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Public University Scholarships Program ― Egypt

The USAID-funded Public University Scholarships Program, part of the U.S.-Egypt Higher Education Initiative (HEI), enables disadvantaged Egyptian high school graduates to attend excellence programs at public universities in Egypt in academic fields critical to the country's future development.


Launched in 2015, this scholarship initiative strengthens participants' future capabilities by offering, in parallel, specially designed supplementary enhancement activities such as English language instruction, leadership training, and career planning, as well as internships, community service, and study abroad at universities in the United States.

Students attend one of five top public universities in Egypt (Cairo, Ain Shams, Alexandria, Mansoura, and Assiut Universities), enrolled in faculties including engineering, business administration, law, science, agriculture, commerce (business), computer science, economics, mass communication, and math and science education. About 300 students are also expected to benefit from a semester of study in the United States.

Amideast’S ROLE

Amideast has awarded full undergraduate scholarships to nearly 650 socioeconomically disadvantaged men and women (including those with disabilities) from all 27 of Egypt’s governorates. The awards were made in five annual cohorts starting in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Following a competitive, transparent application and four-stage screening process, students were selected based on academic excellence, demonstrated financial need, leadership potential, commitment, and capacity for growth.

For more information, visit the Public Universities Scholarships Program page on the Amideast/Egypt website.