The application process for the IRENA Scholarship Programme for the academic year 2013-2015 closed on 31 May, 2013. Applications for 2014-2016 can be submitted as of 1 November, 2013.

In an effort to promote human capital development, up to 20 highly-accomplished applicants are annually awarded IRENA scholarships at the Abu Dhabi based MASDAR Institute of Science and Technology (MI), with the generous support of the Government of the United Arab Emirates. Scholarship students received one of eight Master of Science Programmes offered at MASDAR Institute.

The IRENA scholars will also be able to attend an exclusive high-level lecture programme, aimed at presenting the latest developments in the field of renewable energies.

All necessary information pertaining to the MSc Programmes, entry requirements and the selection process can be found in the text below. Special consideration will be given to applicants from developing countries as part of a concerted effort to support countries severely affected by today’s overriding challenges: energy access, energy security and climate change.

10 Reasons to Apply

  • Full scholarship for 2 years (including tuition, textbooks, housing, medical insurance, laptop, and travel expenses) with no bonds upon graduation.
  • Cost of living allowance
  • Possibility for first-hand experience with IRENA through an internship.
  • Excellent networking potential
  • Exclusive access to IRENA Lecture Programme
  • Innovative academic environment
  • Specialised renewable energy courses and state of the art laboratories
  • Multidisciplinary research approach with more than 30 projects underway
  • Academic programs developed with MIT
  • Highly diverse and dynamic environment

Successful start of IRENA Scholarship Programme

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) concluded its selection process for the IRENA Scholarship Programme for the academic year 2013-2015. IRENA is pleased to welcome 20 scholars to the IRENA Scholarship Programme at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi.Read More

Lecture Programme

IRENA offers a high-level lecture programme for its Scholars, dedicated to highlighting the latest developments in renewable energy technology, policies, and market trends. Tap into the knowledge of internationally recognised personalities, and become part of the growing international network of renewable energy experts. Read More

Application Process and Scope of Scholarship

All applications need to be submitted to MASDAR Institute for initial review of compliance with the entry requirements (see the quick eligibility check on the right hand side of this page). Indicate on the application form that you are applying for the IRENA Scholarship. Read More

MASDAR Institute of Science and Technology

The MASDAR Institute, which was established with the cooperation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), integrates theory and practice to encourage a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, and develop the critical thinkers and leaders of tomorrow. Read More

Student Academic Handbook

Masdar Student Academic Handbook which will provide you with crucial information about aspects such as general procedures and policies, research possibilities, registration, etc. Read More

Eligibility Check

Submit your application, if you comply with following MASDAR Institute criteria:

  • Relevant undergraduate degree from a college, university or technical college of acceptable standing in the field of science, engineering or information technology
  • Minimum CGPA required: 3.0 on a scale of 4.0.
  • Competence in spoken and written English. Minimum TOEFL score: 91 (IBT) on the international TOEFL. Minimum academic IELTS score: 6.5.
  • Minimum GRE quantitative score: 700(or 155 on the new scale) .
  • Academic record and credentials must indicate the ability to achieve distinction

And following IRENA criteria:

  • Desired specialisation within the chosen MSc programme.
  • Description of knowledge already acquired in the field of renewable energies and relevant previous professional engagements or experience.
  • In case of equal aptitude, priority access will be given to applicants from Developing Countries.


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