Abu Dhabi unveils scholarship programme for 6,000 Emiratis

Emirati Scholarship Programme
$500 million scholarship programme for those who  haven’t benefited previously

Abu Dhabi has unveiled one of the largest university scholarship programmes to date. The programme will offer 6,000 Emiratis the chance to study in the US and Canada.

The total funding amount for this project amounts to AED 1.9 billion ( $500 million ). This will pay for students to attend universities until 2028. It is aimed at those who haven’t benefited previously from the overseas funding from the government.

The Khotwa ( RizeUp ) programme was created by Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed, member of Abu Dhabi Executive Council and chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Office.

This landmark programme is a strategic investment by the Abu Dhabi government to continue nurturing future-ready Emirati bachelor degree holders.

The department aims to enrol 100 students in the first group this year, with numbers set to increase annually to reach a total of 6,000 scholarship beneficiaries.

Qualification criteria for overseas scholarship

Pupils at public, private and charter schools across Abu Dhabi with a minimum GPA of 65 per cent in their Grade 12 finals are eligible for the RizeUp scholarship programme. They need to have a minimum score of 3.0 on their IELTS test.

The same criteria apply to National Service Graduates who do not hold a bachelor’s degree. Priority will be given to candidates whose families are receiving social support.

This will enable a greater number of Emirati students who have not previously received scholarships to study abroad.


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