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PhD Students Supplementary Fund Grant

Based on the basic objectives of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences, which include supporting the development of scientific researchers’ capabilities and boosting scientific communication with prestigious academic and research institutions, the Research Department has prepared a subprogramme to offer a research grant to postgraduate students (the Graduate Research Grant Award). This programme targets students who fulfil the grants requirements and aims at supporting them carry out the scientific research conducted as part of their post graduate academic studies to obtain a PhD degree in a distinguished international university or at Kuwait University. The scholarship focuses on offering supplementary financial support that provides the beneficiary student with some research facilities to help him complete the scientific research he is assigned to complete during his postgraduate university studies.

Scholarship Goals:

  • Achieving one of the strategic objectives of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences in developing research capabilities by strengthening the capacities of postgraduate students enrolled in prestigious academic and research institutions.
  • Boosting scientific exchange between the programs of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences and prestigious academic institutions.

Conditions for Granting the Scholarship:

  1. The scholarship offered by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences is complementary to the support provided for postgraduate (PhD) students conducting research studies in the most prestigious academic and research institutions internationally, and does not include the tuition fees, salaries and other benefits.
  2. The applicant should have an outstanding level, with a GPA for the last obtained academic certificate that is not less than 3.5 in the four-point system or its equivalent.
  3. The applicant should have passed the qualification stages for obtaining the PhD.
  4. The scholarship is only intended for Kuwaiti students enrolled in one of the most prestigious international universities or Kuwait University. The university where the applicant have obtained the latest academic qualification should be classified among the top two hundred (200) international universities in the applicant’s specialty, in accordance with the website https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/by-subject.
  5. The scholarship is to be approved only after the academic or research institution has approved the student’s thesis proposal.

Additional Information:

  • A contract is concluded between the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences and the beneficiary (the institution supervising the research and the student). The administrative and financial responsibility for the grant of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences rests primarily with the academic or research institution.
  • The academic or research institution awarding the PhD degree should submit a progress reports on the advancement of the project, a copy of the student’s thesis, and a scientific paper published in scientific journals, if available.
  • The scholarship does not cover salaries for the research team (students and supervisors).
  • A symbolic reward is allocated to the student and a similar symbolic reward is allocated to the supervising professor as well when the scientific paper is published in one of the best 25% (Q1) of international periodicals and journals (as per the ranking in the scientific field of the student) of the competitive positions of scientific periodicals and journals in accordance with the internationally recognized standards (Journal Citation Reports)).

The granted scholarship can cover the following items:

  1. Purchase of accessories for devices available in the scientific department or of consumables.
  2. Purchase of software programs or computer models related to the research subject.
  3. Paying for laboratory tests (lab analysis charges), any other fees related to operating the project, or other fees approved by the research supervisor.
  4. Paying for the costs of printing and publishing, provided that these costs do not exceed three hundred Kuwaiti dinars. Students are highly encouraged to publish their paper in the one of the best 25% (Q1) of international periodicals and magazines in his field of study.
  5. Covering the costs of one scientific mission during the project, provided that it does not exceed KD 1,200. (Travel expenses).

Required Documents:

  1. A research proposal (approved by the supervising professor), which should include a title and an abstract in both Arabic and English languages, as well as the project summary, objectives, methodology, timeline and detailed budget.
  2. The student’s Curriculum Vitae.
  3. A copy of the civil ID and passport.
  4. An official letter from the supervising professor addressed to the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences confirming the student’s participation in the research program.
  5. An official letter from the university president addressed to the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences confirming the student’s participation in the research program.
  6. A copy of the latest academic certificate grades report. One of the important criteria for accepting the application is having a GPA of more than 3.5 for a Bachelor's / Master's degree.
  7. A letter from the Kuwaiti cultural attaché confirming the student’s enrolment in the stated university (if any).
  8. A letter approving the application for the scholarship from the institution that funds the doctoral degree (Scholarship).

How to Apply: