Here is a standard email reply from KAUST about what to do and some what-ifs regarding the VSRP.
26 September 2018
Dear Yanan Xiao,
This email serves as confirmation that your VSRP application has been submitted. As we review your application, we will contact you if your information is incomplete or missing. Please check the status of your application frequently to ensure that everything is complete and is moving forward.
The following steps will take place to review your application:
Our team will review your application to ensure that you meet our eligibility requirements and that there is a fit with your selected project;
The faculty member sponsoring your desired project will assess your application documents;
Short listed applicants will be invited for an interview for admission into the program. If you are invited for an interview-usually via SKYPE video, please plan to spend up to 30 minutes discussing your motivation and background.
After the interview, you will receive an email from the VSRP team with the outcome of your application.
Given the number of enthusiastic applicants for VSRP, we do not have the capacity to accept all applicants. If you were not selected for an interview, we wish you the very best in all your academic endeavors.
If you have a question about your application that is not answered above, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
VSRP Team KAUST International Programs Office