Palestine Solidarity Initiative

Advancing the Palestinian right to education

Information on scholarships for Palestinian applicants

Before completing the application process, you should look for suitable scholarships to fund your studies. Each university offers a range of need and merit based scholarships as well as funds allocated specifically for students from Palestine and the Middle East.  The earlier the apply, the better your chances of success.

Please note that PSI is unable to offer any financial assistance at this time. 

The British Council provides a list of available scholarships.You should visit university websites and contact local Palestine student groups for more information.  

Other organisations also offer scholarships aside from universities themselves. Postgraduate studentships can be found via a number of websites, including Postgraduate Studentships.

We strongly recommend that applicants apply for funding from their chosen university as soon as possible to stand the best chance of securing financial assistance.

Here's some information regarding external organisations you can contact:

Arab Student Aid International

You must be an Arab citizen (a student who is a permanent resident or a citizen of a non-Arab country does not qualify). You must be studying on a student visa and pledge to return home to the Arab World to work after graduation.

Al-Tajir Trust

The Trust has provided a limited number of scholarships for graduates and in some cases undergraduates from Arab countries to study at British universities.

Barakat Trust

Provides scholarships and grants in specific areas of study at accredited world institutions. Exhibitions, conferences, conservation projects and publications are also supported.

Funds for Women Graduates Charitable Foundation

Offers grants to help women graduates with their living expenses in the final year of PhDs while registered for study or research at an approved institution of higher education in Great Britain (i.e. England, Scotland and Wales); emergency grants to assist with the completion of an academic year’s work; bursaries to support accommodation costs in a hall of residence in central London for a period of up to four weeks.

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. 

International is an internet financial aid resource for students wishing to study in a foreign country. A listing of grants, scholarships, loan programmes and other information.

Al Maktoum Foundation

Offers scholarships for Arab students (including Palestinians). The programme aims at developing the knowledge capabilities of talented youth across the Arab World, by offering scholarships to pursue Master's Degree programmes in Business Administration (MBA), Public Administration (MPA), Public Policy (MPP) and Finance at leading international universities.

Palestinian American Research Centre

PARC aims to improve scholarship about Palestinian affairs, expand the pool of experts knowledgeable about the Palestinians, and strengthen linkages among Palestinian, American, and foreign research institutions and scholars.  PARC’s 11th annual fellowship competition for post-doctoral and doctoral research in Palestinian Studies will provide two separate fellowship competitions: one for US scholars, and one for their Palestinian counterparts.

Hani Qaddumi Foundation


For Palestinians. Technical/scientific fields of study

Said Foundation

The Foundation's existing programmes are designed to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in our priority countries of Syria, Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan. Activities include providing scholarships to talented and worthy individuals for their further education, making grants to implementing organisations for child development projects in the region and the promotion of a better understanding of Arab culture through funding key partners in the United Kingdom.

Sir Siegmund Warburg Scholarship

The Sir Siegmund Warburg scholarship, which will be available every year from 2009, will offer Palestinian and Israeli students the opportunity to undertake full-time postgraduate human rights study at LSE. To apply to this scholarship, you must hold an offer for Msc Human Rights at the London School of Economics.

International Arab Charity

Aims to alleviate poverty and promote cultural awareness. One of its aims is to raise financing for young Arab filmmakers to help them realise their visions and to promote cultural understanding in the West.

Wiedenfeld Leadership and Scholarships Programme

The programme aims to cultivate the leaders of tomorrow primarily from Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa by providing outstanding university graduates and young professionals with the opportunity to pursue postgraduate studies at Oxford University.