KAUST Global Fellowship Programme 2022/2023 for Researchers ($75,000 stipend)

Deadline: 15th of January, 2023

The KAUST Global Fellowship Programme 2022/2023 is now accepting applications. The Water, Environment, Digital Domain, Food & Health, and Energy research pillars as well as the programs of the KAUST academic divisions of Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering (BESE), Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering (CEMSE), and Physical Science and Engineering are supported by the KAUST Global Fellowship Program (PSE).
This is a special chance to start a new adventure, determine your professional path in the future, and work toward your goal of being acknowledged for the brilliance and impact of your research. The program assists you in making the transition to an independent research job that is competitive and in creating your own future professional path. In addition to working and living at KAUST, KAUST Global Fellows are required to work in one of the research laboratories on campus, in Saudi Arabia.


  • Each proposal receives an independent annual research budget of up to $45,000, along with
    a yearly living stipend of $75,000 plus benefits including medical insurance, accommodation,
    schooling, relocation, and travel allowances to focus on your independent research on a fulltime basis.
  • Easy access to research tools, equipment, unparalleled laboratory facilities and expertise
    working with your host Faculty Primary Investigator (PI) at KAUST. KAUST offers adequate
    support and opportunities to create impact through your research, whether it leads to a
    potential new discovery, invention, influential results and/or publications.
  • Unlimited access to a variety of Learning & Development programmes including KAUST
    Mentoring Programme, Harvard Higher Education Teaching Certificate, and Leadership
    Programmes/Certificates. The Global Fellowship seminar shall also contribute to your
    personal & professional development with thematic sessions, VIP speakers, workshops,
    networking opportunities, and shared learning from the other fellows and alumni.
  • KAUST facilitates the introduction and networking between the KAUST research community
    and a global set of external organizations operating in academia, industry, government
    agencies, funding bodies and other external partners towards the development of
    successful partnerships.


Applicant Eligibility

  • Must be within four years of earning their Ph.D. or have a maximum of four years of post Ph.D. research experience with a justified career break;
  • Must expect to complete their Ph.D. prior to the start of their Fellowship;
  • Must be ready to move in KAUST to undertake their proposed three-year research project.

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

  • Must have a KAUST faculty member agreeing to host the applicant and support their
    independent research under this Fellowship, if successful. Applicants will need to include
    supportive evidence in regard to this agreement between them and the KAUST PI (e.g. Host
    PI support letter or email confirmation)
  • People of all nationalities are welcome to apply. They encourage female applications for a
    better gender balance in science.

Proposal Eligibility

  • Focus in one or more of the KAUST five Research Pillars: Water, Energy, the Environment,
    Food & Health, and the Digital domain
  • Have a 3-year duration
  • Follow the budget and financial guidelines of the call
  • Use the templates provided


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

  • Application Guidelines
  • Instructions to Applicants
  • Host confirmation letter Template
  • Research Proposal Template

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

  • Most recent CV (max 4 pages)
  • Research proposal (template)
  • Two publications (links or attachments)
  • KAUST Host PI letter (template)
  • Two reference letters to be received from referees via emai


Click here to apply

Oyin Olufayo

Oyin Olufayo is a Sustainable Development Goals Advocate. A recent graduate of The School of Politics, Policy, and Governance (SPPG) She is a Technical Writer, Political Writer, and a Content Writer. Her passion for sustainable development goals has been implemented by creating tangible solutions. She has featured in grassroots initiatives like TedX, World Literacy Foundation, Spur Nation Media, FRCN, Naija Law and etc. spreading the impact of Sustainable education, and also facilitated numerous events regarding SDGs.

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