The Visiting Student Research Program (VSRP) is a unique program that offers students the chance to conduct innovative research at KAUST. Through this landmark internship, talented students can undertake research ranging across diverse disciplines and programs. With VSRP research projects that span the breadth of the scientific and engineering fields, driven students with an insatiable curiosity and strong academic performance can gain unparalleled opportunities to pursue their research questions under the guidance and support of KAUST faculty mentors.
The length of the program ranges anywhere between 3- to 6-months, depending on the type of research. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
- Once all requirements have been submitted, the applicant’s complete application will be reviewed and they may be contacted by the faculty member for a ZOOM interview to discuss their academic, research background and to learn more about their interest in the internship.
- If the applicant is selected to move forward, they will receive an invitation to schedule a ZOOM interview with the Office of Admissions, where they will discuss any questions the applicant may have about life at KAUST and hear more about them.
- If the applicant is approved, they will receive an email acceptance letter following the interview.
Finally, a travel advisor will get in touch with the applicant to help make a smooth relocation to the KAUST campus.
The way to apply for a VSRP internship is to apply via a project. They have over 100 projects spanning 16 STEM disciplines, and each project has its own ‘Apply’ button.
The research projects are in the following areas:
- Environmental Science and Engineering
- Earth Science and Engineering
- Computer Science
- Applied Mathematics and Computational Science
Applicants will be able to work directly with leading researchers in our state-of-the-art laboratories. They’re open to applications from motivated students looking to make an impact on the world.
- A monthly Stipend of USD 1000,
- Visa And Airfare Fees are covered,
- Health Insurance is covered,
- Access to Core laboratories and major research and community facilities.
- Must be an undergraduate student in 3rd year or above, or a Master’s Student.
- GPA must be at least 3.5/4 or 14/20 (ECTS B).
- Must have strong verbal and written English Skills (minimum TOEFL score of 79 on the IBT or 6.5 on the IELTS is recommended).
- Current Ph.D. candidates, KAUST students, or KAUST alumni are ineligible to apply.
- Applications have to be submitted online.
- Applicants have to find suitable projects from available ones on the official website. (Available on the apply link.)
- Each project has its own ‘Apply’ button. Applicants have to use the button to submit the application.