New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD)

Global PhD Student Fellowships

Division of Engineering

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Engineering research at NYU Abu Dhabi crosses the boundaries of traditional engineering disciplines and encompasses broad interdisciplinary areas that embody key characteristics of our age. The faculty are involved in new and emerging technological fields, such as bioengineering, nanotechnology, robotics, energy-efficient materials, and cybersecurity.

In collaboration with the New York University Tandon School of Engineering, the Engineering Division at New York University Abu Dhabi offers Global PhD Student Fellowships in Civil Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Transportation Planning and Engineering.

The main research topics in each major are as follows:

Civil Engineering

-      Construction and Project Management

-      Innovative Structures

-      Materials Science

-      Resilience and Sustainability

-      Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering

Chemical Engineering

-      Bioengineering

-      Materials Chemistry

-      Water Management and Desalination

Computer Science and Engineering

-      Artificial Intelligence

-      Computer Vision

-      Cybersecurity

-      Game Theory

-      Machine Learning

Electrical Engineering

-      Bioengineering

-      Cybersecurity

-      Haptics

-      Photonics

-      Robotics

Mechanical Engineering

-      Bioengineering

-      Dynamics

-      Energy, Water, and Environment

-      Microengineering

-      3D Printing

Transportation Planning and Engineering

-      Multimodal Transportation Systems

-      Operations Research and Logistics

-      Smart Cities

-      Traffic Flow Theory

-      Transportation Infrastructure Management

Designed for exceptional students from around the world who want to engage in cutting-edge scholarship, NYUAD Global PhD students undertake doctorate research with NYUAD faculty and utilize NYUAD’s state-of-the-art resources. Each of our programs offers a unique opportunity for students to engage in a global setting, where students will begin their coursework in New York and complete their research in Abu Dhabi. This allows each cohort to add to a global perspective, connect with leading researchers in their field, and provides the foundation for successful careers in academe, industry and government.

Our Fellowships provide competitive compensation packages covering tuition costs, housing in Abu Dhabi and a monthly stipend as well as additional support for relocation and research start-up costs. All fellows enjoy the same privileges and responsibilities as all NYU PhD students.

Some of the key features of the Fellowship are:

-     New York University degree upon graduation

-     Access to the extraordinary resources of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering

-     Graduate coursework in New York

-     Cutting-edge research opportunities in NYU Abu Dhabi’s labs

-     Tuition, fees and health insurance provided throughout the program

-     Generous research assistantship and stipend provided by NYU Abu Dhabi throughout the program

-     Assistance for degree-related travel between Abu Dhabi and New York

-     Campus accommodation at no cost in Abu Dhabi

-     A contribution toward accommodation costs in New York

-     Career development assistance at both campuses

Our applicant pool is highly competitive and admission for each program is determined by faculty in both Abu Dhabi and New York. Students applying for the program will need to submit:

-     An online application

-     GRE score

-     TOEFL or IELTS score

-     Statement of purpose

-     Academic references

-     University transcripts

Applications are due by December 15th, 2019. The Global PhD Program currently offers admission for the Fall semester 2020.

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To apply for your PhD program of interest, please use NYU Tandon website:

Please apply via recruiter’s website.