Candidates are required to work in ministry’s diplomatic corps for a period equal to the years of overseas study.
Abu Dhabi: The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) on Wednesday announced that it has started accepting applications for global university scholarships from UAE nationals aspiring to join the ministry’s diplomatic corps.
The scholarship programme provides Emirati high school graduates, who already hold one or more offers from a list of 133 universities identified by the ministry, with a full scholarship to pursue a bachelor’s degree starting in the 2018-2019 academic year.
The scholarship is offered for undergraduate studies in select top-tier universities in the following 16 countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. The initiative aims to equip future diplomats with a well-rounded educational experience in areas of strategic importance to the ministry.
Upon completing their undergraduate degrees, graduates will return to the UAE and be enrolled into the Emirates Diplomatic Academy’s (EDA) postgraduate diploma in UAE Diplomacy and International Relations. This programme at EDA will provide candidates with specialised knowledge of global and regional issues, particularly those relevant to the UAE and the wider Middle East, while serving as an introduction to their career in diplomacy.
Interested candidates wishing to apply for the scholarships are required to work for MoFAIC upon graduation for a period equal to the years of overseas study, provided this is not less than three years. They must also maintain a GPA above 3.0 or its equivalent throughout the study period, attain not less than 12 credits per semester, and join a summer training or work placement as determined by the ministry. The admission process will also include several other assessments and conditions.
Applications is open via www.eda.ac.ae, where candidates will also be able to view the full list of academic institutions and further information. The application deadline is May 31, 2018.
Source: Gulf News