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Islamic Development Bank Scholarships

Islamic Development Bank Scholarships







Fully Funded



Apr 30, 2023

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Mindful of the importance of qualified human resources for social advancement and sustainable development, the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) has been very keen from the outset of its establishment to focus on human capital development alongside its mainstream development financing activities.

In recognition of the vital need to develop the human resources of the Muslim communities in non-Member Countries (non-MCs), IsDB launched its undergraduate scholarship programme (SP) in 1983 under the title Scholarship Programme for Muslim Communities (SPMC).

Capitalizing on the experience of a decade of the SPMC, IsDB decided to establish the Merit Scholarship Programme (MSP) for Ph.D. studies and post-doctoral research in applied science and high technology to strengthen the scientific, technological and research capabilities of institutions in Member Countries (MCs), which was launched in 1992.   Later, the Master of Science Scholarship Programme (M.Sc.)  was launched in 1998 as a feeding programme for the MSP, realizing that 20 of the Least Developed Member Countries (LDMCs) could not benefit from the latter.

In IsDB’s Realigned Strategy 2023 – 2025, the Bank dedicated an entire pillar to the support of comprehensive and inclusive human capital development.  Through this pillar, IsDB aims to help MCs and Muslim communities in non-MCs to address these challenges with capacity-development initiatives, including scholarship programmes. It is also an important component of IsDB’s efforts to promote economic development and shared prosperity through the global development of human capital by investing in education.

Currently, there are four programmes offered by IsDB:

  • Scholarship Programme for Muslim Communities (SPMC)

  • Master of Science  Scholarship Programme (M.Sc.)

  • Merit Scholarship Programme for High Technology (MSP)

  • IsDB-ISFD Scholarship Programme

Eligibility :

The Scholarship Programme for Muslim Communities (SPMC) is a human development initiative established by the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) to provide academically-gifted, financially-needy Muslim students with opportunities to pursue undergraduate or first-degree studies. The program, which focuses on fields like medicine, engineering, agriculture, and computer science, offers scholarship opportunities at recognized government universities in students' home countries or other IsDB member countries. The scholarships are designed as interest-free loans that are repayable after graduation and employment, with the repayments used to provide more scholarships to eligible students. The program aims to improve the socioeconomic conditions of Muslim communities, with a focus on developing the students' minds and characters, as well as their commitment to community development. To be eligible for the program, students must be in need of financial assistance, be a maximum of 24 years old, and meet certain academic and language proficiency requirements. More

The Merit Scholarship Programme (MSP) is a scholarship program that was established in 1992 by the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB). It provides scholarships for advanced studies and research in the fields of science and technology in IsDB Member Countries (MCs). The program aims to develop technically qualified human resources in MCs by providing scholarships to outstanding scholars and researchers, enhance the scientific and technological capabilities and potential of scholars and researchers, help meet national needs for science and technology, and strengthen the scientific, technological and research capabilities of institutions in MCs. The program covers two levels of study: three-year PhD study and 6-12 months post-doctoral research in fields such as laser and fibre optics, electronics and telecommunication, genetic engineering, computer science, and more. The program is open to scholars from MCs who are attached to educational, scientific and technological institutions and research centers and are actively working in the scientific and technological development of their countries. The applicants must meet specific criteria such as age limits, academic achievement, language proficiency, work and research experience, and more. The program gives priority to PhD applicants with secured admission at universities that have a cooperation agreement with IsDB, such as the University of Cambridge, and successful candidates for post-doctoral research may undertake their research at centers of excellence in IsDB member countries. more

Required documents :
  • A recent curriculum vitae (CV) or resume

  • Official transcripts from your previous education

  • Two letters of recommendation from academic or professional references

  • A copy of your passport

  • Evidence of proficiency in English, if it is not your first language

  • A statement of purpose or motivation letter, outlining your academic and professional goals, and explaining why you are interested in the scholarship and how it will help you achieve your goals

  • Any other relevant supporting documents, such as publications, awards, and relevant work experience

It's important to carefully read the application guidelines and requirements, as they may vary based on the specific scholarship program and the organization offering it. Some programs may also have additional requirements, such as a specific format for the statement of purpose or a minimum GPA.

How to apply :

To apply for the IsDB-ISFD Scholarship Programme, you must first make sure you are eligible by meeting the eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria include:

  • Be a national of a member country of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB)

  • Hold a Bachelor's degree in a relevant field

  • Have a minimum of two years of relevant work experience

  • Have a good command of English

  • Meet other specific requirements for your country of origin

Once you have confirmed your eligibility, you can proceed to submit an application for the scholarship. The following steps outline the application process:

  1. Review the available opportunities: The IsDB-ISFD scholarship offers various opportunities for undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD studies in different fields. Review the available opportunities and make sure you choose the one that best fits your needs and goals.

  2. Prepare the required documents: You will need to submit a complete set of documents with your application. These may include a personal statement, academic transcripts, English proficiency test scores, reference letters, and other supporting documents.

  3. Submit your application: Submit your completed application, along with the required documents, to the relevant IsDB-ISFD office in your country. You can find the office by visiting the IsDB website and searching for the IsDB-ISFD Scholarship Programme.

  4. Await the outcome: After submitting your application, you will need to wait for the outcome. The IsDB-ISFD office will notify you of the result, either by email or by post.

Please note that the application process may vary depending on the country and type of scholarship you are applying for. For more information and the latest updates on the application process, it is recommended to visit the IsDB website regularly.

The Scholarship Benefits:
  • Tuition fees: The scholarship covers tuition fees for the selected program of study.

  • Monthly Allowance: A monthly allowance is provided to cover living expenses, such as accommodation, food, transportation, and other necessities.

  • Travel expenses: The scholarship covers the cost of round-trip travel from the recipient's home country to the host institution.

  • Health insurance: Health insurance coverage is provided for the duration of the scholarship.

  • Research and study materials: The scholarship provides funding for research and study materials.

  • Access to academic and professional networks: Scholars have the opportunity to network with other students, faculty, and professionals in their field, both within the host institution and in the wider academic community.

  • Career development opportunities: The scholarship provides opportunities for career development and advancement, such as internships, job placements, and research opportunities.

  • It is important to note that the specific benefits of the IsDB-ISFD Scholarship Programme may vary based on the host institution and the program of study. It is recommended to review the specific terms and conditions of the scholarship program to understand the full range of benefits provided.

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