Education & Scholarship

For more than a decade, the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development (SFSD) has been the leader in identifying academic talented young women and men and supporting their educational aspirations. We recognize the importance of a quality education and are dedicated to helping Egyptian students achieve their goals of a distinguished college degree. Also, we believe that our investment today in our nation’s intellectual talent will produce future leaders and innovators, who will contribute to sustainable development in Egypt.

To ensure that students of merit have a unique opportunity to pursue higher education in reputable institutions, SFSD offers a variety of scholarships including International, Local and Specific scholarship programs.

While our scholarships are awarded specifically to students of merit and those who cannot finance their studies out of personal resources, all are offered  on a competitive basis. Our selection criteria differ from program to program, but include merit and academic excellence, extracurricular activities, and, for some programs, a good command of English. The final selection of scholarship students is made by the relevant educational institution, in collaboration with Sawiris Foundation and its implementing administrative partner.


Excellent students, presenting good academic qualifications and well-rounded applications, always stand a chance of obtaining one of our international scholarships, which  include both the study-abroad program and the scholarships accredited by foreign universities /institutions here in Egypt.

Our international scholarships provide full support for advanced learning in many fields, including economics, engineering, business and nursing. Other international scholarships are in very specialized fields such as International Development Law and Special and Inclusive Education.

While abroad, scholars have the opportunity to study in the top world universities and serve as goodwill ambassadors to their country. And since the international programs aim at proving a cadre of highly qualified candidates to impact the Egyptian market, the Foundation requires the scholarship recipients to return to work in Egypt for a duration of no less than two years.

Learn more about international scholarship programs


It’s our mission to create opportunities so people can be empowered to live better. Our scholarship programs, on the local level, aim to expand access to educational opportunities ; thus allowing young people the chance to continue their academic studies at a reputable private Egyptian university or institute.

Learn more about national scholarship programs

We are on the Bibliotheca Alexandrina scholarships listing

“Higher Education Funding Opportunities in the Arab Region” is an online Directory developed by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina aiming to help students and higher education institutes to learn about existing local and regional donors supporting higher education in 12 Arab countries. Please visit our page on this directory.