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Fully Funded International Scholarships to Study in the Middle East 2023/24

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Applications are currently being accepted for the Fully Funded International Scholarships to Study in the Middle East 2023. These scholarships cover tuition fees, accommodation, and other expenses for students.

If you are from the Middle East, this is your opportunity if you really want to pursue your educational career.

What you need to know about scholarships in the Middle East

The Middle East is a transcontinental region centered on Western Asia, Turkey, and Egypt.

Most people in the Middle East practice Islam. They are known as Muslims. Islam is the dominant religion in all Middle Eastern states except Israel and the Palestinian areas.

A fairly new addition to the QS World University Rankings by region, the QS Arab Region Universities Ranking has been expanded this year to include almost 150 universities –

To celebrate, we bring you a roundup of some of the best funding and scholarship opportunities for international students on offer in the region such as Fully Funded International Scholarships to Study in the Middle East.

Covering Egypt, Iran, Israel, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates, these international scholarships provide students from around the world with the opportunity to study in the Middle East and experience the unique culture of the region.

Scholarships to study in Egypt

  • AMIDEAST Need-Based Scholarships – International scholarships for American students with financial need to study in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, or Tunisia.
  • AUC Scholarships for Non-Egyptian Students: Various merit-based scholarships to study in Egypt at the American University of Cairo.
  • Nile Basin Scholarship at Alexandria University – Scholarships for students from the Nile Basin countries to study for a Masters or Ph.D. program at the University of Alexandria.

Scholarships to study in Israel 

Scholarships to study in Saudi Arabia 

  • Academic Scholarships for Non-Saudis  – Government scholarships to study in Saudi Arabia, open to high-achieving international students worldwide at all grade levels. Applicants must apply through the respective university.
  • Alfaisal University Scholarships – Need merit-based scholarships to study in Saudi Arabia at Alfaisal University in Riyadh.
  • King Abdulaziz University International Scholarships  – International scholarships to study in Saudi Arabia at King Abdulaziz University. Stipends and living costs are covered and full-tuition scholarships are offered for exceptional students at the graduate level.

Scholarships to study in Turkey.

Scholarships to study in the UAE.

  • INSEAD UAE Campus MBA Scholarships – INSEAD  offers several postgraduate scholarships to fund an MBA at one of the school’s three campuses, including Abu Dhabi. Not all the scholarships listed are for study in the UAE.
  • Khalifa University Teaching Assistant  Scholarships – Masters and Ph.D. Scholarships for International Students Studying at Khalifa University in the United Arab Emirates. Funding is offered in exchange for teaching assistant tasks during your studies.
  • Masdar Institute IRENA Scholarship Program  – Postgraduate Scholarships to study in the UAE at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MI). Funded by IRENA, the International Renewable Energy Agency.
  • UAE University Graduate Grants – Masters and Ph.D. Scholarships for International Students at  United Arab Emirates University  Who are involved in teaching, research, or administrative tasks during their stay.

Other scholarships to study in the Middle East.

  • ICGEB Research Grants for Member States  – The International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) awards grants for students to undertake research projects in basic sciences, human healthcare, industrial and agricultural biotechnology, and bioenergy. You can study in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Egypt, or any of the other  ICGEB member states, as long as you are a student from one of these countries.
  • MasterCard Foundation Scholarship Program at AUB  – Undergraduate and graduate scholarships to study at the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon. The Graduate Scholarships are open to refugees, Lebanese citizens, and Sub-Saharan African nationals.
  • Muscat University Entrance  Scholarships – Scholarships for Omani and International students to study an undergraduate or postgraduate program at Muscat University in Oman.
  • Qatar University  Scholarships – Undergraduate scholarships for international students to study at Qatar University for a bachelor’s program.
  • TUMS Scholarships in Iran  – International Scholarships to study at all levels at Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS) in Iran.

Swedish Institute for Global Professionals (SISGP) Scholarships

Last application delivery date: Jan 15 / Feb 14, 2023

Scholarship Description:

This is a new Swedish Institute (SI) scholarship program and replaces the Swedish Institute Study Scholarships (SISS). SISGP offers a large number of scholarships for Master’s programs starting in the fall 2023 semester.

Host Universities/Institutions: Swedish Universities and Swedish Higher Education Institutions.

Number of scholarships: 300 scholarships over the budget will be available.

Target group: Students from the following countries:

Bangladesh; Bolivia; Nigeria; Brazil; Cambodia; Colombia; Ecuador; Ethiopia; Gambia; Egypt; Guatemala; Honduras; Cameroon; Ghana; etc.

