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Scholarships in Bahrain 2023

Your Ultimate Guide to the Top 20 Educational Scholarships for Bahrain Nationals

by Dr. Isma Amin

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Scholarships in Bahrain unlock the door to education’s treasure trove, empowering the young generation to become the beacon of change, revolution, and innovation. Bahrain offers multiple scholarships to its students to study nationally and internationally, empowering them with the prowess, enthusiasm, and skills to shape Bahrain’s economic growth, job market, and industry.

Let’s delve deeper to see the scholarship deadlines  offered to the enthusiasts from Bahrain in detail:

  • Scholarships in Bahrain by the Ministry of Education
  • University of Kuwait
  • Qatar university
  • UAE university
  • Sultan Qaboos University
  • KSA universities
  • University of Bahrain
  • University of Bharain Polytechnical
  • Medical program at RCSI
  • Undergraduate Medical Program at Arabian Gulf University & HRH Sh. Moza Bint Hamad Scholarship In Medicine
  • Bangar University
  • Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance
  • VATEL Bahrain
  • British University of Bahrain
  • Ahlia University
  • University of Technology, Bahrain
  • RCSI Bahrain medical scholarship
  • RCSI Bahrain Nursing Scholarship
  • Crown Prince International Scholarship Program
  • International PhD scholarship program- university of Birmingham

1.     Scholarships in Bahrain by the Ministry of Education

The Ministry of Education offers young and bright students who gain more than 90 percent in their academics an opportunity to get higher education on scholarship. The scholarship is for students with excellent academic records of 90% or more accumulative rate.

Experience required

The applicant applying for a scholarship with the Ministry of Education should have graduated from secondary school with an accumulative score of 90% or more.

What documents are required to apply for a scholarship within the Kingdom of Bahrain

The following are the documents required to apply for scholarships in universities within the Kingdom of Bahrain:

  • The applicant must provide an Original and a copy of the graduation affidavit from the Examination Directorate.
  • The applicant must provide the Original and copy of the general secondary transcript for all semesters.
  • An affidavit issued by the school and an equivalent certificate issued by the Special Education Directorate, which states the percentage of the cumulative rate. This is for those who graduated from private schools.
  • The applicant must provide a copy of a valid passport for the student and guardian.
  • The applicant must provide a good Conduct certificate issued by the school
  • Copy of the birth certificate
  • Personal photo size (6×4) with the student’s name written on the back.
  • six photos are required for nominated students who applied for the scholarship in the Arabian Gulf countries.
  • The candidate must have the University acceptance letter
  • The candidate must have a good conduct certificate issued by the Ministry of the Interior
  • The candidate must provide a medical Fitness Examination Certificate
  • Bank account

Scholarships outside the Kingdom of Bahrain by the Ministry of Education

Following are scholarships provided to high school students who get 90% or above as their cumulative score in universities outside Bahrain. The scholarships are for all the courses offered at the university and all the majors the universities teach.

  • Kuwait university
  • Qatar university
  • UAE university
  • Sultan Qaboos University
  • KSA universities

2. Kuwait University Scholarships

kuwait university scolarships

The students with a 90% or above score can apply to Kuwait University for higher education in all their courses and majors.

Documents to apply to Kuwait University:

The student must provide all the following documents to apply to Kuwait University:

  • The student must have the University enrollment form.
  • The student must also provide the original and copy of the transcript for general secondary for all the semesters.
  • The applicant must provide an affidavit issued by the school and an equivalent certificate issued by the Special Education Directorate.
  • The applicant should provide a copy of a valid Identity Card (both sides)
  • The applicant must provide a copy of a valid passport for the student and guardian
  • Four new personal photos size 6×4. The student should write the name on the back.
  • The student must also provide a copy of the birth and medical Fitness Examination certificates.
  • The affidavit should state that the student is entirely free from Epidemic diseases.
  • The applicant should also provide a good conduct certificate issued by the Ministry of the Interior.

3.     Qatar University Scholarships

qatar university scholarships

Bahrain nationals can apply to Qatar University for higher education scholarships with a cumulative 90% or above score.

