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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. 

Fall Virtual Learning Interview

As social distancing restrictions were implemented at universities throughout the United States this fall, many KGSP students enrolled in classes remotely, either from the United States or Saudi Arabia.  

The dedicated team of KGSP Advisors are committed to maintaining a positive and effective advising relationship as students continued their education virtually. This important aspect of the Program ensures KGSP students maintain their academic progress, and have the resources to continue pursuing their goals, even while experiencing an atypical semester of learning.

In an interview with KGSP Undergraduate Advising Lead Stafford Oliver, Ahmed Aljohani, a junior majoring in Biology at Emory University, discusses virtual learning and the impact that it has had on his fall semester. Their conversation highlights the necessity of effective time management, the importance of utilizing university and KGSP resources, and the need to take advantage of supplemental skill-building exercises.