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Palestinian-German Science Bridge PGSB

The Palestinian-German Science Bridge is a pilot project financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMBF and implemented jointly by Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH and Palestinian Academy for Science and Technology PALAST to develop a joint research and education programme.

It provides the most brilliant science and technology graduates from Palestinian universities with access to state-of-the-art equipment for the experimental part of their Master thesis and the possibility to follow-up with a PhD thesis project in Jülich. After successful completion, PGSB alumni are expected to return to a Palestinian university to establish their own research groups in science and technology, contribute to the development of new PhD programmes there, and thus create the nucleus of a Palestinian science and technology infrastructure.


  • Provide access for Palestinian students to Jülich’s scientific infrastructure
  • Assist Jülich in recruiting the brightest students from Palestinian universities for Bachelor, Master and PhD projects
  • Transfer knowledge to Palestinian universities in the development of Graduate and Research Programmes
  • Facilitate the mobility and exchange of students and academics in both directions
  • Give highly qualified and motivated Palestinian scientists a perspective for adequate career opportunities – in Palestine, Germany, or worldwide.
  • Support the peace-making efforts of both countries in the area

Long-term vision:

  • Continued cooperation with returning PGSB alumni as they establish their own research groups and set up PhD programmes at Palestinian universities.
  • Establish critical mass to create a nucleus for the development of a national science and technology infrastructure in Palestine.

Impact on the national level:

More information about the important contribution of activities at Forschungszentrum Jülich and the Palestinian-German Science Bridge to German-Palestinian relations is found in the Joint Statement of the 5th German-Palestinian Steering Committee, published on 19.05.2020:




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Project Coordinator:
Dr. Caitlin Morgan
Phone: +49 2461 61-85216

Coordinator for Palestine:
Dr. Ayman Al Haj Daoud

Advisory Committee Chairs:

Prof. Dr. Ghaleb Natour
Scientific Director of PGSB
Director Central Institute of Engineering, Electronics and Analytics (ZEA)
Phone: +49 2461 61-5045

Prof. Imad A. Khatib
Secretary General PALAST
Phone: +9722 2960524/6