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Scholarship Bridging Grant (Master's & PhD degrees)

The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences offers a scientific excellence program that aims to encourage and reward Kuwaiti students who have outstanding levels in scientific fields by providing them with financial support opportunities. The activities of this program include providing partial support for Master’s and PhD degrees scholarships.

This initiative came in response to the needs of a group of Kuwaiti distinguished students who obtained unconditional admission to complete their postgraduate studies in prestigious international universities, and who did not have the necessary and full support of other institutions. Therefore, this initiative came to cover the costs and expenses of Only one academic year study  (including the summer semester). The student would have to pay for the financial cost of completing his studies for the following years that are not covered with the scholarship provided by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences.

First: Conditions for Applying for the Program:

  1. The applicant should be a Kuwaiti citizen.
  2. The applicant should not be older than 35 at the time of applying for the scholarship.
  3. The applicant should have obtained First Class Honours (equivalent to 3.67 and higher for the four-point system) for the latest university qualification in the technical and scientific specializations. The applicant should have obtained Second Class Honours (equivalent to 2.67 and higher for the four-point system) for the latest university qualification in medical specialties. *
  4. The applicant should not have previously obtained the same degree that he is applying to have the scholarship for.
  5. In the event that there is a partial support from another institution to the same degree, supplementary support can be obtained to cover the cost of tuition fees and travel costs, in addition to covering the gap in financial allowances (see: General Provisions).
  6. The university’s ranking should be within the best two hundred (200) international universities in the applicant’s specialty according to the website
    https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/by-subject in the last three years. or it should be in the list of local universities to which the Ministry of Higher Education sends students or graduates of local public higher education institutions.
  7. The applicant should have obtained admission to a Master’s degree or PhD degree from an international university ranked among the best fifty (50) (Based on the applicant’s specialty ) during the last three years, in accordance with the website https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/by-subject. The university should also be accredited by The National Authority for Academic Accreditation and Quality Assurance of Education.
  8. The applicant should have obtained unconditional admission for a Master's or a PhD degree from one of the distinguished universities, in accordance with clause (7).
  9. The scholarship is limited to financial support for one academic year (including the summer semester).
  10. The application should be submitted with all the required documents within the period indicated in the announcement of the scholarship.
  11. University admission is required for the same year of the scholarship.

Second: Required documents:

  1. A copy of the civil ID
  2. A copy of the passport
  3. A certified copy of the academic degrees in which the is stated
  4. A certified copy of the transcript for the last academic qualification
  5. A paragraph of 500 words explaining the reasons for interest in this scientific field
  6. A curriculum vitae
  7. An acceptance letter from the university
  8. A certificate from the Public Institution for Social Security
  9. A copy of the university's ranking for the latest academic qualification obtained (according to speciality) from the website: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/by-subject
  10. The study program schedule (certified and obtained from the university)
  11. Submit evidence that the university where the applicant is accepted and accredited by The National Authority for Academic Accreditation and Quality Assurance of Education. This can be obtained through the website: https://nbaq.edu.kw/search/
  12. A copy of classification of the university (based on speciality) that the candidate is applying for. https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/by-subject
  13. Accreditation of higher education (university degree / required university / major).

Additional information

A symbolic reward is allocated to the applicant 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).

How to apply:

  • Submission of applications is open once a year on April for a period of one month.
  • The applications are submitted to the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences during the during the specified announced submission period.
  • To access the application form, please click here.
  • For more information, please contact: rgraduates@kfas.org.kw