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Scholarship programs for UAE Nationals

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Staff Writer, TLR

Published on July 14, 2023, 17:41:00


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By removing the financial barrier, a scholarship can help you achieve your academic and career goals. Obtaining a scholarship eliminates any financial concerns. As a result, you will have more time to study, develop information, and improve your grades. The United Arab Emirates offers a number of scholarships to its citizens in order to support the country's education sector as well as its general economic growth. This article summarises these scholarship opportunities.


The Ministry of Education offers scholarships to UAE nationals for graduate and undergraduate programmes at one of the ministry's approved universities, providing the applicant meets the following criteria:

  1. is a UAE national
  2. has a good reputation
  3. has a very good average in the previous qualification according to the established norms
  4. Having received the required score on the college/language university's proficiency examination

The below are categories of applicants who are eligible for scholarships:

  1. Undergraduate students
  2. graduate students
  3. students who are studying on their own money and want to apply for a scholarship
  4. students with excellent academic achievement
  5. individuals who are employed

In order to avail the scholarships provided by the Ministry of Education, the concerned individuals can apply for scholarship eservice via https://www.moe.gov.ae/En/EServices/ServiceCard/pages/Scholarships.aspx  to read the terms and conditions that apply to availing the scholarship and thereafter apply.


  1. Ministry of Presidential Affairs - The Ministry of Presidential Affairs' Scholarship Office selects excellent Emirati students to study at prominent international universities overseas. The SCO manages two scholarship programmes:
  • Distinguished Student Scholarship (DSS)
  • Study Abroad Scholarship Programme (SASP)

The Cabinet and the Minister of Presidential Affairs decided to select an elite group of prestigious Emirati students early in their educational endeavors and send them on scholarships to reputable local and international universities to specialise in different fields that meet the country's future requirements and provide it with nationwide cadres and a competent generation to continue the development process.

  1. Department of Education and Knowledge - By cooperating with organisations around the UAE, the Department of Education and Knowledge gives scholarships to deserving UAE students. Scholarships are given in a variety of fields, including science and technology, education, urban planning, food safety, and transportation. The ADS (Abu Dhabi Scholarship) scholarship programme is for students in Grade 12 / Year 13 and current university undergraduate students. You can skip the qualifying requirements and get shortlisted right away if you've been accepted to one of the top 20 universities.
  2. TDRA Scholarship – Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority offers Betha programme for undergraduate and graduate students interested in Information and Communications Technology related areas through its ICT Fund. Its goal is to improve the national education sector by assisting UAE academically renowned cadres in leading the nation's education in ICT-related subjects, in order to fulfil the sector's annual emerging demands and the growing need for ICT-specialized national human resources. Hundreds of grants for bachelor's and master's degrees have been awarded through the Betha programme, allowing Emirati students to study in the UAE, Australia, and Japan.
  3. Entaliq Scholarship - The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) provides scholarships to the UAE's outstanding students who have a desire to become top engineers or scientists. Through MBRSC partnerships all over the world, the programme provides access to international experience. Applications should be sent to scholarships@mbrsc.ae together with the appropriate documents.
  4. Efaad by the Dubai Police – Dubai Police offers its personnel (military and civilian) the opportunity to submit all applications connected to completing their university studies and to continue their academic studies in a smart and innovative manner.

It also permits the candidate to acquire all scholarship-related services both inside and outside the country (Educational services, administrative and communication services, and financial services)

  1. DP World – The program's goal is to find and support qualified students from approved schools and institutions throughout the emirates for jobs within the company. The applicants will be positioned in IT or other appropriate departments within Port & Terminal.
  2. RTA – The Roads and Transport Authority offer yearly scholarship money for exceptional high school graduates to finish their university studies and acquire bachelor’s degree in different disciplines with the top universities and according to the authority’s need for theses discipline’s, with the goal of attracting and certifying them, in order to use them as competent and specialised workers after their graduation.

The High-School Scholarships Programme gives complete sponsorship to associated students providing a fixed monthly stipend to assist their studies and motivate students to finish their academic credentials. RTA is making significant efforts to attract and educate Emiratis, in accordance with our leaders' directions to empower citizens to contribute to the ongoing development effort.

  1. Khalifa University – This university provides scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to scholarships provided by external sponsors, Khalifa University offers scholarships to UAE nationals and overseas students.
  2. Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) - All full-time admitted students are given the opportunity to finish their studies with a full scholarship, which includes 100% tuition, a monthly stipend, and many other privileges. Students must, however, maintain a high academic standing, follow the University's rules of behavior, and meet specific standards in order to keep their scholarships, financial aid, and other advantages during their studies.
  3. EDAAD Scholarship programme - General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Minister of Defense, is the sponsor of the EDAAD Scholarship Program. The Arabic word EDAAD means "to prepare."

To be considered, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Nationality of the United Arab Emirates
  • A bachelor's degree with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a TOEFL score of 213 on the computer-based version
  • Work experience of three years with growing responsibilities
  • Leadership abilities that have been demonstrated.

The EDAAD scholarship program's objective is to improve the capabilities of UAE nationals and promote the UAE's economic growth in the twenty-first century.

High-achieving nationals will be supported to study at top-ranked colleges throughout the world as part of the initiative. As a result, the scholarship programme recognises young people's potential and promotes those with leadership skills and who have made a positive contribution to society.

Scholarships are not awarded only on the basis of academic achievement. The scholarship office considers leadership, long-term objectives, and one's service to society, among other things.

  1. Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation - ENEC provides scholarships to deserving Emirati students pursuing a Bachelor's or Master's degree in nuclear engineering.

The programme is given in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Polytechnic to provide students with the opportunity to obtain practical experience and become acquainted with experts in the industry. To be considered for the programme, a student must:

  • Be a UAE citizen.
  • You must be at least 22 years old.
  • Be an Advanced Track high school graduate with a minimum grade point average of 80%.
  • Pass the English proficiency test with a 5.5 or higher (IELTS)

A scholarship can make a major difference in how much time and money you have during university to spend on service-learning, voluntary work, and apprenticeships to broaden your knowledge and experience. On a more personal level, a scholarship might boost your self-esteem and provide you with better resiliency. More information about these scholarships can be found on the UAE Government's official website.

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