King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) seeks to be a catalyst for societal and economic change in Saudi Arabia and the world, addressing national and global needs under five Research Pillars: Water, Energy, Environment, Food & Health, and the Digital domain.
KAUST has established a new Global Fellowship Program that will recruit up to ten talented postdoctoral researchers each year. The cohort of Global Fellows will contribute to the outstanding expertise at KAUST and take advantage of its unparalleled laboratory facilities and exceptional equipment to explore and realize their research ideas and goals.
The Fellowship Program is designed with two strands: one that is general and relevant to topics under the five Research Pillars, and one that is focused on a research area that is time relevant. Year-to-year, Strand 2 will focus on different research areas that are strategically important to KAUST and that are highly topical. "Hydrogen production and storage solutions" is the topic for this year.
About the fellowship
The KAUST Global Fellowship Program is designed to attract emerging research leaders working across areas under the five Research Pillars of KAUST. It will support excellent postdoctoral researchers taking the initial steps towards a fully independent research career by providing them the resources to conduct a three-year research project of their own design and under their own management.
In addition, KAUST Global Fellows will enjoy opportunities for interdisciplinary and cross-cultural exchange, leadership training, teaching training, community engagement, professional mentorship, access to an international alumni network, and a welcoming staff dedicated to the wellbeing of all Global Fellows.
- Ph.D. degree related to the five research pillars of KAUST and the proposed research project
- Up to 4 years of relevant postdoctoral research experience
- Strong communication skills and fluency in English
- Submission of a comprehensive research proposal
- Support letter from a KAUST host PI
Candidates are required to submit a 3-year research proposal in an area of research aligned with those of KAUST and that addresses global challenges under one or more of the five Research Pillars. The topic can be general in nature for Strand 1 or focussed on hydrogen production and storage for Strand 2.
Conditions of employment
Fixed – term contract: 3 years (with evaluation at the end of the 2nd year)
Each Fellow will receive an annual stipend of 75,000 USD, accommodation, schooling and other benefits, as well as an annual research budget of up to 45,000 USD.
KAUST Global Fellows will enjoy opportunities for interdisciplinary and cross-cultural exchange, leadership training, teaching training, community engagement, professional mentorship, access to an international alumni network, and a welcoming staff dedicated to the wellbeing of all Global Fellows.
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is an international, graduate-only private research university with researchers from over 100 nationalities, located on the shores of the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia. KAUST attracts top international faculty, scientists, engineers, and students to conduct curiosity-driven and goal-oriented research to address the world’s pressing scientific and technological challenges. The university offers outstanding research facilities, generous research funding and internationally competitive salaries. The award-winning campus is designed to inspire and motivate students, employees and their families.
- Internationally Renowned Faculty directs the University’s talented postgraduate students, researchers and postdoctoral fellows;
- Research Centers and state-of-the art facilities provide an environment that promotes targeted goal-oriented research;
- Competitive annual stipend and research budget: Guaranteed funding ensures continuity and the highest quality research;
- Extensive collaboration with industrial partners in the region and internationally;
- Attractive residential campus enhances research and quality of life;
- KAUST is ranked 1st in the world in the Qs ‘citations per faculty’ rankings and top #18 in the world (Nature Index 2019, Global Rank Normalized Share);
- Unique international environment with 108 nationalities on campus.