Graduate Studies

Graduate Student Support

Graduate Merit Scholarships

Zayed University provides graduate merit scholarships to attract highly qualified students for study leading to a master’s degree. These scholarships are awarded to graduate students on the basis of academic merit as determined from academic performance in senior baccalaureate courses. All entering graduate students are considered for this award. Graduate merit scholarship support is valued at up to 20% of program tuition.

Award Eligibility
Award Limitations
Award Determination Protocol
Award Payment
Award Approval

To be eligible to receive this award, students

  • must receive an offer of full admission to a Zayed University master’s degree program; students with conditional or provisional admission are not eligible;
  • must submit a complete admission application prior to the published application deadline; and
  • may not hold other major awards totaling ≥ AED 25,000 (excluding Zayed University GTA, Zayed University GRA or Zayed University Alumni Graduate Scholarship).

Graduate merit scholarships

  • cannot be deferred

The Office of Graduate Studies computes a senior course grade point average (GPA) based on a standard 4.0 scale and standard Zayed University letter grade to quality point conversions by considering grades of selected senior courses recorded in the student’s official baccalaureate transcript. Post baccalaureate and non-academic grades are not considered.

  • Conversions from other systems to Zayed University letter grades are guided by the World Education Services data.
  • The level of award is determined in accordance with approved Graduate Student Support Guidelines.

Award payments are

  • made in accordance with the Graduate Student Support Guidelines;
  • may only be credited against educational fees to the recipient's Zayed University student account; and,
  • are pro-rated over the final 4 installments of the published fee schedule.

Award payments terminate and Zayed University reserves the right to recover scholarship monies paid if the recipient:

  • receives support other than Zayed University GTA, Zayed University GRA, or Zayed University Alumni Graduate Scholarship), or
  • withdraws from the program, or
  • takes leave, or
  • is dismissed for academic or other reasons.

The award is normally offered at the time of admission and is subject to final approval of the Vice-President.

Zayed University Alumni Graduate Scholarships

Zayed University alumni who receive full admission to a Zayed University master’s degree program are eligible for a scholarship valued at up to 10% tuition costs.

Award Eligibility
Award Limitations
Award Determination Protocol
Award Payment
Award Approval

To be eligible to receive this award, students

  • must submit a complete Zayed University graduate program admission application prior to the published application deadline;
  • must receive an offer of full admission to a Zayed University graduate program (students with conditional or provisional admission are not eligible);
  • may not hold other major awards totaling ≥ AED 25,000 (excluding Zayed University GTA, Zayed University GRA, or Zayed University Graduate Merit Scholarship); and,
  • must hold a Zayed University baccalaureate or master’s degree.

Zayed University alumni graduate scholarships:

  • cannot be deferred.

All Zayed University alumni qualify for this award.

Award payments are determined in accordance with Graduate Student Support Guidelines and may only be credited against educational fees to the recipient’s Zayed University student account, pro-rated over the final 4 installments of the standard fee schedule.

Award payments terminate and Zayed University reserves the right to recover scholarship monies paid if the recipient:

  • receives support other than Zayed University GTA, Zayed University GRA, or Zayed University Graduate Merit Scholarship, or
  • withdraws from the program, or
  • takes leave, or
  • is dismissed for academic or other reasons.

The award is normally offered at the time of admission and is subject to final approval of the Vice-President.

 
Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantships

Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA) enhance the learning experience of Zayed University undergraduate students by complementing the activities of the course instructor.

GTA duties may include but are not limited to:

  • facilitating discussion sections or tutorials;
  • holding weekly office hours;
  • grading homework, exams or projects;
  • distributing and copying reading materials;
  • preparing answer keys or supplementary notes; and,
  • GTA recipients may be requested to attend the instructor's lecture regularly. This time is uncompensated.

Graduate Research Assistants (GRA) work with Zayed University faculty to conduct research.

GRA duties may include but are not limited to:

  • conducting literature reviews or library research;
  • conducting interviews;
  • collecting or analyzing data; and,
  • preparing articles, reports or presentations.

GTA and GRA recipients receive training under the mentorship and supervision of the instructor/research supervisor. GTA and GRA recipients and the instructor/research supervisor share joint responsibility for ensuring that each understands the division of work responsibilities.

The Office of Graduate Studies in collaboration with the Colleges and the University Library will provide a pre-experience workshop and orientation program for GTA and GRA recipients in fall and spring. Participation is mandatory for all graduate students receiving an appointment.

Award Eligibility
Award Limitations
Award Determination Protocol
Award Payment
Award Approval

Students with current graduate course registrations are eligible to apply for these awards.

Students receiving a GTA/GRA award:

  • must be currently enrolled in a Zayed University master’s degree program;
  • must demonstrate English language proficiency to IELTS ≥ 6.5 (or equivalent);
  • will normally have completed at least 6 credit hours (Colleges may require a higher minimum number of credit hours) of graduate courses; and,
  • must be in good standing.
  • Selection is limited and competitive and not all applications are successful.
  • Zayed University employees are not eligible for GTA or GRA support.
  • A student may not concurrently hold a GTA and a GRA appointment,
  • The duration of a GTA/GRA appointment is one academic semester (as defined by the current Zayed University Catalog).

