Selection Process


Selection Process

Center of Excellence for Energy Scholarship Selection Process:

Phase I: Eligibility Criteria:

  • Egyptian Nationality
  • Undergraduate students must be eligible for registration in the Energy and Renewable Energy Engineering Program at Ain Shams University. Eligible applicants from public Egyptian Faculties of Engineering are welcome to apply. Priority given to applicants from Center of Excellence in Energy (COE-Energy) partner universities (Aswan and Mansoura Universities).
  • Applicants must be graduates of Egyptian public or experimental schools.
  • Applicants must score a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the Faculty of Engineering Freshman Academic Year 2018/2019. Priority will be given to applicants with higher GPAs.
  • Undergraduate students must have a valid TOEFL/ITP, TOEFL/IBT, or IELTS score with a minimum of:  
    • 500 in ITP, or
    • 60 in IBT, or 
    • 5 in IELTS
  • Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm, September 30, 2019 through the following link: (application) No applications will be accepted beyond this date.
  • Submission of the complete package is necessary, including the motivation letter with the online application; otherwise, the student’s application will be considered incomplete and disqualified.

The USAID-funded Center of Excellence for Energy implemented by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) promotes and supports equal opportunities among its beneficiaries. The project strongly encourages the participation of women, persons with disabilities, and applicants with socio-economic disadvantages who meet the academic/professional eligibility criteria and stand out in the selection process for participation.

Phase I noted above is the primary stage for eligibility criteria filtration of applications, the screening committee will review the applications based on the eligibility criteria.  This is a Yes or NO decision for each applicant.

In this phase, applications are divided into “Incomplete” and “Complete” following the criteria below:

Incomplete Applications: Applications not filled out entirely and/or missing any of the required supporting documents noted in the call for nominations: transcripts, Thanaweya Amma degree certificate, English language proficiency score, CV, National ID, letter of recommendation, the motivation letter, financial disadvantage supporting document.

Complete Applications: Applications that are completely filled out and include all the required supporting documents.

Only the applicants that are deemed eligible will move on to Phase 2.

Following link provides more information about evaluation criteria (link).

Phase II: Technical screening

  • Selection Committee review will include the technical screening of the motivation letter of each eligible application. Applicants will be scored out of 20 points based on factors noted below.
  • A score will be given to each factor based on the quality of the motivation letter (as per the evaluation rubric).
  • Ain Shams will identify cross disciplinary faculty members in addition to representation from the COE – Energy Project team (and may also include members of the COE-Energy governance committees and / or private sector representatives) for the technical screening of the motivation letter. Representatives conducting technical reviews of the motivation letter will identify the candidates who demonstrate the following: 
    • Clear identification of an energy-related concept, and its negative impact
    • Relevant literature review 
    • Original idea of proposed solution 
    • Feasible application,
    • Clear methodology 
  • Each of the above criteria will be rated on a scale of 1 to 4, where 1 is the lowest and 4 is the highest (Total 20). Candidates scoring 15 or above will qualify.

After phase II scores are calculated, a scoring sheet is generated for selection of the finalists based on the following criteria:

  1. Extracurricular activities such as sport, charity work or other activities during the university freshman 2018/2019 academic year (Score of +5)
  2. Academic Excellence GPA Score, above 3.9 (+5 points), 3.8 (+4 points), 3.7 (+3 points), 3.6 (+2 points), 3.5 (+1 points)
  3. Gender (+ 10 points for female applicants)
  4. Disability (+10 points for disabled applicants)
  5. Socio-Economic disadvantage (proof of financial disadvantage provided by the applicant’s University from which the student is applying (+10 points).
  6. Those who achieve the highest scores will be arranged in descending order to get the highest Cohort 1 finalists ready for the presentation phase III.

Following link provides more information about evaluation criteria (link).

Phase III: Final Presentation

  • Based on the total scores of the previous phases of filtration, qualifying applicants will deliver a presentation before a selection panel.  Applicants will be scored out of 20 points based on factors noted below.
  • A score will be given to each factor based on the quality of the presentation (as per the evaluation rubric).
  • Ain Shams will identify a panel of cross disciplinary faculty members in addition to representation from the COE – Energy Project team (and may also include members of the COE-Energy governance committees and private sector representatives) for the technical screening of the presentation. Representatives conducting technical reviews of the presentation will identify the candidates who demonstrate the following:
    • Clarity of the presentation, form and style
    • Ability to discuss all parts in the motivation letter
    • Ability to refer to reviewed literature
    • Ability to answer panelists’ questions
    • Ability to argue scientifically

After this phase, the panel will gather to compile a total score (phases 2 and 3).  The applicants’ scores on the motivation letter and presentation will be added and all applicants will be arranged in descending order (highest to lowest scores). For the panel to agree on the final selection of students awarded the scholarship.  60 cohort 1 students will be selected.

Gender quota (25%), physical disability (100%) and the rest will be ordered descending for socio-economic disadvantage.

Following link provides more information about evaluation criteria (link).

For more information please contact us at (scholarships@coe-energy.com)