Applications are invited for IDB-KAUST Joint PhD Scholarships Program which is sponsored jointly by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) to study at KAUST.

Brief Description: We offer this Web-based application in hopes that it will make our application process as easy and convenient as possible for you. This application is part of the ApplyYourself Application Network. You will receive a Username and Password so that you can return to work on your application over several sessions. Your information is transmitted through a secured server and is kept confidential until you submit your application. Only after you submit your application will it be available for review by our admissions staff.

Eligibility: The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for the scholarship:

The candidate must be:

  • A citizen of an IDB member country (visit the IDB Merit Scholarship Program for a full listing of member countries)
  • Age not over 35 years
  • Engaged in full-time employment in an academic, research or development institute in the home country and the application is nominated by that institution
  • Meets the eligibility criteria of the IDB Merit Scholarship Program
  • Have a firm admission offer at the KAUST for a PhD program

Selection of candidates under this joint program will be within the scope of the IDB Merit Scholarship Program. Interested candidates must follow these criteria and procedures to apply for the scholarship. Information about IDB and KAUST is available from their respective websites.

Course Level: Scholarships are available to pursue PhD programme.

Study Subject: Scholarships are awarded in all subjects available at KAUST.

Scholarship Award: 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.

National/International Students: These KAUST scholarships are available to citizens of an IDB member country.

How to Apply: The mode of application is online. There are six components to the KAUST Fellowship application, including:

  • Statement of purpose
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • University provided official copy of Transcripts / Mark sheets/ Graduation Certificate/ Academic Record from every institution previously attended. A scan of the transcript provided by the university in the native language must be uploaded into the online application form 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 4335
    4700 King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
    Thuwal, Jeddah 23955-6900
    Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS English language proficiency score (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.)
  • Official GRE scores (GRE submission is strongly encouraged and will enhance your application, but it is not a compulsory requirement for consideration.)

Application Form

Application Deadline: Scholarship application deadline for fall is January 6, 2017.

For more details visit the official site