IRENA Scholarship Programme


Applications for the IRENA Scholarship Programme 2015-2017 can be submitted from 1 November 2014 as part of the online application for the Masdar Institute Graduate Studies Programme 2015, or after arriving at Masdar Institute, by 15 September 2015.

About the IRENA Scholarship Programme

In an effort to promote human capital development, the IRENA Scholarship Programme was launched in 2012 (Read more at: NType=NWS&PriMenuID=16&mnu=Pri&

As part of the programme, up to 20 highly-accomplished applicants are annually awarded an IRENA scholarship at the Abu Dhabi based Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MI), with the generous support of the Government of the United Arab Emirates. The IRENA scholarship programme offers various opportunities in addition to the Masdar Institute Scholarship. These include exclusive high-level lectures, aimed at presenting the latest developments in the field of renewable energies. Furthermore, the scholarship programme offers: IRENA sponsored short term assignments to scholars on a case by case basis; opportunities for participation in IRENA events; internships; and most importantly, the opportunity to network.

Why apply for Masdar Institute Graduate Scholarship?

The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology is a state of the art research institution, which has been established in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The institute has been established in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States of America. The institute has an innovative academic environment; specialised renewable energy courses and state of the art laboratories; a multidisciplinary research approach with more than thirty projects underway and academic programmes developed in association with MIT. Read more at

All accepted students at Masdar Institute receive a full scholarship for 2 years, which includes tuition, textbooks, housing, medical insurance, laptops and travel expenses with no bonds upon graduation. Additionally, the institute also provides each student with the cost of living allowance for other expenditures. The Masdar Student Academic Handbook provides crucial information about aspects such as general procedures and policies, research possibilities, registration, etc. See:

Why apply for the IRENA Scholarship Programme?

All graduate and foundation year students enrolled at the Masdar Institute can also apply to the IRENA scholarship programme through the online Masdar Institute application process or after arrival at Masdar Institute. Successful applicants gain access to the IRENA lecture programme, short term assignments with IRENA, the possibility of first-hand experience with IRENA through an internship and the opportunity to network.

How to apply for the IRENA Scholarship Programme?

Interested candidates aiming for foundation or graduate level education at the Masdar Institute can apply for the IRENA Scholarship Programme through two possible ways:

  1. Applications can be submitted through the online Masdar Institute application platform, by selecting the box for ‘IRENA scholarship’ in addition to the ‘Masdar Institute scholarship’ box. The candidates for IRENA scholarship shall be selected from the applicants who have been successfully admitted to Masdar Institute and have successfully met the criteria stated for IRENA scholarships.

    It is important to comply with the Masdar Institute selection criteria to be accepted for the Masdar Institute Graduate Programme and also for the IRENA scholarship. The applicant criteria for Masdar Institute requires an undergraduate degree from a college, university or technical college of acceptable standing in the field of science, engineering or information technology; minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0; competence in spoken and written English verified through a minimum TOEFL score of 91 (IBT) on the international TOEFL or a minimum academic IELTS score of 6.5; and a minimum GRE quantitative score of 700 (or 155 on the new scale). For more information, please see

  1. Once admitted to Masdar Institute, the students can also submit their IRENA application by the 15th of September annually to Joice Priya, Academic Programmes Supervisor, email: The applications should mention the student’s faculty at Masdar and include an up-to-date CV, together with a statement or letter of purpose.

What is the selection criteria for the IRENA scholarship programme?

The applications received for the IRENA Scholarship Programme shall be selected as per the following selection criteria, with candidates being ranked in accordance with their overall score. The top 20 students are selected.

Criteria for Selection


Total Weight

Scoring Criteria


Interest in renewable energy technologies and their applications.
Interest in International Development Projects in particular specific IRENA projects


30%-"High-clearly specified interest";

20%-"Medium-clearly specified interest";

10%-"Low- clearly specified interest".


Strong motivation and clear approach for development of knowledge, skills and experiences in a specific focus area
Preference to focus areas which are mutually relevant to IRENA and Masdar


30%-"High-motivation and clear approach";

20%-"Medium-motivation and clear approach";

10%-"Low-motivation and clear approach".


Academic accomplishments in terms of prior education, achievements, certifications, GRE and TOEFL scores.


30%-"High-academic excellence";

20%-"Medium-academic excellence";

10%-"Low-Average academic excellence".


Diversity of background is preferred.
Relevant work experience to match interests in specific focus areas


30%-"High-mix of country background and past work experiences";

20%-“Medium-mix of country background and past work experiences”;

10%-"Low-mix of country background and past work experiences".

Further details regarding the IRENA Scholarship Programme lecture series?

IRENA offers a high-level lecture programme for its Scholars, dedicated to highlighting the latest developments in renewable energy technology, policies, and market trends. In this respect, the programme enables the scholars to tap into the knowledge of internationally recognised personalities, and become part of the growing international network of renewable energy experts. See

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