Eligibility:

To be eligible for SISGP, the applicant must have had a minimum of 3,000 hours of work experience before February 3, 2023. It could be from three organizations/companies at most.

The applicant must have the ability to demonstrate prior leadership experience. This can be demonstrated through previous work experience or participation in civil society organizations.

Applicants must be responsible for paying tuition fees to universities. Have made the application fee payment for Master’s programs in University Admissions on time and have gained admission to one of the eligible Master’s programs by 4 April 2023.

Scholarship website: https://si.se/en/apply/scholarships/swedish-institute-scholarships-for-global-professionals/ 

#2. Amsterdam Excellence Scholarships (AES) | Scholarships for information technology students

Application deadline: Jan 15 / Feb 1 annually.

Short description:

AES awards scholarships to students who have exceptional talent outside of Europe. The scholarship enables them to pursue eligible Master’s programs offered at the University of Amsterdam.

Host Institution: The University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Level/Field(s) of study:

Eligible Masters Program taught in English and offered in the following faculties:

Communication, Economics and Business, Early Childhood Development and Education, Humanities, Law, Psychology, Science, Social Sciences.

Number of scholarships: Not specified

Target group: Non-EU/EEA international students

Scholarship value/inclusions/duration:

This is a full scholarship of €25,000 (to cover tuition and living expenses) for one academic year. The program offers the possibility of an extension for a second year for two-year master’s programs.

Eligibility:

Non-EU students from any discipline who graduated in the top 10% of their class are eligible to apply. Selection is based on academic excellence, ambition, and the relevance of the selected Master’s program to a student’s future career.

Scholarship website:   http://www.uva.nl/en/education/master-s/scholarships–tuition/scholarships-and-loans/amsterdam-excellence-scholarship/amsterdam-excellence-schola ship.html

#3. WMF training through educational scholarships for students from developing countries

Application deadline: April 1 annually.

Short description:

The Wells Mountain Foundation, through the Empowerment through Education (ETE) program, awards scholarships to national students from developing countries to study in a neighboring country or in their country of origin.

The Foundation believes in the power and importance of serving the community. Therefore, fellows will volunteer a minimum of 100 hours per year.

Host Institution: The applicants’ choice of an institution in their home country or in another developing country

Level/Field(s) of study:

Bachelor’s degree in any field of study, however, there is encouragement for applications from those interested in pursuing degrees that will best serve their local communities. Titles that will help in the development of your community, medicine and health sciences, law, education, social work, business, engineering, agriculture, and information technology.

The number of scholarships: From 20-40 scholarships each year.

Target group: Citizens of developing countries.

Eligibility:

The ideal WMF candidate is a student, male or female, from a country in the developing world, who:

  • High school was completed successfully, with good grades.
  • You will be studying in another country in the developing world or in your country.
  • You plan to reside and work in your own country after graduation.
  • You have volunteered prior to applying for this scholarship and/or are willing to volunteer while receiving the WMF scholarship.
  • You may have other funds available for your education, but you won’t be able to go to school without a scholarship.

Scholarship Website: http://www.wellsmountainfoundation.org/our-programs/scholarships/

#4. Utrecht Excellence Scholarships for International Students | Scholarships for information technology students

Application deadline: February 1 annually.

Short description:

This scholarship offers the opportunity to pursue a Master’s degree in a selected number of fields at the University of Utrecht. This scholarship is available to a number of outstanding prospective students.

Host Institution: the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands

Level/field of study:

International Master’s programs that are eligible and offered by the University.

Number of awards: There are 20-25 scholarships available with an approximate grade.

Target group: EEA/non-EU international students.

Eligibility:

To be eligible for this scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Be part of the top 10% of your graduating class.
  • Be in possession of an EEA/Non-EU passport and not be eligible for aid under the Dutch scholarship and study loan system.
  • Have completed their education at secondary and/or bachelor’s level outside of the Netherlands.
  • Have applied for an eligible international master’s program commencing on September 1, 2023.

Scholarship website: http://www.uu.nl/masters/en/general-information/international-students/financial-matters/grants-and-scholarships/utrecht-excellence-scholarships

#5. Uppsala IPK Scholarships for International Students | Scholarships for information technology students

Application deadline: 1 Feb annually.

Short description:

There are many Uppsala University Scholarships for fee-paying students applying for Masters programs starting in Autumn 2023. Uppsala IPK Scholarships is one such scholarship programme.

Host Institution: Uppsala University in Sweden

Fields of study: The Master Program is offered during the current admission round and the start date is September 2, 2023.

Number of scholarships: Not specified

Target group: Citizens of countries outside the EEA / EU and Switzerland.

Scholarship Value/Inclusions: This scholarship does not cover living expenses. Just the cost of registration.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Citizens of a country outside of Switzerland and the EU/EEA.
  • Academic talent must be demonstrated by applicants and must show interest in belonging to an educational environment.
  • An IPK scholarship can only be awarded to students for their first priority program at Uppsala University.
  • Applicants for the program to which they applied must meet the entry requirements, and the application fee and supporting documents must have been received before the university admissions deadline.
  • Program delivery must be done on campus

Scholarship website: http://www.uu.se/en/admissions/scholarships/uppsala-university/

#6. Commonwealth Masters Scholarships for Developing Commonwealth Countries

Application deadline: 19 Dec annually.

Short description:

This scholarship is for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries. The UK Department for International Development (DFID) funds these scholarships.

Level and field(s) of study: Master’s Program.

Number of scholarships: No specification.

Target group: Citizens of an eligible Commonwealth country or those who have been granted refugee status.

Eligibility:

To apply for these scholarships, the applicant must:

  • Be a citizen or have received refugee status as a grant from an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a protected person of Great Britain.
  • Reside permanently in an eligible Commonwealth country.
  • Be available for the start of your academic studies in the UK before the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2023.
  • By October 2023, have a first degree of a minimum of upper second class honors (2:1). A standard or second class degree, and a postgraduate degree that is relevant (usually a master’s degree).
  • Have the inability to pay to study in the UK in the absence of this scholarship

Scholarship website:  http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/masters-scholarships/

#7. VU Amsterdam Scholarship Program for International Students

Application deadline: 1 Feb annually.

Short description:

This scholarship makes the unique opportunity to pursue a Master’s degree at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam available to prospective international students.

Host Institution: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands

Level/Field(s) of study: Master’s programs taught in English and offered at the University

Number of scholarships: Not specified.

Target group: International students.

Eligibility:

This is a merit scholarship program and is for highly motivated students with excellent results in their studies. Candidates will demonstrate their academic excellence. In addition, your Master’s degree at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will be taught in English.

Ineligibility is established for students with a Dutch degree (since the Dutch degree is used for admission) and/or Dutch nationality.

Scholarship website:   http://www.vu.nl/en/programmes/international-masters/scholarships-/fellowship/index.asp https://masters.vu.nl/en/international/scholarships/index.aspx

#8. Chalmers IPOET Scholarships for International Students | Scholarships for information technology students

Last application delivery date: 15 Jan annually.

Short description:                                                    

This scholarship is funded by the Swedish Council for Higher Education and is awarded to paying prospective students. Chalmers will offer around 50 IPOETs in 2023.

Host Institution: Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden

Level/Field(s) of study: There are no restrictions as all current Master’s programs at Chalmers are fields of study.

Number of scholarships: 50

Target group: EEA citizens / non-EU countries

Eligibility:

  • Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries are required to pay tuition fees for education at Swedish universities.
  • Applicants for the 1st year Master’s Program.

The relative academic excellence of applicants is the basis of selection. And this mainly includes the weighted average rating. It also includes the stature of the home university (including a position in world ranking lists) and the order of application priority for Chalmers’ master’s programmes.

Scholarship website:  http://www.chalmers.se/en/education/fees-finance/Pages/iPOET.aspx

#9. Radboud Scholarship Program for International Students

Application Deadline: March 1 of each year.

Short description:

This scholarship program offers a selected number of potentially talented non-EEA students the opportunity to receive a scholarship to pursue a full English-taught Master’s program at Radboud University.

Host Institution: Radboud University in the Netherlands

Level/Field(s) of study: Eligible Master’s program taught in English. It is offered by the College of Arts, Social Sciences, Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies, Law, Science, and Medical Sciences.

Number of scholarships: Approximately 30 per year.

Target group: EEA/non-EU international students.

Eligibility:

To obtain this scholarship, the applicant must

  1. Be in possession of a non-EU/EEA passport
  2. Have or will obtain a university degree obtained outside the Netherlands.
  3. Have fully entered the English-taught Master’s program
  4. Meet the conditions that the Netherlands must meet to obtain a visa.
  5. Be enrolled at Radboud University as a full-time student for the academic year and Master’s program for which the scholarship will be awarded.

Scholarship website:   http://www.ru.nl/english/education/master’s-programmes/financial-matters/scholarships-grants/read_more/rsprogramme/

#10. ENS International Selection Scholarships | Scholarships for information technology students

Application deadline date: Oct 19 / Oct 31 annually.

Short description:

Annually, the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) organizes an international selection that allows the most promising international students, either in Sciences or in Arts and Humanities, to pursue a Master’s and Diploma at the University.

Host institution: École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France.