Documents required

The following documents are required to apply for the Qatar University:

  • The applicant must provide the university enrollment form.
  • The applicant must provide an original copy of the graduation affidavit from the Examination Directorate.
  • The applicant must also provide an original and copy of the transcript for general secondary for all the semesters.
  • The applicant must provide an affidavit issued by the school and an equivalent certificate issued by the Special Education Directorate, which shows a cumulative score.
  • The applicant must provide a copy of a valid passport for the student and guardian
  • six new personal photos size 6×4 with the student’s name written on the back of the pictures.
  • IELTS certificate with a percentage not less than 5.5.
  • A SAT exam certificate with a percentage not less than 500 points
  • Copy of the birth certificate
  • Good Conduct certificate issued from the school
  • Medical Fitness Examination Certificate
  • Electronic acceptance forms available on the Qatar University website
  • Good conduct certificate issued by the Ministry of the Interior.

4.     UAE university Scholarships

uae university scholarships

Bahrain nationals with a cumulative score of 90 percent or above can apply for scholarships in all fields and majors the UAE university offers.

Documents required

The documents required to apply for the scholarships offered by the UAE University are given below:

  • The applicant must provide the university enrollment form.
  • An Original copy of the graduation affidavit issued from the Examination Directorate.
  • An original copy of the transcript for general secondary for all the semesters.
  • An affidavit issued by the school and an equivalent certificate issued by the Special Education Directorate, which shows the cumulative score.
  • A Copy of the valid passport for the student and their guardian.
  • four new personal photos size 6×4, with the student’s name written on the back.
  • A good Conduct certificate has to be issued by the school, and a Medical Fitness Examination Certificate.
  • The applicant must provide a copy of the birth certificate.
  • A good conduct certificate issued by the Ministry of the Interior.

5.     Sultan Qaboos University Scholarships

sultan qaboos university scholarships

The students from Bahrain with cumulative scores of 90% and above can apply to Sultan Qaboos University for higher education.

Documents required

The documents required to apply for this university are the same as those for other middle eastern universities discussed above.

6.     KSA universities Scholarships

ksa universities scholarships

 

The students who want to apply to KSA universities  for scholarships, have to provide the following documents:

  • Original and copy of the graduation affidavit issued from the Examination Directorate.
  • Original and seven copies of the general secondary for all the semesters except the candidates of King Saud University and King Abdul Aziz University; the ratification of the graduation affidavit and transcripts will be by the Saudi Cultural Attach in the Kingdom of Bahrain for the candidates of the University of Imam Muhammad bin Saud only.
  • An affidavit issued by the school and an equivalent certificate issued by the Special Education Directorate.
  • Good Conduct certificate and two copies of it.
  • Copy of a valid passport for the student and guardian.
  • six new personal photos size 6×4 and write the student’s name on the back.
  • Medical Fitness Examination Certificate
  • Copy of the birth certificate.
  • Two recommendations from an Islamic Institution or any known Preachers for the University of Imam Muhammad bin Saud candidates only.
  • Authorization form for the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals candidates.

HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa Scholarships

AlMabarrah Al-Khalifa Foundation offers the HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa Scholarships to promote education and personal development at the universities in the Kingdom. This scholarship started under the Rayaat program. Students can apply for the scholarship on the website.

The HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa Scholarships are offered at the following universities:

  • University of Technology Bahrain
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland – Medical University of Bahrain (RCSI Bahrain)
  • British University of Bahrain
  • Ahlia University
  • Bangor University – Bahrain Institute of Banking & Finance (BIBF)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science – Bahrain Institute of Banking & Finance (BIBF)

Benefits of the Rayaat scholarship

The candidates are provided with the following benefits:

  1. University fees
  2. book allowances (for the University of Bahrain and Bahrain Polytech University)
  3. The outstanding students are provided with monthly financial incentives (for the University of Bahrain and Bahrain Polytech University)
  4. The students are provided with funded workshops and enrichment courses.
  5. The students are provided internship opportunities at government and private sectors and entities.
  6. The students are given opportunities for community work and volunteering services.
  7. There are monthly interactive meetings and exclusive discounts for students enrolled in this scholarship program.

7. University of Bahrain

university of Bahrain

The degree provided: master’s degree.

