Undergraduate/Graduate Fellowship Program

We’re looking for students who gained their college acceptance from one of the top universities globally. The Misk Fellowship offers support throughout university and beyond. We’ll help you find the most appropriate research opportunities and enhance your personal development, as well helping you create an attractive résumé, through extra-curricular activities and internships. After graduation you’ll be supported by the MISK alumni network, and we’ll help you quickly re-establish yourself in Saudi Arabia.

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Program details

Misk Fellowship, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, seeks to transform Saudi Arabia by developing a powerful network of leaders who will work together to address Saudi’s greatest challenges and accelerate the country’s growth trajectory by creating a knowledge-based economy building areas of expertise where Saudi Arabia will lead the world.

As a Misk Fellowship recipient, you will receive a fully-funded scholarship through the Ministry of Education including monthly stipend, travel, accommodation, health insurance and tuition costs. In addition, you will work with a dedicated team of advisors and mentors to prepare your individual development plan which will focus on your personal and professional development, outlining your goals and objectives for the year including special projects and professional/community activities that will help you become an attractive candidate for the recruiters. The main program focuses on four areas:

Academic enrichment

We’ll help you with online and offline resources to make sure you achieve your best possible academic results. Our academic enrichment programs are designed around different learning platforms to give you experiences that radically improve your academic thinking, approach and confidence. As a Fellow you’ll be able to:

    • Participate in the annual Misk Competition (details below)
    • Access a full range of online courses
    • Access virtual libraries and research journals (mostly to graduates)
    • Get support with the patent process
    • Participate in one conference of your choosing duration of the Fellowship
    • Create your own opportunities, with financial support from Misk

Professional development

This program will help you with career and start-up opportunities. Through conferences, networking, seminars and workshops, you’ll build your connections, and expand your perspective, not just on your work but on wider global issues.

We’ll also facilitate professional enrichment workshops, which expose you to different disciplines and people from all over the world. As a Fellow you’ll be able to:

    • Organize and attend Misk Seminars (details below)
    • Undertake n internships, COOP, or start-up annually through Misk partnerships or one of your own choosing.

Extracurricular and community involvement

While academic success is important, getting involved in other activities will help you build new skills, and your character. You’ll be exposed to new ideas and invaluable networking opportunities. All these activities are a key factor in building an attractive résumé.  As a Fellow you’ll be able to:

    • Lead extracurricular groups
    • Take part in community activities

Personal growth

We want you to become an entirely more confident, more able person, which depends on more than academic success. Misk understands that giving you the right personal and emotional support are as important as academic achievement and building your business network. You can find out more about Misk Fellowship Orientation and the Annual Misk offsite below. We’re also here to give you personal and professional support, whenever you need it, 24/7.

Details of the main Misk program

Misk orientation

When you arrive in your country of study you’ll be able to take part in a 2-3 day orientation in Washington, D.C, or London depending on the country of study. You’ll find the orientation to be a unique, helpful way to adapt to your new life, while giving you the chance to network, show leadership and find professional development opportunities.

During the orientation, you’ll be completing all the necessary Fellowship logistics forms with SACM and we’ll give you important resources and the crucial strategies you need for a seamless, successful transition to US/UK academic life and culture. We’ve designed orientation to help you make the most your experience in the USA/UK. There are interactive presentations, workshops, networking and cultural activities, all of which will help you understand and feel comfortable with your new place of learning.

Local culture and education

You will also be able to learn about the academic system of the country you’re studying in, as well as any misconceptions about Saudi and Islam. By understanding these you’ll have a smoother cultural transition and entry into the country’s academic life. Sessions provide an overview of the Misk Fellowship and its goals, while also explaining the rights and responsibility as students in the country of study.

Building your network from day 1

The Orientation offers a range interactive sessions, workshops and panel discussions to help you identify yourself as a Misk Fellow. By doing so you can start building your global network immediately, meeting other Fellows from other regions, who may be attending the same academic programs or have similar areas of research. The connections you make here will be a strong foundation for your career that you can build on and maintain after returning to Saudi Arabia.

