About Our Scholarship Program

We offer one of the largest and most competitive scholarships throughout Canada, the United States and beyond, to Middle Eastern women at the undergraduate and graduate level through strategic partnerships with some of the world’s top academic institutions and the support of our donors.

We strive to advance, invest and promote higher education for young women living in the Middle East. Our vision is that educated young women of the Middle East act as leaders and agents for peaceful social change in their communities. We believe that education is a human right that should be accessible to every woman across the Middle East, regardless of faith, nationality or ethnicity. We also believe that higher education empowers women to be leaders and agents of transformation for their communities and societies. Our scholarship program is rooted in this.

Through our program, we hope to help rebuild peace in the Middle East one step at a time by providing young women with the opportunity to gain the skills and experience required for the task.

We offer full undergraduate and graduate scholarships in almost any program of your choosing because what matters is your passion and potential. In order to achieve this, we’ve established a number of academic partnerships with leading universities and colleges throughout Canada, the United States and beyond, so you can reach your academic goals without the worry of how to afford it. In order to qualify for the Scholarship program, you must meet the DFL foundational criteria, apply to at least one of our partner universities, and commit to returning to the Middle East upon graduation.

Application intake for the 2019/2020 academic year is now closed.  The 2020/2021 scholarship details will be announced in the 4th quarter of the year.

How To Apply

There are two separate parts involved in applying to the DFL Scholarship Program.

A. Apply to the DFL Scholarship Program

  • You can apply for the DFL Scholarship if you are:
    • Female
    • A citizen of one of the following countries in the Middle East: Palestine, Israel, Morocco, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon 
    • In financial need
    • Committed to returning to the home country once studies are complete
  • Complete the DFL Scholarship Program Application, the Financial Needs Analysis form, the Supporting Documents form, and submit two references
  • Contact apply@daughtersforlife.com for further assistance

B. Apply to Our Academic Partners

  • Each university/college has its own set of admission requirements (including supporting documents), deadlines, and process for applying. In addition, each specific program will have its own requirements.
  • We encourage you to apply to more than one of our academic partners
  • Applications to the universities/colleges are NOT done through DFL

*IMPORTANT: The official application deadlines may differ from the above date depending on the university/college. However, in order to be considered for the DFL scholarship, you must have applied to your desired universities/colleges before Jan 11, 2019, and got an application number/ID. The sooner you submit your university/college applications, the better. 

To be eligible for a scholarship with DFL, you must meet a certain set of criteria.

You can apply to the DFL Scholarship if you are:

  • Female
  • Citizen of one of the following countries in the Middle East: Palestine, Israel, Morocco, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon 
  • In financial need
  • Committed to returning to home country once studies are complete

Additional criteria we consider:

  • Achieving success despite adversity and hardship
  • Making an outstanding contribution to improving the lives of girls and women through work and volunteering at school and in the community
  • Reaching significant academic grades (minimum of 75%)
  • Having a strong command of English that meets the academic institution’s requirement
  • Compassion
  • Creativity
  • Perseverance
  • To positively contribute to all communities you join
  • To return home when your studies are complete, to benefit your community

Contact apply@daughtersforlife.com for further assistance.

DFL offers its scholarships through specific academic partners only. In addition to applying to DFL for the scholarship portion, all applicants must apply to the respective academic partner for their desired university/college program(s). The university application is a separate process which must be completed in order to be considered for the DFL scholarship.

The partner institutions for the 2020/2021 academic year will be announced by the 4th quarter of the year. Stay tuned!

Once you have ensured that you meet the criteria for our scholarship program and have applied to the academic partner of your choice, you may begin the DFL application process.

Once the scholarship details have been released for the 2020/2021 academic intake year, you will be required to complete an application package which will include a Program Application Form, Financial Needs Analysis Form and Supporting Documents Form.

You will also be required to have at least two references (one academic, one community-based) complete and submit a Reference Form.

*All forms will be made available to download on this page once Scholarship details have been announced.

To be considered for a Daughters for Life scholarship, you must:

  • Meet all of DFL’s requirements (including required forms, documents, and references)
  • Be accepted by one of our Academic Partners

Please note: Scholarship places are limited; where multiple applicants meet these requirements, a combination of financial need and academic ability will be used to differentiate candidates and make a selection.

Step 1: Application Panel Review

All applications are reviewed to check applicants have completed their applications fully, correctly and meet the minimum requirements. If there are any issues with your application, you will be contacted.

November – January

Step 2: First Interviews

All applicants who meet the minimum requirements will be invited to attend an interview via Skype. You will be asked about your experiences and questions designed to review your preparedness for post-secondary education in an international setting. If you perform well at your interview, you will be shortlisted for the scholarship. If you have not been successful at this stage, you will be contacted.

February – March

Step 3: Second Interviews

Applicants who reach the shortlist after first interviews will be invited to a second interview. You will be asked more in-depth questions about becoming a DFL scholar. In this interview, a representative of your chosen academic institution may be present, and parents of applicants will also be required to attend.

March – April

Step 4: Final Approval of Scholars

All applicants who reach the appropriate scores at the interviews will be put forward for review by both the scholarship committee and partnered institutions. All applicants who reach this stage will be contacted following review, regardless of the outcome.

April – May

Scholarship Academic Partners

Over the last 9 years, Daughters for Life has partnered with a total of 17 Colleges and Universities. Here are some of our previous partners:


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