News archive 2006
New scholarships for Middle Eastern students9 November 2006, PR 146/06
Full tuition fee and maintenance scholarships will be available from September 2007 for students from Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria taking one year master's programmes at King's College London. The Karim Rida Said Scholarships have been jointly established by King's and the Karim Rida Said Foundation (KRSF).
Founded in 1982, the work of the KRSF is dedicated ‘to bring positive and lasting change to the lives of children and young people in the Middle East.' It works with disadvantaged children and young people in the fields of child development, further education and raising understanding of Arab culture. The KRSF has, to date, sent more than 400 talented students on scholarships to study an extensive range of subjects.
Professor Vaughan Robinson, Director of King's Graduate School comments, ‘King's already has a graduate community drawn from around the world, but we are particularly looking forward to welcoming new graduates from the Middle East who wish to study with us in the heart of London. King's has outstanding academic research teams, and a rapidly growing international reputation. The new Graduate School is playing its part in this through ensuring that our graduates get the best training and support that we can deliver.'
Scholars must undertake to return home after their programme or return to work in another of the Foundation's target countries to impart and implement what they have learned. They will benefit from a new perspective on their subject field, a broad skills base and a network of contacts to build on in the future.
When selecting the scholars, the trustees will take into account subjects particularly pertinent to the Middle East, the excellence and promise of the candidates and their financial need. The KRSF will pay 75 per cent of the Scholars' tuition fees and a maintenance allowance whilst King's will cover 25 per cent of tuition.
There are 68 students from the above countries currently enrolled at King's. This major new initiative will enable motivated Middle Eastern students, who otherwise would not have had access to such opportunities, to share best practice and excel in their chosen field.
The agreement will run initially for a three year period and will be reviewed annually. Scholarships may be awarded in any field to candidates under the age of 40. The scholarships will be advertised on King's website and by the KRSF.
For further information on the KRSF see www.krsf.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more details on the scholarships see www.kcl.ac.uk/graduate or contact Jennie Eldridge at email@example.com
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