Misk Competition (award top 3)

Each year, Misk Fellowship launches a competition around a topic that’s important to both Fellows and the global community. Fellows will partner with each other and their colleagues, as well as being joined by academic and professional experts on the chosen area.  Fellows are expected to provide an in-depth exploration and develop a conceptual solution.

Just like the MIT 100k, teams will need to have at least one Fellow member. The chosen themes are designed to enhance specific academic fields of study. Participants have a full academic year to submit a proposal that will be evaluated by a number of expert judges. Winners will be announced in a ceremony and receive financial awards.

Misk Seminars

Seminars will be funded by Misk but organized quarterly by Misk Fellows in universities across the country of study. Each seminar is open to the public and will focus on a current global issue, giving Fellows and attendees the chance to engage with experts/researchers in specific fields as well as with each other. Following each seminar a number of white papers will be published on the Misk Fellowship website.

Misk off-site

During the winter of each year, Misk organizes a 4-day off-site trip for current Fellows. Your trip will include character-building activities, community-service projects, outdoor and nature activities, receptions and cultural outings, with the objective of strengthening your network through dialogue, ideas exchange and building ties.

Community Service

You will also take part in an annual community service project that benefits Saudi Arabia. Working with other students you’ll build life-long networks of teams and form the habit of thinking about improving Saudi.

Students are also expected to help Misk with its work. You’ll be given a role each year, often in mentoring junior students and connecting Misk with partnerships, internships and job opportunities, to benefit the entire Misk community.

Am I eligible?

To decide whether you should apply please check the criteria, which all candidates must meet:

Undergraduate Fellowship

  • Saudi Arabian citizen
  • Admitted in one of the top undergraduates educational institutions in globally:
    • Brown University
    • California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
    • University of Cambridge
    • University of Chicago
    • Columbia University
    • Cornell University
    • Duke University
    • Harvard University
    • John’s Hopkins University
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    • University of Oxford
    • University of Pennsylvania
    • Princeton University
    • Stanford University
    • Yale University
  • Be currently completing grade 12 (i.e. the final year of high school)

Graduate Fellowship

  • Saudi Arabian citizen
  • Admitted in one of the top 10 graduate educational institutions globally in the area of study
  • Minimum of 3.5/4.0 GPA or equivalent in your previous degree

How to stay eligible

It is a significant achievement to become a Misk Fellow; however, this is only the beginning. Throughout the program there are a number of areas in which you’ll be regularly evaluated. You will need to perform well in these assessments to continue be included in the Fellowship program. Assessment areas include:

  • Following your annual plan

We expect students are expected to develop and follow a personalized annual plan. This should include academics, research, extracurricular, community enrichment, and professional development. If you don’t follow your, it will jeopardize your eligibility to be part of the program.

  • Willingness to participate

We’re looking for exceptional students who are committed, highly engaged, enthusiastic and willing to be part of an intense program. We understand the challenge of being in a competitive program, as well the additional responsibility of the extra program requirements. But we believe that students achieve more when they are most challenged. If you don’t show the necessary willingness, it will adversely affect your ongoing inclusion in the program.

  • Satisfactory progress

If you’re part of the program, it’s because you’ve been chosen for your potential to grow and develop. We expect students to maintain overall academic/research excellence (GPA of at least 3.5/4.0) and receive positive reviews on their enrichment programs. Failing to maintain this GPA and positive feedback will have negative affect on your ongoing inclusion in the program.

Am I right for this program?

If you think you might be right for this program, have a look at the characteristics below – do you see yourself in them?

The exceptional students we’re looking for share some un-common traits. If you can answer yes to some of the questions below, and want to be able to answer ‘yes’ to more, you should consider applying.


Do you master what’s taught in school and then go home to explore more? Are you intellectually curious and always need to know why? Do you challenge ideas and seek the truth?  Are you courageous enough to make mistakes and learn from them to find the right method or answer?


