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APEAL/Maria Geagea Arida Scholarship

APEAL supports art education by regularly granting scholarships to talented students and budding artists. The APEAL / Maria Geagea Arida Fund is available to subsidize Post-Graduate studies in Lebanon and abroad in fields such as:


Arts/Fine Art, Art History, Museum Studies, Curation

Selection Criteria/Eligibility

Scholarships are open to Lebanese citizens already accepted to an art-related degree. Prospective applicants should possess an excellent academic record and display notable artistic potential, especially if aiming to pursue a degree in Fine Arts.

Priority will be given to applicants most in need of financial support, however candidates of any background are encouraged to apply.

Grants are awarded by a panel of judges, some of whom are APEAL members, and results are announced at an open meeting which students, university and art center representatives, artists, members of the press and friends of APEAL are welcome to attend.


Applicants are required to submit:

  • A completed application form
  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • An academic transcript covering the last two years of study
  • A portfolio consisting of a USB drive with up to 5 JPEG images of recent work, with descriptions in a separate document. Please ensure that the portfolio is PC and Mac compatible.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Proof of Lebanese identity
  • Proof of acceptance to the academic program

Applications should be submitted in hard copy to APEAL. Copies of the aforementioned documents should also be stored on the USB containing the images.

Applicants shortlisted for interview must also submit a budget and details of their financial status.


  • January 25, 2018

    Applications are open
  • May 11, 2018

    The deadline for application
  • May, 2018

    Interviews of shortlisted candidates will take place

Interviews of shortlisted candidates will take place in May 2018. Successful applicants will be notified within two weeks of the interview.

Application are currently being reviewed by a board of jurers.

APEAL/Maria Geagea Arida Scholarships Recipient List

  • 2010

    • Farah Bahmad (AUB Studio Arts)
    • Sarah Ghassan Haddad (ALBA Plastic and Applied Arts)
    • Noel Keserwany (USEK Graphic Design and Advertising)
    • Martine Jalil Sfeir (USEK Sacred Art)
  • 2011

    • Maya Salim Saadeh (AUB Studio Arts)
    • Sarah Ghassan Haddad (ALBA Plastic and Applied Arts)
    • Mark Makhlouf (Usek Graphic Design and Advertising)
    • Muriel Bou Hatab Al Bejjani (USJ Curating and Art Criticism)
    • Christo Mario Saba (Universite de Montreal Cinema and Animation)
  • 2012

    • Chantal Rabay (USJ Curating and Art Criticism)
    • Soha Menassa (USJ Curating and Art Criticism)
    • Special Scholarship (Training Cost of Lebanese Students at Ashkal Alwan)
  • 2014

    • Scholarships Support Promoting Lebanese Artists (Life: Lebanese International Finance Executives)
  • 2015

    • Jessika Khazrik (MIT Msc. in Art, Culture and Technology)
    • Raafat Majzoub (MIT Msc. in Art, Culture and Technology)
  • 2016

    • Hicham Faraj (Yale Masters in Graphic Design)
    • Ghalas Charara (HEAD Geneva MA in Critical, Curatorial and Cybermedia Studies)
    • Sarah Naim (CalArts Masters of Fine Arts)
  • 2017

    • Natasha Gasparian (AUB MA Art History/Curating)
    • Myriam Dalal (Sorbonne PhD. Plastic Art and Science of Art)
  • 2018

    • Nadia Asfour (Harvard University - Art, Design, and the Public Domain)
    • Natasha Gasparian (AUB - MA Art History/Curating)
    • Philippa Dahrouj (AUB - MA Art History/Curating)

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