The NYUAD Global Ph.D. Student Fellowship

The NYUAD Global Ph.D. Student Fellowship is a collaboration between NYU Abu Dhabi, the NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS), and the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. Through this fellowship, Global Ph.D. Students undertake doctoral research in biology, chemistry, or engineering with NYU Abu Dhabi faculty. 

The fellowship is a unique opportunity to pursue advanced research across two exciting campuses. Students who receive the fellowship complete all graduate coursework with their home NYU departments in New York, and spend subsequent years working with NYUAD faculty members in Abu Dhabi.

Prospective candidates in biology and chemistry apply submit a standard NYU GSAS admissions application, and engineering candidates apply to the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. There is no separate application for the fellowship; any applicant expressing interest in undertaking the research phase of the Ph.D. with NYUAD faculty will be considered.

Please follow the links on this page to the fellowship subject area of your choice, as the selection criteria and timelines differ in each discipline.

Ph.D. application deadlines are set by each GSAS or School of Engineering department. Applications will be reviewed by joint committees of faculty from NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU New York, with formal offers of admission extended by the relevant NYU New York school.

Please explore the links on this page for more information about the fellowship and graduate student life at NYU Abu Dhabi.

Fellowship Structure

Global Ph.D. Students complete all degree requirements set by their NYU home departments. The following is a typical sequence, but each student's course of study will be determined in consultation with his or her faculty advisor and the department's Director of Graduate Studies. Please see our Biology, Chemistry, and Engineering pages for discipline-specific information.

Term Sequence, Locations, and Degree Phases
Coursework in New York
Students complete their coursework requirements at their home departments in New York. This may take 1-2 years, depending on transfer credits, course load, and other factors. Students may have the option to conduct a lab rotation in Abu Dhabi during this phase.
J-Term and Summer Research in Abu Dhabi
Participating students may spend the January and summer terms Abu Dhabi, undertaking directed research or independent studies with their NYUAD faculty advisors.
Full-time Research in Abu Dhabi
Once all coursework and qualifying exams are completed, students pursue dissertation research under their advisors’ supervision in NYUAD’s brand new, custom-built facilities.
Dissertation Defense in New York or Abu Dhabi
Defense location will depend upon committee makeup and any departmental requirements.