Crown Prince’s International Scholarship Program (CPISP)

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Crown Prince’s International Scholarship Program (CPISP)


P.O. Box 29091, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain


+973 17659999


+973 17664451




HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa

The Crown Prince’s International Scholarship Program (CPISP) was established in 1999 by HRH the Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Kingdom of Bahrain; Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, with the aim of providing fully-funded undergraduate scholarships to outstanding Bahraini secondary school students to study at top international universities and colleges of their choice.

Support to Higher Education

CPISP supports higher education through providing scholarships and training.
Type of Support


CPISP provides ten scholarships annually to five outstanding men and five outstanding women, from both governmental and private secondary schools. The Program helps recipients choose and apply to universities abroad, based on their desired fields of study and future career ambitions. The scholarships cover Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees.

Student-related expenses include tuition, allowances, accommodation expenses, airfares, insurance, and administration expenses. The CPISP also provides its recipients with the opportunity to take part in additional education enrichment programs, in cooperation with other organizations.

During the fiscal year 2008/09, BD 1.4 million (USD 3.7 million) of the Program’s annual budget went towards student-related expenses. Fields of study are open to the discretion of the scholarship recipient.


CPISP offers SAT and IELTS preparation courses, as well as leadership, critical thinking, and communication training, and internships to qualifying candidates applying for scholarships, as part of its recipient selection process. Scholarship recipients are also provided with further work internship opportunities and career-related training after receiving their scholarships.
Duration of Support


● The scholarship duration varies for each recipient, depending on the educational system of their university and the degree they are pursuing.
● Government school students are enrolled into preparatory or boarding schools for a period of two years, before commencing their undergraduate degrees. The Program continues to provide support for its scholars to attain postgraduate degrees, either upon completion of their undergraduate degrees, or after gaining a few years of work experience.


(provided to secondary school students competing for the Program’s scholarship):
● SAT and IELTS Training: 45 hours.
● Critical Thinking: 20 hours.
● Leadership and Communication Training: 4 weeks in the summer.
● Internships and Leadership Conference: 4 weeks the following summer.
Eligibility Criteria


Applicants must meet the following criteria:
● Have the Bahraini citizenship.
● Be enrolled in the 11th grade or secondary school equivalent (year 12 for the British Curriculum).
● Have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 97% for grades 10 and 11 (first semester).


● The selected candidates are offered a series of courses, workshops, and seminars commencing in March and concluding in December.
● The CPISP registers the candidates for the IELTS and SAT and organizes the administration of these assessments.
● During the summer, candidates take part in a specialized training program, which aims to develop their leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills.
● In addition to granting fully funded scholarships, the CPISP provides its recipients with training, internship opportunities, and international cultural exposure.
Application Procedures


● Applications should be sent by the announced deadline, a year before graduating from secondary school.
● Applications must be submitted to CPISP offices at the Court of the Crown Prince by the announced deadline for their secondary school graduating year.
● Applications can be downloaded from the CPISP website,
● After submitting applications, students meeting the application criteria must also take a qualifying English Language Test, administered by the CPISP.
● Based on their GPAs and results of the English Language Test, the top 60 students are selected as candidates for the Crown Prince’s scholarships, and undergo a year of training and educational workshops which makeup the recipient selection process.




Deadlines are announced on the CPISP website. They are subject to change each year.


Deadlines are announced on the CPISP website. They are subject to change each year.




Additional Information
CPISP offers sponsorships. More information is available on: