Asfari Foundation Scholarship

The University of St Andrews and the Asfari Foundation are pleased to announce scholarships for Masters study (MLitt or MSc degrees) in selected schools at the University. There are two scholarships available for qualified Syrian citizens (including Palestinians from Syria and Syrians who have been recently displaced and live in one of Syria’s neighbouring countries or Egypt) for the academic year beginning in September 2014. The scholarship is funded by a grant from the Asfari Foundation and will be called the Asfari Scholarship.

The Asfari Scholars will spend one year (3 terms) based at their chosen School in the University of St Andrews and will attend regular lectures and seminars. They will normally be expected to write a 15,000 word dissertation (specific requirements vary according to different Schools within the University). While at St Andrews, Asfari Scholars will also be expected to contribute actively to the Centre for Syrian Studies.

The Asfari Foundation is a British-registered charity established by British-Syrian businessman Mr Ayman Asfari. Further information can be found at the Asfari Foundation website.


Geographical criteria

Syrian citizens (including Palestinians from Syria and Syrians who have been recently displaced and live in one of Syria’s neighbouring countries or Egypt).

Domicile for fee status


Level of study

Postgraduate Masters

Year of entry

First year


  • The School of Management (and MSc Management & IT in the School of Computer Science)
  • The School of Geography & Geosciences (MSc Sustainable Development)
  • The School of International Relations
  • The School of Psychology (MSc Adults with Learning Disabilities who have Significant and Complex Needs)
  • The School of Mathematics & Statistics (MSc Applied Statistics and Datamining)


Management, Mathematics & Statistics, Geography & Geosciences, International Relations, Psychology & Neuroscience.

Additional criteria

The successful applicant will have achieved good marks in a related undergraduate degree course and will have achieved a grade of at least IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 100 IBT.

At time of application students will have to have up to date proof of having achieved these grades from a formal institutions. Syrians who have not taken these tests can do so at centres in Jordan and Lebanon.

If scholars are selected for the Asfari scholarship, they will be expected to sign an agreement with the Asfari Foundation that they will return to Syria after completion of their degree and use the skills, knowledge and insight they have gained during their time at St Andrews in a way which is beneficial to their country and/or society for at least the amount of time they received a scholarship from the Asfari Foundation. If they are not able to return (due to the security situation) they will be expected to show how they will significantly contribute to their country while living abroad, and that they fully intend to return in future. This is a requirement from the Foundation and not from the University of St Andrews.

What does it cover?


1 year

Value (per year)

Tuition fees and a stipend contributing towards living costs.

Type of award

Tuition and Maintenance

Number of awards available


How to apply

Applicants must submit their course applications online to the University.

Supporting documentation also includes:

  • A CV/résumé.
  • A sample of written work in English (such as a previous project, essay, or extract from your dissertation).
  • Transcripts or certificates showing proof of university grades, proof of IELTS/TOEFL results.
  • Evidence of Syrian citizenship (a clear scan or photocopy of the photo page of your passport).
  • A brief personal statement demonstrating why you wish to study your chosen programme at St Andrews.
  • Two letters of recommendation in support of your application. At least one of these letters of recommendation should come from a former academic teacher or supervisor, preferably at university level.

Applicants must indicate in the “Funding” section of the application form that they would like to be considered for the Asfari Scholarship. Their application will then be automatically considered for the award.

Assessment of applications and admission to the University will be decided by the University of St Andrews. Applicants who are admitted to the University will then be considered by the Asfari Foundation for a scholarship, which may include an interview by phone or Skype with Asfari Foundation staff.

Applications open from

December 2013

Application deadline

31 March 2014

When will I hear if my application has been successful?

As soon as possible after the application deadline.