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The Qalaa Holdings Scholarship

The Qalaa Holdings Scholarship Foundation was created in 2007, out of a strong will to contribute to national development through creating high caliber professionals to help enhance Egypt’s growth in all sectors. The Foundation is funded by an endowment from Qalaa Holdings to grant academic scholarships for talented and promising young Egyptian men and women to pursue master degrees abroad in all fields of study.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicant must be under the age of 35.

Must be an Egyptian national and residing in Egypt.

Applicant must have a minimum of two years of work experience post-graduation.

Is planning to pursue his/her studies at one of the top universities in their discipline of choice.

Must have been accepted at the university and program of interest. Applicant must submit an unconditional acceptance letter (with the exception of a funding condition).

Excellent command of language of study.

Good command of the English language.

Involvement with activities in civic, public or international affairs (NGOs, volunteer work, etc) will be an asset.

Must have a genuine financial need.

Not a beneficiary of any other partial scholarship or grants (with exception to waivers from the university of choice itself).

Upon completion of program, graduates must be committed to return to work in Egypt for a minimum of 2 years.

Military service status must be clear (for males).

QHSF reserves the right to apply exceptions or require additional conditions as seen necessary. QHSF also retains the right to withdraw scholarships at its own discretion.

Annual Application Schedule

January 15th

Beginning of round. Applicants can begin submitting applications. Application form made available online.

April 30th

Deadline for submitting hard copy applications.


Shortlisting completed. Semi-finalists contacted for personal interviews.


Scholarship recipients announced.

July – August

Placement and departure of scholars

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply for this scholarship?
All Egyptian nationals under the age of 35 are eligible for the Qalaa scholarship.
The full set of criteria is available here.

What fields and countries of study are eligible under the Qalaa scholarship?
All academic fields and countries are eligible under the Qalaa Scholarship.

What are the degrees funded by the Qalaa Scholarship?
QHSF is currently only funding full Master’s degrees. The mode of study must be on-campus (we do not fund online degrees) and must be full-time.

How much funding does the scholarship offer?
The Qalaa Scholarship funds under two schemes: the full scholarship covering tuition and living expenses and the partial scholarship covering tuition only. The ceiling for tuition fees is 50,000 USD per annum.

On what basis do you decide who will obtain the full scholarship vs. the partial?
This decision is decided based on the quality of the application, financial condition of the applicant and is ultimately assessed by the evaluating committee.

What are the conditions for applying?
The main condition to apply for a Qalaa scholarship is to be accepted at the university of choice. High ranking universities are always preferred. Information on university rankings can be obtained through the internet, we do not consult one particular ranking system. A valid official acceptance letter from the university is required for the application to be processed. Conditional acceptance letters are acceptable if they are solely on condition of financing. Acceptance letters with language conditions will not be accepted.

When is the QHSF application form available for download?
The form is available for download during the period of accepting applications which is from January to April of every year. Since our application package must include an acceptance letter to the university of choice, applicants are encouraged to apply to universities as early as possible (for the following fall semester) to ensure that they obtain their acceptance letters before our deadline. As soon as the acceptance letter is obtained, applicants must simply fill in our application form and prepare the remaining required documents, and submit them to us by post before the deadline state in our schedule.

I have already begun my Master’s degree. Can I apply for funding my second year?
No. QHSF does not fund students who have already begun their programs.

Do you have a preferred list of universities?
No. We have no preferred list, nor do we direct the scholars to where they should study, largely because we are open to funding all academic disciplines and also because we expect our applicants to have good general knowledge of the field they want to further pursue.
We encourage our applicants to carefully research the different programs offered in their field of interest and aim for the most respected ones offered. QHSF consults a wide variety of resources to assess the quality of different programs once applications are submitted and this constitutes a major criterion for the short listing of an application.

Can I submit my application form electronically or by hand?
No. The application form is only accepted by postal mail or through our FEDEX account, as per the instructions provided in the “Required Documents” page. Please wait a week after sending the application and send us an email to ask for a confirmation of receipt. The email must be clearly titled and must contain your full name, university you are applying to and the date of sending the application.

I did not keep a copy of my application form to the university, how can I include it in my QHSF application package?
You can request a pdf copy of your application from the university’s records.


Required Documents

The Qalaa Holdings Scholarship application form

Copy of letter of acceptance to University of choice

Copy of (completed) application form submitted to university of choice

An updated C.V.

Two reference letters (academic and professional)

Military Certificate (for males)

Please submit printed and signed application along with the above documents to:

By Regular Post:

Qalaa Holdings Scholarship Foundation
P.O Box 29
Postal Code: 11516
Cairo, Egypt

By Fedex:

Qalaa Holdings Scholarship Foundation
Hold at Fedex Mohandessin office


– You can check that your application has been delivered through:

– Kindly wait for a week before checking.

– Please submit an acceptance letter to only one university.

– Submit your application package only once.

– Multiple applications from one person will result in rejection of all applications.

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