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King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Scholarship


KAUST aspires to be a destination for scientific and technological education and research. By inspiring discoveries to address global challenges, we strive to serve as a beacon of knowledge that bridges people and cultures for the betterment of humanity.

At KAUST, we attract people from Saudi Arabia and around the world who want to create impact beyond their own achievements. Irrespective of their national origins, the people of KAUST are “people of the world” who uphold our values of achievement, passion, inspiration, citizenship, diversity, integrity, and openness.
Those who join us are drawn here by the:

  • Desire to collaborate with people who share the belief that tackling global challenges is a worthy endeavor;
  • Opportunity to contribute to science and innovation within an historic enterprise; and
  • Prospect of living in a uniquely international community where they and their families can thrive

In return, we invest in our people to help them fulfill their intellectual and personal potential. Together we are guided by these principles:

  • Advancement of science and technology for the public good. We encourage collaboration among scientists, researchers, students, and staff from different disciplines, nationalities, and cultural backgrounds. We leverage these global partnerships in pursuit of excellence to support the nation’s aspirations and address global challenges.
  • Environment where inquiry and debate can take place with purpose, passion, and respect. We are committed to the highest standards of moral, ethical, and professional conduct in our scholarly and research activities, and in our daily lives throughout the community.
  • Dedication to academic and professional best practices that uphold transparency and meritocracy in the recruitment, development, and advancement of our people. We are committed to excellence across all of our activities and embrace global benchmarks for performance.

Combined, these values and guiding principles act as a unifying and energizing force bridging peoples and cultures in a collegial, open, and transparent community. In education, research, and innovation, KAUST acts globally and delivers both locally and internationally.

Application Requirements

KAUST requires a minimum TOEFL score of 79 on the IBT (Internet Based Test) or 6.0 on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The KAUST admissions code is 4107. Only official TOEFL or IELTS scores will be accepted. TOEFL or IELTS scores for tests administered by an educational institution for admission to that particular institution are not acceptable.

A TOEFL or IELTS score is not required if the applicant received a degree from an accredited institution in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.

KAUST does not require the GRE exam for admission. However, we strongly encourage students to take the GRE general test. A high quantitative score on the GRE will enhance a student’s application. Official test results should be sent directly from ETS. The KAUST admissions code is 4139.

Submit an official, complete university Transcript/ Mark sheets/ Graduation Certificate/ Academic Record from every institution previously attended. A scan of the official transcript provided by the university in the native language must be uploaded into the online application along with the certified English translation. Your transcript must include the university grading scale for all documents submitted. If offered admission, an official final transcript must be sent to the Office of Admissions prior to arrival (during the onboarding process) in a sealed envelope to:
Office of Admissions
Graduate Affairs
Building 9, Suite 4328
4700 King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Thuwal, Jeddah 23955-6900
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

You must have three letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf. Letters of recommendation are important and should be written by professors or advisors under whom you have pursued research or taken courses in your major field of study. Recommendation letters should be submitted through the application directly from the recommender. Recommenders should provide details about how he/she knows your work, as well as comparative statements (e.g., top 1% of class, best in past five years, etc.), and insight into your research ability.

Also please add your Curriculum Vitae (CV).

Financial Support

All admitted students receive the benefits of the KAUST Fellowship which supports students for the duration of their graduate studies. The benefits of the KAUST Fellowship include:

  • Full tuition support
  • Monthly living allowance (ranging between $20,000-30,000 annual, depending on qualifications and progression through degree programs)
  • Housing*
  • Medical and dental coverage*
  • Relocation support

* Charges may apply to dependent housing and medical and dental coverage.

Contact the Office of Admissions:

Graduate Affairs
Engineering Building (Building 9), Suite 4328
4700 King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Thuwal 23955-6900
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Application Deadline: March 01, 2019


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