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TAKE YOURResearch VISION TO THE NEXT LEVEL

The Visiting Student Research Program (VSRP)
is a unique program that offers students the chance to conduct innovative research at KAUST. With research opportunities that span the breadth of the scientific and engineering fields, driven students with insatiable curiosity and strong academic performance, can gain unparalleled opportunities to pursue their research questions under the guidance and support of KAUST faculty mentors. Get ready to contribute your ideas in an international research community.

VSRP BENEFITS

icon USD 1000 Monthly Stipend
iconPrivate Bedroom/Bathroom
iconVisa And Airfare Fees
iconHealth Insurance
iconSocial And Cultural Activities
icon Access to Core laboratories and major research and community facilities

SHAPING THE WORLD OF RESEARCH

VSRP at a glance

150+

Research Projects

3-6 months

Internship Period

3.5/4

Cumulative GPA

130

Interns a year



ELIGIBILITY

  • 3rd Year and above Baccalaureate or Masters Students. Current PhD candidates, KAUST students or KAUST alumni are ineligible to apply
  • GPA 3.5/4 or 14/20 (ECTS B)
  • Strong verbal and written English Skills
  • Recommended levels, minimum TOEFL score of 79 on the IBT (Internet Based Test) or 6.0 on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

APPLICATION

The VSRP program applications are accepted throughout the year.
For Summer internships May-August 2020, applications should be received by March 1, 2020

LENGTH

The length of the program ranges anywhere between 3- to 6-months, depending on the type of research. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis.



REQUIREMENTS

  • Official Transcript(s) in English from current and previous institutions
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Valid Passport

Selection and Approval PROCESS for VSRP Internship

What happens after you’ve applied?
  1. Once all requirements have been submitted, your complete application will be reviewed and you may be contacted by the faculty member for a Skype interview to discuss your academic, your research background and to learn more about your interest in the internship.
  2. If you are selected to move forward, you will receive an invitation to schedule a Skype interview with the Office of Admissions, where we will discuss any questions you may have about life at KAUST and hear more about you.
  3. If you are approved, you will receive an email acceptance letter following the interview.
  4. Finally, a travel advisor will get in touch with you to help make a smooth relocation to the KAUST campus.
Apply

VSRP Experience

Sarah Ghalayini

Georgia Tech student
VSRP Intern, 2018
Research Project: 3D Bioprinting of Cell-Laden Microgels for the General Construction of Vascularized Tissue Structures and Organoids

PARTNER UNIVERSITIES

KAUST international partnerships expand opportunities for students to join our faculty as research interns or as full-time students through structured programs. KAUST and our partners share a common goal to advance science and technology through collaborative research and education, while addressing challenges of national, regional and global significance.

Our international partners are located in over 20 countries, with formal agreements that range from general MoUs, agreements for PhD Dual Degrees arrangements, visiting student research program agreements, and double-degree tracks through structured programs. If your Universityis a KAUST partner, please feel free to contact us for more information or visit your University’s International Office.
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Core labs

With more than 150 staff scientists, engineers, technicians and administrative staff, the Core Labs offer centralized state-of-the-art facilities, training and service to KAUST faculty, students, researchers and industrial partners. These centrally organized shared-user facilities provide direct access to specialized research equipment operated by expert staff. The Core Labs are strategically located throughout the academic campus enabling users to transition between labs in a matter of minutes.