Click here to find out more about Aisha Hassan’s Travel scholar experience through The Middle East! Would you also like to benefit from our Travel grant? Find out more about the application procedure and criteria here 

"Of the total 7000 km, we cycled 1500 km in Jordan and Egypt to explore and document regenerativeagriculture practices from a farmer's perspective, with the aim of gaining a bottom-up understanding ofwhat regenerative agriculture means."

the grant helped a lot to cover some of the costs as we traveled through the Middle East. Although we mainly travel by bike, we had to take a flight from Athens to Amman because we couldn’t cycle through Syria. Also from Agaba (Jordan) to Nuweiba (Egypt), we had to take a boat to cross the Red Sea. We also needed a flight from Cairo to Nairobi because we decided not to travel through Sudan due to the current instability in Sudan. The grant also helped us stay longer in Jordan and Egypt to extend our visas. We stayed mainly with farmers and hosts, so in terms of accommodation, we were largely covered, but staying longer required more costs for food.

The Lutfia Rabbani grant has enabled me to travel to spend more time in Jordan and Egypt and because of that, we were able to grow our network in the Middle East and meet various people in the field of regenerative agriculture. Learning from different pioneers in the Middle East and sharing their stories with the world. I believe that these networks will remain and will be important for the further development of the Cycle to Farms project.

we are building a great social community by visiting different people in the field of sustainable agriculture, from policy makers to farmer activists to journalists and filmmakers. We connected different actors in the field. For example, when we were in Jordan visiting FadoulKawar in Madaba, we invited the Dutch agricultural attaché for Jordan and Egypt and two Wageningen researchers on water management to the farm. This led to a very interesting exchange of knowledge on which an article was published. More recently, we decided to broadcast our trip in the form of a documentary supported by a Palestinian-Canadian filmmaker whom we met during our trip to Amman. She has been our mentor for the past two months and has helped us translate our findings into a future documentary.

There were unexpected difficulties. When traveling in Egypt, we encountered more difficulties than when traveling in Jordan. In Jordan, the only difficulty we encountered was having to go back and forth to the police station for 5 days in a row to get our visa. Jordan is considered the Arab world for
beginners and we really agree that it was very easy to adjust to the environment. The people in Jordan were extremely helpful and understanding. Egypt, on the other hand, was not the easiest country to travel in. Unknown taxes surfaced from the moment we took the ferry into Egypt. Both of our passports were taken without explanation for the duration of the trip. When we wanted to buy a SIM card, the shopkeeper tried to scam us by charging us 3 times the normal price… We were also not allowed to ride bicycles in South Sinai. In fact, the hardest part was that with every activity we tried to do, unknown charges popped up. However, after a few difficult moments, you quickly learn to navigate and adapt to the situation

Click here to find out more about Mohammad Almazaien’s scholarship experience in Maastricht! Would you also like to benefit from our MSR scholar? Find out more about the application procedure and criteria here 

"I addressed the importance of dialogue between scientific disciplines, organizations, cultures, and ideologies to find solutions for the complex problems of our world."

I am Mohammad Almezaien, I am from Egypt and I am the 2019 MSR Scholar. I completed my Bachelor studies in Pharmacy in Egypt. With the MSR scholarship I was able to complete the second year of my Master’s research programme in Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience from Maastricht University.

The year I obtained the MSR scholarship was a year of personal and professional growth. During that year, I did a research internship at the Centre for Human Drug Research; a fast-growing clinical research organization in Leiden. During the internship, I worked on a clinical trial that conducted a multitude of studies aimed at evaluating the effects of a novel pharmaceutical compound. The compound was aimed at treating vascular dementia. The experience pushed my boundaries as I crossed disciplines and learned new skills. I was also acquainted with the Dutch working environment, and extended my formal and informal networks.

Apart from my academic and professional achievements, 2019/2020 had more special events. I was able to bring together my Egyptian family and the Venezuelan and Dutch family of my partner. Despite the obvious differences, it was beautiful to see that an accepting and respectful environment creates a space for dialogue, and similarities become more salient in our minds than differences.

And finally, it was a pleasure joining LFR in some of the events they organized. I was asked to give a speech at the 11th MENA trade dinner, in which I addressed the importance of dialogue between scientific disciplines, organizations, cultures, and ideologies to find solutions for the complex problems of our world. I am grateful for all the opportunities that were given to me by the foundation. Needless to say, it was an honor to meet the Rabbani family and all members of the foundation.

Click here to find out more about Haneen Ghali’s scholarship experience in The Hague! Would you also like to benefit from our LUF/LRF scholar? Find out more about the application procedure and criteria here 

"The scholarship program supported my studies financially and offered me personal and career support by being allocated a mentor, included in the Rabbani Foundation and the LUF events and being introduced to accommodating members of the LRF and the LUF."

