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A fairly new addition to the QS World University Content by Region, the newly released QS Arab Region University Content this year now features 122 universities. To celebrate, we bring you a round-up of some of the best funding opportunities and scholarships for international students offered in the region.

Spanning Egypt, Iran, Israel, Oman, QatarSaudi ArabiaTurkey and the United Arab Emirates, these international scholarships give students from all over the world a chance to study in the Middle East and experience the unique culture of the region first-hand.

Scholarships to study in Egypt Cairo

  •  – International scholarships for US students in financial need to study in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Oman or Tunisia.
  •  – Various merit-based scholarships to study in Egypt at the American University in Cairo.
  •  – Scholarships for students from Nile Basin countries to study a master’s or PhD program at Alexandria University.

Scholarships to study in Israel Jerusalem

  • – A list of study-abroad grants, awards and scholarships for eligible UW-Madison students to study a range of areas in Jewish studies.  
  •  – Enrichment and study abroad scholarships for American and Canadian Jewish students to study in Israel and build leaderships skills.
  •  – Study abroad scholarships for overseas students to study in Israel for up to one year on a language course or research program.
  •  – Study abroad scholarships for Jewish international students to study in Israel.

Scholarships to study in Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia

  • – A range of scholarships (including academic and non-academic) to cover tuition fees for high-achieving students from all nationalities. 
  •  – Need and merit-based scholarships to study in Saudi Arabia at Alfaisal University in Riyadh.
  • – Offers a variety of internal and overseas scholarships to non-Saudi applicants. Full scholarships, partial scholarships and paid scholarships are also available.

Scholarships to study in Turkey Istanbul

  •  – Full scholarships for master’s or PhD students at Sabanci University, including a tuition exemption and maintenance grant. The university is also currently offering the  for international researchers.
  •  – Various Turkish scholarships for international students wishing to study in Turkey. Open to students of all levels, although restrictions for each scholarship may apply. – The 2018 round of applications is now closed. Please check back for an update on the 2019 round.
  •  – Scholarships for international PhD students and young post-doctoral researchers to pursue research in the fields of natural sciences, engineering and technological sciences, medical sciences, agricultural sciences, social sciences and humanities.
  •  – Undergraduate and  for international students to study in Turkey at Özyeğin University. Every student admitted is automatically considered for these merit-based scholarships.

Scholarships to study in the UAE United Arab Emirates

  •  – Various graduate scholarships offered by INSEAD to gain funding for an MBA at one of the school’s three campuses, including Abu Dhabi. Not all scholarships listed are for study in the UAE.
  •  – Master’s and PhD scholarships for international students studying at Khalifa University in the UAE. Funding offered in return for teaching assistant duties during your studies.
  •  – Graduate scholarships to study in the UAE at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MI). Funded by IRENA, the International Renewable Energy Agency.
  •  – Master’s and PhD scholarships for international students at United Arab Emirates University who participate in teaching, research or administrative duties during their stay.

Other scholarships to study in the Middle East Muscat, Oman

  •  – The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) provides grants for students to undertake research projects in basic science, 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 , as long as you’re a student from one of these countries.
  •  – Undergraduate and graduate scholarships to study at the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon. The graduate scholarships are open to refugees, Lebanese nationals, and nationals of sub-Saharan Africa.
  •  – Scholarships for Omani and international students to study an undergraduate or postgraduate program at Muscat University in Oman.
  •  – Undergraduate scholarships for international students to study at Qatar University on a bachelor’s program.
  •  – International scholarships to study at all levels at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS) in Iran.

This article was originally published in June 2015. It was last updated in November 2018.

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Written by Laura Tucker
Laura is a former staff writer for, providing advice and guidance for students on a range of topics helping them to choose where to study, get admitted and find funding and scholarships. A graduate of Queen Mary University of London, Laura also blogs about student life.

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Hi, I am looking for an Arabic speaking for Non Arabic degree / course in UAE. I'm an International. Suggestion please.

Hi am Firoz Ahmad from india i have completed M.Sc. in biochemistry i want to do phd in life science so please tell me about the list of scholarship in the middle east for the indian doctoral student

There are also a number of sources online which are very helpful regarding study

i'm Abderrahmene from algeria
i am at the last year for to get a ingineer + master diploma in a national scholl
my field of study is electrical ingeneering/ option automatic
i want to get a schoolarship at saudi arabic or middle east but i don't know the steps or how to applicate
please i need a pratical help

You can find some info about Undergraduate Scholarship here :

im looking for full scholarship in agroculture or biological, anyway

Hi Meilina, we've listed a range of scholarships to study agriculture here

and by the way, The Turkish TÜBİTAK Scholarship for Graduate Studies (Code 2215) has been closed since last year, and will not be active until further notice of the website itself. This is such bad news.

Hi Pouya, that is a shame, thanks for letting us know! I've now corrected this part of the scholarship listing - it looks like they still offer a scholarship for PhD students. :)