St Andrews Education for Palestinian Students (STEPS)

This scholarship is now closed for applications for 2017 entry. If the scholarship is available for 2018 entry, details will appear on this webpage when this is confirmed. You may wish to follow our Twitter account for updates: @StAfunding.

2017 entry

STEPS (St Andrews Education for Palestinian Students) was established in January 2011 as an independent charitable foundation to provide funding for Palestinian students at the University of St Andrews.

This scholarship, co-funded by STEPS and the University of St Andrews, will provide funding for two Palestinian students to undertake a one-year postgraduate course of study.

Further details about STEPS may be obtained from the STEPS website.

STEPS is a charity registered in Scotland: No SCO42518


Geographical criteria

Palestinian nationality. Priority will be given to those resident in the West Bank, Gaza or one of the Palestinian Refugee Camps. Your fee status classification must be international.

Additionally, applicants cannot have already studied at a university outside the West Bank, Gaza or Lebanon.

Domicile for fee status


Level of study

Postgraduate Masters

Year of entry

First year





Additional criteria

Further criteria apply - please see below for full details.

What does it cover?


1 year

Value (per year)

  • Full tuition fees.
  • Accommodation fees to cover residential university costs.
  • Maintenance stipend of £350 per month.
  • Travel to and from the UK (one ticket for each way).

Type of award

Tuition and Maintenance

Number of awards available

Up to 2

How to apply

The STEPS Scholarship is available for application on the Scholarships and Funding Catalogue. If you are a new applicant to the University of St Andrews, after applying for your chosen course you will receive an email with login details for the ‘My Application’ portal, where you can follow links to My Scholarships and Funding.

Details about applying to a postgraduate course at St Andrews may be found on the Postgraduate Taught pages of our website.

If applying to the STEPS Scholarship, you must agree to the following terms and conditions:

STEPS Scholarship Criteria

  1. You must be Palestinian. Priority will be given to those resident in the West Bank, Gaza or one of the Palestinian Refugee Camps. Your fee status classification must be international.
  2. You must hold an offer of a full-time place on a one-year postgraduate course at St Andrews. Applicants without an offer by the time of the scholarship deadline will not be considered for the scholarship. You must also meet the minimum academic and English language requirements set by the University of St Andrews for the programme you are applying for.
  3. You can explain how your studies will enable you to contribute to civic society.
  4. You are able to live in Scotland for 1 year as a single person and agree to come alone.
  5. You have not already studied at a university outside the West Bank, Gaza, Israel or Lebanon.
  6. You agree to speak or write about your STEPS experience in Scotland.
  7. You agree that STEPS financial commitment for your maintenance ends at the end of your one year course. STEPS will provide a return flight home, valid up to the end of your initial visa.
  8. You give STEPS permission to contact your Director of Studies and other referees.
  9. You agree to accept accommodation arrangements that may be: single room in a shared university apartment or a single room in a family home.

The Trustees of STEPS make the final selection in May. The Trustees’ decision is final and there is no right of appeal. Please do not use your contacts to lobby for your scholarship application. This will make no difference to your application.

Any personal data you provide will be processed in strict confidence; it will not be passed on to a third party.


You must also provide details of two referees, both of whom you must ask to submit current references on your behalf:

  • The first referee must be an academic faculty member who can provide an academic reference.
  • The second referee must be either an employer or community leader who can provide a personal reference.

References must be sent directly from the referees by email to

Please note it is your responsibility to ensure these references are received by the application deadline of 23:59 BST (British Summer Time), Thursday 20 April 2017.

Your application will not be considered unless BOTH references have been received.

Applications open from

February 2017

Application deadline

Thursday 20 April 2017

It is the responsibility of candidates to ensure that their application forms, references and English Language qualifications are submitted no later than this date. Late applications cannot be considered.

When will I hear if my application has been successful?

Mid-May 2017