Eradicating poverty in all its forms remains one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. While the number of people living in extreme poverty dropped by more than half between 1990 and 2015 – from 1.9 billion to 836 million – too many are still struggling for the most basic human needs. Globally, more than 800 million people are still living on less than US$1.25 a day, many lacking access to adequate food, clean drinking water and sanitation. Rapid economic growth in countries like China and India has lifted millions out of poverty, but progress has been uneven. Women are more likely to live in poverty than men due to unequal access to paid work, education and property.

Progress has also been limited in other regions, such as South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, which account for 80 percent of those living in extreme poverty. New threats brought on by climate change, conflict and food insecurity, mean even more work is needed to bring people out of poverty.

The Arab region is the only region in the world where poverty has increased since 2010, based on the extreme poverty headcount (population whose income is less than USD 1.25 per day). In 2010, 4 percent of the population of the Arab region was living below the international poverty line of USD 1.25 per day, while 40 percent were living below USD 2.75 per day.

Lebanon is doing much to help the poorest and the most in the country through targeted programmes and initiatives that aim to lift those furthest behind out of poverty and reduce their vulnerabilities. At the same many remain below the poverty line and risk being left behind.

Since the ultimate function is to provide young people with quality education, the Lebanese University has a responsibility to focus on the importance of the SDGs in research and institutional culture and cooperate with universities or other organizations to prepare conscious leaders in their community. The Lebanese University works on more than a level to serve the Sustainable Development Goals, especially in the specialized masters’ programs, such as Master in Energy Physics (SDG 7) and Master in Economic & Development Journalism (SDGs 1, 2& 3). In addition, the agreements concluded with local and international organizations and activities in which university students participate, serve all SDGs.

Poverty is a global phenomenon witnessed by all people everywhere, as there is no decent life when facing poverty, and hence it is not surprising that the first sustainable development goals call for the elimination of poverty in all its forms everywhere. According to a number of international organizations, poverty is defined as the economic situation in which the individual lacks sufficient income to obtain the lowest levels of healthcare, food, clothing, education, and the necessary needs to secure a decent standard of life. The definition was expanded after the Copenhagen summit held in 2006, which stressed the importance of individual access to a minimum of a decent life, ensuring a healthy environment, and opportunities for democratic participation in decision-making in aspects of civic life. In Lebanon, extreme poverty is not the main problem, although the quality of life index indicates that more than (30%) percent of the Lebanese are unable to secure their basic needs, and that this percentage has increased in recent months with the development of the economic crisis and the collapse of the Lebanese pound against the US dollar.

BAU in alignment with the Lebanese government is doing its best to fight poverty in all its shapes by delivering supporting services and programs to low income people and though providing education for all.

Program based Scholarships


BAU provides direct financial support in the form of tuition fees reduction to newly admitted students holding a Bachelor Degree obtained from Beirut Arab University or any other recognized university and applying to Master majors in the:

  • Faculty of Human Sciences (except Mass Communication program)

  • Faculty Law & Political Sciences

  • Faculty Architecture - Design and Built Environment.(awarded to MArch program only)


Applicants can benefit from reduction in tuition fees.


  • Scholarships are awarded to applicants for both the fall and spring semesters of every academic year.

  • Graduates must apply for an application to benefit from this scholarship.

  • Graduates in all of the Master Programs at the Faculties of Human Sciences (except Mass Communication program), Law & Political Sciences and the MArch program in the Faculty Architecture - Design and Built Environment.

  • Non-BAU Graduates must successfully pass a language exam in accordance with the language of instruction at the Faculty of Human Sciences or provide a proof of English proficiency by obtaining a minimum score on any of the equivalent tests shown in the table below.

  • Non-BAU Graduates applying to the MArch program at the Faculty Architecture - Design and Built Environment must successfully pass the language exam or provide a proof of English proficiency by obtaining a minimum score on any of the equivalent tests as shown in the table above.

  • BAU and Non-BAU Graduates are exempted from the language exam if applying to the Faculty of Law and Political Science. However, they must sit for a personal interview with the concerned department at the Faculty.

  • Selection criteria is based in accordance with the student’s CGPA or its equivalence in the case of the full academic year system.

  • Registered students can carry on with the Tuition fees reduction only if maintaining the minimum SGPA required until graduation.


Faculties of Human Sciences, Law & Political Sciences and Architecture - Design and Built Environment.

Top Ranking Graduates (In the Bachelor degree)


Master’s degree scholarships are annually offered to the two top students graduating from all BAU undergraduate programs with highest CGPA with a minimum of 3.33 in each field of study.

The objective of this Scholarship is to encourage outstanding graduates to upgrade their education, to enhance their skills and expertise in their desired field and career.


  • Scholarship is awarded to Master programs only.

  • Students benefiting from this scholarship must achieve academic excellence and maintain the same Cumulative GPA each year.

  • Student’s cumulative GPA upon graduation is no less than B+.

  • Period of registration for the Master’s degree does not exceed three years. In the case that the period exceeds three years, the student is required to cover the remaining tuition fees.


The scholarship is in the form of a 50% reduction on the program tuition fees payable for the course and thesis registration.

CNRS Scholarships


CNRS-L/BAU PhD Award Program, is a joint scholarship grant between the National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS) and BAU as part of an agreement signed between the two parties for the co-financing of Doctoral studies. Five PhD students can benefit from this joint grant. BAU will be offering full scholarships for the accepted PhD students, while CNRS will be offering them an annual stipend to be fully devoted to their thesis work.