I gained new knowledge on an academic and personal level. My degree program gave me specialized and practical knowledge which promoted my confidence. This is reflected on a personal level, as I now feel like I have a voice and access to different platforms to share my ideas with others.  In addition, I gained insights not related to my field of study, for example, I learned a lot about living an eco-friendly life during my time in the Netherlands as it is a theme often discussed in university and amongst friends.. 

If I had to narrow down a list of factors that helped me achieve the academic and professional experiences I wanted to achieve, I would link it primarily to a flexible and open-minded state of mind, this was promoted by joining many student clubs and participating in international university conferences during my Bachelor’s. The experience of traveling, meeting students from different places, and interacting with faculty members impacted my view of the world and what I want to achieve in terms of goals.  

I am honored to be one of the recipients of the Lutfia Rabbani- LUF Scholarship.  

My journey started way before I started my master’s in 2019. Since I was in college and developed an interest in Interntaional Law, I planned to study at an LLM at Leiden University and research the faculty a lot. I was attracted by the university’s prominence in Interntaional Law and the prospect of studying in the place where International Courts and Tribunals are hosted. Indeed, I had already got accepted to Leiden Law School after my graduation but I had to defer my acceptance as I did not have the funds. Lucky for me, The Lufia Rabbani Foundation and Leiden University Fund announced a joined scholarship for Arab Students and I applied and got accepted. Luck for me this time was being ready when the opportunity arose.  


It is amazing how much one can learn in one year. One of the most rewarding aspects of studying at Leiden was the new toolbox of skills I developed. While the workload was at times overwhelming and stressful, the new knowledge and experiences made it worthwhile. The most significant experience during my academic year, was taking part in a Moot Court competition. The competition involved drafting legal memorials and an oral pleading exercise. My best memories are the endless hours spent in the library with my teammates researching our legal arguments and practicing our pleadings. This experience gave me training and confidence in my legal skills, and 3 new best friends. Moreover, I wrote my thesis on the prosecution of Interntaional Crimes committed in the context of the conflict in Syria. It was very important to me that my thesis supervisor worked for the UN in Syria. The exchanges we had always helped me frame my ideas for my thesis.  


The new knowledge and experiences gained through my year in Leiden are not limited to my academic endeavors. In my day to day life, I enjoyed being exposed to international films, theatre and museums in Leiden and the Hague. When the pandemic hit, it was time to discover the outdoors! And I finally learned how to bike!  


I am currently completing an internship with a Defence team in the International Criminal Court. This is an important step in my career as I finally get to apply in practice what I learned in Leiden as well as build my network. 


Studying abroad can be lonely and challenging. However, having been welcomed by the Rabbani Foundation family and being surrounded by people who share their kindness, trust and vision have been fundamental to my journey and I consider myself fortunate for getting to be part of the Rabbani alumni network who I continue to be in touch with.  

Click here to find out more about Faten Al Sourani’s scholarship experience in The Hague!  Would you also like to benefit from our LUF/LRF scholar? Find out more about the application procedure and criteria here 

"sharing thoughts and ideas towards what is happening in the world today is in my belief one of the main factors that brings nations together towards more peaceful and understanding world for all, while leaving no one behind."

I believe that the courses had a huge impact on my academic progress. I believe that the topics discussed in the period of the three weeks, opened my eyes to different aspect of international law and filled my mind with many questions to further research. The lectures, seminars and the discussions carried with the professors and my colleagues indeed helped me clarify many areas of international law and made me more open to new ideas and topics to research and discuss. I also believe that the courses to a great extend helped me with my master’s degree assessments, gave me ideas for my essays and most importantly helped me with my thesis. 

I have also made connections with lawyers, judges, embassies’ diplomats, legal officers and workers of international organizations that I believe will indeed help me with my future academic and career goals. 

My experience at the Hague extended outside the course’s classroom as it gave me the great chance of connecting with lawyers, judges and law students from around the world of almost 90 different nationalities. I was given the chance to make professional and social relations with my colleagues and professors from around the globe. It is now almost two months after the programme ended, but the dialogue between me and my newly made social connections is continuing.  

I believe humanity comes first. My sense of responsibility towards the people, especially those who went through sufferings and war atrocities. All what I do is for the sake of making the world we live in a bit more humane and just for people around the world. My country, Palestine and the ongoing suffering of my people that had no justice until the moment is also a main factor for pushing me forward to achieve more in my academic and career goals. Finally, people who believed in me were also a main factor for keeping me going regardless of all the pressures I go through. Supporting people includes family, friends, professors and most importantly, donors that believed in me and supported my goals along the way, which without them all of what I’ve achieved wouldn’t be possible. This includes the generous support offered to me by the Lutfia Rabbani Foundation. 

