HESPAL aims to help create the next generation of senior academics who can maintain international quality standards at Palestinian universities and to develop renewed, sustainable links between Palestinian and UK universities.

The scheme will upgrade academic staff in Palestinian universities through a Masters or PhD Scholarship programme.

How many Higher Education scholarships (HESPAL) are there available for Palestinians?

Currently 24 Masters and 14 PhD scholarships are awarded to candidates in Palestinian universities in the West Bank and Gaza.  Deadline 23 January 2018.

How and when can I apply? 

Please read the guidance notes for applicants and submit the application form and supporting documents mentioned in the sections below. 

Applications are closed now. 

What are the areas of study?

Business, Economics and Finance, Educational Management, Political Sciences and International Relations, Human Rights and Governance, Agriculture, Engineering, Law, Management, Environmental Studies, Water management, Nursing, TSOL, Human Resourses, Economics, Literature, Linguistics, IT, Science programmes, Environmental Sciences and Sustainable Infrastructure, Clean Energy and Conservation Strategies, Energy Management, Energy Conservation, Sustainable Energy, ICT, Nanotechnologies and Energy, Educational Technology, Special Educational Needs. 


What does the scholarship cover?

The scholarship covers the following:

  • tuition fees
  • arrival allowances
  • thesis allowances
  • monthly allowance to cover living expenses

The scholarship does not cover the costs for accompanying family, visa fees, IELTS cost, and Airfare ticket to from the UK.

the British Council holds a pre-departure briefing for new scholars. 

What documents are required to submit with the application?

Applicants must provide the following supporting documents to British Council  in Occupied Palestinian Territories within given deadlines:

  • completed copies of HESPAL application form (including details of 2 academic referees)
  • certified Proof of Palestinian nationality and Occupied Palestinian Territories residency
  • nomination letter from Palestinian University
  • proof of employment at Palestinian University
  • proof of academic / work record – i.e. Degrees certificate and transcript translated into English including grades for each year of study of bachelor’s degree and/or masters degree 
  • IELTS certificate 6.5 and above
  • Applicant must sign a written contract with their university declaring that they will return to Palestine and work in their university on completion of their degree 

What are the candidates' conditions of eligibility?

  • Applicant must be a resident citizen of Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Applicant must be currently employed by the Palestinian University which nominates her/him, which must be one of the participating Palestinian universities listed below
  • Applicant with BA or Masters degree from a Palestinian University should have a minimum grade of very good (3.0) in UK (equivalent to 80% in local universities)  
  • No age limits for applicants
  • Applicant must sign a written contract with their university declaring that they will return to Palestine and work in their university on completion of their degree 
  • Applicant must have IELTS certification appropriate for course and university (normally at least 6.5, sometimes higher).

    To apply for the scheme each applicant should contact the University Coordinator in the list below.

Participating UK Universities

Essex University, SOAS University, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE),  Sussex University, Kings College London, Oxford Brookes University, Newcastle University, Lincoln University, Nottingham University, St Mary's University Twickenham, Queen Mary University of London, Edinburgh University, Birmingham University, Newman University in Birmingham, Birmingham City, Warwick University, Westminster University, Roehampton University, University of Cumbria, University of Winchester, Leeds Trinity University, University of Glasgow , Dundee University, Bristol University, Hope Liverpool University Hull University, York St John University, University of Leicester , Aston University and Lancaster University.   

Participating Palestinian Universities

Al-Azhar University, Islamic University of Gaza, Gaza University, Al Quds Open University, Al Aqsa University, UCAS, University of Palestine, Bethlehem University, Palestine Ahliya University,Birzeit University, An-Najah National University, American Arab University, Hebron University, Palestine Technical University Kadoorie, Palestine Polytechnic University, Al Quds Open University. Al Istiqlal University

Contact details of university coordinators

An Najah University

Mr. Abdelrahim Abusafa

Palestine Technical University - Kadoorie Dr. Khaled Shadeed k.shadeed@ptuk.edu.ps
Bethlehem University Mr. Mahdi Kleibo mkleibo@bethlehem.edu
Palestine Ahliya University Mr. Jiries Abu Ghannam jghannam@paluniv.edu.ps
Al Quds Open University

Ms. Lina Abuhilal                                

Arab American University Mr. Fathy Imour fathy.imour@aauj.edu 
Polytechnic University Dr. Mustafa Abu Safa vp-academic@ppu.edu
Hebron University Mrs. Muna Irziqat   MunaI@hebron.edu
Birzeit University             Dr. Mazen Hamed mhamedl@birzeit.edu  
 Al Azhar University  Dr. Usama Zeineldeen


Islamic University of Gaza Ms. Wala'a Safi ex-scholarship@iugaza.edu.ps
Al Aqsa University Dr. Tamer Fatayer ts.fatayer@alaqsa.edu.pd
Al Quds Open University Gaza Mr. Wisam Slibi pr-gaza@qou.edu
University College of Applied Science Dr. Tamer Eshtawi v.rector_per@ucas.edu.ps; teshtawi@ucas.edu.ps
University of Palestine Dr. Hasan Qanou hqunoo@gmail.com; hqunoo@up.edu.ps
Gaza University

Dr. Amar El Qidra


Al Istiqlal University 

General Mohammad Haron