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Dubai Distinguished Students Programme

About the Programme

This programme stems from Dubai Social Agenda 33 and is a collaborative effort between the government and private sectors. The programme aims to provide high quality educational opportunities for outstanding Emirati students. To this end, the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and the Knowledge Fund Foundation have signed a series of agreements with a group of elite private schools that offer a diverse range of internationally recognised curricula.

The programme aims to support Emirati students in all stages of their education, focusing on students who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership potential, and a strong commitment to continuing their educational journey. The scholarship covers 50% of their tuition fees in schools rated Good or better.

Our Mission

Empowering the next generation of Emirati leaders by providing access to high-quality educational opportunities to outstanding students, in collaboration with the best private schools in the emirate of Dubai.

Registration and Enrolment Terms

The applicant must:

  1. Be a UAE national and a holder of a family book issued by the Emirate of Dubai.
  2. At the time of enrolment in the programme for the next academic year 2024-2025, the student should be enrolled in Grade 1 /Year 2 and not above Grade 10/Year 11, or equivalent grades in other applied curriculums in Dubai.
  3. The student's age and grade level must be in accordance with the school's enrolment policies, as approved by KHDA.
  4. Not have been previously terminated from a government scholarship programme.
  5. Not choose the same school (or school group) he/she is currently enrolled in.
  6. Pass the admission interviews and placement tests on due dates set by the candidate school.
  7. Pass all the screening and selection stages conducted by the programme based on the set enrolment criteria, along with the availability of seats allocated for the current cycle.
  8. Respond in a timely manner to all communication via email through all registration and enrolment stages.
  9. Successfully attach all required documents to the application and provide all required information accurately.
  10. The submitted documents must be true copies.
  11. Comply with all the terms mentioned above, and other future responsibilities or commitments required by the programme later.
  12. Meet the following academic criteria:
    • - Demonstration of sustained academic excellence over the past three years (for Grade 3/Year 4 and above students), consistently achieving scores at or above the designated minimum in the table below.
    • - Students following other curricula or using different grading systems must provide evidence from the school indicating that the student has achieved a grade equivalent to at least 90% (for Grade 3/Year 4 and above students), This should demonstrate that the student is mastering or exceeding the curriculum expectations.
 
Curriculum Minimum Requirement

MOE

90% or A-

US

90% or A-

UK

6 or B

IB

5

 
Required Documents
  1. Family book issued by the emirate of Dubai.
  2. Valid UAE passport.
  3. Valid Emirates ID.
  4. Detailed salary certificate of the legal financial guardian’s income source.
  5. Letter from workplace regarding education allowance for both parents (with details of whether any of them receive an education allowance and the amount of the education allowance if applicable).
  6. Certificate of retirement of the legal financial guardian (if applicable).
  7. Passport size photo of the student.
  8. Student report cards for the last three academic years.
  9. A certified medical report stating if the applicant is a child of determination.
  10. Custody letter from court for guardians (if applicable).
  11. Any other documents requested.
 
School Name Grades Curriculum Area

Collegiate International School

Grade 4 - Grade 10

US & IB

Umm Suqeim 2

Dubai International Academy, Al Barsha

Grade 4 - Grade 10

International Baccalaureate

Al Barsha

Raffles International Academy

Year 5 - Year 11

UK

Umm Suqeim 2

Uptown International School

Grade 1 - Grade 10

International Baccalaureate

Mirdif

American Academy for Girls

Grade 1 - Grade 10

US

Al Mizhar 1

Jumeirah Baccalaureate School

Grade 2 - Grade 10

IB

Jumeirah 1

Dar Al Marefa              

Grade 4 - Grade 10

International Baccalaureate

Al Khawaneej 1

Dubai Heights Academy

Year 2 - Year 11

UK

Al Barsha

Raffles World Academy

Grade 4 - Grade 10 International Baccalaureate Umm Suqeim Third
Page last updated 10 June 2024
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