*** Our 2019 Elliott Simmons Student Leadership Programme has now finished. Applications for the 2020 programme will open soon***

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2020 Dates TBC

"It has consolidated a lot of previous knowledge on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and on-ground reality. I learned much more in regards to history, politics, economics and religion in the region"

"I've become more open to learning about other perspectives"

"[The programme has] made me more passionate and determined to engage in dialogue"

"It was an undescribably fantastic week"

“I have learned so much in such a unique way. Not just about the conflict but about on cultures and religions.”

“I think my understanding has deepened far more than I expected it to, I feel like there was copious amounts of background to the conflict which I never really appreciated.”

"The programme was honestly perfect"

“Definitely deepened my understanding both emotionally and historically”

"I knew enough about the conflict beforehand to make an educated assessment of the conflict, but engaging with others really challenged and deepened my understanding.”

*** 2020 APPLICATIONS ***

Applications for the 2020 Elliott Simmons Student Leadership Programme will open soon - watch this space.

So how do I apply? Download an application form & send it back to us at team@solutionsnotsides.co.uk


  1. When is it? - The 2020 programme will take place a the end of August or the start of September but specific dates are TBC.

  2. Where is it? - The programme is based at a central London location (usually University College London) with various days of the programme spent visiting different locations around London, such as the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, or other NGOs.

  3. Who is it for? - The programme is designed for anyone who is interested in or passionate about Israel – Palestine. You must be aged 18-25 and are at or entering university. Applications from 17-year-olds will be considered only if they have parental permission to attend the programme. If you have already visited the region, campaigned on Israel - Palestine, or feel strongly about the situation, we encourage you to apply. Equally, you do not need to have studied the conflict, been to the region, or demonstrate prior interest. All we ask is that you are able to show a willingness to listen, learn, speak your mind, empathise, and show leadership on this issue on your campus or within your community.

  4. What happens during the programme? – The programme is full of talks, workshops, discussions, skills labs, tours, lectures, and panel discussions all about topics related to Israel – Palestine. All participants attend all of the sessions and there is always plenty of time to give your own opinions, ask questions, and hold your own discussions in each session.

  5. Who gives the talks & runs the workshops? - We invite activists, academics, economists, community leaders, religious leaders, former participants, NGO workers, journalists, students and huge range of others to run the sessions along with SNS staff.

  6. What kind of topics does the programme cover? - 2018 Topics included: Negotiations, Israel and Palestine in the wider Middle East, Gaza Economics, The role of religion [in the conflict], Borders and Settlements, Final Status Issues, Israel Advocacy, Palestine Advocacy, Internal politics in Israel and Palestine, Student Politics on the conflict [on British campuses], Antisemitism and Anti-Muslim Hate [related to the conflict], & British Foreign Policy in Israel-Palestine. The programme also included a number of workshops, focusing on leadership, dialogue, & public speaking, in addition to a negotiations simulation day.

  7. What solution do you promote? - As contained in the SNS programme principles, we believe that any solution must include an end to both the occupation and the conflict, and a win-win outcome. As an educational programme, we do not promote any particular solution but rather we encourage debate and discussion on all perspectives and possible solutions and we invite speakers with a variety of different political views to speak at the programme. It is up to you, as a participant, to come up with your own opinions on a solution.

  8. Where do I stay? – All participants stay in central London accommodation (usually University College London university halls), sharing a room with another participant, and sharing all three meals with the 19 other participants on the programme.

  9. I live in London, can I stay at home instead? – We strongly encourage all participants to stay in the provided accommodation in order to have the best experience and to ensure that you do not miss out on any of the sessions or discussions.

  10. How much is it? – The programme is free and runs on the basis of voluntary contribution, which includes all meals, accommodation, within-London transport, and other costs. If a participant is able to, we ask that they contribute anything up to £450 (the full cost per person).

  11. What happens afterwards? - After the programme, you become part of the SNS Student Network. This means that you are prioritised for our internship scheme, receive one-on-one mentoring and support from us for any activities you want to do in your communities/campuses, have connections with dozens of Israeli and Palestinian peace activists, are invited to speak at our events, can be part of our blogging programme, come to our school sessions, are invited to reunions, events, and other activities.

  12. What have other participants gone on to do? - Over 120 students have now completed this programme. Students have gone onto set up their own pro-solution university societies, set up charities, visit Israel - Palestine, work for NGOS, do internships with SNS, become teachers, campaign in parliament, do Masters or PHD degrees, volunteer for SNS in schools & at events, write blog posts, create art pieces reflecting their experiences, and many other brilliant things.

  13. When is the deadline? - There is a rolling application window open for the 2019 course until 14th July 2019, and you will hear about the outcome of your application within 14 days of the deadline in July.

Check out the video below and our blog to find out more: