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Given the ongoing impact of COVID-19, we will announce in May whether the 2020 Red Sea Summer Program will still be held.


Who Should Apply?

The Red Sea Summer Program offers an opportunity for exceptionally qualified international undergraduate and post-graduate students to learn about Red Sea research from KAUST Faculty.

Up to sixteen (16) students will be selected to participate in the summer workshop from international universities.

Application Deadline: April 20, 2020

We encourage you to explore potential VSRP internships at VSRP website.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The ideal program participant will be a current undergraduate or Master’s student with a strong background in core biological sciences, preferably also with at least one specialized course, such as ecology, zoology, genetics, oceanography, or marine biology.

Note: Enrolled KAUST students, KAUST Alumni, students who are currently in a PhD program or those who have earned a PhD are not eligible to participate.

  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) that exceeds 3.50 /4.00 (14/20: Equivalent to ECTS B).

  • Demonstrated English reading comprehension, speaking, listening and writing abilities. Suggested levels; TOEFL score of 79 on the IBT or 6.0 on the IELTS.

Documents for your application


  • Official academic transcript(s) or a certified translation if the original transcript(s) is not in English from current and previous institutions.
  • Personal Statement of Intent,
  • Letter of Recommendation from professor or academic supervisor
  • A passport with  validity until 2020 (and two blank facing pages).



Program Package


  • Round-trip to/from international airport of departure city to Jeddah (KAUST)
  • Private bedroom and bath in a shared residential suite
  • Visa fees (Students must have valid passport)
  • Three-week Program living allowance ( $800USD )
  • Health insurance at KAUST
  • Access to community recreational resources
  • Social and cultural activities
  • Tuition-free program