American University of Beirut

West Bank Scholars Awards (WBA)


The purpose of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to solicit applications for West Bank Scholar Awards from the Diana Tamari Sabbagh Scholars Program (DTSSP) to support West Bank Scholars matched with a training program at AUB.

The AUB DTSSP is funded by a generous gift from the Diana Tamari Sabbagh Foundation to promote excellence by enhancing the education and expertise of health and healthcare and health-related professionals through support of specialized training and exchange programs at AUB or abroad.

The West Bank Scholars Award supports exceptional scholarly healthcare professionals from the West Bank seeking career development and who hold promise of leadership in their field of specialty, to pursue training at AUB. Candidates are scholars (physician and/or scientists) from the West Bank admitted to a training medical or research program at AUB.

Pending the availability of funding, the WBA anticipates awarding one grant to fund applications submitted in response to this RFA. Applications may be submitted up to the deadline listed in the table below. It is expected that this grant will provide, for the individual awardee support for travel, lodging and stipend up to 1 year, at AUB. Please note that no fee is required in submission of these applications.

The issuance of this RFA does not constitute an award commitment on the part of DTSSP nor does it commit DTSSP to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of an application. Further, DTSSP reserves the right to reject any or all applications submitted.


Application and Submission Information

  • Content and Form of Application Submission

    It is critical that applicants follow the instructions below. Conformance to the requirements is required and strictly enforced. Applications that are out of compliance with these instructions may be delayed or not accepted for review.
    • Applicants shall fill the official application form (DTSSP-F1), in which they select the program category of interest.
    • For the WBA, applicants must submit the following:

      a. A letter of intent containing a title and brief description of the training plannedFebruary 28, 2020
      b. A complete application to be received by the DTSSP CommitteeMarch 16, 2020

    The complete application consists of the following documents:

     iCopy of an academic résumé or curriculum vitae.
    ii.Written proposal conforming to the requirements set below.



    Letter of admission from an AUB program.

    The letter shall certify the applicant's enrollment and scholarship merit. The letter should also outline a training plan for the applicant and the benefit to AUB. The training plan should include the roles and responsibilities of the candidate, the expected outcomes of the training experience and the scholarly and development value of the opportunity as it relates to the applicant, the academic unit at AUB and to AUB at large.

    iv.Letter by the applicant indicating commitment to serving West Bank communities.​

  • The Written Proposal

    The written proposal consists of the following sections: Number of pages
    A. Abstract and Specific Aims 1 page
    B. Introduction, Rationale and Long-term Objectives Up to 2 pages
    C. Materials and Methods Up to 2 pages
    D. Plan of Work and Timeline Up to 2 pages
    E. Relevance of Project to Health Care and Justification for the Award ​

  • Required Documents and Important Dates

    Letter of IntentFebruary 28, 2020

    Complete Application

    • Academic résumé or Curriculum Vitae
    • Written Proposal as outlined under 2 above
    • Letter of Admission by a Department at AUB
    • Letter by Applicant committing to serve West Bank communities upon completion of training
    March 16, 2020

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