Global Awards

Ritu Muralidharan, Class of 2018, receives the 2016 President's Service Award from NYU President Andrew Hamilton.

Our goal is to help students identify passions, interests, and future paths. We work together to pursue the right global awards competitions that will help achieve those goals.

What Are Global Awards?

Global awards are highly-competitive, merit-based opportunities that are conducted at a national or international level. Some of the best-known global awards include the Rhodes ScholarshipFulbright Scholarship, and Gates-Cambridge Scholarship. Some awards, like those three, fund further study after your NYU Abu Dhabi education.

There are others, like the Dalai Lama FellowsFuture Global Leaders Fellowship, and Clinton Global Initiative - University, that are more experiential in nature, and which accept applications from students while they are enrolled at NYUAD.

Studying at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar will provide me with the opportunity to further grow as a cosmopolitan leader and return to the UAE with the vision to develop health informatics.

2016 alumna Farah Shamout, UAE Rhodes Scholar

Hands-on, Individualized Support

We work one-on-one with students to determine whether a given award is right for them, and help them at every stage of the application process.

NYU Abu Dhabi is the only school in the region with a full-time staff member dedicated exclusively to helping candidates prepare their global awards applications.

NYUAD is also a member of the National Association of Fellowships Advisors in the US. We actively participate in international conversations around global awards advising, constantly staying on top of the latest information and news around this topic.


As the current global political climate continues to undergo rapid transformation, the development of a more nuanced understanding of Canadian and American Muslims' experiences is crucial for academics and policymakers alike. The Fulbright grant facilitates my involvement in this meaningful undertaking.

2016 alumna Samia Ahmed, Fulbright Scholar

I hope to use my Mandarin and China studies knowledge to support critical attention on the country’s artists and promote greater appreciation for artists of diverse and underrepresented backgrounds.

2016 alumna Veronica Houk, Yenching Scholar

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