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UNESCO/Saudi Arabia Fellowships Programme (Enhancing Palestinian Human Capital)

From 6 May 2009 Until December 2013 (4 years)


What is it about?

This project proposal builds on UNESCO’s belief that investing in education, in particular higher education, constitutes a key strategy to economic recovery in the Palestinian territories, as more qualified young Palestinians will be able to contribute to the reconstruction and development of the Palestinian society. 

The assistance offered under this project aims at providing financial assistance to needy Palestinian students so that they may enter higher education institutions abroad during the autumn session of 2008 and complete a first diploma (either a BA or a technical diploma). A total number of 129 students will receive study grants (93 technical degree and 36 bachelor degree students) starting their academic studies in Fall 2008 (105 Students for Arab and Asian countries, 18 students for Europe and 6 students for the US and Canada) until completion of their first higher education degree either in 2010 (technical degree) or 2012 (bachelor degree). 

Qualifications Required and Duration


Until December 2012 (4 years) 

 Applicants must meet the following general criteria:

  • Candidates starting their BA or technical diploma during Fall Semester 2008.
  • Palestinian candidates whose parents are living in the Palestinian Territories, or who are themselves living either in the Palestinian Territories, or in refugee camps outside of the Palestinian Territories, are eligible.
  • Candidates holding a secondary school diploma.
  • Candidates of maximum 25 years of age.
  • Candidates with good school records who may be expected to make significant contribution to their country on return.
  • Candidates must be proficient in reading and writing the language of instruction in the proposed country of study
  • Candidates for technical diplomas will be given priority. Priority will also be given to Bachelor candidates in the following, labour-market oriented, subjects: Science, Engineering, Business and Finance, Medicine, Fine Arts.
  • Special consideration will be given to female candidates and students coming from the most disadvantaged areas.
  • Location of university/ technical college:  Arab region and Asia (70%), Europe (20%), USA and Canada (10%).
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