Middle East Centre Emirates Scholarships

supported by the Emirates Foundation

The Centre's scholarship programmes ran until the academic year 2016–17 and have now ended.

Emirates Master's Scholarships

The Emirates Master’s Scholarship was offered to Arab students pursuing their studies at LSE. This initiative aimed at helping in the education and career development of Arab state nationals. It hoped to equip them with new skills to continue further in Higher Education and make meaningful contributions in the region.

Award Winners by Year


Nur Turkmani, MSc Comparative Politics
Nur is a Lebanese-Syrian graduate who aims, through her studies and experiences, to bridge the gap between activism, art and academia.

Maya Mamish, MSc Social and Cultural Psychology
Maya is from Syria. She is a psychology graduate with clinical experience in providing psychological support for individuals affected by displacement and trauma.

Faisal Alkhatib, MSc Philosophy and Public Policy
Faisal is from the UAE and has a longstanding interest in the underlying philosophical issues behind policy making and their effects on society.


Nader Andrawos, MSc Sociology
Nader is from Egypt. At LSE, he explored the complex relations between neoliberal development and state institutions from a theoretical and historical perspective.

Amir Jabbarin, MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies
Amir grew up in Jerusalem and graduated with a dual-degree program in Urban Studies and Spatial Practices from Al-Quds Bard College. After LSE, he returned home to be involved in improving planning policies in Palestine. 

Jourie Kolthoum, MSc International Relations
Jourie is from the UAE. After her studies, she hopes to use her knowledge to contribute towards developing the country's foreign relations. She also aims to work on attracting more Emirati women to work in, or study the fields of IR and foreign affairs.


Fatma Mahfouz AbdelAziz, MSc Public Policy and Administration
Originally from Egypt, Fatma has a great passion for academia and aims to take what she learned at LSE to teach in Egypt, while taking part in the political reform in her country and pursuing a career in consultancy.

Heba Hesham, MSc Gender,  Development and Globalisation
Heba is from Egypt and is the co-founder of ‘Heya’ (She), Egypt's first student organisation to focus on mobilising students towards empowering women and gaining an understanding of the gendered angle of social issues. During her studies, she focused on feminist economics and population policy in Egypt.

Hiba Nuseibeh, MSc Conflict Studies
Hiba is from Jerusalem, Palestine. She graduated from Birzeit University with a BA in Political Science and Economics and has a Diploma in group facilitation, mostly works with conflict groups.

Emirates PhD Scholarships

The Emirates PhD Scholarship provided support for PhD research at LSE on Middle East topics. The awards, based on need and merit, were offered to students who are in the final stages of their doctoral degree. 

Award Winners by Year


Andrew Delatolla, Department of International Relations
The Rise of the State in the Non-West: State Formation and State Building in Lebanon and Syria, 1800–1944

Harry Pettit, Department of Geography & Environment
Living in Hope: Youth, Unemployment, and the Promise of a Middle-Class Life in Cairo

Moritz Schmoll, Department of Government
The Politics of Tax Collection in Egypt


Mohanad Hage Ali, Department of Government
Hezbollah's Identity: Islam, Nationalism and Transnationalism

Pinar Dinc, Department of Government
Collective Memory and Competition over Identity in a Conflict Zone: The Case of Dersim

Yasmine Laveille, Department of Government
Contestation in Marginalised Spaces: Dynamics of Popular Mobilisation and Demobilisation in Upper Egypt Since 25 January 2011

Nawal Mustafa, Department of International Relations
The Empire Chants Back: Revolutionary Movements, Protests, and the Arts of Discontent in Colonial Egypt

Anastasia Nosova, Department of Government
The Dynamics of Political Participation of Business Sector in Kuwait 

Bugra Susler, Department of International Relations
Foreign Policy Cooperation Between Turkey and the EU During the Arab Spring



Mark Kersten, Department of International Relations
Justice in Conflict: The International Criminal Court in Libya and Northern Uganda

Suzanne Morrison, Government Department
The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement: Activism Across Borders for Palestinian Justice

Navid Nekouei, Government Department
Popularization of Factional Politics in Islamic Republic of Iran

Alaa Tartir, Department of International Development
Criminalising Resistance, Entrenching Neoliberalism: The Fayyadist Paradigm in the occupied Palestinian West Bank

Tobias Thiel, Department of International History
Citizen Revolt for a Modern State: Yemen's Revolutionary Moment, Collective Memory and Conscientious Politcs sur la Longue Duree



Perveen Ali, Department of Law
States in Crisis: Sovereignty, Humanitarianism, and Refugee Protection in the Aftermath of the 2003 Iraq War

Gustavo Barbosa, Department of Anthropology 
Non-Cockfights: On Doing/Undoing Gender in Shatila, Lebanon

Filippo Dionigi, Department of International Relations
The Impact of International Norms on Islamist Politics: The Case of Hezbollah

Zeynep Kaya, Department of International Relations
Maps into Nations: Kurdistan, Kurdish Nationalism and International Society

Dina Makram-Ebeid, Department of Social Anthropology
Manufacturing Stability: Everyday Politics of Work in an Industrial Steel Town in Helwan, Egypt

Nabila Ramdani, Department of International History
Britain, the United States and the Rise of the Egyptian Nationalist Movement: The Case of the 1919 Revolution

Hedi Viterbo, Department of Law
The Legal Construction of Childhood in the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict


Hakem Al-Rustom, Department of Social Anthropology
Historic Ethnography of the Anatolian Armenians in Turkey since 1923 and their Migration to France since the 1970s

Wifak Houij Gueddana, Department of Management
Community-based Software Development for Microfinance NGOs in the MENA Region

Irene Calis, Department of Anthropology
The everyday order of things: An ethnography of a West Bank Palestinian community under Israeli occupation

Bryan Gibson, Department of International History
US Foreign Policy, Iraq and the Cold War 1958–­1975

Celine Righi, Department of Social Psychology
Lebanese Youth: Memory and Identity

Laura Ryseck, Department of International History
The Search for National Identity in Post-Colonial, Multi-Communal States: The Cases of Eritrea and Lebanon, 1941–1991

Yaniv Voller, Department of International Relations
From Rebellion to De Facto Statehood: International and Transnational Sources of the Transformation of the Kurdish National Liberation Movement in Iraq into the Kurdistan Regional Government