DHA opens scholarship applications to Emirati students interested in the medical sciences

DUBAI — The Dubai Health Authority, DHA, has now opened registrations for Emirati high school graduates seeking scholarships in the fields of medicine and its related sciences.

As part of the Health and Science Scholarship Programme, the DHA will provide Emirati high school graduates with a scholarship, to encourage them to enter the field of medicine, nursing, physiotherapy and other medical science fields.

The Director of Human Resources at the DHA, Amna Al Suwaidi said that in addition to the scholarship and covering of student’s expenses, the authority will provide students with monetary incentives throughout their years of study to encourage them to excel in their studies. The authority will also prioritise the programme’s students with training and employment at DHA facilities.

She added that the authority is working on adding more specialisations and skilled cadres to its facilities to meet the authority’s growing demand and to meet its Emiratisation objectives, which are among its most important developmental paths in the authority’s 2016-2021 strategy.

As for the programme’s main requirements, Al Suwaidi said candidates wishing to apply for the scholarships must be Emiratis, in good health, and have a history of good conduct. For male applicants, they also have to have completed their military service or have proved that it has been postponed or exempted, she added.

“Students seeking a scholarship must attain high scores, with no less than 90 percent for those wishing to study medicine, 80 percent for nursing, physiotherapy, and pharmacy and 85 percent for those wishing to major in supporting medical fields such as x-ray medical imaging, labs and anaesthesiology,” Al Suwaidi continued.

She explained that students could not apply for the scholarship after two or more years of them graduating high school, that applicants must undertake an interview process and that they should not have been awarded a scholarship from another party.

Once accepted, Al Suwaidi said that the authority will cover their tuition fees, provide a monthly allowance, and cover book and laptop costs. The authority will also provide the students with health insurance.

Students wishing to apply can do so by visiting the Dubai Health Authority website.

Source: Emirates News Agency

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