Abu Dhabi Opens Scholarships Drive For Top Performing Emirati Students

ADEK to support high-scoring Emirati pupils on to attend world’s top 150 universities.

The Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) announced opening applications for the ‘Abu Dhabi Scholarships for Distinguished Students’ programme for Abu Dhabi’s outstanding Emirati students.

Applications for the scholarships are being accepted online until 03rd April for high-performing Emirati grade 12 ( Year 13) students and undergraduates aged 24 and under, with offer letters to study any of the priority majors identified at the world’s top 150 universities.

Selection process

The programme aims to assist high performing Emiratis — who have achieved top school or university scores — attain their academic potential and put their learning and experience to use in “aiding the development of the emirate’s economic and societal goals”.

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

Priority sectors

Successful applicants, who can benefit from a range of financial as well as long-term career development support must be studying majors aligned to the Abu Dhabi government’s priority sectors, including 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 behavioral sciences.

Consultation services


The consultation services that students will receive cover five main pillars — social well-being, academic guidance, career guidance, alumni service, and job opportunity.

The career guidance given will be in-line with the UAE’s human capital needs to ensure the scholars meet the requirements of a future ready workforce, as per Abu Dhabi’s wider strategic plan for a knowledge-based economy


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