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Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Pioneers Master’s Scholarships Programme 2011, United Arab Emirates

In its endeavour to deliver top quality projects for the benefit of the Arab World, the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation is currently undertaking a rigorous review of its current strategy and programmes in order to deliver them in the most efficient manner. We regret to inform you that we are not accepting new applications until further notice.

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation offers graduate scholarships for Arab students through its Pioneers Programme. The Programme aims at developing the knowledge capabilities of talented youth across the Arab World, by offering them scholarships to pursue Master’s Degree programmes at leading universities in the Arab World.

The Programme offers free scholarships to qualified Arab candidates who demonstrate leadership capabilities, to pursue their Master’s Degrees. The scholarship covers tuition, fees, and books for the full duration of study.

Nationals of the 22 member countries of the League of Arab States are eligible to apply. These countries are: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen.

How to apply for a scholarship

To be eligible for a graduate scholarship through the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Pioneers Programme, candidates should:

  • Secure their own acceptance to one of the Foundation’s regional partner universities
  • Apply for the Pioneers scholarship through the scholarship office at the relevant partner university
  • Attach certified copies of all undergraduate academic credentials to the application
  • Attend an interview with the programme advisory panel, if required
  • Send copies of the following to
    • Acceptance letter from Partner University
    • Degree
    • Transcript of grades
    • GRE, GMAT grades if available
    • TOEFL or IELTS grades
    • Resume
    • Passport
    • Recent letter of employment
    • Financial Status Form

Important Notes:

  • Once a candidate is awarded a scholarship, he/she will be required to sign a legally binding agreement with the Foundation, undertaking to remain and work in one of the 22 Arab States, for a minimum period of two years
  • Scholarships are available for approved degrees at partner universities/campuses only
  • The Programme is only available to students who have not started their Master’s Degree courses yet
  • The pioneers must be enrolled as full-time students, for the full duration of study
  • The Programme does not cover summer school fees


  • Fall semester: August 15
  • Spring semester: November 30

To check Partner Universities, go to:

  • Al Akhawayn University
    • Master of Business Administration
    • MSc. Corporate Finance
  • American University in Beirut
    • MA in Financial Economics
    • Master of Business Administration
  • American University in Cairo
    • Master of Business Administration
    • Master in Public Administration Policy
    • Master in Journalism & Mass Comm
  • American University in Dubai
    • Master of Business Administration

To enquire about this Programme, please send an email to after reading the FAQs

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