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Al Jalila Foundation invests a further AED 4 million in postgraduate medical scholarships for Emiratis

Al Jalila Foundation, a global philanthropic organisation dedicated to transforming lives through medical education and research, announced that for the fourth consecutive year the postgraduate medical scholarships program is open for application. AED 4 million has been allocated for the 2016/17 scholarships programme, which is open to all Emirati students who wish to pursue postgraduate studies in medical and health sciences in the United Arab Emirates.

Dr Abdulkareem Al Olama, CEO of Al Jalila Foundation, commented: “If we look at the global frontrunners in healthcare, what sets them apart are their investments in developing their human capital. We are pleased to once again extend financial support to aspiring Emirati healthcare professionals to help them specialise and further build the skills and credentials needed to contribute to the wellbeing of the nation. Not only will our scholarships help to develop capabilities, they will build capacity, continuity and sustainability in the UAE’s healthcare sector. Each stream of graduates will contribute to the country’s quality of healthcare – and, by extension, the quality of life.”

Since its inception Al Jalila Foundation has awarded 34 local scholarships for postgraduate medical studies including nursing, dentistry, public health, pharmacy, molecular biology and biotechnology, among others. Two of the first scholarship recipients funded by Al Jalila Foundation graduated in 2015 from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland – Dubai and two are expected to graduate in August 2016: one from Hamdan Bin Mohammed College of Dental Medicine at the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, and one from RAK Medical Health Sciences University.

Al Jalila Foundation has also awarded two international scholarships which includes a partnership with Harvard Medical School. Emirati Dr Dalia Al Nuaimi a graduate from the UAE University commences the Master of Medical Sciences degree in Global Health Delivery at Harvard Medical School in July 2016. The two-year postgraduate training program focuses on the ‘last mile’ of health care delivery and the optimization of treatment outcomes. The program includes a HMS-based curriculum followed by a 9-month mentored research project in the UAE.

The application deadline for Al Jalila Foundation postgraduate medical scholarships in the UAE for the 2016/17 academic year is 31 July 2016. Interested applicants can find more information and application guidelines by visiting