GTA/GRA appointments may be terminated with one month’s notice if the recipient

  • fails to maintain academic good standing, or
  • fails to adequately perform responsibilities.

GTA/GRA recipients may not simultaneously hold other on campus employment commitments.

GTA/GRA recipients are expected to work a minimum of

  • 15 hrs/week during the semester for a full GTA, or
  • 7.5 hrs/week for a half GTA.

Eligible students may be awarded a maximum of 4 GTA/GRA awards in a given program.

GTA/GRA applicants must submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Studies at least two weeks prior to term commencement:

GTA Recipients will receive a monthly stipend from the Office of Graduate Studies as determined by approved Graduate Student Support Guidelines. As with most professional appointments the actual time worked/week may vary but the expectation is as follows:

  • Full GTA, 15 hrs/week/semester;
  • Half GTA, 7.5 hrs/week/semester.

Tuition credit is normally paid to the recipient’s student account as 4 equal payments, pro-rated over the final 4 installments according to the published schedule.

GRA Recipients will receive a monthly stipend from the Research Supervisor’s Grant as determined by approved Graduate Student Support Guidelines.

GTA awards are approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the College.

GRA awards are approved by the Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs and Research on recommendation of the supervisor.

Zayed University Employee Graduate Education Scholarships

Limited and competitive scholarship support is provided for qualifying full-time Zayed University staff to assist in completing a Zayed University master’s program that directly supports their career development. The scholarship is valued at up to 40% of the published graduate program tuition.

Award Eligibility
Award Limitations
Award Determination Protocol
Award Payment
Award Approval

Zayed University employees who meet all the following criteria may apply for support under the benefit:

  • are classified as staff as defined by Human Capital policy and procedure;
  • are not in their probation period or on leave;
  • have a regular full-time contract;
  • have worked at Zayed University for a minimum of 1 year prior to the published program admission deadline;
  • have been rated as “exceeded expectations” within the last three years of employment at Zayed University;
  • are recommended by their supervisor; and,
  • have received an offer of full admission to a Zayed University master’s degree program.
  • Support under this benefit is limited and competitive.
  • Studies taken under the employee benefit shall normally support the applicant’s career development.
  • The scholarship may not be deferred or transferred.
  • Support may not be held in combination with any other major (≥ AED 25,000) scholarship award.
  • Support is limited to the specified required courses corresponding to the approved program curriculum as listed in the current Zayed University Catalog.
  • Recipients enrolled in graduate courses must be in good academic and financial standing to retain eligibility; failure to do so may result in cancellation of the award.
  • Recipients have a responsibility to complete the program according to the published schedule; failure to make adequate academic progress may result in cancellation of the award.
  • Recipients must adhere to all Zayed University policies and procedures.
  • Recipients must maintain a minimum annual employee performance standing of "fully successful".
  • Candidates may only submit one application in any fiscal year.

Eligible Zayed University employees intending to apply for support under this program must first obtain full admission to a Zayed University graduate program.

Applicants must submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Studies by the published deadline date:

Completed applications received by the deadline date will be reviewed by a selection panel composed of delegates from Human Capital and Office of Graduate Studies.

The selection panel determines the amount of scholarship, which may be up to 40% of the program fee. Their decision will take into account the benefit to the applicant in terms of developing his/her skills and knowledge as well as the benefit to the University from the applicant's proposed further study. The selection panel may also take into account staff recruitment and retention issues, as well as the current and potential future roles of the applicant.

Up to 5 awards will be made annually; 3 awards of which are reserved for Emirati employees.

  • The scholarship amount, determined by the Graduate Student Support Guidelines, is credited to the recipient’s student account as 4 equal payments according to the published schedule.
  • Recipients are responsible for the graduate program application fee (AED 400), the 10% non-refundable registration fee and any additional expenses including cost of out of sequence courses (e.g. course repeats), field trips etc.
  • Recipients will be billed for the total program costs if they resign from University employment or if their employment is terminated prior to one year following program completion.

The award is subject to final approval by the Vice-President.

Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Higher Education Grants

Although the grants support Zayed University students to pursue their graduate education, they are not limited to the master’s degree programs offered by Zayed University. The University is but one of the many options students has to pursue their graduate education.

The following Zayed University master's degree programs qualify for the grant:

  • Executive Masters in Health Care Administration (EMHCA)
  • Executive Masters in Public Administration (EMPA)
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Diplomacy and International Affairs
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.), Specialization in Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Communication Specialization in Tourism and Cultural Communication

Candidates could visit the Question and Answer sheet or visit the website http://www.emiratesfoundation.ae/en/our-programs/3294/faq-grants for the list of master’s degree programs that are supported by the grant, and what the requirements are in order to receive an award.

For more information on the Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Higher Education grants and the application process please visit the website http://www.emiratesfoundation.ae/en/our-programs/3294/zayed-university or email smbzheg@emiratesfoundation.ae