Applicants Eligibility

For an applicant to be eligible for this Fellowship:
  • Must have been awarded a Ph.D. degree, within four calendar years (i.e., those applying in 2024, must have received their Ph.D. after January 2020 inclusive);
  • Must expect to complete their Ph.D. before the start of their Fellowship;
  • Must be ready to move to KAUST to undertake their proposed three-year research project*;
  • Must identify in their application a KAUST faculty member who has confirmed and agreed to host them and their research project, if successful.

People of all nationalities are welcome to apply. We encourage female applications to promote a better gender balance in science.

*Candidates need to satisfy all Kingdom of Saudi Arabia requirements to obtain resident status.

Proposal Eligibility

To be eligible for this Fellowship, the proposal should:
  • Focus on one or more of the KAUST research priorities: Health & Wellness, Sustainable Environment & Essential Needs, Energy and Industrial Leadership, and Economies of the Future;
  • Have an outline for a three-year duration;
  • Follow the budget and financial guidelines of the call;
  • Use the provided template.

The KAUST Global Fellowship Program is supporting research projects in line with the programs of the three KAUST academic divisions; Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering (BESE)Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering (CEMSE), and Physical Science and Engineering (PSE).


  • Applications must be drafted in English using the provided templates and must be submitted via the online application form.
  • We accept applications on a rolling basis.
  • All applications need to be completed with all required documents to be eligible for review at the cut-off date.
  • Applicants and their referees are required to sign up to the PlutoEdu platform to access the system and submit the required documents.

PlutoEdu quick guide for applicants

PlutoEdu quick guide for referees

  • Before applying, download and carefully read the instructions, materials, and templates provided below:

                1. Application Guidelines_2024

1.1. Addendum - Internal Candidates_2024

                2. Online Application_Istructions to Applicants_2024

                3. [Template] Host support letter_2024

                4. [Template] Research Proposal_2024

Required Documents

The following documents must be uploaded and submitted with the online application form:

  • Most recent CV (max 4 pages)
  • Two publications (attachments)
  • Research proposal (template)
  • KAUST Host PI letter (template)
  • Two reference letters to be received or approved directly from referee.


Stages - option 1