IDB-McGill Scholarships

The Islamic Development Bank "IDB" is a multilateral development bank established to foster economic development and social progress of its member countries by participating in various development activities including educational, science and health related projects. 

In the summer of 2017, McGill signed an agreement with the Islamic Development Bank "IDB" to provide scholarships for citizens of countries which are members of the IDB to attract outstanding academic merit scholars to pursue their PhD studies in the fields of Science and Technology at McGill University.


In order to be eligible for the IDB-McGill Scholarships, candidates must:

  • be a citizen of an IDB member country;
  • meet all admission criteria in effect at McGill at the time of application to the University, and receive an offer of admission from McGill University; and
  • satisfy the selection criteria set out by IDB.

How to Apply

The eligible candidates must apply to IDB through their education and development institutions in their country in accordance with IDB scholarship application procedures and deadlines.


IDB will provide annual funding for the following:

  • McGill tuition at the Quebec Resident rate
  • Program/ancillary fees
  • Health insurance
  • Annual living expenses (paid directly to the student each month)

McGill (department/supervisor), in turn, will cover the tuition differential between the International and the Quebec Resident rate (International supplements). 


Funding is provided for PhD students as of their first year of doctoral studies for a maximum period of four (4) years.

IDB member countries

Citizens of the following IDB member countries are eligible to apply for the Scholarships. 

Afganistan Indonesia Palestine
Albania Iran Qatar
Algeria Iraq Saudi Arabia
Azerbaijan Jordan Senegal
Bahrain Kazakhstan Sierra Leone
Bangladesh Kuwait Somalia
Benin Kyrgyz Republic Sudan
Brunei Lebanon Suriname
Burkina Faso Libya Syria
Cameroon Malaysia Tajikistan
Chad Maldives Togo
Comoros Mali Tunisia
Cote d'Ivoire Mauritania Turkey
Djibouti Morocco Turkmenistan
Egypt Mozambique Uganda
Gabon Niger United Arab Emirates
Gambia Nigeria Uzbekistan
Guinea Oman Yemen
Guinea-Bissau Pakistan  

Fields of Studies

For PhD programme, fields of studies under the programme are determined by the priority needs of the country’s development in science and technology sectors and to supplement the IDB vision 1440H.  Current focus is thus on the following fields of studies:

Health/medicine Agriculture/Food production Water Resources/ Desertification
Energy/Infrastructure Development Nanotechnology Development-focused ICT
pure Science subjects

Application Process and Deadlines

Student deadline to apply to IDB for Fall 2018 term October 15, 2017

Student deadline to apply to McGill University for Fall 2018 term

January 15, 2018
IDB Confirms final list of Scholars

January 15, 2018

McGill makes last admission decision April 15, 2018

Note: This new Agreement takes effect as of Fall 2018.