Undergraduate Discovery Scholarships

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King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Undergraduate Discovery Scholarships

The KAUST Discovery Scholarship is the general scholarship program of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).

This program is designed to ensure that any highly talented student who is qualified and eligible to enroll in KAUST will receive full financial support while at the University. Those who receive a Discovery Scholarship will receive full tuition support, a living stipend, and summer and career enrichment programs.

KAUST will offer Discovery Scholarships to all KAUST students – an exceptional level of support intended to attract gifted and talented students from Saudi Arabia and from other countries around the world.

KAUST will offer a pre-enrollment version of this general scholarship program to students attending first-university or bachelor’s degree programs. KAUST will provide financial support to pre-enrollment Discovery Scholarship recipients at their home institutions prior to the University’s opening. Upon graduation, these students will enter KAUST as master’s degree students in September 2009 and 2010 to complete their graduate studies on a fully funded scholarship.

Recipients of the KAUST Discovery Scholarship represent future leaders in science, engineering and technology.

Students may apply for a KAUST Discovery Scholarship directly, or they may be nominated by a professor at their institution.

All applicants must fully complete their online application and send or attach all required documents by November 9, 2007.

For more information, please review KAUST’s list of frequently asked questions about the KAUST Discovery Scholarship.

To qualify for a KAUST Discovery Scholarship, you:

* Must be able to provide an official first-university or bachelor’s university record or transcript documenting coursework taken and highest academic achievement;
* Must be currently enrolled in a first university or bachelor’s degree program in a field of study that is related to the overall KAUST mission (engineering, science, mathematics, environmental science, computer science, etc.);
* Must have, at a minimum, one of the following as an English language proficiency test score:
o 550 TOEFL Paper-Based Test (TOEFL ITP also accepted)
o 213 TOEFL Computer-Based Test
o 79-80 iBT
o 6.0 IELTS

Native English speakers do not need to provide English-language test scores;
* Must demonstrate academic and research interest and/or leadership potential that can be documented in your Statement of Purpose on the application;
* Must be able and willing to matriculate at KAUST in Saudi Arabia upon the completion of your first-university or bachelor’s degree; and
* Must be able to travel outside your home country to attend KAUST-sponsored enrichment activities.

Selection Criteria
KAUST has developed a fair, consistent and transparent selection process for the KAUST Discovery Scholarship. Applicants will be evaluated by the following criteria:

* Academic achievement
* First university or bachelor’s field of study
* Commitment to KAUST goals
* Statement of Purpose
* Demonstrated leadership abilities
* Involvement in related extracurricular activities
* Commitment to matriculate at KAUST upon graduation

If you are awarded the KAUST Discovery Scholarship, KAUST will provide the following benefits:

Recipients of the KAUST Discovery Scholarship represent future leaders in science, engineering and technology.

o For the remainder of your first university or bachelor’s degree program of study, you will receive:
+ Full tuition to complete your first university or bachelor’s degree at your current institution
+ A living stipend based on your current city and country of residence
+ An allowance to purchase text books
+ An allowance to purchase a laptop.
+ All economy class travel costs associated with your participation in KAUST-sponsored enrichment activities throughout the remainder of your first university or bachelor’s degree program. In particular, travel associated with the following activities:
# Scholarship award ceremony event
# Global workshop at the KAUST campus in Saudi Arabia
# Regional leadership workshop
o Upon the completion of your first university of bachelor’s degree program, you will receive:
+ Admission into a master’s degree program upon meeting the program’s admission requirements at the KAUST campus in Saudi Arabia.
+ A full scholarship at KAUST, including tuition, housing and travel costs

For more information and online application, please visit the official website.

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