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ADEK Opens for Applications for Abu Dhabi Scholarships for Distinguished Students

by Eddie Rayner

The Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) has announced opening applications for the Abu Dhabi Scholarships for Distinguished Students – a premier programme for Abu Dhabi’s outstanding Emirati students to meet priority labour market needs.

Applications are being accepted online between 21 March and 3 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. 

Students accepted at the world’s top 20 universities are eligible for a fast-track scholarship application process

The Abu Dhabi Scholarships for Distinguished Students programme aims to assist high performing nationals- 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.

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. These include 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 behavioural sciences.

Application opens 21 March and closes 3 April

“Our future generations will live in a very different world, and it is essential that we prepare them for it. The Abu Dhabi Scholarships programme aims to equip future leaders and change-makers with the knowledge, support and real-world skills required to keep Abu Dhabi ahead of the change curve and meet our aspirations and goals,” said Samar Al Mansoori, Executive Director, Higher Education Sector.

“Through the support of expert academic advisors and counsellors, our scholars have access to first-class career guidance, pathways, networking, and mentorship and internship opportunities, providing them with every advantage they need to succeed.”

The consultation services that students will receive cover five main pillars -social wellbeing, 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.

Successful scholars will be expected to study at any of the programme’s 150 listed universities across the Middle East, Far East, Europe, Scandinavia, North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and the USA. Scholars will qualify for a range of benefits, including tuition fees and book allowances, health insurance, travel costs, a monthly stipend including housing allowance and a bonus for high performers.

For more information on eligibility and how to apply, students are advised to visit the ADEK website: http://www.adek.gov.ae/en/sds and submit their online application before the deadline on 3 April.