KAUST Global Fellowship Program at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia

Designation/Position- KAUST Global Fellowship Program

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia, invites applications for KAUST Global Fellowship Program from eligible and interested candidates.

About- The KAUST Global Fellowship Program supports outstanding emerging research leaders and scientists worldwide to build their path towards a fully independent career. The program inspires the young generation of scientists and engineers to explore and address global challenges and opportunities for the benefit of humanity. The program is merit based, targeting excellent postdocs with  breakthrough ideas to complement, support, contribute and advance the major research initiatives of KAUST. In our ‘research-first’  environment, Global Fellows have full access to key research tools, equipment, unparalleled facilities, and expertise surrounded by a  strong community of excellence.

Research/Job Area- Science and Engineering

Location- King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia


Applicants Eligibility

For an applicant to be eligible for this Fellowship:

  • Must be within four years of earning their Ph.D. or have a maximum of four years of post-Ph.D. research experience with a justified career break (see Guide for Applicants or the FAQs);
  • Must expect to complete their Ph.D. prior to the start of their Fellowship;
  • Must be ready to move in KAUST to undertake their proposed three-year research project*;
  • Must have a KAUST faculty member agreeing to host the applicant and support their independent research under this Fellowship, if successful. Applicants will need to include supportive evidence in regard to this agreement between them and the KAUST PI (e.g. Host PI support letter or email confirmation)

People of all nationalities are welcome to apply. We encourage female applications for a better gender balance in science.

*Candidates need to satisfy all Kingdom of Saudi Arabia requirements to obtain resident status.

Proposal Eligibility

For a proposal to be eligible under this Fellowship, it should:

  • Focus in one or more of the KAUST five Research Pillars: Water, Energy, the Environment, Food & Health, and the Digital domain 
  • Have a 3-year duration
  • Follow the budget and financial guidelines of the call
  • Use the templates provided

KAUST Global Fellowship Program is supporting research in line with the programs of KAUST academic divisions; Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering (BESE)Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering (CEMSE), and Physical Science and Engineering (PSE).

Job/Position Description- 

Three years of funding– Each proposal receives an independent annual research budget of up to $45,000 and a yearly living stipend of $75,000 plus benefits, including medical insurance, accommodation, schooling, relocation, and travel allowances to focus on your independent research on a full-time basis.

To be an internationally recognized Fellowship that supports and empowers early career scientists and engineers to unlock their full potential and shape the future by turning their research into real-world solutions.

How to Apply- 

  • Applications must be drafted in English using the provided templates and must be submitted via the online application form.
  • Any application received after the deadline will not be considered for evaluation.
  • Before applying, download and carefully read the instructions, materials and templates:

                Application Guidelines – Update 0.1

                Instructions to Applicants

                Host confirmation letter Template

                Research Proposal Template

Required Documents

The following documents must be uploaded and submitted with the online application form:

  • Most recent CV (max 4 pages)
  • Research proposal (template)
  • Two publications (links or attachments)
  • KAUST Host PI letter (template)
  • Two reference letters are to be received from referees via email

Last Date for Apply– 15 January 2022

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