Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Program

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

We admit scholars from among the most outstanding students at the three federal UAE universities: Higher Colleges of Technology, the United Arab Emirates University, and Zayed University. The Scholars Program has been developed in close consultation with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Her Highness Sheikha Mariam bint Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE federal universities, and New York University Abu Dhabi.

Program Goals

Academic and Professional Development

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


We provide access to NYU’s global research, educational, and leadership network, to foster greater awareness of international issues and challenges, and to develop in our Scholars the capacity to shape their future academic and professional goals and lead in government, industry, academia, and other fields.

Graduate School Advising

We prepare our exceptional Scholars for graduate and professional study at institutions of their choice.