ExxonMobil Middle East and North Africa Scholarship Program (MENA) - Study in the USA

ExxonMobil Middle East and North Africa Scholars Program

Course(s) Offered: Several fields
Course Level: Graduate (masters, internships)
Provider: ExxonMobil, IIE
Country to Study in: USA

Scholarship Description
The ExxonMobil Middle East and North Africa Scholars Program (MENA Program) is funded by ExxonMobil and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Through this unique scholarship opportunity (MENA Scholarship program), ExxonMobil aims to contribute to the Middle East and North Africa region by helping to develop highly skilled and culturally adept individuals, with a primary focus on geoscience.

The program also seeks to build relationships with academic leaders by offering a Faculty Sponsor Program to the home academic departments of successful scholars. Some students may qualify for the opportunity to apply their skills through internships with ExxonMobil.

Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible:
  • Hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in Geoscience, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Math or Geography.
  • Be a citizen of one of the countries listed below. Candidates must have lived in the Middle East/North Africa for 15 years and be fluent in Arabic.
  • Demonstrate a history of academic excellence and native fluency in Arabic
  • Exhibit exceptional leadership skills and cultural competency
  • Be willing and able to travel to a regional location for a final selection activity
  • Have valid passports
  • Demonstrate English proficiency
  • Be willing and able to reside in the United States for the full duration of study; dependents may not accompany scholarship recipients to the U.S.
  • Register for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
    For details on test preparation and registration, please visit this page. Some recipients may be required to take further university entrance examinations. Individual testing instructions will be given to recipients.
A TOEFL or IELTS score must be submitted with the application or it will not be eligible.
Minimum 550 TOEFL paper based score/213 TOEFL computer based score, a 79-80 on the Internet Based TOEFL test, or 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam.

Selection criteria:
Applications are judged on merit in an open and independent review conducted by a selection panel comprised of international education experts.

Eligible groups
Citizens of the following countries:
Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia or the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E)

Participating Institutions
Leading universities in the United States, according to the strengths and research interests of the applicant

Fields of study
Geosciences, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Math or Geography, Business

Number of awards
Not specified

Sponsorship duration
Throughout duration of the program - this is a FULL scholarship

Scholarship benefits
Full tuition, housing and living expense stipends, medical insurance, and textbook and computer allowances.

The award also includes transportation to the United States, visa and academic support, an intensive orientation program, and a yearly professional development and networking conference. Summer internships with ExxonMobil are also possible.

Finalists for the scholarship are invited to a three day short course event, traditionally held in Turkey or the United Arab Emirates. Short course attendees will develop business skills related to the energy industry and network with colleagues from across the Middle East and North Africa regions.

Method of Application
Applicants must fill out an online application. The application includes: essays, 9 application pages with itemized sections, 1 signature page, letter of reference forms and the submission of university transcripts and TOEFL and GRE score reports. All applications must be submitted online. Please review all application guidelines before you create an online application.

See official website (through link below) for full and detailed information on application.

You must submit your completed ExxonMobil Middle East and North Africa Scholars application by October 31st 2013.

Testing information for both the TOEFL and IELTS exams can be found here: IELTS and Educational Testing Service

Application Deadline: 31 October 2013
Open to International Applicants: Yes (only 'Eligible Applicants')

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