HESPAL-QMUL Scholarship

About the award

Level: Masters
Course: Any full-time Master's course
Country: Palestine, State of
Value: Full tuition fees and living stipend.
No. of awards: 1 award per year.
Deadline: This is now closed. 2020 applications will open October 2019

More information

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The Higher Education Scholarship Palestine (HESPAL) and Queen Mary will be welcoming one scholar per year on to one of our Masters programmes.

Funded jointly by QMUL, the UK Government, the Arab Fund in Kuwait, and private sponsorship, the HESPAL aims to help create the next generation of senior academics who can maintain the highest possible quality standards in Palestinian universities by offering scholarships for junior academic staff to study at top UK Higher Education institutions. The work of HESPAL also fosters sustainable links between Palestinian and UK universities.  

The Award

Each award will provide for payment of:
• Tuition fees
• Pre-departure briefing from the British Council
• Arrival allowances
• Thesis allowances
• A monthly allowance to cover living expenses
• Travel costs to and from the UK

Candidates must be under 35 years of age, resident citizens of the Palestinian Territories, and must hold a position at one of the following participating Palestinian universities:

Al-Azhar University,
University of Bethlehem
Birzeit University
Islamic University of Gaza
An-Najah National University, Hebron
University of Hebron
Al Quds Open University
Al Quds University of Jerusalem
American Arab University, Jenin
Palestine Ahliya University
The Palestine Technical University, Kadoorie

It is expected that candidates will have the approval of their institution to participate in the scheme and that they will return to their post at the end of their scholarship.

Applications are welcomed in all subjects, but the following areas are particularly encouraged:

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 Resources; Economics; Literature; Linguistics; IT; Science programs; Environmental Sciences and Sustainable Infrastructure; Clean Energy and Conservation Strategies; Energy Management; Energy Conservation; Sustainable Energy; ICT; Nanotechnologies and Energy; Educational Technology; Special Educational Needs.

Ineligible programmes

The following jointly-taught course is not eligible for the HESPAL Award:

How to Apply

Applicants should complete the HESPAL application form in collaboration with their university, indicating which subject area(s) they wish to study and where in the UK they would like to study.

Candidates must also apply to QMUL online following our normal admissions procedures and should attach a copy of their QMUL application (and any admissions decision received from us) to their HESPAL application.

In order to be considered for the QMUL-HESPAL Scholarship, candidates are advised to rank QMUL within their top three university choices on the HESPAL application form.

Please check back here for the deadline by which 2020 applications should be received by the University's scholarship coordination office.

For further details on eligibility requirements, how to apply, and the documentation required please see the HESPAL webpages.

Meet our Scholars

Mohammed N. A. Herzallah, QMUL-HESPAL Scholar 2018

Mohammed is from the Gaza Strip, Palestine and is using his HESPAL scholarship to study for a MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems on Queen Mary’s School of Engineering and Materials Science. His Bachelor’s Degree is in Engineering of Building and Construction Management from the University of Palestine.

We asked Mohammed a few questions about his time at Queen Mary so far.

What was the main reason you were attracted to Queen Mary?

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) appeals to me as a postgraduate engineering student for several reasons. I was interested in the Sustainable Energy Systems course at Queen Mary as it concentrates on investigating renewable energy sources and technologies as well as addressing environmental issues. The modules of this programme involve laboratory work, field trips along with lectures which are essential parts of the effective learning process. As a research-intensive institution, Queen Mary encourages widening participation in higher education and takes pride in welcoming students from over 160 countries. Moreover, Queen Mary is a prestigious Russell Group university with five campuses in London and is known to have the largest self-contained campus in central London. In addition, Lecture halls are spacious, modern and equipped with the latest electronics. Queen Mary has marvellous facilities including study spaces, library, gym, cafes, restaurants, shops and many more.  Mile End Campus, where I study, is massive and has astonishing buildings overlooking the Regent’s Canal which altogether aid in boosting the academic performance of students. For all these reasons and because of the strategic location of Queen Mary in the vibrant city of London, I was attracted to this outstanding university. 

Are you enjoying your time at Queen Mary?

Yes, for many reasons! During the induction week, I met many students from various nationalities. I also felt welcomed as an international student from the very first day. The motto of Queen Mary accommodation is “welcome to your new home”. Honestly, I could not find a better word than home to describe Queen Mary. Furthermore, I became a QMUL Postgraduate Student Ambassador which is a paid part-time job in which I can represent the face of the university and gain professional experience. As a Postgraduate student at QMUL, I have access to not only postgraduate facilities within the university, but also a gym and Olympic swimming pool for a discounted price at the London Aquatics Centre. Aspire Point Building, where I live, is a new QMUL postgraduate accommodation opened in September 2018 in Stratford City. It is approximately 15 minutes away from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Westfield Stratford Shopping Mall. 

Do you have any tips for securing the HESPAL scholarship?

My advice to HESPAL applicants is to strive to achieve higher IELTS score as it increases the chances of winning the scholarship. It is also important to carefully select and prioritize the programme of study and UK universities based on the areas of study and participating UK universities shown in the British Council website. I also recommend applying to more than one university to maximize the chances of securing the scholarship. It is also important to elaborate professional experience related to the study area as well as voluntary work performed. Moreover, the scholarship application and personal statements are essential components of the selection process. Thus, it is crucial to invest much time and effort when writing the personal statement and filling out the scholarship application.

Finally, what are your plans for your future?

After graduating from QMUL, I am planning on returning to Gaza Strip and work in my former university as a lecturer in the Civil Engineering department. I aspire to improve the quality of education in my previous university through upgrading the content of environment and energy modules. In addition, I am eager to play an active role in tackling electricity and environment crises in my home town through working in local renewable energy projects. Obtaining a MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems degree from QMUL will broaden my horizons in this field and enable me to inspire and teach future generations while tackling energy problems in Gaza Strip, Palestine.


Tansim SalhiQMUL’s 2017 QMUL-HESPAL Scholar was Tasnim Salhi, from the An-Najah National University, who joined us for a MA in Applied Linguistics for English Language Teaching:

During my undergraduate study, which was in English Language and Literature, I had an aim to complete my postgraduate study in the UK, especially in a major related to the English Language, because it is a major that is of an interest to me. I specifically chose it to be in Applied Linguistics for English Language Teaching, due to the need of the enhancement of the English Language teaching in Palestine. My choice of Queen Mary was for many reasons.

The MA programme has many modules that I wanted to improve my knowledge in, while Queen Mary itself is highly ranked among the UK universities, and is situated in the multi-cultural and modern city of London. I am very pleased for the choice that I have made, as the university has many facilities for the students and it is very well organised. One of my favourite things, is the modernity of everything - the computers, lecture halls, tools used and along many other things. Adding to the welcoming environment of the university, is the friendly and motivating environment of London. London is an amazing city, with has endless things to explore and learn about, such as museums, parks, libraries and many more. Thus, the city is very cheering and exciting to study in.

My scholarship is of a great help in paying for my accommodation, living expenses, and exploring the UK so that I can concentrate on my studies.  Moreover, it holds for me a fruitful future, as after graduating from Queen Mary, I will return to my former university to be a lecturer at the English Department. This is exciting because I will be able to carry all the experiences and the knowledge that I have gained back to my country and help to enhance the future of following generations in a better way, especially in the field of the English language. I just would like to conclude with saying that my experience has been great so far: I am increasing my knowledge and my chances of having great opportunities, both academic and non-academic, to come. I recommend every student in Palestine and all overseas, to try their best in pursuing this scholarship, as this will brighten up their future in every possible way.


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