Our scholars are a central part of our leadership development work stream, which seeks to identify exceptional young men and women excelling in their respective fields of study, and to support them in their chosen career paths. Our programme awards full 1-2 year scholarships covering the core costs for each successful candidate.


Thilal Halimah
MA, Psychology and Education University of Cambridge

Dedicated to equality issues existent within the education sector, Thilal has a CELTA from the University of Cambridge and both a PGCE and a BA in English Language and Communications from King’s College, London. She has worked as a secondary school teacher in London and as a GCSE examiner. She is also pursuing a diploma in Islamic Studies and Arabic.

Saqib Hussain
MPhil, Islamic Studies & History University of Oxford

After graduating from Jesus College, Oxford, in 2002 with BA (Hons) in Physics, Saqib worked as a nuclear physicist for British Nuclear Fuels before travelling to Syria in 2005 to pursue Arabic and Islamic Studies. Upon returning to the UK, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) and became a Senior Associate at PriceWater Coopers LLP.

Hibba Mazhary
MSc, Nature & S.E. Governance University of Oxford

With a BA in Geography from the University of Oxford, Hibba was Community Service Chair at Oxford’s ISOC and launched a number of initiatives to enhance local knowledge about organic farming. She will be furthering her research into policies impacting food industries as part of her MSc studies in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance.

Martyn Rush
DPhil, Modern M.Eastern Studies University of Oxford

With a First in History from University College London (UCL), Martyn went on to become Ambassador of the Teach First Programme and completed an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies at the Oriental Institute, Oxford. He will now commence on a DPhil to explore issues impacting Muslims in the UK.


Arwa Ibrahim
MPhil, Political Sociology University of Cambridge

As an undergraduate, Arwa studied International Relations and Journalism and then went on to undertake a Masters in Middle Eastern Studies. After working as a journalist during the Arab Spring as a correspondent for the American McClatchy Newspapers, she went on to work as a political journalist at the London-based Middle East Eye. Her research focus was on urban inequalities, collective resistance and the social dynamics of urban renewal in London, Istanbul and Cairo.

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