Sheikh Zayed International Awards
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Selection & Eligibility Criteria
Academic Award


Selection Criteria for Academic Award

The criteria are based on a distinguished record of contribution to education including [curriculum and program development, original and innovative teaching practices, and the supervision of postgraduate students].

A Ph.D. in [field] is highly desirable/ essential. A distinguished record of research [in the field of] as evidenced by an internationally recognized publication record, giving details of the first author or as co-author.

Citation in national and International Journals. A total number of citations for each paper will have an additional benefit. Also to mention Research guidance as Ph.D. M.D.Supervisor/co-supervisor.

Project leadership a Principal Investigator/ Co-principal Investigator. How many books authored, Text Books, Lab/training Manuals/others, book chapters, monographs?

Fellow and member of National/International bodies. Mention clearly the invited and plenary lectures delivered with complete reference. Member of Editorial Board; acted as referee. Foreign assignments, visits including conferences.

Management & Coordination e.g. Heads, National Institutes/Research Council/university Research Institutes/colleges/faculty/school/Dean/Principal; Department, in Faculty, University. A complete list of awards received so far.

Eligibility Criteria (Academics)

Nominees must have at least 10 years of teaching experience by the date of the nomination. The criteria for evaluating applicants’ files shall include the following major categories:

  • Cumulative value and impact of academic efforts within the discipline and to society. 
  • Recognition of academic impact by the individual’s peers in the same or in related disciplines.
  • Number and details of D.Sc.; Ph. Ds; M. Phils; Interns; M.Ds produced.
  • Publication/dissemination and presentation of research results.
  • And must have a standing of full Professor.


Who Can Nominate

Nominations may be submitted by Vice Chancellor/Dean faculty at the University and Director at Research organizations.

How To Nominate

Each nomination must contain a formal letter of nomination justifying the extraordinary academic contributions of the nominee along with the current curriculum vitae of the nominee.

Nomination letters MUST contain the following information (Academics):

1. The nomination letter must indicate the significance (the nominee’s contribution to and impact upon their field of study), volume and quality of the nominee’s academic achievements in such a way as to clarify the nominee’s activities for individuals from other disciplines.

2. The letter must show that a substantial amount of work has been accomplished with recognition given to the organization

3. The letter must demonstrate clear evidence of the national or international stature of the nominee’s recognition. The evidence should reflect recognized evaluations in the form of critically reviewed research papers, presentations, books, monographs, and other forms of scholarly activity or recognition (e.g., invited presentations, awards, and honors). A complete listing of these should be provided in the nominee’s curriculum vitae, which must be attached to the letter of nomination

4. A copy of the nominee’s complete curriculum vitae must be attached. It should list all the nominee’s academic achievements and clearly highlight the peer-reviewed academic work.

5. In areas where academic grants and contracts are an important part of the academic effort, there must be clear evidence that the nominee has been competitive for such an award on an international level.



Application Materials



  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Academic and Research Activities
  • Supporting materials. Candidates may attach or include up to a maximum of 10 examples of their work in the previous three years. These examples should be selected to provide evidence of quality as opposed to quantity.
  • A list of grants and contracts received, indicating the project title, name of grantor, amount of grant, beginning and termination dates, and the nature of the competition for the grant.
  • A list of Ph.D. students and post-doctoral fellows who worked with the nominee on research projects. For each individual, indicate if she/he was a post-doctoral fellow or a student pursuing a doctoral, master's, or undergraduate degree.
  • No more than three reviews and testimonials were conferred by persons who audited the original work.
  • No more than three letters of support from persons external to the University /Research Organization who are knowledgeable of the nominee’s qualifications. The letters should be from persons who are independent of the nominee (e.g., they should not be their students, mentors, or relatives) and should evaluate the nominee’s contribution to, and impact upon, their field of study.
  • Provide a short explanation of why you think that you should be considered for this prestigious award
  • How your research contributes to the best interest of the community?
  • No more than three names, addresses, and phone numbers of additional persons (other than above) external to the University /Research Organization whom the committee may contact about the nominee’s achievements.
  • A copy of the nominee’s complete curriculum vitae must be attached. It should list all the nominee’s publications and clearly highlight the peer-reviewed work.
  • In areas where research grants and contracts are an important part of the research effort, there must be clear evidence that the nominee has been competitive for the such award on an international level.