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MIT Ibn Khaldun Research Fellowship for Saudi Arabian Women in USA, 2019

The new MIT Ibn Khaldun Fellowship for Saudi Arabian Women is now available for applicants who hold a doctoral degree. The fellowship is administered through the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT.

Ibn Khaldun Fellowship is a life-changing opportunity. Being at MIT has given me a chance to work and network with top scientists and exposes me to the world-class education system.

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Scholarship Description

  • Applications Deadline: Applications must be received by the end of the day of December 1, 2018.
  • Course Level: Fellows are supported to spend one-year doing research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in collaboration with an MIT faculty member.
  • Study Subject: The MIT Ibn Khaldun Fellowship for Saudi Arabian Women is uniquely positioned to facilitate the development of Saudi Arabian women scientists and engineers as leaders in their respective fields of research as well as the Kingdom’s top educational managers and teachers. They can work within any research track available at the Institute. To date, fellows have been placed in 14 different departments and laboratories at MIT.
  • Scholarship Award: Fellows benefit from MIT’s world-renowned culture of innovation and entrepreneurship and receive mentorship from the leading Technology Licensing Officer through the IP development process. The fellows’ work at MIT has resulted in the filing of several U.S. patents.
  • Nationality: The MIT Ibn Khaldun Fellowship is available for Saudi Arabian Women.
  • Number of Scholarships: This fellowship program has supported 27 Saudi Arabian Women PhDs to visit MIT since its inception.  To date, fellows have published more than two dozen journal and conference publications based on their research at MIT with many more publications in progress. The fellows’ work at MIT has resulted in several U.S. patents as well.  MIT has hosted fellows from 10 Saudi Arabian institutions in 14 departments at MIT.
  • Scholarship can be taken in the USA

Eligibility for the Scholarship

Eligible Countries: The MIT Ibn Khaldun Fellowship is available for Saudi Arabian Women.

Entrance Requirements: Applicants must meet the following criteria:

The fellowship is merit-based and is awarded only to the most qualified applicants.  In selecting finalists, the review panel is looking for a proven research capability, including publications, and evidence of the ability to succeed within the MIT research environment.  Applicants should be working in a field in which MIT faculty have current research to facilitate placement within a research group.

Applicants also must meet these criteria:

  • Be a woman who is a Saudi Arabian citizen
  • Hold a PhD in a related field
  • Have an excellent command of spoken and written English
  • Have a demonstrated ability to conduct research
  • Have at least two publications in peer-reviewed journals

English Language Requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.

Application Procedure

How to Apply: The mode of application is online.

Once applications are received:

  • KACST and MIT will review the candidates and conduct video conference interviews with finalists. MIT will make final selection of fellows for admission. Interviews will take place in January 2019, and admission notifications will be sent no later than 28 February 2019.
  • Admitted fellows will be required to provide a letter by 1 June 2019 granting leave from their university.
  • MIT will work to pair each fellow with a faculty advisor and start the appointment/U.S. visa process. This is an ongoing process starting with initial acceptance but visa paperwork must be started by no later than 1 June 2019.
  • Admitted fellows will begin their fellowship in September 2019.

Online Application

Scholarship Link