Our Sindyan Scholarship Programme supports excelling Palestinian students from Gaza to obtain a local university education. Sindyan graduates will be empowered academically as well as socially to achieve the best for themselves and their communities.
The deteriorating economic conditions in Gaza have made the cost of higher education an unbearable burden for most families. Consequently, thousands of students are unable to enrol or continue their studies because they can’t pay tuition fees – 35% of Gazan students dropped out of university in 2021 alone.
The Sindyan Programme offers scholarships that cover full tuition fees and a monthly living stipend throughout students’ undergraduate studies. An extensive training programme is also integrated into the scholarship to further develop students’ personal, academic and professional capacities and skills with the aim of enhancing employability opportunities locally and abroad.
Support providers not only receivers! Our philosophy is to instil a sense of dignity and social responsibility within our students; to this end, our students are required to annually design and implement projects that benefit their local community, following completion of project planning and implementation training. By the time of graduation, each student will have designed and implemented three community projects.
To ensure a sustainable impact, the Programme supports each student until they finish their undergraduate degree, usually for up to four years; provided they continue to meet the requirements of the Programme.
Ajyal has partnered with the Islamic University and Gaza University to implement Sindyan and continues to seek and develop partnerships with other leading universities in Gaza.
You can sponsor a student/s and receive regular updates on their progress and the meaningful difference you are making to their lives
In its first year, due to limited funds, the Programme will only support students from the Gaza Strip. We will gradually expand to support students from other parts of Palestine. When selecting students for the scholarship, the Programme will take the following into account:
Academic achievements of the applicant
Overall family income
Number of siblings (and ages) and other dependants on family income
Other siblings studying at university
Any special circumstances that affect family income and overall welfare
Course of study
Application and selection The applications of eligible candidates will be reviewed by the Selection Committee and shortlisted students will be invited for an interview, after which a decision will be made.