Khalifa University of Science and Technology offers Graduate Research / Teaching Assistant (GRTA) scholarships to support qualified international students enrolled in graduate programs.

The scholarship provides generous remuneration and benefits that include:

  • Full coverage of tuition fees.
  • Medical insurance coverage for students under the Khalifa University visa.
  • Support to attend international research conferences.
  • The indicative monthly stipend for GRTA Scholarship is as follows (subject to change):

Application Opening!

We will start taking applications starting November 1st, 2018 for the next intake in September 1st, 2019.

The Department of Earth Sciences has defined the goals of its Ph.D. in Petroleum Geosciences program as follows:

  • stimulate research and development to foster innovative solutions to challenges in science, technology, and engineering;
  • develop the next generation of leaders in academia to drive a knowledge economy in the UAE;
  • advance the technological profile of the UAE and the regional oil and gas industry.


Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) define what Ph.D. graduates will be able to do 2-3 years after graduation. After completing their Ph.D., the graduates of the Ph.D. in Petroleum Geosciences program will be able to do the following:

  • contribute to the advancement of leading-edge knowledge across multiple engineering and sciences disciplines;
  • direct original research and disseminate knowledge to a variety of audiences; and
  • provide active and exceptional service to the profession and the society at large.

Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are defined as statements describing what our Ph.D. graduates are expected to know and be able to do upon graduation. Upon successful completion of the Ph.D. in Petroleum Geosciences program, graduates will possess the knowledge, skills, and aspects of competence listed below:

  • an ability to recognize, evaluate, interpret, and understand issues and opportunities at the frontiers of knowledge;
  • an ability to integrate and apply knowledge across disciplinary boundaries in order to create new knowledge;
  • an ability to conduct independent original research that results in a significant contribution to knowledge in the field;
  • the competencies necessary to disseminate knowledge and research findings in a variety of formats to the scientific community and public at large;
  • a propensity to engage in life-long learning and self-development in their field as a way of contributing to its future advancement;
  • a commitment to ethical behavior in research and professional activities;

Program Completion Requirements

Students of the Ph.D. in Petroleum Geosciences are required to complete 60 credit hours; 24 credit hours are required for coursework, and 36 credit hours for thesis research. The required and elective courses of the Ph.D. in Petroleum Geosciences are listed in the following table. Written and oral qualifying exams have to be passed before students can start research that leads to a Ph.D. dissertation.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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