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Students’ Award


  • The award includes undergraduate student research projects and master and doctoral theses completed at the University of Sharjah by the end of the spring or summer semester of the previous academic year or by the end of the fall semester of the current academic year. Research projects completed outside the University of Sharjah or outside the above specified periods will not be considered.
  • Students who have previously received the Sharjah Islamic Bank Award are not eligible to reapply for the award.
  • Research work previously that won this award or any other award cannot be resubmitted for the award and past recipients of the award may not submit other research work for the award.
  • Research in which the students participate merely as assistants and the participating faculty member/s or supervisor/s is/are the principal investigator will not be considered. Academic supervisors are required to indicate the students’ contributions in letters of recommendation, which shall be attached with nominations.
  • The Sharjah Islamic Bank Award shall be issued in the name of the winning research work with all participating students from the University of Sharjah sharing the award.
  • Students applying for the award are not permitted to communicate with members of the award committee regarding the award except in response to requests regarding completion of information and/or the evaluation of applications.
  • No exceptions will be granted with regard to the award terms/conditions or application submission deadlines unless upon special approval by the Chancellor of the University.

    1. Departments shall submit students’ research nominations to the relevant college Deanship with a preliminary evaluation of the project, according to the award evaluation criteria.
    2. The Deanship of each college shall form a committee consisting of faculty members from the college, which shall have the mandate to:
      • Study the department nominations and select the best research work (one per college), according to the award evaluation criteria, to be nominated by the college.
      • Coordinate with the Dean of the College to submit the committee’s recommendations to the Chancellor to be presented to the Sharjah Islamic Bank Award committee before the award application deadline, and prepare the required documents, which shall be attached with the college’s award nomination letters.
      • Assist students nominated for the award to ensure the documents required are complete for submission to the Award Committee.
      • Ensure submission of the college nomination letter and required documents to the chancellor’s office via the following email:
        SIB-award@sharjah.ac.ae
    3. The Chancellor shall form an Evaluation Committee for the Sharjah Islamic Bank Award at the beginning of each academic year. The committee shall have the mandate to:
      • Communicate with the award applicants to complete their nomination requests so that the nominations are evaluated based on the materials received from the candidates. The committee shall not be required to search for the required documents and information except for the purpose of verifying that which has been submitted by the candidates.
      • Evaluate projects, place them in order according to their scores, and agree on recommendations and observations related to the projects.
      • The Chairman of the Committee shall submit the committee deliberation results regarding refereed research, including the ranking order, recommendations and observations, to the Chancellor for presentation to the Higher Committee for Awards and Incentives at the University.
      • Members of the Evaluation Committee shall be excluded from the evaluation of research in which they participated or supervised and not engage in any deliberations evaluating such research, ranking the research according to scores or in making any observations or recommendations. The remaining members shall take into account the relative weight of the evaluation relating to the excluded evaluation member in ranking and making recommendations regarding the research in which the said member participated or provided supervision.
      • Each member of the committee shall evaluate research in an individual and independent manner after which the evaluation results will be collected and upon which the committee will deliberate to reach a final ranking order, according to scores, and agree upon its recommendations.
      • Evaluation committee may communicate with the concerned deans and heads of departments, or others concerned, for the purpose of completing information and evaluating applications.
      • Nominations not received by the specified award deadlines shall be excluded unless upon special approval by the Chancellor of the University.
    4. The University Higher Committee for Awards and Incentives shall be chaired by the Chancellor and includes the membership of the Vice Chancellors (i.e. Academic Affairs, Research and Graduate Studies and Medical Colleges and Health Sciences) and the chairs of the awards evaluation committees. The Higher Awards Committee shall consider the results and recommendations of the Awards Evaluation Committees and shall retain the authority to reconsider such results before making its final decisions regarding the research award recipients.

Research projects nominated by the Sharjah Islamic Bank Award Evaluation Committee shall be ranked and placed in order, according to scores, after first verifying their compliance with the terms/conditions and procedures for the award. Following is the scoring table for the award evaluation criteria:

Evaluation  Criteria Highest Maximum Score
Degree of participation of the student/s as principal investigator/s under the supervision of faculty members. 20
Has the research been published (or accepted) in a journal (and quality of the journal)? 20
Has the research been published in the proceedings of a conference (and quality of the conference proceedings)? 10
Does the submission include a comprehensive research report (inclusive of an introduction, objectives and importance of research, research methods, research results and discussion, conclusions and reference list)? 10
Is the volume of work commensurate with the number of research participants?
5
Scientific value of research, including its originality, subject matter, theoretical or practical nature, research methods and contribution to the discovery of knowledge. 15
Importance of the research results and output and potential impact in relation to serving the  community of Sharjah, the wider community and/or the University of Sharjah 20
Total 100




  • A letter of nomination for the award signed by all students, including an email address for communication and clarification regarding the contribution of students to the research as principal researchers under the supervision of faculty members.
  • A copy of the research published or accepted for publication in a journal (if applicable) and information on the date of publication or acceptance for publication.
  • Information on the journal in which the research was published or accepted for publication in terms of the journal classification, impact factor, indexing databases, and publisher information (according to the relevant form).
  • A copy of the research published or accepted for publication in the proceedings of a conference (if applicable) and information on the date of publication or acceptance for publication, the conference, organizing body, conference committees, date of the conference and venue.
  • Information about the conference proceedings in which the research was published or accepted for publication, regarding its inclusion in the databases, classification of proceedings and publisher information (according to the relevant form).
  • An electronic copy of the research report, addressing the research carried out by the student/s (if applicable), inclusive of the following (depending on the nature of the research): introduction, objectives and importance of research, research methods, results, discussion of results, conclusions, references, appendices, and other items appropriate to the nature of the research.
  • A letter of recommendation from the academic supervisor stating the contribution of the student as the principal researcher. As stated above, research in which the student participates merely as an assistant and the participating faculty member/s or supervisor is the principle investigator will not be considered.


  • A letter of nomination by the Dean for one research project that fulfills the conditions of the award with the appropriate notes and recommendations in this regard.
  • The completed project evaluation form for the nominated project which shall indicate the evaluation of the project by the College Committee.


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