Frequently asked questions about MBRS Programme for Distinguished Students


  1. Who are the beneficiaries of this scholarship?

    The scholarship is for Emirati students whose names are in a family book issued in the Emirate of Dubai.

  2. What are the school or university phases covered by this scholarship?

    The scholarship is for school students from grade 3 (or its equivalent in other applied curriculums) until graduation from school. This scholarship does not cover university or vocational education.

  3. Can children of an Emirati Mother or Decree holders register in the programme?

    Registration is open for Emirati students whose names are in a family book issued in the Emirate of Dubai.

  4. Can siblings register in the programme?

    Yes, siblings can register.

  5. What is the appropriate age for registering in the programme for the current cycle?

    The student must be enrolled in the current academic year in Grade 3 or above (or equivalent in other applied curriculums in a school in Dubai). For example, Grade 3-12 in the American curriculum, and Year 4-12 in the British curriculum or otherwise, as specified on the main page of the program and the e-registration system.

  6. Can I register my children in the scholarship programme in the same school where they are studying, if it is one of the schools participating in the scholarship?

    Yes, if the school’s policy allows then you can continue in the same school.

  7. What are the requirements of the programme and the admission criteria?

    All information about admission, enrolment and terms for the programme can be found on the programme's page on KHDA website.

  8. Is there a specific webpage for the programme that can provide more details?

    Yes. There is a dedicated page for the program on KHDA’s website that includes all the information and links that a parent/guardian might need:

  9. Are the results of CAT4 one of the admission criteria?

    If this is listed among the requirements for the current cycle, then it is a must.

    Candidates may have to undergo an assessment administered by the school during the registration and admission stage.

  10. Will my application be prioritized if I apply first?

    Priority is given to applications that are complete and satisfactory in terms of documentation and requirements. Next priority among the applicants is for outstanding students in the same cycle.

  11. Will I be contacted if there are missing documents in my application?

    No. Parents/guardians need to ensure that all requirements are met, and verified documents are attached before submitting the application, as the e-system would automatically exclude all incomplete applications once registration closes.

  12. I’ve applied for more than one of my children, and my most distinguished child - from my point of view - wasn’t accepted. Why is that?

    Besides the mentioned criteria, the selection of the students is based on international standards and personal interviews.

  13. If the student is accepted in the MBR programme, isn’t the current school required to return the re-registration deposits paid for the next academic year?

    This is not within the scope of the programme. Parents/guardians should refer to the terms and conditions in the parent-school contract for this.

  14. After joining the programme, what is the expected level of support from the school in helping the student adapt in the first year of enrolment?

    The school must provide all the needed support to ensure that the enrolled students adapt to the school environment within a relatively short period of time.

  15. Can the student transfer to another school (change school) after having been enrolled in the scholarship programme?

    Yes, provided all regular and necessary conditions for school transfer as per KHDA and the schools are met. In addition the following must be taken into account:
    • The student should have completed at least one year of enrolment in the school before requesting the transfer.
    • The parent/guardian can request a transfer for their child only once throughout the period of enrolment in the scholarship.
    • The transfer is within schools owned by the same education group, provided that there is an available seat allocated for the scholarship in the school to be transferred to.
    • The transfer request should be submitted during the academic year, and the reasons should be clearly outlined in the relevant form and emailed to
    • The parent/guardian shall bear any additional financial consequences for the transfer as determined by the “Knowledge Fund” at the beginning of each academic year, including the difference in tuition fee structure if they are higher compared to existing school, during his enrolment in the program.

  16. Exactly what is meant by the word ‘distinguished’ in this programme? Does it refer to high achievers only?

    At the registration phase, a distinguished student is one:

    • Whose performance was at least ‘Very Good’ during the last three academic years.
    • Who achieves high scores in placement tests conducted by the selected schools for the programme.
    • Who obtains high scores in personal interviews and other assessments.

    After joining the programme, a distinguished student:

    • Demonstrates continuous progress during the first three years of enrolment, in order to achieve the required level, i.e. ‘above expectations’
    • Actively participates in curricular and extracurricular activities
    • Participates in school programmes/activities that develop student skills and talents
    • Maintains good conduct, a high attendance rate, and abides by school rules and regulations

  17. Under what circumstances would the scholarship be withdrawn?

    The scholarship might be withdrawn for several reasons, including:

    • Violating the conditions and obligations set out in the annual ‘Parent Agreement’ with the programme
    • Failure to achieve the required academic level.
    • Failure to maintain an attendance rate of at least 95%, without providing a valid reason for absence
    • Failure to comply with the conditions and obligations set out in the Parent/School contract
    • Failure to abide by the school’s code of conduct

  18. Are a student’s behavioral and academic performances being monitored?

    Yes, schools provide detailed reports about each student. The MBR Programme team at KHDA reviews reports and provides their final evaluation based on several factors.

