DHA offers scholarships to Emirati students to study medicine

Dubai: The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) is now accepting applications from Emirati high school graduates who are seeking scholarships in the fields of medicine, nursing and other health care-supporting fields.

Amnah Al Suwaidi, director of Human Resources at the DHA, said that in addition to the scholarship and student’s expenses, the authority will be providing the students with monetary incentives throughout their studying years to encourage them to excel in their studies.

The authority will also provide the programme’s students with priority when it comes to 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, have good conduct and, if they are male, they must have completed their military service or have proof that it has been postponed or they have been exempted.

She added that students seeking a scholarship must have high scores, no less than 90 per cent for those wishing to study medicine, 80 per cent for nursing, 80 per cent for physiotherapy, 80 per cent for pharmacy and 85 per cent for those wishing to major in supporting medical fields such as X-ray, labs and anaesthesia.

She added that if two years or more have passed since they graduated from high school, such students will not be eligible for the scholarships.

The applicants must complete an interview and should not have been accepted to another scholarship from another party.

Once accepted, Al Suwaidi said the authority will cover his/her tuition fees, provide a monthly allowance, cover book cost and laptop cost. The authority will also provide the students with health insurance.

Applications will be accepted until July 19.

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