A number of scholarships: 10 for Science students and 10 for Arts and Humanities students.

Target group: International students.

Scholarship value/duration:

The value available for this scholarship is a monthly grant of 1,000 euros for three years. Also a room in one of the ENS campuses.

Eligibility:

  • Candidates must be below 26 at the time of application
  • No application is required prior to the International Selection of applicants.
  • Candidates must not have resided in France for more than 10 months during the academic year of selection (September 1 – August 31) or the previous year.
  • Candidates must justify a minimum of one year of undergraduate studies awarded by a foreign university during the calendar year prior to the start of applications.
  • Candidates must justify a minimum of two years of undergraduate studies at a foreign university, on September 1 following admission.

Exceptionally, authorization may come from the Director of ENS for the application of a candidate whose academic training outside of France is not standard.

Scholarship website:  http://www.ens.fr/en/academics/admissions/international-selection

#11ETH Zurich Excellence Masters Scholarships 2023

Application deadline: December 15 annually.

Short description:

Excellent students who want to pursue a Master’s degree at ETH with two scholarship programs: the Master’s Scholarship Program (MSP) and the Excellence Scholarship and Opportunity Program (ESOP) are supported by ETH Zurich.

Host Institution: ETH Zurich in Switzerland

Fields of study: Master’s program that is eligible and offered by the University

Number of scholarships: Depends on the availability of funds.

Target group: National and international students

Eligibility:

The scholarship programs are open to excellent students not only from the ETH, but also from other universities (national and international) who also want to pursue their Master’s degree at ETH Zurich. A prerequisite is a very good result in the Baccalaureate (top 10% of the Baccalaureate program which is equivalent to grade A).

Scholarship website:  https://www.ethz.ch/students/en/studies/financial/scholarships/excellencescholarship.html

#12. University Of The People Online Tuition Free Degrees 2023

Application deadline: 20 Dec annually.

Short description:

This university is the revolution of education. This institution is the first US-accredited, non-profit, non-profit, online university in the world.

With instructors from the world’s leading academic volunteers and an innovative online learning model, UoPeople offers the opportunity to earn high-quality, invaluable American degrees.

They also offer two-year associate’s and four-year bachelor’s degree programs in business administration, computer science, and health sciences, as well as an MBA program.

Eligibility:

Students who have graduated from high school, have access to a computer and the Internet, and have sufficient knowledge of English to study at the University are accepted by UoPeople.

Scholarship website: http://www.upeople.edu/tuition-free/our-scholarships/ 

#13. Umeå University Scholarships for International Students 2023

Application Deadline: January/February 15 annually.

Short description:

This scholarship is for talented, high-achieving non-EU/EEA nationals who wish to pursue one of the Master’s study programs at the University.

Host Institution: Umea University in Sweden

The number of scholarships: Not specified.

Target group: EEA / non-EU students

Eligibility:

Candidates can apply for this scholarship if:

  • They are citizens of a country outside of Switzerland and EEA/EU.
  • Have completed their study application for the program at the master’s level (before the application deadline of January 15, 2023).

Scholarship website: https://www.umu.se/en/education/fees-and-scholarships/scholarships/ 

#14. Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships for Developing Commonwealth Countries

Application deadline: June 20 annually.

Short description:

These scholarships are for candidates from Commonwealth countries that are less developed and have lower middle income. It is for part-time Master’s studies via distance learning on selected courses offered by universities in the UK.

Number of scholarships: No specification

Target group: Nationals of developing Commonwealth countries

Scholarship Value/Inclusions:

This scholarship covers full tuition fees and all other compulsory costs of studying a Masters course in the UK via distance learning. This includes the full cost of any residential component of a course.

Eligibility:

To be eligible, the applicant must:

  • Have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, be a British citizen or protected person
  • Be a permanent resident in a developing Commonwealth country.
  • Hold a first degree of a minimum of upper second class standard (2:1). may be considered in certain cases, a lower qualification and sufficient relevant experience may be considered
  • Having the inability to afford to study your chosen course in the absence of this scholarship.

Scholarship website:  http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/distance-learning/

#fifteen. Free Online EdX Courses | Information Technology Scholarships 2023

Last Application Submission Date:  Varies

Short description:

edX as a learning platform provides an opportunity to take free online courses offered by leading universities around the world for students from any country. The certificate of completion can be issued to learners online after completion of the course.

Host institution:

There are around 60+ Universities that are participating which include Harvard University, the University of California at Berkeley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), McGill University, etc.

Eligibility:

Everyone can access EdX courses. All it takes is access to a computer with a current browser, an Internet connection, and of course, a desire to learn.

