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Non-BRISMES Scholarships, Awards and Grants



UK-Gulf Institutional Links Programme (British Council) 


UK-Gulf Institutional Links grants provide small-scale seed-funding from UK Government for collaborations between the UK and the Gulf to:

·         Initiate new research and innovation collaborations between academic groups, departments, institutions and catapults in partner countries and the UK

·         Develop existing collaborations at group, departmental, and institutional level

·         Encourage these collaborations to work with non-academic organisations and individuals to support the exchange of research and innovation expertise and the translation of research knowledge into tangible benefits, and the commercialisation of research.

·         Establish local hubs for UK-Gulf country activity in a particular area, enabling engagement from the wider research and innovation community.

The Institutional Links Programme is designed to be flexible and responsive to in-country needs, allowing applicants to establish collaborations on specific areas linked to country priorities and development needs, and to bring in relevant private sector partners, including small- and medium enterprises (SMEs), technology transfer offices, and other not-for-profit organisations.

Grants range from £50,000 to £125,000 for up to two years, subject to cash or in-kind matching funds of equal value provided by the Gulf applicants and Gulf associated partners. UK applicants and UK associated partners can contribute match-funding but as a partnership scheme we are looking for gulf applicants and gulf associated partners to at least match the institutional links grant.

The deadline for applications is 16.00, Thursday 28th June 2018.

For best fit to the local context, priority areas, specific innovation challenges and additional application requirements have been set through discussion with national stakeholders. These are listed in Annex 1 of the Guidelines for applicants (attached for info). The scheme webpage, containing additional information, can be accessed here.


The Khayrallah Prize 

The annual Khayrallah Prize recognizes the best artistic expression of the experiences of the Lebanese Diaspora.  
Whether in visual art, written work, performance or electronic medium, the Khayrallah Prize identifies, awards and publicly honors those whose original work captures the experiences of Lebanese immigrants, their relationship to Lebanon and their new homes, and their communities and peregrinations. The winner will receive a monetary prize of $2500, and will be invited to NC State University to receive the prize at a public ceremony with a presentation of their winning contribution.

For more information, see

The Orient-Institut Beirut (OIB) of the Max Weber Foundation
Call for Applications: Doctoral Fellowships 2018/19

The Orient-Institut Beirut (OIB) of the Max Weber Foundation seeks to further international dialogue by supporting doctoral and postdoctoral research through a variety of competitive fellowships.

To this end, the OIB awards a number of visiting fellowships of up to 12 months for the academic year beginning in September 2018 to doctoral candidates in support of excellent research projects in the humanities and social sciences. We invite applications for projects relevant to the OIB’s research programme and are particularly interested in research projects that fit our annual topic of “neighbourliness: neighbourhood relations”.

Applicants must hold a post-graduate degree (master, Diplom, Magister etc.) in Middle East Studies / Islamic Studies or related fields. Applicants must demonstrate how their projects will benefit from a fellowship at the institute and an extended stay in the region.


MScT Scholarship in Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies at Edinburgh

The Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh is delighted to invite applications for a fees only MSc Taught degree scholarship for any of its programmes (Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Middle Eastern Studies with Arabic/Advanced Arabic, Advanced Arabic, Persian Civilisation).

The scholarship will be funded by IMES and will cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate.

Applications for both the Scholarship and the MSc must be made by 2nd May 2018.

Applications for the MSc can be made via the online admissions portal.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Scholarships and Awards Available at the Centre for Iranian Studies (CIS), SOAS, University of London


Jusoor Scholarship

St Antony’s College, in partnership with Jusoor, are offering one scholarship a year for entry in 2018/19 to a student who is a Syrian citizen or a stateless person normally residing in Syria to study for a one-year Master’s degree at St Antony’s College in the University of Oxford. Further information: 

 Durham University Civil Society Leadership Awards

Applications are currently open for the 2018/19 Civil Society Leaderships Awards offered by Durham University and Open Society Foundation. The awards provide fully funded Master’s level scholarships for individuals who demonstrate both academic and professional excellence and have the potential to become civil society leaders in their home communities.

The scholarships cover tuition costs, return airfare and provide additional funding for living expenses for one academic year.

Further information can be found below and on the Durham University website here.

Applicants from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Laos, Libya, Myanmar, Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan are eligible to apply for these awards.