Do you see opportunities to make a great leap forward or fill a gap?  Can you then take action: turning your vision into reality? Are you persistent and ready to learn from setbacks? Are you willing to ask for help and network to find the right advisor or mentor?

Leadership potential

Are you ready to become a young leader who will help transform Saudi Arabia? Are you ready to lead with an innovative idea or spot innovation and help bring one to life?  Do you have a strong imagination to see what’s possible, before it is possible?

Community engagement

Are you engaged with your community? Do you co-operate with others to o-create and spark new ideas?

Passionate about Saudi Arabia

Are you proud and about what’s great about Saudi Arabia but also compassionate towards its flaws?

No one expects all this from you today

You’re not expected you to be all these things just yet.  But we want students who are curious, bold, open-minded, smart and willing to take risks. You should be excited about the prospect of jumping into this dynamic, creative and challenging endeavor.

We hope you’ll be intelligent enough to feel overwhelmed and nervous about this opportunity, but excited by the thought being part of a life-long group who will – most certainly and with real determination – create a more dynamic Saudi Arabia.

We don’t expect you to achieve all this alone. And that’s not who we want. You should be ready to build life-long network of personal connections, who will support each other and help Saudi Arabia


As most students applying for this program have already been accepted by US/UK universities, the preparation process is simpler than our College Prep program. We expect that the two items that will take the longest to complete are as follows:

  • The long and short essays
  • High school transcripts (for undergraduate fellowship applicants)
  • Undergraduate/graduate transcripts requested and uploaded

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Requirements and Deadline

All applicants must obtain an acceptance to one of the top 10 universities majoring in all fields of study including but not limited to:


STEM Education
Business Nursing
Management Health
Social Sciences and Humanities Fine Art
Law Music and Performing Arts
Medicine Public Affairs
Library and Information Studies Environmental Studies
Sports Management Hospitality and Tourism
Entertainment Media & Journalism


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Undergraduate Fellowship

If you want to apply, you must complete the Misk Undergraduate Fellowship Application, as well as all the other necessary requirements. Here are more details about what you’ll need:

  • Background information
    • Profile and family information
    • Education
    • Language proficiency
    • Honors and Extracurricular activities
    • Area of study (if chosen)
  • Standardized tests: TOEFL (required),  SAT/ACT/SAT Subject (optional)
  • Statement of purpose (Short and long essay questions)
  • Recommendation letters (3)
  • School report and transcripts of last 3 years (grades 10,11,12)
  • Interview (second stage)

Graduate Fellowship

If you want to apply, you must complete the Misk GraduateFellowship Application, as well as all the other necessary requirements. Here are more details about what you’ll need:

  • Background information
    • Profile and family information
    • Education
    • Honors and Extracurricular activities
    • Area of study (if chosen)
  • Statement of purpose (Short and long essay questions)
  • Undergraduate diploma and transcripts, graduate transcript (if student has been enrolled in program for more than one semester)
  • Support material to show the program is one of the top five in the UK or US in your chosen major
  • Interview (second stage)


2019 Application Dates

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Based on university application deadlines

Application opens

March 14, 2019

Online application deadline

April 27, 2019

Finalists interviews

May 12, 2019

Final offers

June 2, 2019

Selection process

At Misk, we carefully review every applicant. We’re looking for students who will challenge themselves, inspire others and play a key role in the future of Saudi Arabia. Our process consists of three stages:

First Round: Applications

As you would expect our selection process is extremely competitive. We are expecting thousands of applicants from a wide range of backgrounds. Successful applicants will have shown: exceptional academic achievements, leadership, extracurricular activity participation and strong character.

Second Round: Interviews

During this round we choose around 150 finalists for a one-on-one interview with a member of the Admission team. At this stage we’re evaluating character, achievements, readiness to participate in an intense preparation program, and their potential for receiving admission offers from leading universities.

Final offers

The Fellowship will select a pool of total 100 undergraduate and graduate students to become Misk Fellows.