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Higher Education Scholarships For Palestine (HESPAL)


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.

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

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, London School of Economics, Kings College – London, Goldsmith University, SOAS - University of London,   University of Newcastle, Oxford Brookes University, University of Sussex, Edinburgh University,Bolton 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..

How and when can I apply?

please read Guidance notes for applicants and submit the application form and the supporting documents mentioned in the sections below by 31 January 2014 to your university coordinators listed below.

To apply for the scheme each applicant should contact the University coordinator in the list below:

An Najah University Dr. Khaled Ilawi khaled.ilawi@mail.najah.edu
Bethlehem University Dr. Irene Hazou ihazou@bethlehem.edu
Al Quds University Dr. Yousef  Najajreh yn2011yn@gmail.com
Al Quds Open University Ms lina Abuhilal lhilal@qou.edu
Arab American University Dr Mufid Qassoum mufid.qassoum@aauj.edu
Polytechnic University Dr Mustafa Abu Safa vp-academic@ppu.edu
Hebron University Mr Naim Daour naimd@hebron.edu
Bir Zeit University Mr Wael Hashlamoon hwael@birzeit.edu
Palestine Ahliya University College Dr Sami Basha samibasha@paluniv.edu.ps
Al Aqsa University-Gaza Prof. Abdelrahiem A. Ashour aa.ashour@alaqsa.edu.ps
Al Azhar University – Gaza Dr.Awni Abu Saman a.saman@alazhar.edu.ps
Islamic University Gaza Mr Hussam Ayesh EX-scholarship@iugaza.edu.ps
University Of palestine Mr Yousif Alagha yalagha@gmail.com
University College of applied Science Dr. Hani Qusa hqusa@ucas.edu.ps

Areas of study?

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

Candidates' conditions of eligibility?

Applicants must:

•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).

What documents are required to submit with the application?

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

What does the scholarship cover?

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

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