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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.

Value & Duration

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)

For the 2021/2022 cohort, McGill will provide a Differential Fee Waiver (DFW) for each student awarded IDB funding under the University's agreement (if notified by the department at the time of application for the scholarship). In addition, a top up of $5,000 per year for the duration of the IDB funding. 

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


Eligible applicants must complete the application (including upload of required documentation) on the IDB portal form no later than February 28, 2021.


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.

IDB Member Countries

Citizens of the following IDB member countries are eligible to apply for the Scholarship:

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 Guyana

Field of Studies

The program aims at developing technically qualified human resources in the IDB member countries and Muslim Communities in non-member countries by providing scholarships to promising and outstanding scholars and researchers to undertake advanced studies and research in development related fields with a special focus on “Sustainability Science”.

How to Apply

The prospective applicants should visit the IDB website here to read full information about the eligibility requirements, how to apply and the program’s benefits and facilities.

Instructions for McGill IDB Recipients

McGill University will bill the IDB directly for your tuition fees. In order for us to do so, you need to send your financial guarantee letter with Mcgill ID to the Student Accounts Sponsorships email sponsorshipadmin.finserv [at], and cc graduatefunding.gps [at]

Please note that there will be charges that are not transferred to your sponsor for payment. You will  be responsible for per service charges like uPrint (on campus printing). It is your responsibility to review your e-bills on a monthly basis to see if there is anything that needs to be paid.

We encourage you to read through this website so that you understand how sponsored billing works and any additional steps that must be taken:

Further correspondence related to sponsored billing can be directed to sponsorshipadmin.finserv [at]

External DFWs

IDB recipients are required to apply to the External DFWs offered by the Government of Quebec if they are citizens of an eligible country.

Visit our webpage for more information. You can find a link to the list of eligible countries below the "How to Apply" section.

Additional Information for Staff

Guideline for Staff

Please visit the guideline here for staff only (need to login first).

Note: This agreement has been in effect since Fall 2018.


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Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, McGill University.

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