How to apply

Please read this page thoroughly. It gives you instructions and advice to make your application to Ahdaf.

If you would like to apply for financial support, you must fill out the application form. When you download the form, please re-name it using your own name (in English). Forms however should be completed in Arabic and sent to


Please complete it with as much information as possible and e-mail it to us. Do not leave any questions unanswered.


You must fill out the entire application form. Forms that do not adhere to these guidelines will be rejected.

Please note the scholarships are funded through a partnership scheme run jointly by Ahdaf and Friends of Birzeit University.



If you have any questions or would like further clarification on any part of the process, please email us.



We’ve looked at many applications over the past few years. The ones that tend to do well usually:


  • have a strong community project proposal which is well researched and thought out
  • come from applicants in serious financial difficulty
  • come from students who have done well at school
  • are from young people who have not yet enrolled on a course


Voluntary project

We want you to think about the types of activities you can establish with no cost other than your time and enthusiasm. Strong projects should encourage partnership and relationship-building within the local community. What will make a difference where you live?


Sometimes we have found ourselves offering hints and guidance to students about the kinds of community work students could consider. We’ve received a great response with many enquiries and applications being submitted. Some students have clearly thought very hard about how they can effect change in their communities with a project. There have been some excellent submissions, here are some ideas we’ve had in the past:


  • teaching English at a UN school
  • helping establish a needlework group
  • producing youth group video diaries
  • providing computer coaching to children or re-training adults with new skills
  • setting up a sports team
  • a Nakba history project
  • local land use documentation projects
  • working with disabled people
  • setting up youth theatre programmes
  • running play sessions in orphanages
  • helping to restore historic buildings
  • running adult literacy groups
  • planting a public garden


Finally, there are some factors that may not help an application:


  • you have already started university
  • you are studying medicine or a course that takes longer than four years
  • your family has regular income
  • your family is able to pay for brothers and sisters to go to university


Please note, Ahdaf does not provide financial support for students who have already gained a degree.


Read more from students already working with Ahdaf.