Application and Selection Process

Application Deadlines

The SMSP staff must receive all applications from the three universities by Sunday, April 10, 2022, at 10am. Each participating university may nominate up to twenty (20) students for SMSP.

Students must submit an application to their university requesting to become a nominee by the deadline for each university.  The program does not accept individual applications.

Zayed University
Contact: Dr. Hisham Soliman
Deadline: Monday, March 14, 2022

United Arab Emirates University
Contact: Rana Al Katheeri
Deadline: Monday, March 14, 2022

Higher Colleges of Technology
Contact: Noura Al Nuaimi, Naser Al Kaabi, and Bakheeta Al Mansoori
Deadline: Monday, March 14, 2022

What Makes a Good Scholar?

SMSP does not have a minimum required GPA or IELTS/TOEFL exam score; candidates, however, are expected to:

  • Be top students with noted intellectual curiosity and a record of accomplishment;
  • Possess excellent English language competency;
  • Be self-aware;
  • Have outstanding interpersonal skills and be able to contribute to the class;
  • Be creative or have other special talents or gifts;
  • Demonstrate leadership potential;
  • Be enterprising and demonstrate a spirit of adventure and flexibility.


To apply to the program a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Be in his/her second or third year of a bachelor's program at the time of application;
  • In the Fall semester of the Program's academic year, be enrolled at one of the UAE's three federal universities: UAEU, ZU, or HCT;
  • Complete and submit a dossier to the designated administrator at his/her home university;
  • Be nominated by his/her university for the Program.

Application Process

  • Students must submit an application via the link provided in the application instruction packet. Twenty students will be nominated to the program from each participating university for the second stage of the selection process. Nominations are submitted from university representatives to SMSP.

How to Complete Your Application

Students and school coordinators must ensure that the nominee applications are complete by the applicable deadlines. A nomination is not complete unless all documents are received by the deadline.