Application submission period: 28- 5- 2023 to 8-6-2023

Eligibility criteria:

  • The applicant must be a Bahraini national.
  • Applicant must be an MKF beneficiary.
  • Holds a Bachelor’s degree from a university accredited by the Ministry of Education
  • Applicant’s GPA must be 3.00 or above.
  • Applicant must have at least three years of work experience.
  • The applicant does not hold a grant/scholarship or have financial assistance from other government or private entities.
  • Applicant must apply to the University of Bahrain.
  • Applicant must have outstanding accomplishments, such as major achievements, awards locally or regionally.
  • Applicants must be interested in volunteer work and willing to give back to the community.
  • Applicant must have a letter from the University of Bahrain indicating the application’s completion.

Documents to apply for this scholarship

The following are the documents required to apply for this scholarship:

  • Copy of Applicant’s Passport.
  • Copy of Applicant’s smart card.
  • Copy of Mother’s passport.
  • Copy of Father’s passport.
  • Applicant C.V
  • Passport size photo.
  • Bachelor’s degree certificate
  • Certificates accreditation
  • Academic transcript
  • Employment letter indicating at least three years of work experience.
  • Recommendation letter from current work line manager.
  • Courses and workshop certificates, if available.
  • Proofs of achievements or awards, if available.
  • University of Bahrain letter indicating the completion of the application procedures for the master’s degree

8.     University of Bahrain, Bahrain Polytechnic

Degree awarded: Bachelor’s degree

Submission period: 29- 1- 2023 to 8-2-2023

Eligibility criteria

The following are the eligibility criteria to apply for this degree:

  • The candidate has to be a Bahrain national.
  • The candidate must be a fresh graduate holding a high school average grade of at least 85% or equivalent.
  • The candidate must apply to RSCI, as MFK will not apply on behalf of the candidate.
  • The candidate shouldn’t be holding a Bachelor’s degree already
  • The candidate shouldn’t be holding a scholarship or financial aid from other entities, government or private.
  • The applicant should be willing to do volunteer work and give back to the community.
  • The applicant must submit a complete application form with all the documents attached.
  • The applicant must read the agreements and be willing to sign them.
  • The applicant must have some accomplishments that make them stand out.

Required documents:

The following are the documents required to apply for this scholarship:

  • Copy of Applicant’s Passport.
  • Copy of Applicant’s smart card.
  • Copy of Mother’s passport.
  • Copy of Father’s passport.
  • Last five semesters of secondary school certificates.
  • University transcript for all semesters if the student is already enrolled.
  • Passport size photo.

9.     MB BCH BAO Medical Program at RCSI By HRH Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa Scholarship And H.H Sh. Moza Bint Hamad Al Khalifa

rcsi bahrain

Submission period: 29-1-2023 to 8-2-2023

Eligibility criteria:

  • The candidate has to be a Bahrain national.
  • The candidate must be a fresh graduate holding a high school average grade of at least 98% or equivalent.
  • The candidate must apply to RSCI, as MFK will not apply on behalf of the candidate.
  • The candidate shouldn’t be holding a Bachelor’s degree already
  • The candidate shouldn’t be holding a scholarship or financial aid from other entities, government or private.
  • The applicant should be willing to do volunteer work and give back to the community.
  • The applicant must submit a complete application form with all the documents attached.
  • The applicant must read the agreements and be willing to sign them.
  • The applicant must have some accomplishments that make them stand out.

Required Documents

  • Copy of Applicant’s Passport.
  • Copy of Applicant’s smart card.
  • Copy of Mother’s passport.
  • Copy of Father’s passport.
  • Last five semesters’ secondary school certificates.
  • Copy of courses and workshops certificates
  • Passport size photo.
  • RCSI acceptance letter or RCSI Application Successfully Progressed letter
  • Community Service Verification Letter

10.     Undergraduate Medical Program at Arabian Gulf University & HRH Sh. Moza Bint Hamad Scholarship In Medicine

arabian gulf university

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The candidate has to be a Bahrain national.
  • The candidate must be a fresh graduate holding a high school average grade of at least 98% or equivalent.
  • The candidate must apply to AGU, as MFK will not apply on behalf of the candidate.
  • The candidate shouldn’t be holding a Bachelor’s degree already
  • The candidate shouldn’t be holding a scholarship or financial aid from other entities, government or private.
  • The applicant should be willing to do volunteer work and give back to the community.
  • The applicant must submit a complete application form with all the documents attached.
  • The applicant must read the agreements and be willing to sign them.
  • The applicant must have some accomplishments that make them stand out.

Documents required:

Following are the documents that the applicant needs to submit to enol into university:

  • Copy of Applicant’s Passport.
  • Copy of Applicant’s smart card.
  • Copy of Mother’s passport.
  • Copy of Father’s passport.
  • Last five semesters’ secondary school certificates.
  • Passport size photo.
  • AGU acceptance letter
  • Community Service Verification Letter

11. Bangor University – Bahrain Institute Of Banking & Finance

Degree offered: Bachelor’s degree

Submission period: 29- 1- 2023 to 8-2-2023

Majors offered:

  • BSc Accounting & Finance
  • BSc in Banking and Finance with Diploma in Islamic Finance

Eligibility criteria:

  • The candidate has to be a Bahrain national.
  • The candidate must be a fresh graduate holding a high school average grade of at least 98% or equivalent.
  • The candidate must apply to Bangor University, as MFK will not apply on behalf of the candidate.
  • The candidate shouldn’t be holding a Bachelor’s degree already
  • The candidate shouldn’t be holding a scholarship or financial aid from other entities, government or private.
  • The applicant should be willing to do volunteer work and give back to the community.
  • The applicant must submit a complete application form with all the documents attached.
  • The applicant must read the agreements and be willing to sign them.
  • The applicant must have some accomplishments that make them stand out.
  • The applicant must complete the four years scholarship program at the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance.

Documents required:

  • Copy of Applicant’s Passport.
  • Copy of Applicant’s smart card.
  • Copy of Mother’s passport.
  • Copy of Father’s passport.
  • Last five semesters of secondary school certificates.
  • Passport size photo

12.     London School Of Economics and Political Science – Bahrain Institute of Banking & Finance Scholarships

BIBF scholarships

Degrees offered: Bachelor’s degree

Submission period: 29- 1- 2023 to 8-2-2023

Major offered: BSc of Science in Economics and Management Degree

Eligibility criteria: Same as other institutes of the Raast program

Documents required:

  • Copy of Applicant’s Passport.
  • Copy of Applicant’s smart card.
  • Copy of Mother’s passport.
  • Copy of Father’s passport.
  • Certificates of the last five semesters of secondary school.
  • Courses and workshop certificates, if any
  • Passport size photo.
  • Conditional acceptance letter from the University of London (BIBF).
  • Voluntary certificates, if any.

13.     VATEL Bahrain – Hotel And Tourism Business School Scholarships

vatel Bahrain Scholarships

Degree offered: BS in International Hotel Management

Eligibility criteria: same as the other institutes of Raast

Documents required:

  • Copy of Applicant’s Passport.
  • Copy of Applicant’s smart card.
  • Copy of Mother’s passport.
  • Copy of Father’s passport.
  • Last five semesters’ secondary school certificates.
  • Passport size photo
  • Conditional acceptance letter from VATEL Bahrain – Hotel and Tourism Business School

14.     British University of Bahrain

BUB Scholarships

Submission period: 29- 1- 2023 to 8-2-2023

Majors offered:

  • BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management (International)
  • BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying (International)
  • BSc (Hons) Computer Networks (International)
  • BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Cyber Security (International)
  • BSc (Hons) Software Engineering (International)
  • LLB (Hons) Law (International)
  • BA (Hons) Architecture

Eligibility Criteria:

Same as other universities under Raast program

Documents required:

  • Copy of Applicant’s Passport.
  • Copy of Applicant’s smart card.
  • Copy of Mother’s passport.
  • Copy of Father’s passport.
  • Last five semesters of secondary school certificates.
  • Passport size photo
  • Conditional acceptance letter from the British University of Bahrain. The applicant must also notify the British university of Bahrain that they are applying under the Raast program for a scholarship.

15.     Ahlia University

Degrees offered: Bachelor’s degree

Majors offered:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Finance
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Banking and Finance
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer and Communication Engineering
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mobile and Network Engineering
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Multimedia Systems
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance

Eligibility criteria: Same as other raayat program universities

Required documents:

  • Copy of Applicant’s Passport.
  • Copy of Applicant’s smart card.
  • Copy of Mother’s passport.
  • Copy of Father’s passport.
  • Certificates of the last five semesters of secondary school.
  • Courses and workshop certificates
  • Passport-size photo.
  • Conditional acceptance letter from Ahlia University.
  • Voluntary certificates

16. University of Technology, Bahrain Scholarships

university of technology bahrain

Degree offered: Bachelor’s degree

Majors offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Informatics
  • Bachelor of Science in International Business
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Informatics Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics Engineering

Eligibility criteria:

Same as other Rayaat institutes

Required documents:

  • Copy of Applicant’s Passport.
  • Copy of Acceptance Letter.
  • Copy of Applicant’s smart card.
  • Copy of Mother’s passport.
  • Copy of Father’s passport.
  • Last five semesters of secondary school certificates.
  • Courses and workshop certificates
  • Passport-size photo
  • Conditional acceptance letter from the University of Technology.
  • Voluntary certificates

17.     RSCI Bahrain Medicine Scholarships

rcsi bahrain

Scholarships offered: Two medicine scholarships with a 1/3 fee concession.

Eligibility criteria:

  • The applicant must have an unconditional or conditional letter of acceptance from the RCSI Bahrain medicine program
  • The candidate must meet the qualifying criteria
  • The applicant must complete the application form.
  • The applicant must submit the essays and a non-academic reference.
  • The applicant should receive a scholarship from any other program at RCSI Bahrain.
  • After the applicant is reviewed and accepted, the candidate will be called in for an interview.

Requirements:

18.     RCSI Bahrain Nursing Scholarship

Course offered: BSc in Nursing program

Scholarship offered: Full fee concession for each year of the program

Requirements:

  • The applicant must complete the application form
  • The applicant must include the application reference number
  • The applicant must provide a 300-400 words short essay
  • The candidates whose application is approved will be tested on their knowledge of public health and medical education. The candidates will be checked If they are suitable for the role.
  • The candidates receiving any other financial aid or scholarship from RCSI will be ineligible for this scholarship.

19.     Crown Prince International scholarship program

The crown prince international scholarship program provides high-achieving students from Bahrain with the best education from top institutions.

Submission period: 1-16 March 2023

Eligibility criteria:

  • The applicant must be a Bahraini Citizen
  • The applicant must be in Grade 11/Year 12 or an equivalent.
  • The applicant must have a cumulative CGPA of 97% or more for Grade 10/year 11 and Grade 11/year 12 (the first semester).

Field of study and university: applicants must choose their field of study and the accredited university they want to apply. The university has to be outside the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Benefits:

  • The crown prince meets all the scholars during their breaks to check their progress.
  • The scholars can choose their field of interest and the university, provided the university is outside Bahrain and the region.
  • The students can continue their postgraduate and doctoral degrees under the scholarship.
  • The students are given internship opportunities and career guidance under the scholarship.
  • The scholars are not required to return to the kingdom after the completion of their study period.

20.     International PhD Scholarship Program-University of Birmingham

Based in Saudi Arabia, the Islamic Development Bank started its Merit Scholarship program to allow enthusiasts from its member countries to excel in science and hi-tech. It allows researchers to continue their research at the University of Birmingham, provided they already have work experience and admission to a university in Bahrain.

Fields supported: Research in Health, Infrastructure development, Nanotechnology and Engineering ICT, Water resource management, Alternative energies, etc.

Eligibility criteria:

  • The applicant must be a Bahraini national.
  • The applicant must be a permanent employee in some academic institution or research center in Bahrain.
  • The applicant must follow the admission procedure and secure admission to the University of Birmingham.
  • The applicant must be 35 years of age or younger.
  • The applicant must be nominated or sponsored by their institution.
  • The applicant must belong to science or technology-related research background.
  • The applicant must have an above-average academic standing.
  • The applicant must have research or work experience of under two years.

Deadline: the applicant must fill out the application, and the application must reach IDB by December 31 of each year.

Conclusion:

The financial situation of students is the biggest hurdle that high-achieving students face in getting the best education possible. Enthusiasts from Bahrain are now provided with numerous scholarship opportunities that remove this hurdle and allow the students to pursue their dreams in and outside the kingdom. This paves the way for Bahraini students’ academic excellence and helps them fulfill their dreams.

 

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