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RCSI Bahrain Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland The Dilmun Scholarship Programme


RCSI Bahrain Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland The Dilmun Scholarship Programme

The Dilmun Scholar Programme

The Dilmun Scholar Programme is a new structured PhD programme that is being delivered by RCSI Bahrain in collaboration with RCSI Dublin, bringing together the complementary research expertise in RCSI Dublin and RCSI Bahrain.

Students will be registered with RCSI Dublin. This Programme provides a rare opportunity to avail of a fully-funded PhD, offering students an excellent opportunity to develop as leaders in their chosen field.

The Dilmun Scholar Programme is accredited by the National University of Ireland and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.


Who Should Apply

Applications are invited from high achieving students who are passionate about pursuing research within the areas of Translational/Clinical Science, Basic Science and Population Health.

Candidates must hold a Bachelor of Science Degree or equivalent and a Master’s Degree in science or related field. For the full list of eligibility criteria, please click on “How to Apply” for further details.

Programme Design

The Dilmun Scholar Programme is a new full-time structured PhD programme that is being delivered by RCSI Bahrain in collaboration with RCSI Dublin. The Dilmun Scholar Programme is focused on establishing PhD training in RCSI Bahrain by encouraging collaborative research projects between research staff in RCSI Dublin and RCSI Bahrain.

The Dilmun Scholar Programme is due to commence on 1st October 2015. For academic year 2015/16, there are three Dilmun Scholarships available which will provide full funding (student stipend BHD600/- per month) in one of each of the three subject areas. The project titles are listed below.


Students will undertake the full-time Dilmun Scholar Programme over five years. This includes a one-year pre-doctoral training year to be spent in RCSI Dublin where students will undertake some structured learning of core PhD skills (including research methods; research ethics & integrity, academic writing) while learning pertinent skills in the research group of their Dublin host.

In addition, they will write a literature review, a methodological plan for their thesis and a formal transfer report.

After the first year, students will undertake the main research component in the RCSI Bahrain facility. Students will be expected to undertake 30 ECTS credits of formal teaching (in either of the RCSI campuses) and will be encouraged to undertake a certificate in teaching & learning.


The Dilmun Scholar Programme will make a generous sponsorship available to the successful candidates.
This scholarship offers each of the three successful students the following:

•Travel to Dublin (flights, local travel) paid annually for the five years
•Funding for all supplies and scientific materials to complete the relevant PhD project
•Funding to attend relevant conferences as part of PhD training
•Full Foundation and PhD registration fees paid for 5 years •Monthly stipend to cover living expenses of BHD600/- per month for 5 years

How to Apply

Applications for the Dilmun Scholar Programme are now being accepted for the intake in October 2015. Our deadline for application this upcoming intake is 8th August 2015.

Admissions Criteria?

To download an Application Form, please click here.
Please ensure you include all supporting documents with your completed application form:

• A cover letter outlining why you are interested in the chosen subject area
• Copies of high school certificate*
• Copies of transcripts / degree/s*
• Proven proficiency in the English language (TOEFL/IELTS)
• Clear copy of your valid passport
• Current copy of your C.V. (3 pages maximum)*

All applications will be assessed by the academic staff and you may be required to attend an interview. You will be notified of the outcome of your application in due course.

If you have any queries about the Dilmun Scholar Programme, please do not hesitate to contact our Admissions Team on Tel: +973 1735 1450 Ext: 5555 or email

RCSI requires students to have completed 12 years in high school (in the scientific stream). Students must have a Bachelor of Science Degree in science or equivalent in related field, with a minimum score of 2.1. In addition, students must hold a Master’s Degree in Science or related field.

Students spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, a TOEFL or IELTS test is required.

RCSI seeks a minimum TOEFL test score of 577 (paper based test), 230 (computer based test), 88-89 (internet based test) or a score of 6.5 under the IELTS test.

Students should demonstrate a high level of ambition and a desire to excel in their field of study. Candidates applying must be available to travel to Ireland at the end of this September and to study in Ireland for one year before continuing their studies based in Bahrain. Each candidate’s application will be considered on an individual basis.

Admissions Process

Applications for the Dilmun Scholar Programme will be received by RCSI Bahrain’s Admissions Team; however, the successful students will be registered for the Programme at RCSI Dublin.

Documents may require attestation at a later date

Your completed application form and supporting documents should be forwarded by email to 

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