Unlock your potential with our upcoming scholarship application cycle, starting April 1, 2024.

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    The Scholarship Office is managed through the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research to support the academic and professional development of promising Emirati students and professionals. It provides funding for students to pursue undergraduate or postgraduate studies at select domestic institutions as well as top tier universities overseas, particularly in the UK, US, Canada, and Australia. Additionally, the Scholarship Office provides academic advising and support for applying to overseas universities, including exploration of academic programs and careers that meet the strategic needs of the emirate and enrich the Ras Al Khaimah community.


    The Scholarship Office strives to be a champion for talent development in Ras Al Khaimah, working in partnership with government and academic institutions to prepare the next generation of Emiratis to successfully lead the emirate and UAE in an interconnected and global world.


    The Scholarship Office supports promising students and professionals in realizing their potential through university studies, preparing them to serve as future leaders who contribute to the strategic development and vision of Ras Al Khaimah and the broader UAE.

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    • Identify promising Ras Al Khaimah students and support their academic and personal development through university studies.
    • Support Ras Al Khaimah Government entities in developing future leaders through postgraduate studies and specialized qualifications.
    • Encourage varied careers and the development of knowledge and expertise for addressing the vision and strategic needs of the emirate.
    • Build collaborations with government entities and academic institutions that support talent development.

    Types of Scholarships

    The Scholarship Office administers full, partial, and supplemental scholarships for domestic and overseas studies at the bachelor, master, and doctoral (PhD) levels. Funding and specific inclusions are determined based on the admitting universities/degree programs, available budget, and co-sponsorship support from other entities such as an employer or the Ministry of Education. General inclusions based on the type of approved universities and degree programs:

    UAE Private Universities

    • Up to 100% tuition and fees for bachelor degree programs
    • Up to 50% tuition and fees for master degree programs

    UAE Federal Universities

    • Monthly stipends for bachelor degree programs
    • Up to 50% tuition and fees for master degree programs

    Overseas Universities

    • Monthly stipends for bachelor, master, and doctoral degree programs sponsored through the Ministry of Education
    • Full scholarships (tuition, monthly stipend, health insurance, air tickets) for master degree programs strategic to the needs of Ras Al Khaimah Government


    The Scholarship Office seeks to award scholarships to the emirate’s very best students and most promising professionals. Applicants who meet all minimum eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply. Given the competitive nature of scholarships, it is important to note that recipients often exceed one or more minimum requirements.

    General Eligibility

    Undergraduate Degrees (Bachelor)

    Eligibility Criteria Minimum Requirements
    Secondary School Record
    • Graduated from secondary school less than two years ago (unless completing military service)
    • Minimum score of 95% on the General Secondary Certificate Examination (or equivalency)
    EMSAT Score
    • General Studies (including medicine): 1400
    • Nursing: 1100

    IELTS Score
    (English Language Proficiency)

    (Note: Some universities may have higher requirements for unconditional admission)

    Domestic Scholarships

    • General Studies: IELTS score of 6.0
    • Medicine: IELTS score of 6.5
    • Pharmacy or Nursing: IELTS score of 5.5

    Overseas Scholarships

    • IELTS score of 6.5
    Overseas Scholarship Applicants
    • Confirmed scholarship from the Ministry of Education
    Current University Student Applicants
    • One term of degree program completed with a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA equivalent

    Employed Applicants

    • Line manager support for pursuing bachelor degree

    *Exceptions for minimum secondary school results and EMSAT scores may be made for current RAK Government employees, particularly those converting higher diplomas to bachelor degrees.

    Postgraduate Degrees (Master and PhD)

    Eligibility Criteria Minimum Requirements

    University Academic Record

    • Prior bachelor / master degree(s) with a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA equivalent

    IELTS Score
    (English Language Proficiency)

    (Note: Some universities may have higher requirements for unconditional admission)
    • Domestic: IELTS score of 6.5
    • Overseas: IELTS score of 7.0

    Overseas Scholarship Applicants

    • Master degree: confirmed scholarship from the Ministry of Education unless admitted to a top 100 global university
    • PhD degree: confirmed scholarship from the Ministry of Education
    • Successful Scholarship Office interview
    Current University Student Applicants
    • One year of degree program completed with a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA equivalent

    Employed Applicants

    • Line manager support for pursuing master or PhD degree



















    *Applicants seeking scholarships to pursue domestic master degree programs should be employed, with preference given to current RAK Government employees.

    Other Professional Qualifications

    Eligibility Criteria Minimum Requirements
    Employment Status
    • Current Ras Al Khaimah Government employee with a completed bachelor degree in relevant field
    • Minimum three years of employment with Ras Al Khaimah Government in a field relevant to anticipated qualification
    • Must be relevant to current (or future) role and responsibilities
    • Line manager support for pursuing professional qualification

    How to Apply

    The annual scholarship application cycle usually opens in April and closes in June. All applicants must complete the relevant online application and upload required documents to the scholarship portal by stated deadlines to be considered for potential scholarship awards. The Scholarship Office will not accept in-person application submissions.

    Individuals planning to apply for a scholarship should follow the steps outlined below:

    • Visit the online scholarship portal
    • Review all “Domestic Scholarship” or “Overseas Scholarship” information carefully, including eligibility criteria
    • Create a scholarship portal account with username and password (applicable for all new users)
    • Once logged into the portal, select “Domestic Scholarship” or “Overseas Scholarship” to start an application
    • In English, complete the relevant online application form and upload all required documents
    • Submit the application before the specified deadline (late applications will not be considered)

    Applicants will receive an acknowledgment email confirming successful submission of their scholarship application. If the confirmation email is not received, applicants should check their spam folders. They may also contact:

    Application Review & Scholarship Conditions

    Every year, the Scholarship Office receives more applications from well-qualified students than the available scholarship budget can support. The application review process is therefore extremely competitive. Meeting the basic Domestic or Overseas Scholarship eligibility requirements does not guarantee a scholarship award:

    • Late and incomplete applications will not be considered, nor will applications that fail to follow instructions or that provide inaccurate information.
    • Factors considered during the review process include: academic performance, English language skills, university reputation, relevance of selected degree program, career aspirations, and special circumstances.
    • The Statement of Intent is often what sets well-qualified applicants apart during the review process. Applicants are therefore advised to take time on this particular element of their applications and ensure it reflects their best effort.

    Successful applicants who receive a scholarship award are required to sign a scholarship agreement and meet the following conditions to remain eligible for scholarship support during the award period:

    • Maintain satisfactory academic progress to successfully complete qualifications within the designated scholarship award period
    • For academic degree programs, demonstrate strong academic performance and maintain a minimum 3.0 (B) GPA equivalent based on the university’s grading system
    • Maintain regular communication with the Scholarship Office throughout the award period and respond to information requests in a timely manner
    • Abide by relevant student/professional conduct codes and other academic integrity policies, with particular attention to those that address questions of plagiarism
    • Consent to being profiled in Scholarship Office communications to highlight achievements and share personal experiences with prospective applicants and the broader community

    Further Information & Inquiries

    The Scholarship Office is located in the RAK Gas Building (Mezzanine Level) and welcomes questions and inquiries during its regular business hours: Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and Friday, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Additionally, please check the website for updates to eligibility criteria, approved universities, and application deadlines.

    Phone: +971 7 223 0044