Prospective Students



KAUST Marine Science MSc program

Applications for August 2019 are now open. The application deadline for prospective MSc students is January 15, 2019.  All MSc students receive a generous stipend in addition to full tuition awards (including housing on the KAUST campus). The Reef Ecology lab plans to accept 3-4 MSc students annually. Applicants are strongly encouraged to identify areas of research interest that align with current ongoing projects with preference given to projects based in the Saudi Arabian Red Sea. It is advised, but not required, that prospective MSc students contact Prof. Berumen. To be fully considered, it will be necessary to complete an application for admission through the KAUST Admissions Office. If you are serious about applying to KAUST but do not hear from Prof. Berumen, please submit a full application prior to the published deadline and indicate in your application which area of research you are interested in. It is not required to have Prof. Berumen's approval to submit an application.


Ph.D. Student openings​

Unfortunately, at this time, there is no funding for additional Ph.D. students in the lab. Potential Ph.D. students with external funding are welcome to contact Prof. Berumen.​

Postdoctoral fellowships

Unfortunately, at this time, there is no funding for additional postdocs in the lab. Potential postdocs with external funding are welcome to contact Prof. Berumen.


Expressions of interest

All expressions of interest in a student or postdoctoral position should clearly outline areas of mutual research interest. Due to the volume of emails received, general inquiries which do not specify areas of research overlap may not be answered.
All student applicants should be aware that a final determination of suitability for admission to the marine science program cannot be made without receipt of a complete application via the KAUST Admissions website. It is therefore critical to complete an application before the deadline.