Ektashif is a one-week residential program for undergraduate students to discover cutting-edge research in renewable energy, sustainability and the environment. Ektashif, which means ‘discovery’ in Arabic, brings together 20 talented UAE Nationals from various universities to participate in exciting hands-on labs conducted by Masdar Institute faculty. The program is held twice a year.


  • Raise students’ awareness of current energy and sustainability issues;
  • Increase students’ knowledge and interest in renewable energy, sustainability, and scientific research through hands-on labs;
  • Encourage students to consider conducting further research in clean energy and sustainability;
  • Develop students’ teamwork and communications skills through team building and interactive activities; and
  • Inspire students to pursue graduate programs in science or engineering at Masdar Institute.

Sample Ektashif labs include:

  • Use of Optical and Electron Microscopy to Study Materials from Micron to Nano-scale
  • Direct Methanol Fuel Cells
  • Build a Robot!
  • How to Make Hard Metals Behave like Play-Dough!
  • Waste Material Characterization
  • Earth Observation Lab

Besides labs, students participate in design challenges, evening lectures, and recreational activities. During the one-week program, Ektashif participants are provided with accommodation, meals and transportation.


Ektashif participants are nominated by their university's Dean or Department Head. Nominees should have the following qualifications:

  • Be a UAE National
  • Be an upcoming Junior or Senior
  • Have completed their matriculation in science, information technology (computer science), engineering, or other academic major that matches the admissions criteria for Masdar Institute
  • Have an excellent GPA (3.5 or above) and solid command of English
  • Demonstrate interest, talent or scholastic output relating to renewable energy and/or environmental issues.
We expect active Ektashif participants to be proud representatives of their respective universities.
For more information about the Ektashif Program or the nomination process, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.