  19. What classifications are used by KHDA?

    The final evaluations are categorised as follows:

    • Exceeds Expectations
    • Meets Expectations
    • Moving Towards Expectations
    • Below Expectations

  20. What factors does the KHDA team consider when providing their evaluation?

    Schools provide detailed reports about each student at the end of the school year. A specialised team from KHDA reviews the reports and analyses the results prior to providing their final evaluation for each student.  The evaluation is based on the following:

    • A student’s academic performance in the school’s regular assessments.
    • A student’s results in international assessments (if any).
    • A student’s performance in curricular and extracurricular activities, as reported by school.
    • A student’s compliance with the school’s code of conduct, rules and regulations.
    • A student’s attendance rate.
    • Comparing all factors from the current academic year with the previous year in order to monitor a student’s progress (This is for students who have been in the programme for more than a year).
    • A student’s attainment level at the end of the school year compared to the attainment level of non-MBR students at the same school.

  21. What level of performance is expected of a student upon joining the programme?

    Every student in the programme is expected to achieve an ‘At Expectations’ or ‘Above Expectations’ level at the end of the first year of enrolment in order to ensure continuity of the scholarship.

  22. What are the consequences if the student has achieved a “Moving towards Expectations” level during his enrolment?

    The parent/guardian will be required to pay 20% of the total fees for the next academic year, provided that the student achieves an ‘At Expectations’ or ‘Above Expectations’ level by the end of that academic year.

  23. Do the parent/guardian of students who achieve “Moving towards Expectations” level stop their financial contribution once their children have achieved an ‘At Expectations’ or ‘Above Expectations’ level by the end the academic year?

    Yes. This applies for future payments and to the academic years that follow, provided the student’s performance does not fall behind again. If the student’s performance does fall behind, he/she will be dismissed from the programme.

  24. What are the consequences if the student achieved a ‘Moving towards Expectations’ level for two years in a row?

    The student will be dismissed from the programme.

  25. What are the consequences if the student repeatedly achieved a ‘Moving towards Expectations’ level, after having achieved an ‘At Expectations’ or ‘Above Expectations’ levels during his enrolment?

    The student will be dismissed from the programme.

  26. Will the student be dismissed from the programme if they achieve a ‘Below Expectations’ level during their enrolment?


  27. What are the financial obligations for a parent/guardian if the student is no longer part of the scholarship programme during the academic year, whether upon the request of the parent/guardian, or as a decision from the Supreme Committee as a result of breaching the conditions of the scholarship?

    The parent/guardian must pay the remaining fees for the semester or the academic year to the Knowledge Fund as per the policy determined by the Knowledge Fund.

  28. What are the financial obligations on the parent if the student is dismissed from the scholarship programme at the end of the academic year, whether by a decision from the Supreme Committee or upon the request of the parent/guardian?

    None, expect those that required by the school.

  29. What options are available to parents/guardians if they disagree with the final result of their child?

    The parent/guardian can talk to his child’s school to discuss the results, and they can contact the programme team to make sure that there is no technical error.

  30. Can I register my child in any school after the scholarship is withdrawn for any reason?

    The guardian has the responsibility of registering the student in a school rated “Good” or above, as stipulated in the annual ‘Parent Contract’. The student can also continue in the same school provided that the guardian complies with the school’s requirements.

  31. Why can’t the Extra Expenses amount be given to the parent to use it in cash without invoices? As parent/guardian has other financial obligations. For example, we had to transfer the rest of our children to the same school, provide them with special transportation, in addition to other school requirements like mobile devices such as laptop or tablet.

    The scholarship does not cover any additional fees and/or services except for those specified by the MBRSP committees sponsoring the program. The parent/guardian is not entitled for any compensation that has not been approved by MBRSP and/or the committees sponsoring the program.

    Please note that the amount allocated annually to school textbooks, uniforms and transportation is a maximum of AED 8,000 per student. This is paid by the parent and will be reimbursed by the Knowledge Fund after submitting original payment receipts together with a photo of the student and the parent’s ID so that a cheque for that amount can be issued. Refund Payment method, requirements and timeframe is determined by Knowledge Fund and will be stated on the Refund Application Form.

  32. Can I claim the additional services allowances for previous years?

    No, parent can claim the invoices during the academic year for the invoices issued during the same academic year.

  33. Can the parent/guardian claim the amount spent on tablet or mobile device because it is an essential to the learning?

    No, not at the moment.  However, Refund Scope, Payment method, requirements and timeframe is determined and updated by Knowledge Fund from time to time and all conditions and requirements are stated on the Refund Application Form.

  34. Where can we find the Extra Expenditures application form?

    You can contact Knowledge Fund at 045684886,, or visit the KHDA Headquarters (check hours from our website) to submit the original invoices in Knowledge Fund Extra Expenses Box.

  35. Where can we get information about the registration date for the next cycle, and is there a specific date?

    Once the registration is open, it will be announced via the Radio and social media channels and the official website. This is usually announced in March/April every year.

  36. Will there be another batch for the programme?

    The scholarship programme may not necessarily accept new candidates annually. This is subject to the decision of the Supreme Committee for the Programme.

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