Master's and Ph.D. Scholarships for Emiratis from the UAEU University (Fully Funded)

Master’s and Ph.D. Scholarships for Emiratis from the UAEU University (Fully Funded)

The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) offers postgraduate scholarships to high achieving Emirati students who want to pursue their graduate studies after the Bachelor’s degree through the Master’s and Doctorate degrees in specific disciplines at UAEU. The goal of this program is to increase the number of Emirati students in research-based graduate programs at UAEU and to graduate more Nationals with doctorate degrees and viable research training in areas of strategic relevance to the UAE.

Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant must:

  • Have a GPA ≥ 3.5/4.0 in Bachelor degree from UAEU.
  • Have no employment or other financial sponsorship.
  • Enroll in a thesis-based Master’s program that leads into a Ph.D.
  • Have a thesis in one of the UAE priority sectors (Renewable Energy, Transportation, Education, Health, Water, Technology, Space).
  • Meet the requirements for admission to the master’s programs specified by the University’s Graduate School.

Admission Requirements for Master Programs:

The minimum requirements are:

  • A cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent, in all undergraduate work;
  • A Bachelor’s degree or it’s equivalent from an accredited university recognized by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research; and
  • A score of at least 6.0 on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic exam or equivalent, for all disciplines, delivered predominantly in English. This test score must be less than two years old at the time of application, with the following exceptions:
  • A native speaker of English who has completed his/her undergraduate education in an English-medium institution and in a country where English is the official language (see list of eligible native English-speaking countries); or
  • An applicant with an undergraduate degree from an English-medium institution who can provide evidence of acquiring a minimum TOEFL score of 500 on the paper-based test, or it’s equivalent, at the time of admission to his/her undergraduate program.
  • An applicant with a Bachelor degree recognized by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research may be granted conditional admission into a Master’s program in one and only one of the following cases:
  • An applicant with an IELTS score of 5.5, or it’s equivalent. Such a student must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission or be subject to dismissal (Preparation Course to Improve IELTS Course)
  • Must achieve a minimum IELTS score of 6.0, or its equivalent, by the end of the student’s first semester of study;
  • May take a maximum of six (6) credits hours in the first semester, not including intensive English courses;
  • Must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the first 9 credit hours of credit-bearing courses studied in the Master’s program.
  • An applicant with an undergraduate cumulative GPA less than 3.0 but equal or higher than 2.5, or its equivalent. Such a student must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission or be subject to a dismissal:
  • May take a maximum of nine (9) credits hours in the first semester of study;
  • Must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the first 9 credit hours of credit-bearing courses studied in the Master’s program.
  • An applicant with an undergraduate cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 but with relevant work experience factored into the calculation of the GPA to become equal or higher than 2.5. Such a student must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission or be subject to a dismissal:
  • May take a maximum of nine (9) credits hours in the first semester of study;
  • Must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the first 9 credit hours of credit-bearing courses studied in the Master’s program.
  • A minimum IELTS score of 4.0 or equivalent is required for admission into a Master’s Program whose language of instruction is Arabic
  • Individual Master’s Programs with professional orientation may include specific provisions for factoring relevant work experience into the calculation of the GPA for conditional acceptance. These provisions must be approved by the Academic Council.

Benefits:

  • Full tuition waiver.
  • Monthly Stipend.
  • Extra Bonus: Up to AED 1,500 from the supervisor’s research project.

Duration:

6 years (2 for Master and 4 for Ph.D.).

Duties and Expectations:

  • The student has to maintain a GPA of ≥ 3.5 at the Master’s level.
  • The student has to be enrolled full-time (min. of 9 credits/semester) at the Master/Ph.D. level. 
  • The student has to be available at UAEU full-time at the Master/Ph.D. level.
  • The student has to commit to a minimum of 40 hours/week on courses and/or research project at the Master/Ph.D. level.

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