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Shireen Abu Akleh MA Scholarship in Palestine Studies

About the award

This award is available to a Home or International fee status applicant who already holds an offer to study the MA Palestine Studies in the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter beginning in the 2024/25 academic year. The Scholarship is open to Palestinian candidates, that is, candidates who hold a Palestinian Authority passport or who are Palestinian by descent.

There will be one opportunity to apply this year, the deadline being 30th April 2024.  You should apply at the earliest opportunity following receipt of your programme offer to ensure consideration for this scholarship.

* Please note applicants for this scholarship will also be automatically considered for the IAIS Masters Excellence Scholarship full fee waiver plus stipend.

With the exception of any Prompt Payment Reward for which you might be eligible, you cannot receive more than one scholarship from the University of Exeter; if you are eligible for multiple scholarships you will be awarded whichever scholarship has the higher value. 

If your tuition fees will be financed by an external body (such as an overseas government or Chevening, Commonwealth or a partner Institution) with whom the University has a shared financing agreement this award may be invalidated or superseded with a different fee arrangement.

If you expect to receive funding from a charity this may also make you ineligible to receive this scholarship.
It is your responsibility to inform us if you are in receipt of any external funding prior to enrolment; please send a soft copy of the award letter to admissions

If you defer your 2024/25 offer or change fee status then your scholarship offer will be invalidated. In the event that you withdraw or interrupt your studies post enrolment then the University Finance regulations at that date will apply as regards any repayment or other requirements:

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a Palestinian Authority passport or be Palestinian by descent, i.e., being able to provide evidence that one of their parents or one of their grandparents is Palestinian.

Applicants must also hold an offer with the start date of September 2024 for the MA Palestine Studies.

How to apply

To apply, you must complete and submit an online application form  and upload certain documents, including:
A letter of reference supporting your academic ability (you are required to provide the actual reference rather than just contact details).
A copy of your CV.
Transcript(s) detailing grades and content from your previous qualification(s).
A covering letter of no more than 300 words responding to the following questions:
1. What is your interest in your chosen programme of study and what are you hoping to learn?
2. What are your future ambitions and how will your studies help you to achieve them?
3. What would being awarded this Shireen Abu Akleh MA Scholarship mean to you – what difference would it make?
4. As an Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies Masters Excellence Scholar, how might you act as an ambassador for the University?

You may only make one application for the Shireen Abu Akleh MA Scholarship  per eligible programme for which you are holding an offer.

Applications will be checked initially to ensure that the eligibility criteria have been met.  Applications will then be considered by a nominated panel within the College. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by email by 21st May 2024.

*Shireen Abu Akleh (1971-2022)
Shireen Abu Akleh was a Palestinian journalist for Al Jazeera news network. She was one of the most respected and prominent journalists in the Middle East who dedicated her life to reporting with courage and empathy. Shireen was killed on 11 May 2022 by a sniper while covering an Israeli raid in Jenin, despite being clearly marked as a member of the press. This scholarship will highlight her legacy as a beacon of light to all those who aspire to carry out their work with integrity and passion for the truth.


Application deadline:30th April 2024
Number of awards:1
Value:Full tuition fee plus maintenance of £18,000
Duration of award:for 1 year
Contact: Faculty Student Recruitment Operations Team