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.
Ninteen Master Scholarships are awarded to Palestinian universities in the West Bank and Gaza The participating Palestinian universities are: Al-Azhar University in Gaza, University of Bethlehem, Birzeit University, Islamic University of Gaza, AL-Najah National University, Palestine Polytechnic University – Hebron, University of Hebron., University College of applied Science- Gaza, Alquds Open University, ALquds University, Alaqsa University - Gaza, University of Palestine Gaza
The participating UK HEIs are: University of Essex, University of Exeter, London School of Economics, Kings College – London, University of Manchester, University of Newcastle, Oxford Brookes University, School of African and Oriental Studies, University of Sussex, Edinburgh University, Swansea University, University of Lincoln, University of Salford, University of Central Lancashire, University of Bedfordshire.University of Nottingham, Chester University, Queen Marry - University of London, Birmingham University..
please readGuidance notes for applicants and submit the application form and the supporting documents mentioned in the sections below by 8 January 2013 to your university coordinators listed below.
To apply for the scheme each applicant should contact the University coordinator in the list below:
The priority areas of study for the Palestinian universities 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 Resourses, Ecconomics, literature, Linquistics, IT
•Applicant must be a resident citizen of 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 above
•Applicant will have a Masters degree from a Palestinian university (see footnotes) with a minimum grade of very good (and equivalent to at least a 2.1 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).
Applicants must provide the following supporting documents to British Council Palestine within given deadlines:
•Completed three copies of HESPAL application form (including details of 2 academic referees)
•Certified Proof of Palestinian nationality and Palestinian Territories residency
•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;
•IELTS certificate 6.5 and above
•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
The scholarship covers the following:
Tuition fees (up to a maximum of £12,000 /-)
Pre-departure briefing from the British Council
A monthly allowance to cover living expenses
Travel costs to and from the UK
Scholarship does not cover the costs for accompanying family, visa fees and IELTS cost.
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