ADEK Scholarship Program in Higher Education

 Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) currently offers a number of scholarship opportunities based on various criteria and is also developing a policy for scholarship programs for undergraduate and post-graduate degrees with the aim to support human capital development that is aligned with the emirate’s social and economic goals.

ADEK’s scholarship division runs all aspects of its scholarship programs, from developing the programs and their criteria and coordinating with the scholarship committee on scholarship candidate decisions, to following up with students on scholarship finances, academic progress, and any issues and concerns throughout the completion of their degrees.

The US is one of the destinations for ADEK’s scholars to meet the needs of the employment market for the future. As the UAE expands its range of industrial and commercial activity as part of the growing economy, a well-educated and qualified UAE national workforce is a key element in sustaining its success.

The goal of ADEK Scholarship Program in higher education is to lay the foundation for an innovation-based, knowledge producing society by:

  • Elevating the quality of Higher Education to international standards through partnerships with world-class universities, high licensing and accreditation standards, requirements and incentives for continuous improvement.
  • Promoting and incentivizing innovation, scholarship and discovery through major research funding in areas of strategic importance to Abu Dhabi, thereby building a strong community of scientists and scholars.
  • Carefully aligning Higher Education with labor market and socio-economic needs, guided by the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 and Abu Dhabi’s Policy Agenda.

Student Financial Benefits

ADEK provides financial support for all its scholars in the US as they pursue their studies in a range of undergraduate and graduate programs. This financial support includes:



Students receive a monthly salary from ADEK per the Scholarship rules and regulations.

Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage


ADEK provides a complete health insurance to all scholars, with the exception of treatment costs related to plastic surgeries and orthodontic procedure.

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Airline Tickets


Students receive a yearly one economy round-trip ticket from ADEK according to the Scholarship rules and regulations.

New Students: Documents to be sent to the Cultural Division
Student Responsibilities

Each new student is responsible for submitting to his/her Scholarship Academic Advisor upon arrival to the US the following:

  • Arrival documents:
    • Copy of your I-94
    • Copy of your I-20
    • Copy of your Passport Biographical Page
    • Copy of your Visa Page
    • Copy of UAE ID
  • Local address, phone number, and email address. You are also responsible for notifying your Scholarship Academic Advisor and International Student Advisor at the University in any changes in contact information within ten (10) days of the change in accordance with SEVIS regulations. If any correspondence or checks need to be mailed to you, they will be sent to the last address that you provided to the Cultural Division.

Please note that your Scholarship Academic Advisor will provide you with some necessary forms for you to fill out and return to him/her.

Commitment to the field of study and the country assigned by ADEK

Each ADEK scholarship holder is committed to his/her assigned field of study, university, country and duration of study as per his/her letter of sponsorship.

If a student wants to change his/her field of study, university, country and duration of study, this requires the approval of ADEK prior to changing.


Academic Study Plan

Submit your Academic Study Plan, signed by your University Advisor, to your Scholarship Academic Advisor no later than your third academic semester or quarter.

The Academic Study Plan is an advising tool; a graphic overview of your field of study. It shows you what you have to take (the required courses); the concentrations or the individually designed options; and what courses you can elect to take (the elective courses). The Academic Study Plan is not a contract — you can change it at any time — but it does assist you to plan your course schedule and the expected graduation date.

You must complete your Academic Study Plan in consultation with the appropriate university official, e.g. Department Head, University Advisor and your Scholarship Academic Advisor. You will need to meet regularly with the relevant university official to discuss your specific plan of study to meet graduation requirements. The Academic Study Plan must bear at least the university official signature, your signature, your field of study and the date of signature.



Submit your  registration for the term to your Academic Advisor at the beginning of each term. You must provide the Cultural Division with the registration no later than  the end of the Add/Drop period.

Register for the term you will be in as a fulltime student according to your Academic Study Plan.

Take Minimum Credit Hours Required


You MUST register for the minimum credit hours required for the term you will be in according to the academic system of the university or college except during the period of writing the master or doctoral dissertation.

The US immigration rules and regulations dictate that an undergraduate student is not allowed to register for less than 12 credits per term. If for any reason you intend to drop certain credits, you must get a written approval from both your University or College Academic Advisor and your scholarship.

Not registering for the minimum credit hours will render the residency of the student in the US illegal which will expose him/her to penalties such as detention or deportation.


Add/Drop Period


You MUST NOT withdraw from any courses that you have already registered for unless it is during the Add/Drop period that the university specified. You must be committed to the courses you selected for each semester or quarter.

You will be responsible for the payment of the tuition fees of the courses you added or dropped without approval from ADEK.

Official Transcript

Submit your transcript to your Scholarship Academic Advisor at the end of each term as soon as grades have posted. Delay in sending your transcript in the specified period will automatically result in holding your monthly stipend and may lead to the termination of the scholarship.

Travel Plan

Notify your Scholarship Academic Advisor of any travel plans outside the location of study, either for trips to other places or return trips to the UAE. Provide a copy of your I-94 upon your return to the US.

Contact with your Academic Advisor

Your Scholarship Academic Advisor at the Cultural Division is available to provide information, advice and assistance to you. You may consult him/her for assistance on concerns regarding academic and personal matters that may arise before departure, upon arrival, and throughout the duration of your scholarship program in the US. S/he may be reached at (202) 243-4444 during regular office hours from 9:00am to 4:00pm Eastern Time from Monday to Friday. In the event of emergencies beyond those hours, you are asked to use the Emergency phone number posted instead.

Billing Inquiry

For billing and reimbursement inquiries, please contact our Office at (202) 243-4412 during regular office hours from 9:00am to 4:00pm Eastern Standard Time from Monday to Friday.

Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK)