Oxford Brookes Gaza Scholarship

Helping young Gazans make their mark on the world while offering hope

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Oxford Brookes’ Gaza Scholarship was started in 2009 by Sir Iain Chalmers and Dr Paul Brankin OBE to indicate to Palestinians in Gaza that they hadn’t been forgotten.

Life in Gaza is often precarious. The local economy is stifled by the blockade, and for many ambitious young Gazans there are few local opportunities to progress. Higher education beyond Bachelor’s level is not available so scholarships such as this one, offering a chance to study for a Master’s, are a practical way of supporting talented Gazans to make their mark on the world.

Haya Abdalhadi

“The humanitarian situation in Gaza is very severe and I want to contribute positively to improving things. The reputation of the master’s at Oxford Brookes is well known and directly relevant so I searched and found this scholarship. This was my chance to come here.”

Haya Abdalhadi, MA Development and Emergency Practice graduate and Gaza Scholarship recipient

Past scholars

Since the Oxford Brookes Gaza Scholarship was established in 2010, our scholars have gone on to make significant impacts in a wide range of fields, including environmental sustainability, journalism, refugee support, cancer treatment and digital technology. And all of them have helped to promote Palestinian culture and carry the message of how much the people of Gaza have to offer the world.

We are tremendously proud of all our scholars and what they have achieved. As students they enriched our University community and as graduates they have made lasting impacts – in Gaza, the UK and globally. And we are determined to help many more Gazan students do the same in the future.

How to support

The scholarship is co-funded by the British Council’s Higher Education Scholarships for Palestinians (HESPAL) scheme. Oxford Brookes University raises the remaining funds from individual donors (£14,000 a year) to welcome a new Gaza scholar on campus. Every donation makes a difference and is gratefully received.

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Funds needed to welcome a new Gaza scholar on campus in 2024/25: