20 abril 2015

Applying to KAUST

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (http://www.kaust.edu.sa) has been established as a world-class international graduate level science and technology research university dedicated to inspiring a new age of scientific achievement in the Kingdom that will also benefit the region and the world.

Inaugurated in early 2011, with the striking blue waters visible from its laboratory windows, the Red Sea Research Center is well-positioned and well-equipped to study the Red Sea with state-of-the-art facilities and world-class researchers. The Red Sea Research Center has delved into the volume of research necessary to formulate a comprehensive understanding of the Red Sea to conserve its rich ecology. The incredible biodiversity of the Red Sea holds untapped potential and serve as models for understanding biological systems and adaptation to extreme environments. The Red Sea Research Center is committed to developing an integrated understanding of coral reef ecosystems and their oceanographic context, the physical, chemical, biological, and geological environment, the stresses arising from natural as well as anthropogenic factors including overfishing pollutions, coastal development, and global climate change (http://rsrc.kaust.edu.sa).
Successful students should apply to KAUST, indicating that they already have an offer from their supervisors (see below), as these positions are contingent on the students being admitted to KAUST. The application term is open and incoming applications are reviewed three times per year.

See http://www.kaust.edu.sa/application-form-kaust.html for details on the application process.

All students admitted to KAUST will receive a very generous fellowship for the duration of their graduate studies. The benefits of the KAUST Student Fellowship include:

•Full tuition support
•Monthly living allowance (ranging between $20,000-30,000 annual, depending on qualifications and progression through degree programs)
•Free housing
•Medical and dental coverage
•Relocation support
•One return ticket home every year.

Applicants for this position are expected to have a high GPA (>3.5 of a maximum of 4), experience and background knowledge in the field and impeccable English (oral and writing).

For Master Students (application open until March 30, 2016, starting date 20 August 2016), an stipend of 20,000 US $/year, free tuition, return ticket and free housing are provided to succesful applications.

PLEASE SEND CV, LIST OF PUBLICATIONS, A LETTER OF MOTIVATION (why you wish to conduct a Ph.D., what is your understanding of what a Ph.D. involves, why you want to undertake this project) AND NAMES OF TWO REFERENCES by April 10, 2015 TO: christine.nelson@kaust.edu.sa