Postgraduate funding

Higher Education Scholarships For Palestine (HESPAL)

Eligibility criteria

  • Open to residents of the following countries
  • Applicants must:
    • Applicant must be a resident citizen of Palestinian Territories, including East Jerusalem.
    • Applicant must be currently employed by the Palestinian university which nominates her/him, which must be one of the participating Palestinian universities listed above;
    • Applicant could have a Masters degree from a Palestinian university (see footnotes) with a minimum grade of very good (and equivalent to at least a 3.0 to 3.5 Bachelor’s Degree from UK);
    • Applicant must be below the age of 40 on application;
    • Applicant must sign a written undertaking to return to Palestinian university within a time frame agreed with their university, normally one year;
    •Applicant must have IELTS certification appropriate for course and university (normally at least 6.5, sometimes higher), to be submitted with their application.Date availble for IELTS exam for HESPAL applicants at BC 7 and 19 November and 5 December for all applicants only. Places are limited I suggest you register now. January session will be announced.
  • Applicable subjects
    All Subjects

Application details

Applications may be submitted
01-Nov-2016 until 25-Jan-2017

Information about the funding
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 junior academic staff in Palestinian universities through a Masters Scholarship programme.

HESPAL is funded by particiapting UK Higher Education Institutes (UK HEIs); a range of private sponsors (details provided on request); the Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS); Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO).

HESPAL is managed and administered by British Council Palestine.

HESPAL will cover masters' scholarship academic fees (in the form of a fee waiver from participating UK HEIs); scholars' living allowances and pre-departure costs such as airfares. The scholarship will cover a period of up to 12 months. It is not possible to extend these awards beyond 12 months.

The priority areas of study are likely to include (but are not limited to):

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 Recourses, Economics, literature, Linguistics, IT, science programs, Environmental Sciences and Sustainable Infrastructure, Clean Energy and Conservation Strategies, MA Energy Management, Energy Conservation, Sustainable Energy, ICT, Nanotechnologies and Energy, educational technology, special Educational needs.

Information about the application
Summary of Selection Process will be done as follows:

• Each Palestinian university will nominate up to 10 scholars and will agree with their nominees the area of study.
• Palestinian universities send all applications to British Council Palestine.
• British Council checks eligibility requirements are met.
• British Council sends application forms and accompanying documents (hard-copy, specially marked ‘HESPAL Scholarship Application’) to all UK HEIs offering courses in the subject specified by applicant
• UK HEIs provide British Council with a list of applicants they would be willing to accept, and ranks the top three in order of preference
• British Council is responsible for final placement of students, based on the student’s ranking by the UK HEIs, the preferred UK HEI as expressed by Palestinian university (preferred list of up to 3 UK HEIs chosen by Palestinian HEI in liaison with potential scholar) NB the placement of a student at their preferred UK HEI cannot be guaranteed.
• British Council informs successful candidates at which UK HEI they have been offered a scholarship.
• Successful applicants then deal directly with the UK HEI offering them a place.
• Owing to the number of applicants we can not discuss the status of any individual’s application at any time.

Specified use
The scholarship covers the following:

tuition fees (up to a maximum of £12,000)
pre-departure briefing from the British Council
arrival allowances
thesis allowances
a monthly allowance to cover living expenses.
Scholarship does not cover the costs for accompanying family, visa fees, IELTS cost, and Airfare ticket to from the UK.

Application procedure
Applicants must provide the following supporting documents to British Council Palestine within given deadlines:

• Completed HESPAL application form (including details of 2 academic referees)
• Certified Proof of Palestinian nationality and Palestinian Territories residency including East Jerusalem ID’s.
• Nomination letter from Palestinian university
• Proof of employment at university
• Proof of academic / work record – i.e. Transcript translated into English including grades for each year of study of bachelor’s degree and certified copies of masters degree and degree certificates;
• Signed contract between scholar and their university declaring that they will return to Palestine to their university on completion of masters degree after 12 months
• Signed release form from scholar permitting the UK HEI to provide British Council and scholar’s home institution with reports from their academic advisor
• IELTS certificate
• Online application that is submitted to the UKI.

Completed Application forms and all other documentation must be submitted in hard copy each applicant should make copies of his/her application according to the number of universities he/she is applying for, eg. 5 universities I should receive 6 copies to your university scholarship coordination office by 25 January 2017 . We will not consider late or incomplete applications:

Contact details

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Funding provider
King's College London; private sponsors; the Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS); and Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO)

Application material



Please note the database is updated regularly but is a guide only and not a guarantee of funding nor an exhaustive list of all funding available.

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