Click here to find out more about Abeer Al Momani’s scholarship experience in Delft! Would you also like to benefit from our MSR scholar? Find out more about the application procedure and criteria here 

"what LRF is offering in this scholarship program is truly impressive."

Abeer Almomani is a Jordan national who was funded in 2021 by the MSR Scholarship in order to complete her 5th year of PhD at the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education.

Do you want to know more about what being a Lutfia Rabbani Foundation Scholar entails? You can listen to the remarks by Abeer Almomani, 2021 MSR Scholar on the right.

Abeer gave this touching remarks during the MoU signing ceremony with the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education. She is from Jordan, and she was awarded an MSR Scholarship which helped her fund her 5th year of PhD at IHE. She is an exceptional scholar who overcame the academic and personal obstacles she faced. She is a strong and empowered Arab woman, and the Foundation is proud to support her in her journey and have her be part of our Alumni family.

We are sincerely touched by her words and hope they give you an idea of what to expect if you become a Scholar. We provide a mentorship programme and access to our wide network to all of our Scholars, and we work hard to ensure they have a good and successful experience during their studies in the Netherlands.

I’m very happy about my choice of IHE-Delft as an academic institute and the choice of Citizen Science as a topic for my PhD research. What I like about the academic approach at IHE is that it is science based but anchored in professional practice thus providing students with both theoretical knowledge and transferrable skills.  

What I particularly like about my PhD research is that it is embedded in a real-life project implemented by IHE (The Ground Truth 2.0 Project this gave me the opportunity not just to carry out an academic research but to be part of the project implementing team.  

I’m extremely satisfied with this scholarship, it possible for me to continue my research and achieve my goal and I’m deeply grateful for that. I believe that MSR is an exceptional scholarship program because it goes beyond financial support to provide us -the scholars- with a whole range of forms of support starting from the mentorship program, engaging us in cultural activities down to the kind and warm emails updating us of the COVID regulations in the Netherlands. I feel privileged to be MSR scholar and a member of Rabbani’s family.  

Click here to find out more about Raghad Abuualshaikh’s scholarship experience in The Hague!  Would you also like to benefit from our MSR scholar? Find out more about the application procedure and criteria here 

"the organization is amazing at keeping contact with its awardees. Yonet and Salim and the other members of the organization are like my family in the Hague."

This scholarship helped me to achieve my dream to study development to contribute to enhance the understanding of migration policies.

While studying abroad, the first thing you might notice are the many differences between people. But in a weird I also started to see that all of these differences are also universal – people in many ways are the same everywhere. Studying abroad gave me the opportunity to really understand people from different cultural backgrounds and when I made international friends, I learned to embrace people’s perfections alongside their flaws. 

This blessing of knowing many people from many cultural backgrounds taught me to understand myself better, and the importance of deepening my soft skills in order to thrive in any situation. Other than the hard skills that I gained from being in an international university, I believe that these invaluable experiences have added a lot of new perspectives and values to my personal development. 

his scholarship had shaped my personal and professional life, I have  learned so much from experiences all over the world and I was able to make friends from all over the world. Regarding my professional life. This master articulated conflict as a universal and a context-specific phenomenon. As a universal phenomenon, conflict is seen as an ever-present almost at every level of human interaction, with varying degrees of manifestations and consequences on individuals, groups, states and inter-state entities and relations. As a specific phenomenon, it situates conflicts in their specific histories, places, worldviews, and power relations between and among various actors- old and new. In a critical and deeply reflective way, first, this course introduced me to the broader field of conflict studies, different schools of thought and the ‘state of the art’ in conflict studies. Next, it engaged with diverse theoretical and methodological approaches applied to the study of violent conflicts, with special attention to underlying politics of researching and labelling of conflicts. Taking an applied and problem-solving approach, in the second part of the course, it assessed the strengths and weaknesses of the current governance arrangements and policies aimed at managing, resolving, and transforming violent conflicts.  

My experience in studying my masters in The Netherlands has been a rollercoaster, I have had too many emotions and I have learned so much. Leaving my country and coming to study at the International Institute of Social Sciences to pursue my masters has been an amazing experience which would not have come true if I was not granted this scholarship. I made friends from all over the world, I have learned how to apply social justice theories to multiple contexts. I have made amazing memories from the Hague and I can move forward with my memories and the knowledge that I have made here. The Major offered a broad range of analytical and practical skills to young and mid-career professionals and aspiring academics interested and engaged in human rights, women, and gender and in peace work, whether in government, research or civil society organizations. I also engaged with a range of understandings of contemporary violent conflicts and actions for achieving peace. Inspired by critical social science, the Major brings together a team of lecturers who approach social justice from a variety of often very different perspectives. I fell in love with The Hague, the city is very friendly and cheap compared to other cities. There is a lot of space and anything you can ask from a city and very international, both in the university as well outside of it. 

