KAUST Global Fellowship program 2024 in Saudi Arabia

To facilitate exceptional emerging research leaders and researchers worldwide, the KAUST Global Fellowship program provides an amazing opportunity for independent employment. It motivates a new generation of engineers and scientists to explore global challenges & find solutions for the betterment of humanity.

The merit-based program targets outstanding postdoctoral fellows with wonderful ideas to complement, support, promote, and advance KAUST’s major research projects. In the “Research First” environment, global fellows have full access to key research tools, equipment, unparalleled facilities, and expertise, surrounded by a community of excellence.

KAUST Global Fellowship Program 2024 Summary

Host Country:

  • Saudi Arabia

Program Duration:

  • Up to 3 Years

Financing Type:

  • Fully Funded

Focused Degree:

  • Post-Doctoral Researcher

Application Deadline:

  • 1 July 2024/ 1 January 2025

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Fellowship Benefits

  1. Funding: Each research proposal is granted up to $40,000 in funding, with a separate living allowance of $75,000 per year, as well as benefits such as health insurance, housing, and tuition for two children or more. Our researchers can fully focus on the research they provide.
  2. Independent Research: Researchers can use this program to implement their research projects and ideas in unique ways at the start of their careers. The program’s objective is to support young researchers in building their future careers and advancing toward a competitive independent research career.
  3. Research Facilities: At KAUST, you have easy access to all the necessary research equipment and tools, as well as unparalleled laboratory facilities and the expertise of your colleagues and even the Principal Investigator (PI) of one’s host school. We provide adequate support and opportunities to make an impact through our research through the potential for discoveries, inventions, impressive results, and/or publications.
  4. Global Community: At KAUST, it is not just academic institutions but also social groups that participate in your intellectual development and enrichment through scholarship. We aim to support you in all aspects of scientific pursuits both personally and professionally. We provide networking opportunities that contribute to career advancement and foster a culture of innovation, scientific inquiry, and job satisfaction. The university’s award-winning campus has everything you need to live, work, thrive, learn, and play.
  5. Personal & Professional Development: Learning and development programs are available to KAUST Global Post Fellows, which aim to both enhance their existing skills and facilitate their growth. Programs include the KAUST Mentorship Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education Teaching Certificate, and Leadership Programs/Certificates. This learning experience is enhanced by interaction with other fellows and fellow alumni.
  6. Global Networking: The KAUST research community can establish effective partnerships with external partners by leveraging its vast network of global relationships with academia, industry, government agencies, donors, and other organizations. This allows strong alliance development.



  • Monthly Stipend up to $6,500/ month.
  • Annual research grants of up to $75,000/ year.
  • Accommodation will be arranged for the applicant and his family.
  • Health services for the whole family are free.
  • Several professional development programs for the candidate.
  • Higher education for the applicant’s children.
  • Travel and relocation allowances.

How to Apply

For the applicant to be eligible for this grant:

  1. The applicant received a doctorate within 4 solar years (i.e., applicants in 2024 must receive a doctorate in Jan. 2020 onwards);
  2. Completion of Ph.D. before the start of the grant;
  3. must be willing to relocate to KAUST to carry out a planned three-year research project;
  4. The application must mention the KAUST faculty who approved and agreed to host them and their research project if successful.

All nationalities are welcome to apply. We encourage women to apply to improve the gender balance in science.

To receive this grant, the proposal of the application must include:

Focus on one or more of KAUST’s research priorities:

  1. Health and well-being, sustainable environment and necessary needs, energy and industrial leadership, and the future economy;
  2. Duration is 3 years;
  3. comply with the budgetary and financial guidelines of the call;
  4. Use the template provided.

KAUST Global Fellowship Program supports research by the programs of KAUST’s academic departments; Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering (BESE), Computer Science, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (CEMSE), and Physical Sciences and Engineering (PS).


Research Areas under KAUST Global Fellowship

  • Computational Science and Applied Mathematics
  • Biological and Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Science
  • Computational Bioscience
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Science and Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Epigenetics
  • Environmental Systems
  • Extreme Computing
  • Functional Biology
  • Genomics
  • Imaging/Structural Biology
  • Machine Learning
  • Marine Science
  • Material Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Statistics
  • Visual Computing

Documents Required

  1. Updated CV with a list of publications on a maximum of 4 pages.
  2. Any of your two publications on PDF File.
  3. Your research proposal and all relevant attachments as a single document (using the template provided);
  4. Support letter from KAUST Host PI (using the provided template);
  5. Two reference letters must be uploaded or received directly from system referees.

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