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McGill Engineering Doctoral Award

The McGill Engineering Doctoral Awards (MEDA) program aims to recruit the best and brightest new doctoral students from all over the world. Selection for this award is based on the excellence of a student’s academic and research record, including publications, presentations and his or her potential to make a major impact on the quality of research in the Faculty of Engineering at McGill University and in the field of engineering. MEDA are offered by the Faculty of Engineering, and are cost-shared with the student's Department/School or supervisor.

"The tangible success stemming from my research project is greatly owed to the faculty’s generous MEDA award. Allocated as a stipend for the duration of my degree, the award conveniently relieved concerns and distractions associated with daily monetary struggles, enabling me to lend undivided focus towards my work."

 

Zaid Ghouleh, PhD Candidate,
Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics

Six Types of McGill Engineering Doctoral Awards

 

1 - MEDA DOMESTIC DIRECT

This award is open to all applicants eligible for domestic tuition fees at the PhD level.  It is awarded in the amount of $24,000 each year for three academic years, a total value of $72,000.  It is available upon nomination by the Engineering Departments. Candidates are considered during the PhD application process. No additional application is required.

2 - MEDA INTERNATIONAL DIRECT

This award is open to high-caliber International PhD applicants who are subject to the international PhD supplement fee. It is awarded in the amount of $32,000 each year for three academic years, a total value of $96,000. It is available upon nomination by the Engineering Departments. Candidates are considered during the PhD application process. No additional application is required.

3- MEDA INTERNATIONAL-PhD1 DIRECT

This award is open to high-caliber International PhD applicants who are subject to the international PhD supplement fee and admitted to PhD1. It is awarded in the amount of $32,000 each year for three academic years, and in the amount of $27,000 for a fourth academic year,  a total value of $123,000. It is available upon nomination by the Engineering Departments. Candidates are considered during the PhD application process. No additional application is required.

4 - MEDA DOMESTIC LEVERAGED

Recipients of federal (NSERC) and provincial (FQRNT) graduate research scholarships have already been recognized as some of the most promising new engineering researchers. Therefore, the McGill Faculty of Engineering is pleased to offer the following top-ups to recipients who apply and are accepted to the McGill Faculty of Engineering or are within their first year of doctoral studies in the Faculty of Engineering. No application is required for this award. Please contact your Department of interest to inform them of your recipient status and consideration for this award.

  • Guaranteed top-ups are available to all successful National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) doctoral scholarship recipients. Students will receive annual financial packages of $5,000 to $24,000 on top of the NSERC awards, for 2 to 3 years ($15,000 to $48,000 total award packages).
  • Guaranteed top-ups are available to all Le Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la nature et les technologies (FQRNT) provincial doctoral award recipients. Students will receive $12,000 annual financial awards on top of their agency award, for 2-3 years ($36,000 total award package).

 

5 - MEDA INTERNATIONAL LEVERAGED

The Faculty of Engineering offers top-up awards to international students who are commencing a doctoral program in engineering and who have received an external fellowship from their home country's government (e.g. China Scholarship Council, Brazil Science Without Borders, etc., full list available upon request). The value is dependent on the value and duration of the external award, but is a minimum of $5,000 each year for the duration of the foreign government award. No application is required for this award. Please contact your Department of interest to inform them of your recipient status and consideration for this award.

Foreign government funded scholarship programs known to offer awards for their citizens to complete a doctoral degree abroad include:

  • Brazil (Science Without Borders)
  • Chile (Becas Chile)
  • China (China Scholarship Council)
  • Columbia (ICETEX)
  • Ecuadore (Universidades de Excelencia)
  • Egyptian Government Graduate Scholarship Program
  • Germany (German Academic Exchange Service)
  • Iraq (Iraq Education Initiative)
  • Libya (Libyan-North American Scholarship Program)
  • Mexico (CONACYT)
  • Nigeria (Presidential Scholarship Scheme for Innovation and Development)
  • Norway (Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education)
  • Russia (The Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation)
  • Qatar (Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani Scholarship; Tamim Bin Hamad Scholarship)
  • Saudi Arabia (King Abdullah Scholarship Program)
  • Turkey (Ministry of National Education Scholarship)
  • United States (Fulbright Association)
  • Vietnam (Vietnam Education Foundation)

 

6 - MINI-MEDA

Students who are commencing a doctoral program at the School of Architecture or the School of Urban Planning may be offered a mini-MEDA.   It is awarded in the amount of $14,000 each year for three academic years, a total value of $42,000. Candidates are considered during the PhD application process. No additional application is required.