Applications for 2019/2020 are now open.

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?

More than 40 scholarships are granted to Palestinian Academics each year. 

When is the deadline for applying?

23 January 2019 is the last day for submitting your applicantion forms and supporting documents.

How can I apply? 

Please read the Guidance Notes for Applicants and submit the application form and supporting documents needed below. 

What are the areas of study?

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

 

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.
  • Yearly allowance (1000 GBP for scholars with their families). 

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 and 1 PhD), Birmingham University (1 master), Newman University (1 master),Birmingham City University (1 master), Warwick University (2 Masters), Westminster University (1 PhD), Roehampton University(1 PhD), University of Cumbria (1 master), University of Winchester, Leeds Trinity University, University of Glasgow (4 PhD) and Dundee University ( 1 PhD and 3 Masters), Bristol University (2 PhD), Hull University (1 PhD). York St John University (2 PhD, University of Leicester (1 master) , Aston University (1 PhD),  Lancaster University (1 PhD), and University of East Anglia (1PhD).

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 and Al Istiqlal University.

Contact details of university coordinators

An Najah University

Mr. Abdelrahim Abusafa

scholarships.coordinator@najah.edu
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                                

lhilal@qou.edu
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

 u.zeineldeen@alazhar.edu.ps 

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

Amar.qidra@gmail.com

Al Istiqlal University 

General Mohammad Haron 

ir@pass.ps