  • These scholarships are for BAU graduates holding a Master's degree.

  • Candidates under the age of 30, and having 14/20 (French system) or 85/100 (American system) as overall average in the Master’s degree (or equivalent) can apply.

  • Evaluation of application process will depend on competitive merit-based process.

The beneficiary of the scholarship must clearly and explicitly mention the funding program (CNRS-L/BAU) in all scientific publications and contributions related to the PhD work (articles, oral presentations, Posters, and proceedings, etc.).

  • The beneficiary of the scholarship will be mentored by BAU committee to act as a source of support and assistance through the three years.


  • A Full academic scholarship for 3 years by BAU

  • An annual stipend of nine million Lebanese pounds by CNRS renewed consecutively for two years.

SAFAR - French Embassy Scholarship


BAU and the French Embassy in Lebanon, co-finance doctoral scholarships reserved for Lebanese doctoral students admitted to prepare a doctoral thesis based on a cotutelle agreement between BAU and a French university. The student will be registered in both BAU and its partner institution in France.


  • BAU Graduates holding or are in the process of preparing, a Research Master's degree.

  • Candidates must have the language skills that conform to the language of work and research project.

  • Candidate must formerly have an approval from a host University in France to complete their study.

  • Applications must be submitted in both electronic and paper versions to the Deanship of Graduate Studies Office at BAU (single document in pdf format ) which will be forwarded to the French Embassy / French Institute no later than 5 days before the final selection date.

  • The funding between the Embassy of France and BAU covers the doctoral student for a maximum duration of 3 academic years (one year renewable twice only).

  • The accepted doctoral students should be dedicated full-time to her/his doctoral studies and thesis work.


Scholarship holders under this call will benefit from both the French Government Scholarship and a PhD Scholarship from BAU as follows:

  • A Full academic PhD scholarship for 3 consecutive years offered by BAU.

  • The benefits offered by the Embassy of France are:

  • Allowance of 1060 Euros per month paid monthly to the doctoral student during his/her stay in France, (within the limit of 18 months maximum, preferably 6 months per academic year)

  • Free visa

  • Free medical care in France

  • Free registration fees in France if applicable

  • Free round-trip flight ticket between Lebanon and France

  • Free transportation between the arrival airport and the place of residence on the first trip

  • Priority access to university residences

ULYP Scholarships (for Palestinian students)


Unite Lebanon Youth Project was established in 2010 to provide additional financial support to Palestinian students. ULYP Scholarships create an educational opportunities and give equal access to quality educational programs to youth, and women in the marginalized communities. Its mission is to empower the marginalized children, youth, and women living in Lebanon TODAY with the skills and knowledge they need to change and become active agents of change for a better tomorrow, without any discrimination.

BAU helps Palestinian students registered in both Teaching Diploma program -Faculty of Human Science and DPT program -Faculty of Health Sciences to acquire scholarships from ULYP.


  • ULYP scholarships is available to Palestinian students

  • Field of study: Teaching Diploma program -Faculty of Human Science and DPT program -Faculty of Health Sciences only.


  • ULYP covers 100% of tuition fees.

Bank Loans

Byblos bank, in collaboration with BAU, is offering a Student Loan Package which allows students to properly plan for a solid career and a stable future.

Branches offering these loans:

  • Bechara El Khoury

  • Choueifat

  • Tripoli Boulevard

  • Tripoli Tall

Erasmus Scholarships for Postgraduate Students

Under the collaboration of EACEA, Beirut Arab University is pleased to announce the Scholarships offered by Erasmus and Programs 2015 for Postgraduate Students.

Scholarships offered by Erasmus and Programs 2015 for Postgraduate Students.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Baccalaureate Scholarship

This program aims to cover a percentage of the tuition fees including intensive English courses, of the newly accepted students at all faculties of Tripoli branch: Business Administration, Architecture-Design and Built Environment, Engineering, Science and Health Sciences. The scholarship of the First semester is based on their Lebanese official baccalaureate exam results or its equivalent as shown below:

Ranking Scholarship

Each semester, a maximum of 2 top students, at each level of all undergraduate programs, who have completed 15 credits and above are exempted from a percentage of the subsequent semester tuition fees as shown in table and the number of scholarships is selected according to the number of students as shown below:

  • 50% Scholarships are awarded to 20 high school students (nominated by their high schools) with outstanding academic qualifications. Minimum required average in the Lebanese General Secondary Certificate should be 15/20. These Scholarships cover up to 50% of tuition fees.

  • Scholarships are awarded to the 5 highest-ranking students in each of the four branches of the Lebanese Secondary School Certificate in the North. These Scholarships cover up to 80% of tuition fees of the first semester and may be maintained as long as the recipients’ SGPA is 3.5 and above.

  • Free Transportation for students living in Akkar, Mennieh and Dennieh based on the number of students.

Available Scholarships for Registered PhD students

Scholarships for Registered PhD students are now available to carry out a mobility period to the University of Santiago De Compostela (USC) in Spain for the Academic Year 2020/2021 in the following programs:

Information for PhD candidates:

The USC International Centre for Doctorate and Advanced Studies (CIEDUS) has established for 2019-2022 which PhD programmes at the four International Doctorate Schools are open to doctorate students from Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility partner institutions to carry out a mobility period at USC as part of their doctorate studies at their home university.

Lists of programs at each School:

Interested candidates need to pass by or contact the International Relations Office.