AlThuraya MENA Program

AlThuraya MENA Program

AlThuraya MENA Program will  issue scholarships to outstanding students determined to specialize and advance the state of the Middle East and North Africa. The Foundation will focus its support in six key areas (identified by the charity trustees as being important to the future of the Middle East and North Africa region and indeed for the development of other communities worldwide):-  


a. Genetic Sciences and Bioinformatics

b. Public Health and Health Administration

c. Law

d. Computer Sciences and Telecommunication

e. Energy 

f. Water and Agriculture


Requirements for eligibility for the AlThuraya MENA Program are as follows:

1. 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 Syrian refugees who are not required to be residing in one of the listed countries, and of Palestinians residing in Israel.

2. evidence of academic, research and/or professional merit (demonstrated through reference letters)

3. demonstration of future promise (demonstrated through letter of intent, interviews, and other required essays)

4. proof of financial need

5. applicants must already be granted acceptance in one of our partner universities (for a Master's Program) 


AlThuraya Cambridge Scholarship



AlThuraya Foundation and Cambridge Trust are pleased to announce the launch of AlThuraya Cambridge Scholarship starting from Fall 17/18. 


Application Process:

Prospective students must apply directly to their intended program of study. No separate application required to be considered for the scholarship. 

Please apply  to your particular course and complete the 'Funding' section in the online Applicant Portal in order to be considered for funding.

The University of Cambridge handles admissions. If student is eligible for scholarship, (s)he will be referred to Cambridge Trust. Once they are shortlisted by the Cambridge Trust for the program, they will be referred to AlThuraya Foundation for a final assessment. 

Applications for Fall 2018/2019 are now open. 

Funding deadlines vary from program to program; some are as early as mid-November (e.g. LLM program), most programs' deadlines are on December 6th, 2017 and January 4th, 2018. Please refer to your particular course for specific deadlines. 


Approved Masters Programs: 

Students to be admitted in 2018/2019 must be accepted in one of the following programs:

  1. Advanced Chemical Engineering (MPhil)
  2. Advanced Computer Science (MPhil)
  3. Basic and Translational Neuroscience (MPhil)
  4. Biological Science (Biochemistry) (MPhil)
  5. Biological Science (Genetics) (MPhil) 
  6. Biological Science (MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit) (MPhil)
  7. Biological Science (MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit) (MPhil)
  8. Biological Science (Pathology) (MPhil)
  9. Biological Science (Pharmacology) (MPhil)
  10. Biological Science (Physiology, Development and Neuroscience) (MPhil)
  11. Biological Science (Sanger Institute) (MPhil)
  12. Bioscience Enterprise (MPhil)
  13. Biotechnology (MPhil)
  14. Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (MPhil)
  15. Chemistry (MPhil)
  16. Computational Biology (MPhil)
  17. Conservation Leadership (MPhil)
  18. Construction Engineering (MSt)
  19. Earth Sciences (MPhil)
  20. Energy Technologies (MPhil)
  21. Engineering (MPhil)
  22. Engineering for Sustainable Development (MPhil)
  23. Epidemiology (MPhil)
  24. Genomic Medicine (MPhil)
  25. Industrial Systems, Manufacture, and Management (MPhil)
  26. Law (LLM)
  27. Machine Learning and Machine Intelligence (MPhil)
  28. Materials Science (MASt)
  29. Materials Science and Metallurgy (MPhil)
  30. Mathematical Statistics (MASt)
  31. Medical Science (CIMR) (MPhil)
  32. Medical Science (Clinical Biochemistry) (MPhil)
  33. Medical Science (Clinical Neurosciences) (MPhil)
  34. Medical Science (CRUKCI) (MPhil)
  35. Medical Science (Medicine) (MPhil)
  36. Medical Science (MRC Cancer Unit) (MPhil)
  37. Medical Science (MRC Epidemiology Unit) (MPhil)
  38. Medical Science (Obstetrics and Gynecology) (MPhil)
  39. Medical Science (Oncology) (MPhil)
  40. Medical Science (Paediatrics) (MPhil)
  41. Medical Science (Psychiatry) (MPhil)
  42. Medical Science (Radiology) (MPhil)
  43. Medical Science (Surgery) (MPhil)
  44. Micro and Nanotechnology Enterprise (MPhil)
  45. Nuclear Energy (MPhil)
  46. Physics (MASt)
  47. Physics (MPhil)
  48. Primary Care Research (MPhil)
  49. Public Health (MPhil)
  50. Pure Mathematics (MASt)
  51. Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics (MPhil)
  52. Scientific Computing (MPhil)
  53. Technology Policy (MPhil)
  54. Translational Biomedical Research (MPhil)