KAUST Scholarship Program 2024–25: for Masters and PhD Students

KAUST Scholarship helps students in science, supports excellence, boosts research, encourages teamwork, and develops future leaders

KAUST Scholarship

The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) has established the KAUST Scholarship to attract highly qualified students from around the world to study at the graduate level.

The KAUST Scholarship is given on the basis of merit to master’s and doctoral students. More than 60 different countries now have students studying at the university, and more than 220 different universities throughout the world have submitted applications.

No faculty advisor is required for applicants before submission. The KAUST Admissions staff will examine MS/PhD and PhD applications after they have been submitted. The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia will contact well-qualified candidates to discuss if they are suitable for the program and research.

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Fields of study

The fields of study are given below.

  1. Applied Math and Computational Science
  • Specialization
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computational Science and Engineering
  1. Applied Physics
  • Specialization
  • Applied Physics
  1. Bioengineering
  • Specialization
  • Biosensors and bioelectronics
  • Bioinformatics and machine learning
  • Biomaterials and tissue engineering
  • Synthetic Biology
  1. Bioscience
  • Specialization
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Biomolecular Engineering
  • Biophysics and bioimaging
  1. Chemical Science
  • Specialization
  • Chemical Science
  1. Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Specialization
  • Advanced Chemical Engineering
  • Advanced Biological Engineering
  1. Computer Science
  • Specialization
  • Computer Science
  1. Earth Science and Engineering
  • Specialization
  • Solid Earth Systems
  • Fluid Earth Systems
  1. Electrical Engineering
  • Specialization
  • Electrophysics
  • Systems
  1. Energy Resources and Petroleum Engineering
  • Specialization
  • Energy Resources and Petroleum Engineering
  1. Environmental Science and Engineering
  • Specialization
  • Water Quality, Chemistry, and Treatment
  • Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Environmental Hydrology and Fluid Mechanics
  • Materials for Environmental Science and Engineering
  1. Marine Science and Engineering
  • Specialization
  • Marine Science and Engineering
  1. Materials Science and Engineering
  • Specialization
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  1. Mechanical Engineering
  • Specialization
  • Mechanical Engineering
  1. Plant Science
  • Specialization
  • Plant Science
KAUST Scholarship

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Benefits of KAUST Scholarship

The complete KAUST Scholarship is given to each graduate student. As a result, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology offers the following services:

  • Full funding for education
  • Depending on qualifications and progress in degree programs, the monthly living allowance might range from $20,000 to $30,000.
  • Student Housing
  • Dental and medical insurance
  • Relocation assistance

Eligibility Criteria for KAUST Scholarship

Candidates must meet the requirements listed below in order to be eligible for KAUST Scholarship:

  • Candidates should hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a subject area relevant to the university’s academic program.
  • In order to be considered for a Masters or PhD program, applicants must fulfill all entry requirements.
  • KAUST Scholarships are accessible to students worldwide.
  • For students starting their studies in the spring and fall of 2024, KAUST Scholarships are available.
  • Although there is no minimum GPA requirement, the admitted students’ average GPA is 3.7 out of 4.0. Because of the 3.7 average, some admitted students had GPAs that were higher, while others had averages that were just barely below 3.7. The review committee based its decision on your entire application.
  • Candidates must meet the minimal English requirement (more information is provided below in the application section).

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Required documents for KAUST Scholarship

To complete your application, you will need to provide some important documents:

  1. Official University Transcripts: These are records of your academic history. You must upload transcripts, mark sheets, graduation certificates, and records from all the schools you attended. Make sure to include both the original documents in your native language and certified English translations. Your transcripts should also show the grading scale used by your university.
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV): This is a summary of your work experience, research experience, and other relevant information about you. If you have published any work, include a summary of those publications in your CV.
  3. Statement of Purpose: This is a written statement, about 750 words long, where you talk about your past work, your preparations for your intended field of study, your background and interests, your academic plans, and your career goals. Be sure to explain why you want to join the KAUST Scholarship program.
  4. Letters of Recommendation: You will need three letters of recommendation. These should come from professors or advisors who know you well from your research or coursework in your major field of study. The recommenders should submit these letters directly through the application system.
  5. English Language Proficiency: You must demonstrate your English language skills. You can do this through tests like:
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Score at least 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each section.
  • TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test): Score at least 79 overall, with at least 17 in each individual section. The KAUST admissions code is 4107.
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Score at least 62 overall, with at least 59 in each section.
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): Score at least 176 overall, with at least 169 in each section.
  • If you received a degree from an accredited institution in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand, you don’t need to provide an English test score.
  • Optional GRE Scores: While not mandatory, you can submit your GRE scores if you have taken the exam. Send your official scores directly to KAUST Admissions using the GRE code 4139.

Note: There is no application fee. If you can’t provide an English language proficiency test score or the optional GRE score by the deadline, you can still apply. However, you must submit your scores or your upcoming test date, along with the confirmation or registration code, to complete your application and have it reviewed by the faculty committee. The KAUST Admissions ETS TOEFL code is 4107.

Please ensure that all documents are in English.

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The deadline for PG Diploma, MS, and MS/PhD degree applicants pursuing admission for fall entry (first round) is October 1, 2023. The deadline for PhD degree applicants seeking admission for spring entry (i.e., beginning their program in January 2024) is October 1.

How to apply for KAUST Scholarship

Please click the apply button below to submit your application for admission to the KAUST Scholarship program of your choice and to apply for this Asia scholarship program. You can click here to express interest or use the apply button to submit your application. All accepted graduate students (master’s and PhD) will be given the KAUST Scholarship.

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