Umm Al-Qura University

Umm Al-Qura University

International Collaboration Scholarships

- 2019/02/27


Following the successful International Collaboration Conference in April 2018, held at the Ministry of Education, the Research and Development Office is opening the call for proposals for International Collaboration Scholarships. Priority will be given to the fields of science and technology, in line with the objectives of the Saudi Vision 2030 and its executive programs.

Two types of scholarships will be made available. Funds will be delivered over three years on an annual installment basis.

1. Research Capability Scholarship: SAR 0.6 million to 1.8 million

The objective of this type of scholarship is to support basic and applied research in the following fields:

  • Biogenomics.
  • Nano biology.
  • Catalysis and polymers.
  • Red Sea and marine studies.
  • Desalination and water reuse. .
  • Renewable energy.
  • Oil and gas.
  • Pollution management.
  • Crowd management.
  • Climate change.
  • Artificial intelligence.
  • Cyber security.

2. Grand Challenges Scholarship: up to SAR 7.5 million

The objective of this type of scholarship is to support research and development work directly relevant to the accomplishment of one of the following 'Grand Challenges' that were agreed upon at the Research and Development Office's International Collaboration Conference in April 2018:

Grand Challenges

Relevant sub-fields

Increasing the total capacity of the desalinated water by 50%

Desalination and water reuse

Increasing dependence on the transfer and storage of renewable energy by 4% of the total energy usage.

Renewable energy

Reducing the threat posed by emerging infectious diseases through prediction, outbreak detection, and vaccine development.

Biogenomics and nano biology.

Developing a real-time simulation mechanism to follow-up and manage crowds, and employ an early warning feature.

Crowd management


Who Can Apply?

Both types of scholarships are open to principal researchers belonging to a Saudi public university, or any Saudi national belonging to a private or independent university in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

What can the money be spent on?

Equipment, consumables, human resources, and travel. At least two-thirds of the scholarship has to be spent on Saudi research groups, and up to one third is permitted to be spent on international partners. Purchase of equipment is limited to universities in the kingdom.