Student Awards 2020

Our diverse student body works hard to achieve various dreams and goals — one of which is to carry on with their academic pursuits. Here's a recap of the awards and scholarships granted to our students and alumni for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Aker Scholarship

NYU Abu Dhabi Class of 2020 student Tiril Hoye Rahn was awarded the prestigious Aker Scholarship. Established in 2015, the Aker Scholarship program offers a grant to exceptional Norwegian students, who have a strong link to their home country, to apply for post-graduate studies in one of the world’s top universities. Read more

Armenian General Benevolent Union Scholarship and Hans Wilsdorf’s Foundation Scholarship

Gurgen Tadevosyan from the Class of 2020 was awarded two prestigious scholarships: The Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf’s Foundation scholarship and the Armenian General Benevolent Union’s (AGBU) international scholarship. Tadevosyan will be pursuing a fully funded Master of Arts (MA) in International Relations and Political Science at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in the Canton of Geneva in Switzerland for two years.

Boren Award

Cameron John Wehr from the Class of 2022 was named as a recipient of the prestigious Boren Award, which promotes linguistic and cultural immersion within critical language groups, including Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, and Swahili. Read more.

Bseisu-Cambridge Scholarship

NYUAD Class of 2020 Bana Alamad was the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Bseisu-Cambridge Scholarship, offered by the Bseisu Foundation. Alamad will be pursuing a Master of Philosophy in Genomic Medicine, an integrated clinical and research degree at the University of Cambridge. Read more.

Chevening Scholarship

Touba Marrie from the Class of 2019 was awarded the prestigious Chevening Scholarship, the UK government’s international awards program aimed at developing global leaders. Marrie will be pursuing a fully funded Master of Science in Data Science and Analytics at Cardiff University. Read more.

Erasmus Mundus Scholarship

NYUAD Class of 2020 students Muhammad Shehryar Hamid and Doovaraha Maheswarasarma were awarded the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship, which will commence in September 2020. Hamid will be joining the first edition of Erasmus Mundus’ Decentralized Smart Energy Systems program, while Maheswarasarma will be taking part in the Safe and Reliable Nuclear Applications program. Read more.

Ertegun Scholarship

Chiran Raj Pandey from the Class of 2020 became the first ever student at NYUAD and the first Nepali student to be awarded the prestigious Ertegun Scholarship for study in the humanities at the University of Oxford.  He will travel to the UK in the fall of 2020 to pursue a Master of Studies in World Literatures in English. Read more.

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship

NYUAD senior from the Class of 2020 Sussan Garcia received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship that will support her to move to South Korea in 2021 to teach English. Read more.

Global Korea Scholarship

Emma Kay Tocci from the Class of 2020 was awarded the Global Korea Scholarship, a fully-funded program sponsored by the South Korean Ministry of Education. Tocci will travel to Daegu to study language and culture for one year, before continuing to complete a master’s degree in International Studies in Seoul. Read more.

Rhodes Scholars

Two NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) seniors, Abdulla Alhashmi (UAE) and Munib Mesinovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), have been selected as 2020 UAE Rhodes Scholars. Read more.

Schwarzman Scholar

NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Class of 2017 graduate Alioune Fall has been selected as a 2021 Schwarzman Scholar. Fall hails from Senegal and graduated in 2017 with a major in Economics from NYUAD. Read more.

Yenching Scholarship

Marie-Claude Hykpo from the Class of 2018 and Juan Diego Serrano Ortega from the Class of 2020 were awarded the Yenching Scholarship by the Yenching Academy of Peking University in Beijing, China. They both will pursue a one-year interdisciplinary master’s program focused on studying China’s past, present, and future. Read more.