Project information

The Galilee Foundation Scholarship Programme

There are 1.5m indigenous Palestinian citizens of Israel, 20% of the population. 61% Palestinian families in Israel live below the poverty line, and are 3 times less likely to attend university than others in the country. The GF offers 150 scholarships a year to help break the cycle of poverty.

September 2012 - July 2013

Charity information: The Galilee Foundation

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  • Need


    Palestinians are allocated 6.25% of the state budget, yet comprise 20% of the population, and 25% of all children. $192 is spent per Palestinian child per year compared to an average of $1,100 for other children.They are 3 times less likely to go to university, and are not eligible for scholarships, student dormitories or loans, due to not having served in the Israeli army.Palestinian students represent just 11.2% of 1st degree students, 6.1% of 2nd degree, and only 3.5% of 3rd degree students.


    The GF has supported more than 400 students. We require recipients to undertake voluntary placements to help their local communities and promote Palestinian culture. Recipients come from households with at least six people.
    There is a link between completed years of education and participation in the labour force, especially among females. It can also reduce infant and adult mortality rates, as well as obesity, which are problems within the Palestinian communities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide long term sustainable means of reducing poverty & assisting Palestinians in Israel.


    » Offer 150 scholarships to Palestinian citizens of Israel of a disadvantaged background.
    » Make scholarship recipients partake in volunteering for a range of aid and media agencies, as well as workshops on culture, language and identity.
    » Follow up on graduates to see how their careers are progressing and what their contributions to their communities continue to be.

    What success will look like

    Success will be 100% of our students passing their year and partaking in volunteering and workshops, as well as continuing to contribute to their society after graduation.

  • Impact


    By making it financially viable for Palestinians to attend university, we are assisting them to fulfil their ambitions to become valuable members of their communities. Goals include seeing more Palestinian doctors, government workers, civil society members, etc as a result of our scholarship. Graduate follow-up includes a yearly survey which their careers, if they employ others, and how they have continued to contribute to their society.


    There is the risk that students could drop out of their course. Through our project partner on the ground we ensure that they receive as much support as possible before it gets to his point. Students also sign a contact on receipt of their scholarship outline their obligations. This includes a clause that states if they drop out of their course for unsatisfactory reasons then they may be obliged to pay back some or all of their scholarship grant.


    Donors can opt in to receive reports twice a year, after the first instalment is distributed to the scholarship recipients, and at the end of the academic year. They will get interim email project updates throughout the year.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £553,415

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      Amount Heading Description
      £28,415 Programme Development staff, advertisement, workshops, ceremony
      £210,000 Grants 100 scholarships for students
      £315,000 QF grants 50 grants covered by the Qatar Foundation

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Qatar Foundation £315,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    When Israel was established, 15% of the total indigenous Palestinian population remained and were given Israeli citizenship. They live in Arab towns and villages, as well as mixed Jewish-Arab cities like Haifa. 8% (96,000 people) live in unrecognised villages. Following the adoption of the Planning and Construction Law of 1965, they did not appear on any map, and are therefore ineligible for municipal services such as electricity, water or waste collection.


    Palestinian citizens of Israel, with their problems mentioned earlier, need assistance to pull themselves out of the cycle of poverty permanently.Our beneficiaries are the scholarship recipients, who come from households with at least six people. Just including their immediate families, our scholarship programme has helped over 2400 indirect beneficiaries, not to mention the beneficiaries of the volunteering done by recipients, and services provided by the graduates of the programme.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The GF has been conducting this Scholarship Programme successfully for the last 5 years. So far, we have assisted over 400 students. Our project partner, the ACA have been administering the programme for the last 5 years. They have built up relationships with the students, and the scholarship programme is now well known amongst Palestinian citizens of Israel.Every year we receive hundreds of eligible applications, and would like the opportunity to continue and expand this programme.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    DIana Safieh

    Managing Director of the Galilee Foundation and originally Palestinian.

    Rawda Bishara

    Executive Director of our project partner, the ACA, has been administering the programme for the last 5 years.

Scholarship Award Ceremony

Scholarship Award Ceremony