MBA scholarships for foreign students in UAE
Updated on Oct 19, 2016 - 5:06 p.m. IST by Manashjyoti
Applications Open Now
Study Abroad Opportunities with IELTS

MBA scholarships in UAE: While the UAE is still a greenhorn in the higher education sector, there are signs it is on track to becoming an important player in coming years. A major reason behind this is that while on hand the government is investing heavily in higher education, on the other, foreign universities are competing to open their campuses there. Many of its top universities are also moving up the ranking ladder in world university ranking lists published by agencies like QS. So today, if you decide to study in UAE, no one is going to raise their eyebrows like they did some years ago. Many international students in UAE study MBA as it is among the highest paying courses in the UAE and also because they manage to get MBA scholarships in UAE.

MBA scholarships in UAE for foreign students: What the picture looks like

While the cost of studying MBA in UAE is less compared to destinations like the USA and the UK, it is still expensive enough to give you second thoughts. So, if you can manage yourself MBA scholarships to study in UAE you can start your studies on a positive note. Here we bring you the types of MBA scholarships in UAE available for you and other details like eligibility criteria and scholarship value.

United Arab Emirates University (UAEU)


1.  Research Grant Scholarships for Masters Studies: 


The United Arab Emirates University has introduced a couple of new MBA scholarships in UAE for foreign students.  These scholarships are available on a competitive basis to students who intend to pursue research projects. The duration of the scholarship is two years.



To be eligible for this specific MBA scholarship in UAE:

  • The candidate must be accepted in a Master's programme at UAEU

Value:  Students need to contact the principal investigator of the particular grant.

2. Graduate Assistantships:


If you are a full-time graduate student at United Arab Emirates University, you can participate in teaching, research, or administrative activities in exchange for financial support. Although not your typical MBA scholarship in UAE, Assistantships are good ways to finance your studies considering MBA scholarships aren’t easy to come by. The nature and scope of the Assistantship assignment is decided by the department/unit providing the assistantship.



  • Candidates need to be first-time graduates with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 or equivalent in Bachelors.

  • Continuing candidates should have earned at least 6 graduate credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) or equivalent in their graduate studies.

Value: Graduate Assistants are paid a monthly stipend depending on the nature and scope of the Assistantship assignment. In addition, award winners are offered medical insurance if they aren’t covered by one already.

American University of Sharjah (AUS)


Graduate Assistantships

If you are looking for MBA scholarships in UAE, you may try the graduate assistantships offered by AUS to graduate students.

There are two types of graduate studentships on offer:

a)      Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs)

b)      Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs)

a) Graduate Research Assistantship(s): This particular assistantship will help you develop research experience by working alongside a faculty member on a research-related project.

B) Graduate Teaching Assistantship(s): Through a GTA you will be able to earn teaching-based experience through part-time employment in positions such as lab assistants.


To be eligible for a full or part-time GA, the applicant must:

  • Meet or exceed all university and programme-level requirements for full admission. However students with conditional or probationary status are not qualified for a GA.

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25. Some graduate programs have additional and/or higher standards.

  • For a full-time GA, complete nine credit hours of graduate courses or get registered for thesis credit. For part-time GA, complete six credit hours of graduate courses or get registered for thesis credit.

Graduate students who are employed full-time generally aren’t eligible for full-time graduate assistantships but instead can apply for part-time assistantships.



Assistantships are offered by the office of the program director and may follow the pattern given below.


Stipend (In UAE Dirhams)

Credit hour waiver

Full GRA Unit



Two-Third GRA Unit



Half GRA Unit



One-Third GRA Unit



Abu Dhabi University (ADU)


Academic Scholarship

This particular MBA scholarship in UAE is offered by Abu Dhabi University and is available to continuing students.



  • Continuing students at ADU who have obtained 3.70 CGPA for two consecutive semesters can apply for this scholarship

  • Must dedicate 20 hours per semester, including the summer or winter term in some form of community service and charitable volunteer work, on campus.

Ongoing scholarship maintenance

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.70.

  • At least 12 passed credit hours per semester.

Manipal University Dubai


Management aspirants who have to depend on scholarship to study MBA in Dubai can apply for MBA scholarships in UAE offered by Manipal University Dubai. You can apply for any of the two awards offered by the university.


1. Alumni Scholarships for Master Program

This award is available to all masters aspirants with a cumulative GPA of 9 or above on a 10 point scale or cumulative GPA of 3.6 on a 4 point scale.

2.  Extended scholarship

This specific MBA scholarship in UAE offered by Manipal University Dubai is reserved for lateral admission from 2nd Semester onwards.





BBA, MBA and B.Sc. Information system CGPA 9 & above


BBA, MBA and B.Sc. Information system CGPA 8 – 8.99


3. Merit Scholarship for MBA programs

This scholarship is specially meant for MBA students and carries fee waivers making it among the popular MBA scholarships in UAE for foreign students.




UG with less than 3 years work experience and 70% & above CGPA


UG with more than 3 years work experience and 60% & above CGPA


To know more about these scholarships, you may contact the Admissions Office, Manipal University Dubai.



Considering MBA scholarships in UAE are a motivation for many international students to study in the UAE, it would be music to your ears that INSEAD UAE offers a number of scholarships to high achievers but with limited financial resources. These scholarships, which are much sought after, are offered to full-time MBA students at the university.



1. INSEAD Antonio Borges Endowed Scholarship


Students of all nationalities can apply for this scholarship provided they are admitted to INSEAD or are in the interview process.



To be eligible for this specific MBA Scholarship in UAE for foreign students, applicants need to:

  • Have outstanding academic achievements and promise

  • Background, work experience and personal profile of the candidate must indicate capability and intention to contribute towards the diversity of the programme

  • Applicants of all nationalities irrespective of race, sex, gender and religion are eligible

  • Full-time MBA students or students who are in the interview stage can apply for the scholarship

Value: 10,000 euros 

Deadline: Applications are accepted two times: one for the December intake (class commencing in January) and the other for the July intake (class commencing in August). Each intake has three rounds.


2. INSEAD Diversity Scholarships


As the name suggests, the diversity scholarships seek to promote diversity of the MBA programme, and can be both need-based and merit-based.


Diversity Scholarships are available to two types of candidates.

  • Need-based: applicants must furnish proof of genuine financial needs

  • Merit-based: These scholarships are meant for applicants who the admissions committee thinks will make significant contributions to their native region 

Value: 13,000 Euro

Deadline: Applications are accepted two times: one for the December intake (class commencing in January) and the other for the July intake (class commencing in August). Each intake has three rounds.


Stay tuned to for more news and updates on UAE

Also read:

Study in UAE: Know all about best universities

Study in UAE - Admission Cycle

Work after study in UAE


Applications Open Now

Study Abroad Opportunities with IELTS
Study Abroad Opportunities wi...
Arden University, Berlin
Arden University, Berlin
PTE- Pearson Test of English
PTE- Pearson Test of English
View All Application Forms
Never miss exam and college updates Login
The question have been saved in answer later, you can access it from your profile anytime. Access now

Download the Careers360 App on your Android phone

Regular exam updates, QnA, Predictors, College Applications & E-books now on your Mobile

Careers360 App
150M+ Students
24,000+ Colleges
500+ Exams
1500+ E-books