undergraduate programs
Immersive study
abroad experience
Committed advisors
A vibrant academic
Cultural experience
Access to KAUST’s
premier faculty and
The opportunity to
contribute to KAUST’s
bold global mission

KGSP Participants Awarded Prestigious Rhodes Scholarship

Three Saudi Arabian undergraduates have been awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to pursue postgraduate study at the University of Oxford next year, all of whom are alumni of one or more of KAUST’s leading Young Talent Development programs. 

Ghada Al Shalan

Ghadah Mohammed T Al Shalan: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BSc Physics Spring 2021 (Expected)

  • KAUST International Science Competition Training Institutes (2015, 2016, & 2017)
  • KAUST Saudi Research Science Institute (2016)
  • KAUST Gifted Student Undergraduate Program (2017-2021)

ALSHANGITI, Omar 2018 (1)

Omar Mohammed H Alshangiti: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, BS Material Science and Engineering & BS Chemistry Spring 2021 (Expected)

  • KAUST Gifted Student Foundation Year Program (2016-17)
  • KAUST Gifted Student Undergraduate Program (2017-2021)

Mneera Abdullah Saud

Mneerah Abdullah Saud: Brown University, BA Computer Science May 2020

  • KAUST Gifted Student Foundation Year Program (2015-16)

The Rhodes Scholars 2021 cohort is the first ever to include three students from Saudi Arabia, who join just 97 other recipients worldwide.  Read more about this impressive achievement at KAUST News and on Twitter.


KGSP students represent the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s future scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and thought-leaders. As both individuals and as a community, they reflect the KAUST mission of driving scientific discovery through excellence in education and cutting-edge research, and share a commitment to fostering innovation, economic development, and social prosperity throughout the Kingdom and the world.  


Selection to the KGSP is extremely competitive, and currently by invitation only. Successful applicants are Saudi Arabian students in their final year of high school who demonstrate impressive academic credentials within STEM fields, meaningful extra-curricular achievements, and who share the KAUST ethos of continuous discovery.  Learn more here.


The KGSP is administered by the Office of Strategic National Advancement at KAUST, under the direction of Vice President & Senior Associate to the President, Dr. Najah Ashry. Strategic National Advancement directs the university's strategy to serve Saudi Arabia's transformational priorities: Through initiatives in young talent and Saudi workforce development, social responsibility, and national engagement, the Office contributes to a thriving innovation ecosystem by building knowledge capacity, creating opportunities, and strengthening impact.