Al Alfi PhD Fellowship in Applied Sciences and Engineering

Al Alfi PhD Fellowship in Applied Sciences and Engineering program is designed to prepare future scientists and industrial leaders who are Egyptian nationals and who have strong knowledge and skills in science and engineering. The program is intended to enable qualified Egyptian science and engineering graduates to attend AUC on an 83.3% tuition coverage scholarship basis.

The long-term objective of the program is to develop the manpower for research and development in the region by providing the skillsets for future scientists who are easily recruited in prominent positions in Egypt and the region.


  • Egyptian nationals
  • Master of Science with a thesis track in an engineering or science discipline from an accredited university
  • Meet AUC's PhD graduate admissions requirements
  • Minimum grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale or very good (gayed geddan)
  • Submission of a preliminarily proposed dissertation topic and a research outline, specifying how the topic is related to one or more of the research priority areas
  • Relevant scientific research background and experience
  • Priority will be given to applicants who have obtained their MSc from a national university outside Cairo and Alexandria
  • Financial need

Priority Research Areas

Applicants to the fellowship must be planning to pursue graduate research in an area that addresses one of the national challenges facing Egypt. The applicant will be expected to submit a statement in which he/she will explain how their proposed research is aligned with one or more of the priority research areas listed below:

  • Environment
  • Renewable energy
  • Water


The fellowship is awarded for a maximum of four years with a review every semester for satisfactory academic performance. 


The fellowship covers:

  • 83.3% coverage of the tuition fees equivalent to 15 credit hours; five courses out of six, per academic year
  • Student services and activities fee
  • A monthly stipend 
  • Research and conference grants

Responsibilities of Fellows

  • The program mandates a full-time research position at the AUC PhD program with no outside professional or job commitments
  • Fellows are expected to complete the academic program (72 credit hours) in a maximum of four years from their date of admission, except for the students who require English language training
  • Fellows are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Fellows are to cover the tuition fees of one course (three credit hours) per academic year for every five courses covered by the fellowship
  • In support of their professional training, fellows are assigned nine hours per week of teaching assistantship in an AUC Department of Science and Engineering
  • By accepting this externally funded fellowship, the fellowship recipient agrees to respond to any reporting requests received from AUC by the deadlines communicated to the awarded fellow. This may include a request for photos or academic progress information to be used for reporting purposes, or attendance of fellowship events including any meetings or events with donors as requested by the relevant university entities
  • A teaching assistantship mandatory training must be completed if the fellow is involved in teaching assistantship duties

For details and more information about teaching assistantships, click here.

To Apply 

Step 1: Check how to apply and submit the online application
Step 2: Complete and submit the online fellowship application

Deadline: April 15 for the fall semester
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