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The Visiting Student Research Program (VSRP) in Saudi Arabia. (Fully-Funded)

Deadline: The VSRP program applications are accepted throughout the year.

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 an insatiable curiosity and strong academic performance can gain unparalleled opportunities to pursue their research questions under the guidance and support of KAUST faculty mentors.

It is an exciting opportunity aimed at offering research experience for highly qualified and motivated international students. Collaborate with our faculty in world-class facilities. Contribute to new knowledge that’s not only published in journals but also helps foster solutions that impact the society.


  • USD 1000 Monthly Stipend

  • Private Bedroom/Bathroom

  • Visa And Airfare Fees

  • Health Insurance

  • Social And Cultural Activities

  • Access to Core laboratories and major research and community facilities


  • 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)


Research in Academic Divisions

  • Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division (BESE)

  • Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering Division (CEMSE)

  • Physical Science and Engineering Division (PSE)

Research Centers

  • Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Center (AMPMC)

  • Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center (ANPERC)

  • Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC)

  • Computational Bioscience Research Center (CBRC)

  • Extreme Computing Research Center (ECRC)

  • KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC)

  • KAUST Solar Center (KSC)

  • Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)

  • Visual Computing Center (VCC)

  • Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC)

Core Labs and Major Facilities

  • Analytical Chemistry

  • Bioscience

  • Coastal and Marine Resources

  • Greenhouse

  • Imaging and Characterization

  • Nanofabrication

  • Supercomputing

  • Visualization

  • Workshops


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

  • Statement of purpose

  • Curriculum V



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