The Onsi Sawiris Scholarship Program (OSSP) - graduate

This program is sponsored annually by Orascom Construction PLC through Sawiris Foundation for Social Development in cooperation with the American Mid-East Educational & Training Services, Inc. (AMIDEAST). Since 2001, the program has been providing full tuition scholarships for Egyptian students to pursue their master’s degree at prestigious universities in the United States such as MIT, Harvard, Stanford, and Caltech, in the fields of Engineering, Business Administration and Construction Management. For the full list of partner universities, please visit the website.

Country: United States of America

Eligibility Criteria:

  • To be an Egyptian national residing in Egypt (preference will not be given to dual nationality holders).
  • Have not lived more than 3 years abroad.
  • Plan to pursue a master’s degree in one of the top universities in the United States in the fields of Engineering, Business Administration or Construction Management.
  • Have an undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.5 or Very Good (overall).
  • Involvement with activities in civic, public or international affairs.
  • Have at least 3 years of working experience.
  • Return to Egypt for a minimum of two years after your award has ended.
  • Have not obtained a master’s degree prior to applying to the OSSP.
  • Valid iBT TOEFL score of 100 or above.
  • For M.Sc. in Business Administration: Valid GMAT score of 650 or above.
  • For M.Sc. in Engineering or Construction Management: Minimum acceptable new GRE scores:

Overall: 315 (Analytical Writing: 4.5).

Selection Timeline:

Activity Period of Implementation
Scholarship official announcement 1st of October of each year
Personal interviews & Selection of semi-finalists End of October of each year
notification to selected scholars 1st of November of each year
program orientation End of November of each year
Construction Award 1st of July of each year
Pre-departure orientation End of July of each year
Departure of awarded recipients to the United States August to september of each year

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Application Process:

Application procedures, including scholarship application form and other necessary documents, are handled by AMIDEAST. For more information, please check AMIDEAST's website.

Selection Committee:

The selection committee of this program includes representatives from Orascom Construction PLC and AMIDEAST along with academic consultants.

Scholarship Benefits:

The scholarship covers university fees, health insurance, educational materials, living allowance, and travel expenses.

Period of Funding:

2 years