholarships for refugees at universities in Turkey and Lebanon, through Spark, LASER, Jusoor and the Child and Mother Welfare Society.

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.

Selection processes vary from one 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, the Foundation will ask the candidates to fill out a Foundation application form and Asfari Foundation representatives (and sometimes representatives from the partner institution) will interview candidates. Successful candidates sign a scholarship agreement, setting out the Foundation’s conditions, and will then apply for visas.

If you are interested in applying for an Asfari scholarship or fellowship please check the Foundation’s news page for current opportunities and then contact the relevant partner university or institution directly as indicated in the news item. Please do not contact the Foundation directly.

For a number of years the Asfari Foundation provided undergraduate scholarships for Syrian students at the American University of Beirut and Master’s scholarships for students from Syria, Lebanon and Palestine at universities in the UK. Given the immense need for higher education for Syrian refugees in the Arab region, the Foundation has decided to suspend the UK Master’s programme and to set up several projects providing undergraduate opportunities for Syrian refugee students in the region. These will be announced on the Youth Empowerment Programme page and on the news page as they become available. For other organisations providing scholarships, please consider the following organisations (please note that we do not have any 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 details on this page, please contact