AlThuraya Foundation has been partnering with the Cambridge Trust since 2017 to offer the AlThuraya Cambridge Scholarship to offer the opportunity for MENA students to pursue a master's degree at the University of Cambridge.
Eligibility for Our Programmes
Applicants should be normally a national of the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen; and a resident in one of the aforementioned countries, with the exception of refugees. Applicants with dual citizenships will not be considered.
Evidence of academic, research and/or professional merit (demonstrated through reference letters)
Demonstration of future promise (demonstrated through a letter of intent, interviews, and other required essays)
Proof of financial need
Applicants must already be granted acceptance in one of our partner/listed universities (for a Master's Program)
Applicants must have not obtained a degree outside the MENA region.
Students to be admitted in 2021/2022 must be accepted in one of the following programs (CLICK HERE):
Advanced Chemical Engineering (MPhil)
Advanced Computer Science (MPhil)
Basic and Translational Neuroscience (MPhil)
Biological Science (Biochemistry) (MPhil)
Biological Science (Genetics) (MPhil)
Biological Science (MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit) (MPhil)
Biological Science (MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit) (MPhil)
Biological Science (Pathology) (MPhil)
Biological Science (Pharmacology) (MPhil)
Biological Science (Physiology, Development and Neuroscience) (MPhil)
Biological Science (Sanger Institute) (MPhil)
Bioscience Enterprise (MPhil)
Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (MPhil)
Computational Biology (MPhil)
Conservation Leadership (MPhil)
Construction Engineering (MSt)
Earth Sciences (MPhil)
Energy Technologies (MPhil)
Engineering for Sustainable Development (MPhil)
Genomic Medicine (MPhil)
Industrial Systems, Manufacture, and Management (MPhil)
Machine Learning and Machine Intelligence (MPhil)
Materials Science (MASt)
Materials Science and Metallurgy (MPhil)
Mathematical Statistics (MASt)
Medical Science (CIMR) (MPhil)
Medical Science (Clinical Biochemistry) (MPhil)
Medical Science (Clinical Neurosciences) (MPhil)
Medical Science (CRUKCI) (MPhil)
Medical Science (Medicine) (MPhil)
Medical Science (MRC Cancer Unit) (MPhil)
Medical Science (MRC Epidemiology Unit) (MPhil)
Medical Science (Obstetrics and Gynecology) (MPhil)
Medical Science (Oncology) (MPhil)
Medical Science (Paediatrics) (MPhil)
Medical Science (Psychiatry) (MPhil)
Medical Science (Radiology) (MPhil)
Medical Science (Surgery) (MPhil)
Micro and Nanotechnology Enterprise (MPhil)
Nuclear Energy (MPhil)
Primary Care Research (MPhil)
Public Health (MPhil)
Pure Mathematics (MASt)
Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics (MPhil)
Scientific Computing (MPhil)
Technology Policy (MPhil)
Translational Biomedical Research (MPhil)
Find the right course for you! First log in to the University of Cambridge course directory. Then, use the filters to limit the courses displayed to a certain domain or degree. Click on the course you are interested in to read the details and read an overview about the course and check the entry requirements. If you are still interested, click on Apply Now.
Create an account on the applicant portal. After clicking Apply Now, you will be transferred to the applicant portal. Register yourself and create an account.
Login to the applicant portal and start filling your application. Choose a course start date and click on apply for this course. Note that to be considered for funding you should apply for courses starting in the Michaelmas Term (1 OCT to 19 DEC).
In order to apply you have to submit the following:
No separate application is required for our scholarship, only the application to the University of Cambridge. Just make sure you fill the Cambridge Trust section in your application. Choose that you wish to be considered for funding then write why you believe you should be considered for Cambridge Trust awards. List all awards for which you consider yourself eligible including AlThuraya Foundation scholarship. For more details, visit this site. Check this link for more details on your eligibility for other Cambridge Trust awards.
Applications for the Michaelmas term generally open 13 months before the course start date and the funding deadlines are around December and January. Note there is a difference between a Course Deadline and a Funding Deadline. To be considered for funding make sure you submit your application by the funding deadline.
After submitting your application, you will receive a confirmatory email from the graduate admission. You can track the progress of your application through your applicant portal account. Applications are reviewed in sequence by the department, degree committee, and the graduate admission office (GAO). The department invites promising candidates for an interview to discuss their application further. Interviews can be done on phone or through video conferencing. Successful candidates are then recommended to the degree committee which has to approve the department’s decision and recommend the candidate to the GAO. Then the GAO checks the candidate meets the University of Cambridge entrance requirements. The University of Cambridge accepts only students who achieved a minimum of an upper second class (2:1) honours degree from a UK university or an equivalent. The decisions are usually made in February and March after which a successful candidate receives a conditional offer of study.
We come up with the list of candidates who received a conditional offer and are eligible to receive our award by late March or early April. The Selection Committee then contacts the students asking them to provide additional details including CV, cover letter, and filling a financial form. Students should provide the details within ten days from the date they were contacted. An interview date is scheduled on the same week following the submission. AlThuraya Foundation then makes the decision with Cambridge Trust, but the final word comes from Cambridge Trust.