The Arab British Chamber of Commerce invites applications for partial funding grants for postgraduate students whose own available funds fall short of their total requirements and who need additional contributions to cover the balance of their fees, living expenses and related study costs.

Worth of Awards

Under this programme, the amount of grant available will normally range from ?500 up to a maximum of £2,000 for the academic year, depending on individual circumstances. As this level of assistance is only a small proportion of the student’s full costs, the applicant has to prove that the majority of total funding has been, or will be, secured from other sources.

Due to the large number of applications for financial help made to the Foundation and the restricted amount of funds at the Trustees’ disposal, you are strongly advised to apply to every potential source for the funds you seek, including the university where you will study.

Eligibility Criteria

The Foundation’s basic criteria for the consideration of requests from applicants seeking funding support for their studies are as follows:

  • Arab nationals with citizenship of a member State of the Arab League who come to Britain temporarily for the sole purpose of undertaking university studies as an overseas student and who are committed to returning home to a country in the Arab world, on completion of their study programme. (Note: The Trustees are unable to consider requests from UK residents, refugees, asylum seekers or others who are not committed to settling in the Arab world.)
  • Studies at the postgraduate level only at a British university leading to a postgraduate degree qualification such as Masters, MPhil, PhD. (Note: Studies for a first degree, a second first degree or for post-doctoral research study programmes, and studies at non-British universities, are ineligible for consideration.)
  • Applicants should hold a first class or higher second class honours degree, or its equivalent grade of ‘very good’ or GPA 3+, from a recognised university. They should also meet the minimum standard in the English Language that is required by the British university
  • Priority of consideration is given to subjects of study of special relevance to the development needs of the student’s home country in the Arab world, in the following fields:
  • Agriculture
  • Business and Public Administration Economics
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Studies
  • Finance
  • Public Health Management
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Urban / Architectural Development.

(Note: Other subject areas may be considered on their particular merits, if deemed to be of similar potential benefit.)

  • A Foundation grant contributes no more than partial funding of a maximum of £2,000 for an academic year as a top-up support. The applicant, therefore, must either have, or be able to secure, sufficient funds to cover the major part of all the costs required to undertake the study programme, including fees, accommodation and adequate living expenses. Evidence of expected expenditure and anticipated financial resources is required to show that the student is properly funded. (Note: The Trustees do not offer to consider requests for funds for conferences, exhibitions or seminars.)

For more information, and to apply, visit their website by clicking here.

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