KAUST Global Fellowship for Postdocs

Deadline: 30 November 2021
Open to: international applicants
Benefits: fully funded


The KAUST Global Fellowship Program will support outstanding emerging research leaders from around the world to build a path to a fully independent career. The program is merit-based targeting excellent postdocs with breakthrough ideas across the five Research Pillars of KAUST.

The Fellowship Program is designed with two strands: one that is general and relevant to topics under the five Research Pillars, and one that is focused on a research area that is time relevant. “Hydrogen” is the chosen topic for this launch year. Year-to-year, Strand 2 will focus on different research areas that are highly topical and strategically important to KAUST.


The candidate

The KAUST Global Fellowship Program is open to applicants awarded a PhD within the past 4 years or have a maximum of 4 years research experience with a justified career break.

The Fellowship is for postdoctoral researchers to undertake a 3-year research project while living and working at KAUST*.

The research project

The research project should contribute to addressing Global Challenges related to one or more of the five Pillars of Research at KAUST – Water, Energy, Environment, Food & Health, the Digital domain.

The topic may be related to the Research Pillars generally, or focused on green hydrogen technologies and storage solutions.

Candidates must identify and confirm a host KAUST Faculty member to be eligible to apply.

*Candidates will need to be able to satisfy all the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia requirements to obtain resident status.


The Program is designed to ensure independence and will equip fellows with the best conditions to fulfil their research mission.

Fellows will receive:

  • A monthly stipend of $6,250
  • An independent annual research budget up to $45,000
  • Access to unparalleled laboratory facilities
  • Access to leadership and mentorship programs
  • Medical insurance, accommodation, schooling, relocation and travel allowance.

How to apply?

For more information please visit the official website.