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.


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 2019/2020 cohort, McGill (Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS)) will provide a DFW for each student awarded with IDB funding under our agreement (if notified by the department at the time of application to the scholarship).

In turn, the supervisor or department must provide a top up of $5,000 per year for the duration of the IDB funding.*

* For other cohorts eligible for the agreement, the department/supervisor is responsible for the International Fee Supplement.


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

The Programme aims at developing technically qualified human resources in the IsDB 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”

Application Process and Deadlines

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

Eligible applicants must complete the application (including upload of required documentation) on the IDB portal form no later than February 28, 2019.  

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 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 are responsible for paying for your international health insurance, as well as the PGSS Dental insurance. You will also 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.


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