Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Higher Education Grant

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Higher Education Grant


Outstanding Zayed University graduates from both Abu Dhabi and Dubai campuses can pursue their postgraduate education, at highly accredited universities, in the UAE and internationally, in a variety of courses.

Offered in collaboration between the Emirates Foundation and the Abu Dhabi Department of Education & Knowledge, this grant aims to equip students with the 21st century skills and provide them with unique learning experiences.

Eligible Students


To apply for Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Grant, you need to be:

  • A UAE national
  • Graduate from Zayed University with Bachelor's degree
  • 21 years old and above at the time of application                                                                                            

Fields of Study

Through Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Higher Education Grant (SMBZHEG), a number of scholarships are awarded for full-time study at the master’s or doctoral degree level. Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants enrolling at leading universities across the UAE and internationally in the following priority fields of study:

Academic Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from Zayed University accredited by UAE MOHESR
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 at graduation
  • A minimum IELTS score of 6.0 /TOEFL 550 (80) or a score that meets the university requirements
  • Confirmation of acceptance at an approved university* or proof of evidence that showcases application is in process
  • Showcase extracurricular community involvement and/or be active within the university community             

Approved Universities

University acceptance must be from an institution included in the top 200 of the *QS World University Rankings or the following universities inside UAE: 

  • Abu Dhabi University
  • Khalifa University
  • Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi
  • United Arab Emirates University
  • Zayed University
  • Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence
  • American University in Dubai
  • American University of Sharjah
  • Emirates Aviation University (Dubai)
  • Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government (Dubai)
  • University of Sharjah
  • University of Wollongong in Dubai

Required Documents

  • Copy of passport (first page and page with sticker)
  • Copy of Emirates ID
  • Copy of Family Book
  • A statement of educational program approval from MOE
  • Excellent statement of purpose demonstrating commitment to pursue career in chosen field


  • A national service card or an official document, for male applicants, indicating their national service status
  • Copy of transcript and graduation certificate
  • Copy of CV
  • Copy of university acceptance letter/offer
  • Medical certificate


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