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Palestinian Studentship Fund

The Churchill College Palestinian Studentship Fund is jointly funded by the Saïd Foundation,the Cambridge Commonwealth, European & International Trust and Churchill alumni & supporters

This studentship, open to Palestinians, is for a one year postgraduate course at the University of Cambridge, as a student member of Churchill College. The aim is to develop an individual’s expertise so that subsequently they may help improve future governance and economic development in Palestine. Participants will have the opportunity afforded to all Cambridge students to broaden their views and perspectives of the world.

Applicants will be Palestinian residing in the West Bank, Gaza or East Jerusalem. There will be no maximum age and applicants may be male or female. They will be required to explain how their course of study will help them make a greater contribution to Palestinian society, with the expectation that they will return to Palestine after completing their course.

Applicants will have to be accepted for the course of their choice at the University of Cambridge. Requirements include holding a good first degree and proficiency in English.

The studentship will pay all university and college fees together with a substantial allowance towards living costs.

Patrons of the studentship are:

  • Professor Stephen Hawking
  • Lord Rees of Ludlow – President of the Royal Society
  • Professor Nabeel Kassis – President, Birzeit University
  • Professor Manuel Hassassian – Palestinian Authority Ambassador to London
  • The Countess of Sandwich – Research Associate, Middle East Institute, SOAS



Scholarship applications must be submitted online at

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  • Applicants must also select Churchill as their first choice of College AND tick the Cambridge Trusts Funding box on their University Application.
  • The deadline for submission to the Saïd Foundation for a scholarship for the 2019/20 academic year is 30 November 2018.
  • Applicants who wish to be considered for postgraduate admission to the University of Cambridge and for funding offered by the Cambridge Trust (including the Said Foundation Cambridge Scholarships) for entry in October 2019 must complete and submit the ‘University application to the University’s Graduate Admissions office no later than 2 December 2018 (or the course deadline, whichever is earlier).


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For further information about the Studentship Fund please contact the Development Office.

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