British Lebanese Association Scholarship Fund

Level of study
Postgraduate taught masters
Subject area
Arts and Law, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Life and Environmental Sciences, Medical and Dental Sciences, Social Sciences
Type of Award
Charity/Trust, External
Deadline for applying
Closed 30/10/2020 (Note: competition closed for this year)

Award Description

The British Lebanese Association (BLA) Scholarship Fund was established in 1985 as part of the BLA's initiative to contribute towards rebuilding national capabilities after a decade of conflict. Since being set up the Fund has helped many young Lebanese pursue postgraduate studies and training in the UK giving them an opportunity to acquire skills and experiences not available in Lebanon. The scholarships are intended for those normally unable to afford a full time Masters course in the UK. 

BLA scholarships are currently offered in partnership with the Said Foundation. At present, the BLA Fund aims to provide two or three full or partial scholarships a year to eligible graduates wishing to pursue a Masters degree or similar in the UK.

Value of Award

The Foundation provides fully funded scholarships which include tuition fees, full maintenance/living costs for the duration of your course, an arrival allowance, a thesis allowance, visa and healthcare surcharge fees and one economy return flight.

Eligibility Criteria

As British Lebanese Association and Said Foundation funds are limited, both organisations set strict criteria and priorities for applicants:

  • Awards are intended for Lebanese nationals normally resident in Lebanon.
  • Scholarships are offered for postgraduate study or training only.
  • Evidence of proficiency in English is required and must be at the level required by the chosen academic institution in the UK.
  • Applicants must hold a first degree of a high enough standard to indicate that they are likely to complete successfully their proposed course of study at a British university or other higher education institution.
  • Applicants must have your graduate qualification before you can apply for one of our ‘Masters Degree Scholarships’, even if means waiting for a year.
  • Scholars with the declared intention of returning to the Lebanon to use their additional qualification to the country’s benefit will be given priority.
  • Priority will be given to candidates who have some work experience and who can demonstrate that their studies will benefit their field of work on return to Lebanon. If candidates do not have work experience, evidence of voluntary or community activities or participation in activities whilst at university will be taken into consideration.
  • Applicants are required to demonstrate that they have the potential to be leaders in their field.
  • Applications from candidates whose siblings or spouses are currently being supported by the Foundation cannot be considered.
  • Applications from students who already have partial funding under another programme may be considered.
  • All study fields are considered with exception of clinical medicine (including dentistry), business and financial studies, engineering and any type of scientiic reasearch. 
  • Applicants must complete the application form for both the Saïd Foundation and BLA in order for your application to be considered.

Please note: the BLA shared scholarships will be awarded for subjects in the areas of policy for the economy, education, health, the environment, energy efficiency, media and communications, the arts, human rights, refugee studies and post-conflict management, psychology and psychotherapy.  The Association does not award scholarships for clinical medicine of all kinds including dentistry, all business and financial studies, computer studies, engineering and scientific research.

How to Apply

The Masters level scholarships for the academic year 2022/23 have been suspended. 

Please note: full information regarding application process, as well as the applicatin form, can be found on the Saïd Foundation website.