Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Program

The Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Program offers a select cohort of talented university students unique access to specially designed courses, lectures, leadership experiences, networking, and graduate school counseling.

It accepts scholars from among the most outstanding students at the three national UAE universities: Higher Colleges of Technology, the United Arab Emirates University, and Zayed University. The Scholars Program has been developed in close consultation with the Abu Dhabi Education Council, national extant universities and colleges in the UAE, and New York University Abu Dhabi.

Program Goals


To offer an unparalleled and rigorous educational, cross-cultural, and leadership-development experience to outstanding and gifted university students in their third or fourth years of college study in the UAE.


To provide access to NYU’s global research, educational, and leadership network, to foster greater awareness of international issues and challenges, and to develop in these Scholars the capacity to shape the future.

Graduate School Advising

To prepare exceptional candidates demonstrating the highest merit and motivation for graduate and professional study at institutions of their choice.