Saudi Arabia

KAUST Scholarship for MS and PhD in KSA 2020

Full funded MS/PhD scholarships at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, KSA

Introduction to Kaust Scholarship

King Abdullah University of Sciences and Technology (KAUST) is a world-renowned university established the regime of King Abdulla in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. KAUST is known for its rigorous research and extravagant funding. All the students admitted in KAUST receive 100% funding including a full tuition fee waiver, a living stipend, and other research funds. Every year more than 200 students are offered KAUST scholarship for MS, MS-PhD, and Ph.D. programs from around the world. Applications are open for admission into the Fall 2020 semester and there is no application fee. Here is the complete detail of application procedure, required documents, eligibility criteria and online application process.

Programs offering KAUST Scholarship

KAUST is established for the growth of sciences and technology in the modern age of information and communication technologies. The programs offered in the KAUST are:

Available Fields & Majors Offered by KAUST

  1. Applied Maths and Computational Science
    • Specialization
      1. Applied Mathematics
      2. Computational Science and Engineering
  2. Applied Physics
    • Specialization
      1. Applied Physics
  3. Bioengineering
    • Specialization
      1. Biosensors and Bioelectronics
      2. Bioinformatics and Machine Learning
      3. Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
      4. Synthetic Biology
  4. Bioscience
    • Specialization
      1. Cell and Molecular Biology
      2. Biomolecular Engineering
      3. Biophysics and Bioimaging
  5. Chemical Science
    • Specialization
      1. Chemical Science
  6. Chemical and Biological Engineering
    • Specialization
      1. Advanced Chemical Engineering
      2. Advanced Biological Engineering
  7. Computer Science
    • Specialization
      1. Computer Science
  8. Earth Science and Engineering
    • Specialization
      1. Solid Earth Systems
      2. Fluid Earth Systems
  9. Electrical Engineering
    • Specialization
      1. Electrophysics
      2. Systems
  10. Energy Resources and Petroleum Engineering
    • Specialization
      1. Energy Resources and Petroleum Engineering
  11. Environmental Sc. and Engineering
    • Specialization
      1. Water Quality, Chemistry, and Treatment
      2. Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology
      3. Environmental Hydrology and Fluid Mechanics
      4. Materials for Environmental Science and Engineering
  12. Marine Science and Engineering
    • Specialization
      1. Marine Science and Engineering
  13. Materials Science and Engineering
    • Specialization
      1. Materials Science and Engineering
  14. Mechanical Engineering
    • Specialization
      1. Mechanical Engineering
  15. Plant Science
    • Specialization
      1. Plant Science
  16. Statistics
    • Specialization
      1. Statistics

Eligibility Criteria for KAUST Scholarship

Read the Eligibility Criteria Carefully Please.

  1. Candidates from all over the world with any Nationality are eligible.
  2. Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply for Master’s Degree programs.
  3. Applicants with a Master’s degree are eligible to apply for Doctoral Degree programs
  4. Applicants must be healthy both physically and mentally, excellent in academic standing and with good conduct.
  5. Applicants may not hold any other scholarship at the same time.
  6. Complete and Full Application Form should be submitted.
  7. There is No Application Fee.

Terms and Conditions

Financial Benefits

At KAUST, every admitted student is granted the KAUST Fellowship-giving you an unparalleled opportunity to enroll in any of our renowned graduate programs tuition-free. You can live on the shores of the Red Sea; conduct groundbreaking research in our state-of-the-art research centers; and receive unsurpassed support through our living stipend, generous scholarship, and extensive academic community.

Our students explore some of the most pressing issues facing the world today, from environmental crisis to global water and food supply challenges. Led by our world-class faculty, our students conduct next-level research and invent solutions that will solve the problems of the future. Located on the shores of the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia, KAUST presents a unique opportunity to combine an international graduate experience with unsurpassed research-all with the benefit of a tuition-free degree through our KAUST Fellowship.

