Higher Education Scholarships for Palestinians (HESPAL)

HESPAL aims to create the next generation of senior academics who can maintain international quality standards at Palestinian universities and develop renewed and 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 available for Palestinians?

Looking ahead to the next academic year 2021/2022, we will continue to support 25 HESPAL PhD scholars from 13 different universities in the West Bank and Gaza which is a major commitment for the programme.

However, we hope to support a limited number of new master’s scholarships to start in the autumn 2021 or January 2022 as funding permits. In this we will give priority to candidates shortlisted by Palestinian universities last academic year (2020/2021) and in line with the priorities of our various funding partners.  We will confirm any new awards as soon as funding commitments are finalised with our partners.

When is the deadline for applying?

HESPAL call for application is closed now. Currently, we have 25 PhD scholars and 4 Masters in the UK.

Find out more about HESPAL's application proccess through HESPAL Guidance Notes document at the bottom of the page. 

What are the areas of study?

Nursing, Hospital Management, IT and STEM

What does the scholarship cover?

The scholarship covers the following:

  • Tuition fees.
  • Arrival allowances.
  • Thesis allowances.
  • Bench fees if needed.
  • Monthly allowance to cover living expenses.

The Scholarship does not cover visa fees, IELTS cost, and Airfare ticket to and 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 before the deadline of the scholarship:

  • Completed copies of HESPAL application form (including details of 2 academic referees).
  • Certified proof of Palestinian ID and Occupied Palestinian Territories residency.
  • Nomination letter from the Palestinian University.
  • Proof of employment at the 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 upon 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 them, 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 limit required.
  • 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 (minimum 6.5).

    To apply for the scheme,  applicants must contact the University Coordinator listed below.

Participating UK Universities

Essex University (1 master), SOAS (1 master), London School of Economics Studies (LSE) (2 masters), Sussex University (2 masters), Kings College London (2 masters), Oxford Brookes University ( master), Newcastle University (1 master), Lincoln University (1 PhD)  Nottingham University (1 master), St Mary's University Twickenham 1 master) ,Queen Mary University of London (1 master), Edinburgh (2 Masters ), Birmingham University (1 master), Newman University (1 master),Birmingham City University (1 master), Warwick University (2 Masters), University of Cumbria (1 master), University of Winchester, Leeds Trinity Universiy, University of Glasgow ( 2 masters) and Dundee University ( 3 masters), , University of Leicester (1 master) ,  and the University of Bolton (2 Masters). Exeter University (1 1 HESPAL Masters scholarship (full fee/tuition fee waiver) per year, for 3 years to fund students to study certain Masters programmes here :https://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/iais/studying/masters/



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, Arab 

American University, Hebron University, Palestine Technical University Kadoorie, Palestine Polytechnic University, Al Quds Open University, Palestine Ahliya University, Al Quds University and Al Istiqlal University.






Contact details of university coordinators

An Najah University

Dr. Amjad El-Qani

Palestine Technical University - Kadoorie Dr. Khaled Shadeed k.shadeed@ptuk.edu.ps
Bethlehem University Mr. Mahdi Kleibo mkleibo@bethlehem.edu
Palestine Ahliya University Mr. Haitham Hijazi haitham@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. Khaled Altakhman


 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 University Ms. Asma Bader asma@staff.alquds.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