Abu Dhabi: Scholarships announced for exceptional students
High-performing Grade 12 and Year 13 students can send their applications online between March 21 and April 3.
Applications are now open for the Abu Dhabi Scholarships for Distinguished Students.
The Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge's (Adek) programme for the capital city’s outstanding Emirati students is designed to meet priority labour market needs.
"High-performing Grade 12 and Year 13 Emirati students can send their applications online between March 21 and April 3. Undergraduates aged 24 and under with offer letters to study any of the priority majors identified at the world’s top 150 universities are also eligible to apply," said Adek on Saturday.
The Abu Dhabi Scholarships for Distinguished Students programme aims to assist high performing nationals - who have achieved high school or university scores - attain their academic potential.
“The programme is designed to put their learning and experience to use in aiding the development of the emirate’s economic and societal goals,” said Samar Al Mansoori, executive director, higher education sector.
Students accepted to any of the world’s top 20 universities are eligible for the fast-track scholarship option.
With online applications being accepted over the next two weeks, eligible applicants will undergo psychometric assessments and panel interviews as part of the selection process.
Successful scholars will be expected to study at any of the programme's 150 listed universities across the Middle East, Far East, Europe, Scandinavia, North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and the USA.
Scholars qualify for tuition fees and book allowances, health insurance, travel costs, a monthly stipend including housing allowance and a bonus for high performers, and other benefits.
Successful applicants, who can benefit from a range of financial, as well as long-term career development support, must be studying majors aligned with the Abu Dhabi government’s priority sectors.
These include agriculture, forestry, fisheries and veterinary; business administration and law; engineering, manufacturing and construction; information and communication technologies; natural sciences, mathematics and statistics, health and welfare, as well as social and behavioural sciences.
“Our future generations will live in a very different world and it is essential that we prepare them for it. The Abu Dhabi Scholarships programme aims to equip future leaders and change-makers with the knowledge, support and real-world skills required to keep Abu Dhabi ahead of the change curve and meet our aspirations and goals,” added Al Mansoori.
Through the programme, the scholars have access to first-class career guidance, pathways, networking, and mentorship and internship opportunities. The consultation services that students will receive cover five main pillars - social wellbeing, academic guidance, career guidance, alumni service, and job opportunity.
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