The Abraaj – Royal College of Art (RCA) Innovation Scholarship is the world’s largest international scholarship program in the creative postgraduate sector

Our aim is to create a unique community of creative leaders from growth markets who share the values, integrity, and social responsibility upheld by Abraaj and the Royal College of Art. Abraaj Scholars go on to positively impact their communities – from enhancing the diversity of the RCA’s student body to developing their practice for the benefit of industries in their home countries.

The Abraaj RCA Innovation Scholars have been selected by a world-class panel of distinguished professionals who embody the ideas of creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation.

Scholars

Scholars 

Hazel Scrimgeour, South Africa

Hazel Scrimgeour, South Africa

Local designers are best placed to solve local problems, says Hazel. Through design thinking, she aims to address issues affecting the provision of basic public services in South Africa.
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Larry Amponsah, Ghana

Larry Amponsah, Ghana

Larry views art as a tool to create awareness and address racial, religious and economic problems. In his home country of Ghana, he aims to change the perception of art and develop spaces for art practice.
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Thanyawan Eamsonthi, Thailand

Thanyawan Eamsonthi, Thailand

Having worked in the social enterprise sector in Thailand, Thanyawan aims to design systematic and efficient approaches to deliver social innovation and change.
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Saeed Al Madani, United Arab Emirates

Saeed Al Madani, United Arab Emirates

Saeed’s approach to his work is firmly rooted in his home culture, focusing on the symbolic language in printmaking to express the UAE identity, culture and tradition.
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Sadhvi Jawa, India

Sadhvi Jawa, India

Inspired by patchwork tapestries, Sadhvi uses material as an engagement tool in her outreach projects with urban-poor communities and, most recently, young children with autism.
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Andrés Souto Vilaros, Mexico

Andrés Souto Vilaros, Mexico

Andrés is an architect determined to foster design in service of the public good. He is passionate about addressing issues on gentrification and inequity through architecture.
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Rhine Bernardino, Philippines

Rhine Bernardino, Philippines

Rhine strives to promote art as non-exclusive, educational and a form that utilizes local resources. Her aim is to make art more accessible to people across both urban and rural areas.
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Santiago Reyes Villaveces, Colombia

Santiago Reyes Villaveces, Colombia

Santiago is keen to create artworks that provoke critical thought to empower individuals and communities. He is interested in the role of culture and art in constructing and transforming Bogota.
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Sarsenbek Hazken, Kazakhstan

Sarsenbek Hazken, Kazakhstan

Sarsenbek is a self-taught industrial designer with a background in astrophysics. He aims to establish Kazakhstan's first product design course and prototyping centre.
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Burachat Ratanasuwan, Thailand

Burachat Ratanasuwan, Thailand

Burachat works on material and visual communication design. She aims to teach printed textile innovations to local artists in Thailand.
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Derya Adiyaman, Turkey

Derya Adiyaman, Turkey

Derya grew up in the town of Izmir, where she developed a strong interest in applied arts and has worked in curatorial design for various projects.
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Ermina Takenova, Kazakhstan

Ermina Takenova, Kazakhstan

Ermina’s passion for animation is rooted in her ability to express more through the use of moving images to give life to words, emotions and dreams.
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Fernanda ‘Julieta’ Cortes Garcia, Mexico

Fernanda ‘Julieta’ Cortes Garcia, Mexico

Julieta approaches ceramics from various angles ranging from industrial design, where mass production and hard structures come into play.
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Sheroy Katila, India

Sheroy Katila, India

Sheroy is a Product Designer eager to explore the finer nuances of design and innovation vis-à-vis materials, processes, perception and emotion.
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Scholars 

Hazel Scrimgeour, South Africa

Hazel Scrimgeour, South Africa

Local designers are best placed to solve local problems, says Hazel. Through design thinking, she aims to address issues affecting the provision of basic public services in South Africa.
More >
Larry Amponsah, Ghana

