McGill Engineering Doctoral Award
The McGill Engineering Faculty Awards 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. Awards 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,
Types of McGill Engineering Doctoral Awards
Please note: Funding numbers are effective Winter 2024
- MEDA Domestic
- MEDA International
- MEDA International-PhD1
- MEDA Domestic Leveraged
- MEDA International Leveraged
- MEDA Webinar 2023
This award is open to all applicants eligible for domestic tuition fees at the PhD level. It is awarded in the amount of $27,000 each year for four academic years, a total value of $108,000. It is available upon nomination by the Engineering Departments. Candidates are considered during the PhD application process. No additional application is required.
In addition to the MEDA-Domestic or MEDA-Domestic-Leveraged funding package, the Faculty is pleased to offer additional support for travel. To support student engagement in international research experiences outside of McGill, students will receive a guaranteed* voucher for the Graduate Mobility Award, in the value of $3,000, to help cover expenses associated with a visit/stay at a research lab, field work abroad, and/or visit with a research collaborator. The voucher can be claimed within the first 3 years of doctoral studies, upon nomination by the Department/School. *Student must meet all eligibility requirements of the award. See Graduate Mobility Award site for additional information.
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 $42,000 each year for three academic years, and $27,000 in the fourth year, a total value of $153,000. It is available upon nomination by the Engineering Departments. Candidates are considered during the PhD application process. No additional application is required.
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 $42,000 each year for four academic years, a total value of $168,000. It is available upon nomination by the Engineering Departments. Candidates are considered during the PhD application process. No additional application is required.
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 of $5,000 are available to all successful federal (NSERC) and provincial (FQRNT) graduate research scholarship recipients. The top-up will be applied over either the present stipend or the scholarship, depending which one is higher.
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, 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:
- Chile (Becas Chile)
(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)
- 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)
MEDA Webinar 2023
The Faculty of Engineering hosted a webinar via Zoom on Wednesday March 29, 2023 for new MEDA recipients. Watch this video to learn more about the MEDA program and pursuing your Ph.D. at McGill University.
During the webinar, we had presentations from Prof. Jim A. Nicell, Dean of McGill’s Faculty of Engineering and Prof. Anne Kietzig, Associate Dean of Student Affairs.