The Cranleigh Abu Dhabi scholarship programme is designed to broaden access to our holistic and enriching educational model, as well as to attract and support talented students who show passion for and potential in their chosen field.

Talented students entering Year 7 and above in the 2020/21 academic year are invited to apply for Academic, Sports, Fine Arts, STEM or Performing Arts scholarships. We are particularly keen to award scholarships for exceptional candidates wishing to join our Sixth Form (Year 12). 

Selection criteria vary depending on the award but in all cases, we look for strong evidence of achievement and potential. Candidates are expected to already be performing at a high level and, on top of that, we are particularly looking for pupils who demonstrate an independence of thought, a real love for their area of excellence and a desire to grow and develop.

Scholarship programmes are an important part of the independent school model, carrying prestige for each scholar and adding weight to university applications. For the student body, scholars act as role models and peer group leaders, demonstrating how potential can be realised and what can be achieved through commitment and determination. For the school as a whole, scholars add an energy and vibrancy that enhance the community spirit, diversity and excellence.

Finally, and very importantly, by having a scholarship programme that carries fee remission, we are able to ensure more pupils have the opportunity to benefit from the calibre and breadth of education offered here at Cranleigh. All scholarships attract a fee reduction and are merit-based. Top awards will be the full difference between Cranleigh’s fees and the candidate’s current school fees.

How to Apply

External candidates should complete a regular admissions application using our online system which can be accessed here. When this application is complete, please email to register your interest in applying for a scholarship and the team will advise next steps. Note that we require full admissions information to be submitted before progressing with Scholarship applications.

Current Cranleigh pupils should email for more information about the internal application process. 

A shortlist will be created following review of applications received. All shortlisted candidates will be invited for assessment/ interview. The deadline for scholarship applications for pupils based in Abu Dhabi is Wednesday 12th February 2020. Only overseas applicants can be considered after this date.

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