KAUST GLOBAL FELLOWSHIP for Postdocs

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Below is a set of commonly questions regarding the KAUST Global Fellowship Program. If you do not find an answer to your query, please contact the program office KGFP@kaust.edu.sa

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs

Who is eligible to apply to the KAUST Global Fellowship Program (KGFP)?
A researcher with no more than four years of postdoctoral experience in a field covered by one of the three divisions at KAUST, and whose research proposal addresses a global issue under one or more of the five Research Pillars of KAUST.
Applications are submitted though the application portal, which can be found in the Global Fellowship website under "Apply Now" .
The selection process will take place in four assessment stages:
1. Eligibility: Candidates that do not meet the eligibility criteria or proposals that do not meet the call guidelines will not move forward to review.
2. Triage: Depending on the number of proposals submitted, a triage panel may be introduced to provide a shortlist of proposals that will advance to the peer-review stage.
3. Peer Review: experts in their respective fields will review all proposals reaching this stage. A sitting panel will then convene to rank the proposals based on certain selection criteria outlined in the call.
4. Interviews will be held with final shortlisted candidates.
You may apply, however your PhD must be conferred before February 1, 2022, which is the official start date of the Global Fellowship program. 
Yes, it is expected that the Global Fellow will live and work at KAUST and undertake work in one of the research laboratories at KAUST. 
While there is no limit to the number of proposals an individual can submit, it is recommended to concentrate on one or two well-developed proposals. 
Yes, if your are submitting completely different research proposals. For each proposal you will need to identify a single host PI. However, you cannot submit the same proposal through different host PIs. 
Yes, you may apply again as long as you meet the eligibility requirements.
There is no age restriction; however, the candidate must have no more than four years of research experience after completing their PhD.
A career break may include things such as childbirth, raising children, caring for a sick relative, recovering from accident or illness, voluntary or paid work in an unrelated field or travel. 
In this case, a career break is where a postdoctoral researcher takes time off from their usual research activities to do independent research.
Research budget varies with discipline.

A research proposal in the field of life sciences may request a total of USD 135,000. This includes an annual budget of USD 5,000 for travel, USD 10,000 for Core Lab use, and USD 30,000 for equipment and consumables.

A research proposal in the field of physical sciences may request a total of USD 90,000. This includes an annual budget of USD 5,000 for travel, USD 10,000 for Core Lab use, and USD 15,000 for equipment and consumables.

A research proposal in the field of computational sciences may request a total of USD 75,000. This includes an annual budget of USD 5,000 for travel, USD 10,000 for Core Lab use, and USD 10,000 for equipment and consumables. 
Yes, your proposal needs to include travel for field activities under the 'travel budget'.
Yes. As outlined in the Application Instruction document found on the website (on the  "How to Apply" page), a confirmation letter from a KAUST host must be obtained and submitted with the application.
Yes, KAUST PhD students are eligible to apply with the condition that they have obtained their PhD before the program begins on February 1, 2022. The applicant will need to identify a host PI different from their PhD PI, as independent research is encouraged under this program.
Yes, a KAUST Postdoc can apply for the Global Fellowship Program as long as she/he meets all the eligibility criteria to be selected and has identified a different host PI than his/her current PI.
KAUST applicants will need to identify a host PI different from their current PI, as independent research is encouraged under this program.
No. For the purposes of this program, you need to apply with a proposal that is not directly connected to any running project or proposal under evaluation for another grant call.
In this case, you should agree with your current PI/employer a notice period, and following the completion of the notice period you may begin your Fellowship.