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Graduate Scholarships

Graduate Scholarships

Khalifa University offers its graduate students several comprehensive scholarships that aim to provide recipients with all necessary educational expenses and the potential to earn an attractive monthly salary. The Buhooth and Waived Fees scholarships are available to UAE Nationals. Non-UAE National applicants may be eligible for a position as a Teaching Assistant/Associate.

About the Program

Buhooth is an ambitious program that aims to achieve the vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan of transforming the UAE into a Center of Excellence in Engineering and Science Research. The program offers Master and Doctorate scholarships for UAE Nationals. It encourages and promotes graduate studies and research in the UAE, and seeks to graduate UAE Nationals with specialized skills to benefit UAE institutions.

Graduates will support nationalization across all sectors, including Higher Education. Additionally, the program will establish and promote research collaboration between academia and industry, as well as providing the means for know-how and technology transfer to the country. Under this program, students will be registered in selected Master and Doctorate programs offered by Khalifa University or top international universities.

Benefits

*Please note that scholarship benefits are subject to change.

  • An attractive monthly stipend.
  • Payment of all tuition fees.
  • Support for attending international research conferences.
  • Support for visits to international research centers.

There are two types of scholarships:

1) UAE-Based Buhooth:

This scholarship will provide an opportunity for candidates to pursue Master and Doctorate studies at Khalifa University.

  • The scholarship will be open for selected majors only as decided by Khalifa University
  • A candidate holding a Bachelor degree will sign a contract committing to complete Master studies at Khalifa University. No work commitment is required after graduation.
  • A candidate holding a Master degree will sign a contract committing to complete Doctorate studies at Khalifa University. No work commitment is required after graduation.

The monthly stipend for this scheme is as follows:

Monthly Salary During Master Studies:

Married Single
AED 34,000 AED 32,000

Monthly Salary During Doctorate Studies:

Married Single
AED 42,000 AED 39,000

2) International Buhooth

This scholarship will provide an opportunity for candidates to pursue Master and Doctorate studies at top international universities. 

  • The scholarship will be open for selected majors only, as decided by Khalifa University.
  • The scholarship will be offered to a limited number of candidates per year and is therefore very highly competitive.
  • A candidate holding a Bachelor degree will sign a contract committing to complete both Master and Doctorate studies and then accept employment in a suitable post for a period of time which is at least equal to the study period.
  • A candidate holding a Master degree will sign a contract committing to complete Doctorate studies and then accept employment in a suitable post for a period of time which is at least equal to the study period.
  • The total salary* for this scheme is as follows (subject to change):

Monthly Salary During Master Studies:

Married Single
AED 39,000 AED 37,000

Monthly Salary During Doctorate Studies:

Married Single
AED 47,000 AED 44,000

** The above amounts include an AED 5,000 per month that is paid as an additional allowance while the student is outside the UAE

  • Candidates on this scholarship are placed on an “employment contract” and are therefore registered on the Abu Dhabi Retirement Pensions and Benefits Fund during the period of study.
  • Candidates on this scholarship are eligible for medical insurance for self, spouse and dependent children.
  • Candidates on this scholarship are eligible for yearly tickets for self, spouse and dependent children.

 Eligibility for Buhooth scholarship

  • Applicants must be UAE Nationals.
  • Applicants must satisfy the admission requirements of the academic program that they are applying to.
  • Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee a scholarship award. In order to be competitive, applicants must have much higher credentials, particularly for International Buhooth.

Application

Please refer to the Graduate Admissions webpage to apply for graduate programs.

Teaching Assistant/Associate Scholarships are available to help qualified non-UAE National students enroll in graduate programs at Khalifa University. The scholarships offer generous remuneration and benefits, including (subject to change):

    • Attractive monthly stipend:
    • Full payment of all tuition fees
    • Support for attending conferences

Khalifa University offers this scholarship to help employed UAE Nationals enroll in its graduate programs on a part-time basis.

ETIC is a research and innovation center jointly established by Emirates Advanced Research and Technology Holding (EARTH) and Khalifa University. The center is located at the Abu Dhabi Campus of Khalifa University with management and research staff from both founding partners.

Through collaboration between industry and academia, ETIC aims to become a driving force for innovation in the field of computer-aided technologies and other selective-system technologies in the region and beyond.

EARTH is a limited liability company, established on 28 July 2008, to provide R&D services as well as sophisticated technical equipment to government and private organizations.

  • EARTH/ETIC offers an opportunity to achieve academic and career growth at the same time.
  • All candidates will be placed on an employment contract: years of study will be counted as experience (registration with pension fund & Ministry of Labor) with full entitlement of Compensation & Benefits as per company grading system.
  • While completing a Masters and Doctorate, candidates will be working on company projects, which will allow them to transfer their study and research to actual projects.
  • Candidates will sign a contract committing to complete the Masters and Doctorate, and to work for the equivalent period after graduation.

Compensation and benefits:

  • Salaries starting from AED 36,000.
  • Annual Vacation Allowance (equal to one month’s basic salary).
  • Education Allowance: per year, per dependent child, for maximum 3 children (as per EARTH policy and procedure).
  • Additional Monthly Incentive Allowances (while completing PhD & MSc) for GPA 3.0 and above.
  • Career Path supported by six year professional development pathway.
  • Sponsored attendance at international conferences and exhibitions.
  • Registration on the Abu Dhabi Retirement Pensions and Benefits Fund & MOL during the period of study.

EBTIC is an ICT research and innovation centre established by Etisalat, BT (British Telecom), and Khalifa University and supported by ICT Fund in the UAE.

EBTIC aims to advance intelligent systems technologies for the Next Generation Networks (NGNs) and NGN-enabled ICT applications and services, in order to put in place the support infrastructure to facilitate, develop and enable the Digital Networked Economy in the UAE and beyond.

Through collaboration with industry, universities and governmental organisations, EBTIC is expected to become a driving force for innovation in the field of NGN-enabled ICT applications and services, both within the Middle East region and beyond.

EBTIC offers fully-funded Buhooth scholarships for UAE National students wishing to undertake a Masters or PhD degree on a full-time basis. The research projects will be linked to the major projects being undertaken within the Center.

Eligibility

Applicants must satisfy the admission requirements of the academic program that they are applying to and meet the eligibility criteria outlined for UAE-based Buhooth scholarships.

ARIC was established in 2012 as a joint effort between Mubadala Aerospace and Khalifa University to undertake cutting-edge research in aerospace engineering.

The initial focus of the research activity will be on developing new and novel techniques for manufacturing advanced composites and developing advanced procedures for the automated manufacturing and assembly of aerospace structures.

ARIC will also act as a global research hub – collaborating with leading universities across the world, developing research opportunities over a broad spectrum of areas, and assisting technology transfer and innovation possibilities across the aerospace sector.

ARIC offers fully-funded Buhooth scholarships for UAE National students wishing to undertake a Masters or PhD degree on a full-time basis. The research projects will be linked to the major projects being undertaken within ARIC and will involve working closely with the aerospace industry on the latest technological challenges.

Eligibility

Applicants must satisfy the admission requirements of the academic program that they are applying to and meet the eligibility criteria outlined for UAE-based Buhooth scholarships.