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Palestinian-German Science Bridge PGSB - PGSB Joint Education Programme

The PGSB Joint Education Programme provides Palestinian Master- and PhD-students with the opportunity to carry out a research project at Forschungszentrum Jülich, and to establish long-term cooperation with researchers in Jülich, including their wide-spread network of cooperation partners.

It consists of three phases:

Marketing/Selection Phase

Undergraduate Level (typically 3rd / 4th academic year)

  • Short block-seminars and guest lectures by Jülich scientists at Palestinian universities:

    • General presentation of Forschungszentrum Jülich
    • Introduction into research topics
  • Participation of Palestinian students in summer schools in Jülich
  • Short term visits of Palestinian students for experimental work in research labs of Forschungszentrum Jülich


Preparation Phase

Master-Programme (typically 5th / 6th academic year)

  • Classroom and desk top parts at Palestinian university
    (to be included in curriculum as ‘individual study plan’)
  • Experimental work at Forschungszentrum Jülich
  • Final exam / thesis defence and degree at Palestinian university
    (with participation of Jülich supervisor)
  • For the most promising cases:
    development of a topic and research plan for a follow-up PhD project in


Qualification Phase

  • Regular German PhD Programme

    • Post-graduate studies and research in Jülich
    • FZJ supervisor
    • Defence and degree at German university
  • Bilateral PhD Programme (“Sandwich PhD”, to be developed)

    • At least one year at FZJ and at least one year at a Palestinian university
    • Joint supervision
    • Defence and degree at either or both partner universities
  • Palestinian PhD Programme (to be developed)

    • Post-graduation studies and research at Palestinian university
    • Palestinian supervisor
    • Defence and degree at Palestinian university




In cooperation with



Managing Director:
Dr. Sybille Krummacher
Phone: +49 2461 61-2206

Project Manager for Jülich:
Dr. Caitlin Morgan
Phone: +49 2461 61-85216

Coordinator for Palestine:
Dr. Ayman Al Haj Daoud

Advisory Committee Chairs:

Prof. Dr. Ghaleb Natour
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