Click here to find out more about Sari Taha’s scholarship experience in Amsterdam!  Would you also like to benefit from our MSR scholar? Find out more about the application procedure and criteria here 

"the scholarship provided me with the opportunity to study in a renowned institute where I was able to make life-long contact with international professionals working in healthcare. "

Certainly, without the support of the scholarship, I wouldn’t have been able to travel and study in the Netherlands—that is, the scholarship played a major role in the possibility to start my master’s programme, to begin with. Then, the steadfast support and guidance of the scholarship were key for the exceptional academic year that I have had. The continuous communication between the family foundation and the student provides psychological support for the latter, and it makes the new place a home away from home.  

Studying abroad is certainly a rewarding and life-changing experience for almost everybody, including me. That being said, I would write more about the special aspects of my journey, and less about the run-of-the-mill details. From the first meeting, I sensed the convivial atmosphere of the Lutfia Rabbani organization. I knew throughout my journey that whenever I needed support, it would be there—sixty kilometer southward in the Hague. The support was unceasing and unconditional, including the fact that the scholarship was indispensable to embark upon my studies; the psychological support and invaluable advice of the organization family; and the chance to befriend other scholars who shared similar experiences.   


The Royal Tropical Institute was a perfect fit for my career. The institute is a melting pot of diverse, mid-career professionals who were at the same career stage as mine, gathered as a cohesive whole towards a common goal—improving global health. Amid this international aura, I gained a key set of skills from healthcare experts and exchanged knowledge with other colleagues. I was also exposed to a new learning style that adopts open discussion, self-learning and non-hierarchical approach, which all have become values I am keen to embrace in my future academic and professional career. 


Above all, Amsterdam, as a lively, multicultural city, introduced me to a unique experience. It helped me to develop the skills and attitudes that are key to indulge in international meetings, and to be culturally sensitive to people from various backgrounds. More importantly, Amsterdam is a European hub of cultural, artistic and educational events rarely found elsewhere. Overall, the experience was a crucial milestone in my personal and professional development whereby I immensely changed for the better. 

We are happy to welcome Kathrin Plüss to our team!

Our new Scholarships Intern. Kathrin is currently doing her Master study in International Relations in Historical Perspective at Utrecht University. Having grown up in Switzerland, she strongly believes in the value of dialogue and sharing cultural knowledge. In her role as a scholarship intern, she is excited about expanding her theoretical knowledge with practical insights into the MENA region and Euro-Arab relations.

Before joining the Foundation, she gained digital marketing and social media skills at a female finance start-up. She is passionate about creating connections and equal opportunities.

Rabbani Talks

Rabbani Talks is an exciting online series that brings talented and inspiring individuals from the Arab World and Europe closer together to share their stories and experiences.

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First Episode

Rabbani Talks: Inspiring Stories

In Dialogue about Music and Film

Academy Award nominated Palestinian filmmaker and director Hany Abu Assad, and award-winning Palestinian singer, composer and flute player Nai Barghouti discuss culture and  identity through music and film.

Second Episode

Rabbani Talks: Inspiring Stories

Through the Lens: The Art of Exploring Arab Landscape – In Collaboration with the Eye Filmmuseum

We are excited to welcome contemporary art expert and curator of the Trembling Landscapes exhibition at the Eye Filmmuseum Nat Muller and award winning photographer and filmmaker Kholoud Al Ajarma. Together they will explore the Arab landscape and the bridges it builds between aesthetics and across borders and cultures.

Third Episode

Rabbani Talks: Inspiring Stories

The Fifth Story: A Conversation with Director Ahmed Abd – In Collaboration with IDFA

We are delighted to present an online conversation on the award-winning documentary The Fifth Story, accompanied by Iraqi Director Ahmed Abd, Executive Producer Louai Haffar and IDFA Artistic Director Orwa Nyrabia. The film portrays how different generations still carry the burden of war with them and together they explore the filmmaking process and the context surrounding it.

Fourth Episode

Rabbani Talks: Inspiring Stories

Rabbani Talks Series - Wild Relatives: A Discussion with Director Jumana Manna

In May 2022, the Lutfia Rabbani Foundation, in partnership with the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), hosted the fourth ‘Rabbani Talks’ episode about ‘Wild Relatives’, a film by award-winning Palestinian filmmaker and visual artist, Jumana Manna. The online discussion was joined by the Artistic Director of IDFA, Orwa Nyrabia, and was moderated by Mouin Rabbani.