About Our Scholarship Program

Our scholarship program is built on the vision of a brighter future in the Middle East. We envision a future of lasting peace where women will act as community leaders, key members of industry and agents for transformative and continuous social change. 

This is why the Daughters for Life Foundation has spent more than a decade striving to make that vision a reality by advancing, investing in and promoting broader opportunities for young Middle Eastern women to receive a higher education. 

The Daughters for Life Foundation offers fully funded undergraduate and graduate level scholarships. These scholarships are open to female students with an interest in any field of study, which is in line with our foundation’s philosophy. Our scholarship program is about empowering young women to run towards their dreams, whatever shape or form those dreams may take. We believe in our scholars wholeheartedly and have seen graduates go on to do incredible things. 

Since our inception, we’ve established a wide network of partnerships with leading universities across North America, Europe, and far beyond. As our reach across the globe grows, so does  

DFL Scholars are selected on the basis of their excellent academic performance despite adversity. They are in provable financial need and have made documented contributions to improving the lives of women as evidenced by their compassion, through extra-curricular activities, work or volunteer experiences. Scholarship funding covers their travel, tuition fees, accommodation fees, and food expenses.

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How To Apply

In order to apply to the Daughters for Life scholarship program, you must complete two separate stages:

A. Apply to the DFL Scholarship Program

  • You can apply for the DFL Scholarship if you are:
    • Female
    • A citizen and resident of one of the following countries in the Middle East: Palestine, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Morocco
    • 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

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Application is now closed

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

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR DFL CONSIDERATION: Application is now closed

*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 14, 2022, 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
  • A citizen and resident of one of the following countries in the Middle East: Palestine, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Morocco
  • In financial need
  • Committed to returning to the home country once studies are complete

Additional required criteria:

  • 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
  • An offer of admission to a program from one or more of our Daughters for Life Academic Partners
  • 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.

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR DFL CONSIDERATION: Application is now closed

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) and get admission to be considered for the scholarship.

You may apply to multiple universities/colleges and multiple programs within each university. Please note that there are application fees associated with each of the universities/colleges, as noted on each of their websites.  Each academic partner has its own unique system for an application that our foundation is not privy to. Therefore, Daughters for Life is unable to waive these application fees. 

Please find a list of our academic partners for the year with important information and links for applying. It is important to be aware that these applications are separate from the DFL application and all questions regarding requirements, the application process, etc. should be directed to the university/college itself.

Undergraduate Scholarship:

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You must apply for institutional financial aid along with their application to the University of Pennsylvania when they apply for admission.

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The University of Antwerp is excited to offer a scholarship programme in collaboration with The Daughters for Life Foundation (DFL). The scholarships provide a unique opportunity to eligible candidates from the Middle East to study a Bachelor’s or Master’s programme at the University of Antwerp.  We want to empower candidates from the region to develop their powerful potential to be the voices of equality, leaders of development, agents of change in their communities, and promoters of peace in the Middle East and around the world. The scholarships are offered with the support of external organizations Cusanus and Zonta.

Applications are screened by both DFL and the University of Antwerp and as a candidate, you will need to meet the selection criteria of both organizations. 

Note: The DFL-UAntwerp scholarships have separate application deadlines from the general application deadlines for all international students. 

Important Links:

To Apply:

  • Please check the DFL-UAntwerp Scholarships page for the list of the eligible programs and application information   
  • Please note that for TOEFL and IELTS, the candidate needs to nominate the University of Antwerp as a valid recipient of the test scores.

Graduate Scholarship:

The University of Antwerp is excited to offer a scholarship programme in collaboration with The Daughters for Life Foundation (DFL). The scholarships provide a unique opportunity to eligible candidates from the Middle East to study a Bachelor’s or Master’s programme at the University of Antwerp.  We want to empower candidates from the region to develop their powerful potential to be the voices of equality, leaders of development, agents of change in their communities, and promoters of peace in the Middle East and around the world. The scholarships are offered with the support of external organizations Cusanus and Zonta.

Applications are screened by both DFL and the University of Antwerp and as a candidate, you will need to meet the selection criteria of both organizations. 

Note: The DFL-UAntwerp scholarships have separate application deadlines from the general application deadlines for all international students. 

Important Links:

To Apply:

  • Please check the DFL-UAntwerp Scholarships page   
  • Please note that for TOEFL and IELTS, the candidate needs to nominate the University of Antwerp as a valid recipient of the test scores.

Daughters for Life Foundation and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem have established a partnership through the Canadian Friends of Hebrew University. Daughters for Life provides a unique opportunity for eligible candidates from the Middle East to participate in a one or two-year master’s degree program in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem offered in English in Jerusalem.

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To Apply:

  • Please note that although the Application Deadline to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is open until the spring, we strongly encourage DFL scholarship applicants to apply before the deadline to ensure that scholars are able to meet DFL criteria.

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.

Please use the correct application for your desired level of study i.e. Undergraduate Application for Bachelor’s programs, Graduate Application for Master’s program.

To apply, complete, and submit the application form linked below. Please read all instructions on the top of the application form before filling it out. 

The form requires the school/college /university transcripts, CV, English proficiency test proof, a Financial Needs Analysis as well as at least two references (one academic, one community-based to be emailed directly to the foundation’s email).

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, personal characteristics 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 who 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 the first interviews will be invited to a second interview. You will be asked for 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

2022/2023 Academic Partners

Over the last 11 years, Daughters for Life has partnered with over 20 Colleges and Universities across North America, Europe and Beyond. Here are some of our previous partners:

DFL Mentorship Program

Scholarship applicants have the opportunity to apply for a mentorship program. Read more here:

DFL Mentorship Program

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