Graduate Fellow - Graduate Fellowship Program

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Position Summary

UAE nationals are encouraged to apply 

NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) seeks to appoint a cohort of recent graduates to pursue their professional aspirations via enrollment to a prestigious paid graduate program.

As a Graduate Fellow, you will be strategically placed within a designated department aligned with your professional interests, under the guidance of a dedicated HR representative and a peer buddy from the department. Over the course of 12 months, you will undergo tailored training and development, preparing you for a junior professional role within your respective department upon program completion. Your journey will be meticulously curated through a comprehensive Training Plan, encompassing technical and role-specific training, IT proficiency, as well as soft and business skills essential for success.

Expect to engage in a stimulating learning experience, designed to align with departmental objectives and NYUAD's overarching vision. This immersive curriculum will challenge you to leverage your research acumen, analytical prowess, and project management skills across a spectrum of activities, including problem-solving, subject analysis, primary and secondary research, project execution, and interdepartmental collaboration. Through this program, you will emerge equipped with the skills and capabilities necessary to thrive in your future endeavors, contributing meaningfully to the ethos of NYUAD as a global hub of innovation and scholarship.

Ten years ago, NYU Abu Dhabi opened with an ambitious vision to be one of the world’s great research universities addressing complex challenges of local and global significance. Since then, the University has established more than 80 faculty labs and projects, and 14 distinctive research centers led by accomplished thought leaders from more than 45 countries. Cross-pollination of ideas and investment in state-of-the-art research technologies are key to NYU Abu Dhabi’s continued growth across key interdisciplinary research areas including bio-innovation and health, space exploration, cities, culture and heritage, environmental sustainability, and governance and peace.Our faculty, staff, and students are a microcosm of Abu Dhabi itself, coming from across the globe to add their own flavor into this fertile cultural mix, united in a common belief in the value of a liberal arts education, of the benefits a research university brings to society, a conviction that interaction with new ideas and people who are different is valuable and necessary, and a commitment to educating true citizens of the world. As a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, and knowledge creation and exchange, there are few places like it.

Graduate Fellows will be entitled to NYUAD compensation and benefits as detailed in the Compensation and Benefits Handbook which can be found on the NYUAD Careers page.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Undertake specific projects as assigned in the Training Plan, complete phases and components within agreed timelines
  • Complete all relevant milestones and training as outlined in the individual development areas within the Training plan
  • Achieve target results in classroom, online and certification training to ensure continued learning and development
  • Successful completion of all work-based projects and tasks as assigned
    • Complete project based learning
    • Participate and attend virtual and face to face training, and implement learnings in project activity
    • Adherence to all 1:1 monthly scheduled meeting to discuss feedback from supervisor and HRBP (Human Resource Business Partner)
    • Build and manage relationships within respective teams and coordinate the required actions in order to complete the assigned projects
    • Ensure adherence to working hours, punctuality and time-off guidelines

Required Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a cumulative GPA minimum of 3.0
  • IELTS certification of a minimum of 6.0

Required Experience:

  • As this is a graduate program, candidates must only have a maximum of 1-year professional experience post graduation. Candidates with more than 1 year professional work experience cannot be considered for the program
  • Internship or school organized form of work experience 


  • Curious 
  • Flexible and committed
  • Passion for learning
  • Proactive and able to work without supervision
  • Self motivated and resourceful

Other Information

NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science undergraduate program in the Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering. NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai, form the backbone of NYU’s global network university, an interconnected network of portal campuses and academic centers across six continents that enable seamless international mobility of students and faculty in their pursuit of academic and scholarly activity. This global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective. As a major intellectual hub at the crossroads of the Arab world, NYUAD serves as a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, knowledge creation, and sharing, through its academic, research, and creative activities.