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King's College London

Higher Education Scholarships for Palestinians (HESPAL)

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Various benefits
United Kingdom
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Application deadline


King’s College London is an internationally renowned university delivering exceptional education and world-leading research. They are dedicated to driving positive and sustainable change in society and realising their vision of making the world a better place. 


Scholarship type

Merit based

Number of scholarships to award



Value unknown

Scholarship coverage

  • tuition fee reduction
  • living expenses
  • other


Support for junior academics employed by Palestinian universities to study for a Master's programme or PhD at King's College London.

HESPAL aims to create the next generation of senior academics who can maintain international quality standards at Palestinian universities and develop renewed and sustainable links between Palestinian and UK universities.

The scheme will upgrade academic staff in Palestinian universities through a Masters or PhD Scholarship programme.

The British Council Palestine and King's College London hold an agreement to jointly support up to 2 Master's Scholarships and 1 PhD Scholarship at King's College London each year. 

Applicable programmes


The scholarship covers the following:

Tuition fees;

Pre-departure briefing from the British Council;

Arrival allowances;

Thesis allowances;

Monthly allowance to cover living expenses;

Annual bench fees which may be required for certain PhD programmes in health and sciences.

NB: Scholarships do not cover the costs for any accompanying family.


Applicants must meet HESPAL eligibility requirements: 

  • be a resident citizen of Palestinian Territories.
  • be currently employed by the Palestinian University which nominates him/her, which must be one of the participating Palestinian universities.
  • sign a written undertaking to return to Palestine within a time frame agreed, normally one year.

Applicants must meet King's eligibility requirements for the Master's Scholarship:

  • Have a bachelor's degree from a Palestinian university with a minimum grade of very good (and equivalent to at least a 2.1 Bachelor's Degree from the UK)
  • have IELTS certification appropriate for the course and university (normally at least 6.5, sometimes higher depending on the subject).

Applicants must meet King's eligibility requirements for the PhD Scholarships, which are typically: 

  • A minimum of bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours in an appropriate subject for a PhD candidate. 
  • have IELTS certification appropriate for the course and university (normally at least 6.5, sometimes higher depending on the subject).

Scholarship requirements




United Kingdom



Study experience required





Application deadline

Not specified

Applicants must complete the HESPAL application form in collaboration with their Palestinian university. Palestinian universities will then nominate their selected candidates and send all nominee applications to the British Council Palestine. The British Council Palestine will check applications for eligibility and co-ordinate the selection of applications with King's College London, and they will also be responsible for the final placement of scholars.   

NB: candidates who are interested in studying at King's College London must also submit an admissions application to King's College London using the online application system "King's Apply", and be able to secure an admission offer for their chosen degree programme.

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