Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Higher Education Grant

Autumn 2011

This programme supports accomplished graduates of Zayed University Bachelor programmes to complete two-year MA or MSc. graduate study and three-year PhD studies.  The scholarship programme will support studies at selected universities in the UAE and overseas based on their academic excellence and their offering of selected majors relevant to the UAE strategic requirements.  All universities are to be accredited with the UAE Ministry for Higher Education. 

Masters students have a choice of several universities and disciplines in UAE and at foreign universities included in the top 200 Academic Ranking of World Universities – and accredited by the UAE’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

The PhD programme covers tuition costs for students undertaking PhD studies at accredited universities located within the UAE.

Student Eligibility:

  • Graduate of Zayed University 

  • Aged between 21 and 31 years 

  • GPA of 3.0 or above

  • IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent

  • Excellent statement of purpose demonstrating commitment to pursue career in chosen field 

  • Demonstrate participation in extracurricular community or university activities

  • For overseas study, a letter of family support

  • In some cases (depending on university), a GMAT score

Priority Fields of Study: 

  • Education & Social Studies

  • Tourism

  • Environment & Engineering

  • Museum & Curatorial studies

  • Healthcare and Public Administration

  • Aeronautics and Astronautics

  • Nuclear Engineering & Management

The Grant

The Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Higher Education Grant will cover some or all of the following:

Study at UAE Universities:

  • Tuition fees for the university programme

  • Book purchase stipend

  • For UAE based PhD studies – Selective support for attending international research conferences or visits to international research centers

Study at Overseas Universities:

  • Monthly stipend to cover living, personal and in-country travel expenses for the duration of programme

  • Tuition fees for the university programme

  • Book purchase stipend

  • Annual round-trip economy airfares between the UAE and country of study for the duration of the programme

  • Health insurance fees when not covered by university 

The award will cover only the approved items listed above during the prescribed time period. Any extensions or breaks in study must be requested in writing and approved by the programme administrator.

Scholarships and Fellowships are subject to adherence to an attendance policy and satisfactory academic performance. Reports from the university will be monitored and grants may be terminated immediately for breach of attendance policy, academic performance, or scholarship programme rules. 

Extra allowances will not be provided for married persons or those with dependents.

Payment of personal allowances will be made on a monthly basis.

Application process

Applicants may apply online only. Applicants should ensure that all requested information is provided and all documents requested are uploaded at the time of application.  These documents will include:

  • A certified copy of the applicant's degree certificate(s) along with an official transcript.

  • Evidence of English language proficiency, e.g. IELTS or TOEFL.

  • A photocopy of the applicant's passport

  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV).

  • A Statement of Purpose

In addition, applicants should download and forward reference letter forms to three nominated referees.  Applications must be submitted by the application deadline of June 30 2011

Please click here to download Reference Letter

Please click here to apply online

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Higher Education Grant programme is administered by the Emirates Foundation for Philanthropy.  For more information please email