Postdoc Fellowship at KAUST, Saudi Arabia

Postdoc Fellowship at KAUST, Saudi Arabia

Postdoc Fellowship at KAUST, Saudi Arabia. The KAUST Global Fellowship Program supports outstanding emerging research leaders and scientists around the globe to build their path towards a fully independent and advanced career. The program inspires the young generation of scientists and engineers to explore and address global challenges and opportunities for the benefit of humanity. The program is totally merit-based, targeting excellent postdocs with breakthrough ideas to complement, support, contribute and advance the major research initiatives of KAUST. In our excellent ‘research-first’ environment, Global Fellows have full access to key research tools, equipment, unparalleled and unmatched facilities, and expertise surrounded by a strong community of excellence.
Awarding Country:  Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Eligible Countries:  All Nationalities
Program Level:  Post Docs
Number of Postdocs: up to 10
Program Duration: 3 years
Program Divisions: The following Program Divisions are available under this Postdoc Fellowship at KAUST, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

  • Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering (BESE)
  • Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering (CEMSE)
  • Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Applicants Eligibility

  • The applicants must be within four years of earning their PhD or have a maximum of four years of post-Ph.D. research experience with a justified career break
  • The applicants must expect to complete their PhD before the start of their Fellowship;
  • The applicants must be ready to move to KAUST to undertake their proposed three-year research project;
  • The applicants 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 regarding this agreement between them and the KAUST PI (e.g. Host PI support letter or email confirmation)
  1. Proposal Eligibility

  • Focus on 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

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

Application Guidelines:

  • Applications must be drafted in English using the provided templates and must be submitted via the online application form.
  • Any application received after the deadline will not be considered for evaluation.
  • Before applying, download and carefully read the instructions, materials and templates:

Application Guidelines – Update 0.1
Instructions to Applications – Update 0.1
Host confirmation letter Template
Research Proposal Template
Required Documents

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 email  

Recommended: The University of Winnipeg President’s Scholarship for World Leaders – Canada

Award Details:

The following will be provided during Post Doc: –

  1. 45K USD annual research budget
  2. 75K USD annual stipend
  3. Accommodation
  4. Childcare and schooling
  5. Cohort experience
  6. Medical insurance
  7. Professional development programs
  8. Travel and relocation allowance

Timeline and deadline:
OCTOBER 1ST                                                                      OPEN CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
JANUARY 25TH                                                                    APPLICATION DEADLINE
FEBRUARY TO APRIL                                                       EVALUATION PERIOD
APRIL TO MAY                                                                  INTERVIEWS
JUNE                                                                                     ANNOUNCEMENT OF RESULTS
SEPTEMBER TO DECEMBER                                         ANTICIPATED ARRIVAL OF FELLOWS
Selection Procedure:

Stage 1

  • Eligibility check and completeness of the applications
  • Internal review and pre-screening of applications and proposals
  • Selection of up to 12 proposals per division for external review evaluation

Stage 2

  • Request for independent external reviews (at least two per proposal)
  • Reviewed applications will be sent to the division review panels
  • Selection of up to7 candidates per division to be invited for an interview

Stage 3

  • The interview will take place through videoconference only at the interviewer’s convenience

Stage 4

  • Final evaluation of applications and interview scores and recommendations
  • Up to 10 Fellows were selected to join the program

Official Link:  KAUST Global Fellowship