Every admitted student earns the KAUST Fellowship, which grants them:

  • Full Free Tuition Support
  • Monthly Living Allowance (From $20,000 to $30,000 annually, depending on qualifications and degree progress)
  • Housing
  • Medical and dental coverage
  • Relocation Support

Requirements to Apply for KAUST Scholarship

At KAUST, our students and faculty come from every corner of the globe, bringing a multicultural perspective to the challenges of the scientific community. Admission to KAUST is rigorous and thorough, allowing us to cultivate a cohort of future global leaders.

Applications Open for Fall-2020 intake of KAUST Scholarship

KAUST encourages all interested students to apply as early as possible to receive an earlier decision and have ample time for visa processing. Normally, there is no deadline to apply for the KAUST scholarship.

Graduate admissions requirements include:

  • Official university transcripts
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS English language proficiency score
  • Official GRE scores (GRE submission is encouraged and will enhance an application, but it is not compulsory)

School Reports & Transcripts

You must submit an official complete university Transcript/ Mark sheets/ Graduation Certificate/ Academic Record from every institution previously attended. A scan of the official transcript provided by the university in the native language must be uploaded into the online application along with the certified English translation. Your transcript must include the university grading scale for all documents submitted. If offered admission, an official final transcript must be sent to the Office of Admissions prior to arrival (during the onboarding process) in a sealed envelope.


A summary of your job experience, research experience, and any other relevant information should also be submitted with your application. If you have publications, please include abstracts of these in your resume.

Statement of Purpose

750 words (approximately) concerning your past work, preparation for the intended field of study, relevant background and interests, academic plans, and career objectives. Please describe your reasons for applying to the particular KAUST program for which you are seeking admission.

Letters of Recommendation

You must have three letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf. Letters of recommendation are important and should be written by professors or advisors under whom you have pursued research or taken courses in your major field of study. Recommendation letters should be submitted through the application directly from the recommender. Recommenders should provide details about how he/she knows your work, as well as comparative statements (e.g., top 1% of the class, best in the past five years, etc.), and insight into your research ability.

Standardized Test Requirements for KAUST Scholarship

KAUST requires a minimum TOEFL score of 79 on the IBT (Internet Based Test) or 6.0 on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The KAUST admissions code is 4107. Only official TOEFL or IELTS scores will be accepted. TOEFL or IELTS scores for tests administered by an educational institution for admission to that particular institution are not acceptable.

A TOEFL or IELTS score is not required if the applicant received a degree from an accredited institution in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.

KAUST does not require the GRE exam for admission. However, we strongly encourage students to take the GRE general test. A high quantitative score on the GRE will enhance a student’s application. Official test results should be sent directly from ETS. The KAUST admissions code is 4139. The average GRE quantitative score for admitted students is currently 774 out of 800.

How to Apply For KAUST Scholarship

You have to Apply Online For KAUST Scholarship. All the details are mentioned in the below links with the official advertisement too.




Online application link: Apply to KAUST

KAUST Application Review and Admission Process

Admission Review

Your Application must be complete for it to be reviewed by the Admissions Office. If your file is missing documents, you will be asked to submit them before it can be reviewed.

Faculty Review Committee

If your application passes the Admissions review, it will be evaluated by the faculty review committee of each program.

Academic Interview

If selected, you will be invited for an academic interview with KAUST Faculty.

KAUST Interview

This is a personal interview, either via Skype video chat and/or in person.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there any application fee to apply at KAUST?

No, there is no application fee to apply for KAUST Scholarship.

Can I apply to KAUST without GRE?

Yes, you can apply for the KAUST Scholarship without GRE. But it is recommended to have taken GRE before applying. GRE quantitative score should be high (160+ is a good score).

For other KSA scholarships, you may visit the page: Saudi Arabia Scholarship for Pakistan.


Muhammad Sarwar

Muhammad Sarwar is an Electrical Engineer by profession and a blogger by passion. He loves to teach and share knowledge. He's a Fulbright scholarship awardee. He reads books, play games, blogs and program in his spare time.

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