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 to prepare your individual development plan which will focus on your personal and professional development, outlining your goals and objectives for the year including courses, special projects and professional/community activities. The main program focuses on four areas:
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 Challenge (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.
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 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
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
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. 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 Challenge (award top 3)
Each year, Misk Fellowship launches a challenge 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.
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.
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.
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.