McGill-UAE Graduate Studies Fellowships

Aug, 2017 – His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received Alia Al Ameri and Abdul Rahman Al Musa'abi, recipients of the McGill-UAE Fellowship in Science and Engineering.

Sept, 2018 – The scholars meet with the Deans of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, Engineering, and Science and the UAE Program Manager, as well as Rania Haj Chahine and Mohamed Al Shamsi from the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Ottawa.

McGill-UAE Fellowships

The McGill-UAE Fellowships were created through a landmark gift from the Crown Prince Court of the United Arab Emirates. Now the McGill-United Arab Emirates partnership will include more faculties and units.

Read more here.

Welcome prospective UAE students!  We’re glad that you are considering McGill University for your Master’s,  PhD or Postdoctoral degree. Undergraduates in science and engineering fields may also wish to read about the McGill—UAE Summer 2020 Undergraduate Research Awards.

McGill-UAE Fellowships 

The ABU DHABI CROWN PRINCE COURT, under the direction of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and McGill University, have established the McGill-UAE Fellowships.


McGill-UAE Graduate Studies Fellowships and McGill-UAE Postdoctoral STEM Fellowship

These fellowships enhance existing efforts to support new exceptional Master's and PhD students and Postdoctoral fellows by encouraging leaders from the UAE to pursue their higher education at McGill University, one of the top-ranked universities in the world.

  • Earn your advanced degree from McGill University, one of the top universities in the world, with tuition, travel and living costs paid by the fellowship program.
  • Your McGill degree will be recognized around the globe; it offers unparalleled access to further education and opens doors to employment opportunities within the UAE and elsewhere.
  • You are not required to fulfill any conditions once you have completed your studies.
  • Under the terms of the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program you may remain in Canada for up to three years after graduating to gain valuable Canadian work experience. 

McGill-UAE Graduate Studies Fellowships

These fellowships are among the most generous at McGill and are awarded to exceptional Master’s and PhD students from the UAE so that they can pursue advanced studies in any eligible discipline at McGill University.

Value & Duration

  • Each McGill-UAE fellow will receive an ample amount each year (up to $60,000) to cover tuition and living expenses. This amount is renewable, to allow for up to two years for Master’s students, and up to 4 years for PhD candidates.
  • There will be additional support (up to $18,000) to participate in a prestigious internship in Canada or abroad.

Note: Amounts are in Canadian dollars


  • Open to all UAE nationals (citizens) – UAE residents may also be considered
  • Up to two Fellowships will be offered to eligible candidates each academic year
  • The following programs are eligible:
    • Faculty of Science
    • Faculty of Engineering
    • Faculty of Arts (only Economics)
    • Faculty of Medicine
    • Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences 

How to Apply

All UAE applicants who are offered admission to the university will automatically be considered for the fellowship

McGill-UAE Postdoctoral STEM Fellowship

This fellowship is among the most generous at McGill and is awarded to one exceptional Postdoctoral Fellow from the UAE so that they can pursue advanced studies in any eligible discipline offered at McGill University.

Value & Duration

  • McGill-UAE fellow will receive an ample amount each year ($60,000 plus benefits) 
  • This amount is non-renewable, to allow for up to two years for Postdoctoral candidates.

Note: Amounts are in Canadian dollars


  • Open to all UAE nationals (citizens) – UAE residents may also be considered
  • Must be from outside McGill University or have commenced their postdoctoral studies at the University no more than 12 months prior to the start date of the award
  • Must have received their PhD less than 3 years before the start date of the award
  • Must be registered as postdoctoral at McGill University by the start date of the award
  • Cannot currently hold another fellowship or scholarship, regardless of source

Learn more about Applying to be Admitted to Graduate Studies at McGill University. For more information, please email uaefellowship.gps [at]


Meet our previous and current McGill-UAE Fellows here.

Reasons to come to McGill University for your graduate degree

  • Among the top 25 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings) since the start of the QS rankings and top university in Canada among medical-doctoral universities for 11 consecutive years (MacLean’s magazine)
  • Quebec tuition fees are some of the lowest in North America, and much lower than those in the United Kingdom and the United States
  • As an international student, you are eligible to receive a Work Permit to work in Canada for up to three years after you graduate
  • Study alongside students from over 160 countries, and become part of a network of over 250,000 alumni around the world, including 4 astronauts and the current Prime Minister of Canada
  • Live and study in Montreal, consistently ranked as one of the world’s best cities:
    • #2 Best City (Safe Cities Index 2015 – The Economist)
    • #7 Best City (Best Student Cities 2016 – QS Top Universities Index)

International Degree Equivalency – degrees earned outside of Canada

Please take a look at international credentials and grade equivalencies for information on grading and degree systems, and minimum credentials required for admissions.

Other Resources

You may wish to consult the Cultural Bureau at the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Ottawa. The Cultural Bureau has been set up to meet the educational needs of UAE students wishing to continue their higher education at universities or colleges in Canada.

If you have decided on McGill as your university of choice, please check out Your First Year at McGill for information on how to prepare, essential resources for graduate students, and getting to know McGill.

The Interuniversity Consortium for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (ICAMES) is a collaborative project of McGill University, the Université de Montréal, and Concordia University, together with associated researchers based at other institutions. Established in 1989, ICAMES promotes and facilitate research on the contemporary Middle East.

McGill—UAE Summer 2022 Undergraduate Research Awards

Are you an upper-level undergraduate student with excellent grades from the UAE? Are you interested in pursuing cutting-edge research at one of the world’s top 100 universities? The Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Science at McGill University offer 9-week research traineeships to a limited number of UAE students like you to work closely with a McGill professor on one of their research projects in Summer 2022.

A generous agreement between the Crown Prince Court (UAE) and McGill University will support each selected student with CAD$10,000. Placement as a research trainee at McGill can be a stepping stone on the path to your research career – particularly if you are interested in pursuing graduate studies at McGill. Come experience one of the world’s most exciting cities, discover academic life at McGill, and network with potential supervisors, faculty, students, and staff!

Deadline to apply: February 16, 2022.

For more information – including application procedures, deadlines, and contact information at McGill University - please visit the links below.


Website ~ Brochure


Website ~ PDF icon Science brochure 2022 UAE URA

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