Larry Amponsah, Ghana

Larry views art as a tool to create awareness and address racial, religious and economic problems. In his home country of Ghana, he aims to change the perception of art and develop spaces for art practice.
More >
Thanyawan Eamsonthi, Thailand

Thanyawan Eamsonthi, Thailand

Having worked in the social enterprise sector in Thailand, Thanyawan aims to design systematic and efficient approaches to deliver social innovation and change.
More >
Saeed Al Madani, United Arab Emirates

Saeed Al Madani, United Arab Emirates

Saeed’s approach to his work is firmly rooted in his home culture, focusing on the symbolic language in printmaking to express the UAE identity, culture and tradition.
More >
Sadhvi Jawa, India

Sadhvi Jawa, India

Inspired by patchwork tapestries, Sadhvi uses material as an engagement tool in her outreach projects with urban-poor communities and, most recently, young children with autism.
More >

Scholars 

Andrés Souto Vilaros, Mexico

Andrés Souto Vilaros, Mexico

Andrés is an architect determined to foster design in service of the public good. He is passionate about addressing issues on gentrification and inequity through architecture.
More >
Rhine Bernardino, Philippines

Rhine Bernardino, Philippines

Rhine strives to promote art as non-exclusive, educational and a form that utilizes local resources. Her aim is to make art more accessible to people across both urban and rural areas.
More >
Santiago Reyes Villaveces, Colombia

Santiago Reyes Villaveces, Colombia

Santiago is keen to create artworks that provoke critical thought to empower individuals and communities. He is interested in the role of culture and art in constructing and transforming Bogota.
More >
Sarsenbek Hazken, Kazakhstan

Sarsenbek Hazken, Kazakhstan

Sarsenbek is a self-taught industrial designer with a background in astrophysics. He aims to establish Kazakhstan's first product design course and prototyping centre.
More >

Scholars 

Burachat Ratanasuwan, Thailand

Burachat Ratanasuwan, Thailand

Burachat works on material and visual communication design. She aims to teach printed textile innovations to local artists in Thailand.
More >
Derya Adiyaman, Turkey

Derya Adiyaman, Turkey

Derya grew up in the town of Izmir, where she developed a strong interest in applied arts and has worked in curatorial design for various projects.
More >
Ermina Takenova, Kazakhstan

Ermina Takenova, Kazakhstan

Ermina’s passion for animation is rooted in her ability to express more through the use of moving images to give life to words, emotions and dreams.
More >
Fernanda ‘Julieta’ Cortes Garcia, Mexico

Fernanda ‘Julieta’ Cortes Garcia, Mexico

Julieta approaches ceramics from various angles ranging from industrial design, where mass production and hard structures come into play.
More >
Sheroy Katila, India

Sheroy Katila, India

Sheroy is a Product Designer eager to explore the finer nuances of design and innovation vis-à-vis materials, processes, perception and emotion.
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In the Spotlight

Intersecting Creativity, Design Thinking And Growth: A Conversation With Tim Brown

Intersecting Creativity, Design Thinking and Growth: A Conversation with Tim Brown

Design thinking can shape the world to serve community needs: IDEO’s CEO Tim Brown says all types of businesses can become more successful if they adopt the practices of the creative industry.
Why The World Needs Cultural Entrepreneurs

Why the world needs cultural entrepreneurs

Identifying and nurturing talent is at the heart of Abraaj's business activity. Abraaj Director Shireen Dajani shares her thoughts on cultural entrepreneurship.
Andrés Souto Vilaros, Mexico

Andrés Souto Vilaros, Mexico

Andrés is an architect determined to foster design in service of the public good. He is passionate about addressing issues on gentrification and inequity through architecture.
In The Spotlight: Abraaj RCA Scholar Sheroy Katila

In the Spotlight: Abraaj RCA Scholar Sheroy Katila

In this interview, Sheroy Katila (scholar 2014-2016, Innovation Design Engineering) talks about his experience and the scholarship, working with a unique community of creative leaders, and on giving back through innovation design.