Scholarship Website:  https://www.edx.org/

#16. Westminster International Scholarship 2023

Application deadline date: Oct 13 annually.

Short description:

These scholarships are fully funded awards and are intended for students from developing countries who wish to study a full-time Master’s degree at the University.

Host Institution: University of Westminster, United Kingdom.

Level/field of study: Any full-time Master’s program offered at this university, excluding MBA.

Number of prizes: 1

Target group: Citizens of developing and middle-income countries.

Scholarship Worth/Inclusions: Successful applicants are provided with the following:

Accommodation, full tuition waivers, living expenses, and flights to and from London.

Eligibility:

The applicant must be an international student from a developing country and have an offer for a full-time degree at the Master’s level at the University of Westminster. The main criteria are First Class Honours, need for funding, and development potential.

Scholarship website:  https://www.westminster.ac.uk/study/prospective-students/fees-and-funding/scholarships/january-2017-scholarships/westminster-international-scholarship

#17. Adobe Research Women in Technology Scholarship 2023

Last application delivery date: 31 Dec 2023

Short description:

This scholarship recognizes outstanding undergraduate students anywhere in the world studying computer science.

Host Institution: Any accredited university around the world.

Level/field(s) of study: Undergraduate program in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or a technical field that is closely related.

Number of scholarships: Not specified

Target group: Women from any country

Eligibility:

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a female student currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at a university for the 2022-2023 academic year.
  • Attempt to be enrolled as a college student for full-time study at a university for the 2022-2023 academic year.
  • You do not have a close relative who works for Adobe Research.

Scholarship Website: http://adoberesearch.com/scholarship.html

#18. Mexican government scholarships for foreign students

Application deadline: 31 Aug annually.

Short description:

This scholarship is available to foreign citizens who have an interest in studying a specialization. Master’s or doctorate, conducting undergraduate or postdoctoral research or participating in an undergraduate or postgraduate academic mobility program, to participate in the 2023 Mexican Government Scholarship Program for International Students.

Scholarships are not awarded for a direct doctorate. programs (combined master’s and doctoral programs), open or online education, and distance learning programs.

Host Institution / Eligible Programs: The following academic programs are NOT eligible for scholarships: plastic surgery, business administration, dentistry and advertising, accounting, marketing, and related areas.

A number of scholarships: Not specified.

Eligibility:

The following is required of all applicants:

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Ph.D. degree, as required by the program for which the scholarship is requested.
  • A grade point average of at least eight (8.0) on a scale of 0 to 10, or the equivalent, was earned for the last academic grade.
  • Currently enrolled in or being accepted into a program at one of the participating Mexican institutions.

Scholarship website: http://amexcid.gob.mx/index.php/oferta-de-becas-para-extranjeros

#19. ISH-London Met Scholarship Scheme

Application deadline: April 30 annually.

Short description:

This scholarship is jointly administered by the International Students House (ISH) and London Metropolitan University. The scholarships are awarded to outstanding students from selected countries who wish to pursue a Master’s degree at the University and will receive this scholarship.

Host Institution: London Metropolitan University, United Kingdom

The number of scholarships: Not specified.

Objective group:

Only students from ISH scholarship countries are eligible to apply and they include Indonesia, Bangladesh, China, India, Russia, Iran, Nigeria, Tibet, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Vietnam.

Scholarship Value/Inclusions:

This scholarship offers a full tuition fee to study one of London Met’s Master’s programs plus free accommodation for one year at the International Students House.

Eligibility:

The applicant must:

  • Have an unconditional offer to study at London Met on one of London Met’s Masters courses.
  • Degree with First Class Honors or the highest award for your degree.
  • Have an overall score of 7.0 for IELTS with at least 6.5 in each SELT component or equivalent

Applications are currently closed.

Scholarship website:  http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/international/scholarships-at-london-met/postgraduate-scholarships/ish—london-met-scholarship/

#twenty. MENA Scholarship Program (MSP) for Professionals from the Middle East and North Africa

Last Application Submission Date:  Varies

Short description:

This Scholarship Program (or MSP) offers scholarships to professionals from ten countries. The scholarships can be used for short courses in the Netherlands with a duration ranging from two to twelve weeks. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands finances this program.

Host Institution: Dutch academic institutions and universities.

Objective group:

The target group is professionals (with a minimum age of 45 years) who are nationals and work in one of these countries: Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, and Syria.

Eligibility:

An applicant must be nominated by employers to justify their application in a letter of support. For the short course, the applicant must also meet the eligibility requirements that he applies for.

Scholarship website:  https://www.studyinholland.nl/scholarships/scholarships-administered-by-nuffic/mena-scholarship-programme

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