Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 5378
  • Degree BachelorMasterPH.DPostDoc
  • Language Requirement TOEFLIELTS
  • Fields of study Various Fields
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Duration different
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction EnglishFrench
  • Application Fee Required No
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Opportunity Description

Applications are now open for the 2024-25 Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Scholarships to international students. IsDB offers various scholarship programs annually for students from the IsDB member countries and those from Muslim communities in non-member countries. Specifically, recipients of the scholarships can pursue their bachelor’s, Master’s degree, Ph.D., or postdoctoral research programs at recognized universities for September 2024 intake.

So, by reviewing the history of IsDB scholarship programs, the Bank launched its undergraduate Scholarship Program for Muslim Communities (SPMC) in 1983. Then, with a decade of experience, IsDB established the Merit Scholarship Program (MSP) for Ph.D. studies and postdoctoral research. In sum, MSP has helped students pursue their studies in applied science and high technology to strengthen institutions’ scientific, technological, and research capabilities in Member Countries (MCs) since 1992.

Later, in 1998, IsDB launched the Master of Science Scholarship Program (M.Sc.) as a feeding program for the MSP, realizing that 20 of the Least Developed Member Countries (LDMCs) could not benefit from the latter. In addition, in 2019, the Bank started the IsDB-ISFD Program, a joint program between the IsDB and the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development – ISFD. Accordingly, this program is intended to reduce poverty in 21 Least Developed IsDB Member Countries (LDMCs).

Scholarships:

The IsDB offers four different scholarship programs to cater to the needs of students from different regions and backgrounds. These programs include:

  1. Scholarship Program for Muslim Communities in Non-member Countries (SPMC)
  2. Master of Science Scholarship Program (M.Sc.)
  3. Merit Scholarship Program for High Technology (MSP), and 
  4. IsDB-ISFD Scholarship Program

Calendar of the IsDB Scholarships

Note: For detailed information about the IsDB Scholarships Calender, please check the IsDB website regularly

The dates mentioned below are according to the academic calendars of universities and institutions worldwide where IsDB students will study. Accordingly, IsDB annually announces scholarships for the September student intake in February.

Preparation: January

Call for Applications: February

Deadline Extension: 15th May, 2023

Candidates Shortlisting: May and June

Results Announcements: June and July

Programs Start: September

Brief Details of the IsDB Scholarships

Eligible Countries: IsDB Member Countries Listed Hereunder

Study Locations: IsDB Member Countries

Funding Organization: Islamic Development Bank (IsDB)

Type of Funding: Fully funded

Gender: Male/Female

Duration: Four years Undergraduate, two years Master Degree, three years Ph.D. and Postdoctoral Research Programs

Where to Study?

All applicants should remember to get admission to one of the top 10 universities in their country in one of the approved fields of study. However, suppose their desired field of study is unavailable in their home country. In that case, they can apply to a university in an IsDB member country partnering with IsDB (Malaysia, Morocco, Turkey, or Uganda).

Benefits and List of Eligible Countries for IsDB Scholarships

The IsDB Scholarship covers all expenses for students to study at leading universities in the Bank’s member states under this IsDB Scholarship, including the following:

SPMC Benefits Covered by the IsDB Scholarships

Applicants from the countries listed here can apply for the SPMC and benefit from the following:

  • Tuition fees of the students are only payable directly to the universities
  • Monthly stipend equivalent to living cost in the country of study
  • Annual books and clothing payments equivalent to three months’ monthly stipends
  • Medical treatment costs (either at the university or local state hospital)
  • Return economy class tickets

MSP for High Technology Benefits Under the IsDB Scholarships

Candidates from countries in the list below can apply for the MSP for High Technology and benefit as follows:

  • Tuition fees of the students are only payable directly to the universities
  • Monthly stipend equal to the cost of living in the host country, on a single-status basis
  • Medical insurance under the university health scheme
  • Thesis or scientific paper preparation
  • Conference allowance for Ph.D. students
  • A return flight ticket and installation allowance for scholars studying overseas

Eligible Countries for MSP covered by IsDB Scholarships:

  • Afghanistan
  • Maldives
  • Albania
  • Mali
  • Algeria
  • Mauritania
  • Azerbaijan
  • Morocco
  • Bahrain
  • Mozambique
  • Bangladesh
  • Niger
  • Benin
  • Nigeria
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Oman
  • Burkina Faso
  • Pakistan
  • Cameroon
  • Palestine
  • Chad
  • Qatar
  • Comoros
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Senegal
  • Djibouti
  • Sierra Leone
  • Egypt
  • Somalia
  • Gabon
  • Sudan
  • Gambia
  • Suriname
  • Guinea
  • Syria
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Tajikistan
  • Guyana
  • Togo
  • Indonesia
  • Tunisia
  • Iran
  • Turkey
  • Iraq
  • Turkmenistan
  • Jordan
  • Uganda
  • Kazakhstan
  • United A. Emirates
  • Kuwait
  • Uzbekistan
  • Kyrghyz
  • Yemen
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Malaysia

Master of Science Scholarship Program (M.Sc.) Benefits

  • Tuition fees are directly payable to the universities
  • Monthly stipend equal to the cost of living in the country of study
  • Cost of medical treatment (either at the university or local state hospital)
  • Thesis preparation costs
  • Return the air ticket once at the beginning and the end of the study
  • Installation allowance for students studying abroad

List of 20 eligible countries:

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Benin
  3. Burkina Faso
  4. Chad
  5. Comoros
  6. Djibouti
  7. Gambia
  8. Guinea
  9. Guinea-Bissau
  10. Mali
  11. Maldives
  12. Mauritania
  13. Mozambique
  14. Niger
  15. Palestine
  16. Sierra Leone
  17. Somalia
  18. Togo
  19. Uganda
  20. Yemen

IsDB-ISFD Scholarship Program Benefits

  • Tuition fees are directly payable to the universities
  • Monthly stipend equal to the cost of living in the country of study
  • Annual books and clothing payments equivalent to three months’ monthly stipends
  • Medical treatment costs (either at the university or local state hospital)
  • Return economy class tickets

List of eligible countries:

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Mauritania
  3. Bangladesh
  4. Mozambique
  5. Benin
  6. Niger
  7. Burkina Faso
  8. Palestine
  9. Chad
  10. Sierra Leone
  11. Comoros
  12. Somalia
  13. Djibouti Sudan
  14. Gambia
  15. Togo
  16. Guinea
  17. Uganda
  18. Guinea-Bissau
  19. Yemen
  20. Mali

Who Can Apply for the IsDB Scholarships?

Applicants who wish to apply for the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Scholarships must meet the following requirements:

Scholarship Program for Muslim Communities (SPMC) Requirements

  • Need financial assistance;
  • Be 24 years in maximum;
  • Not be an IsDB staff member, executive director, and their relatives and family members;
  • Graduated from senior secondary education or the equivalent of 12 years of education with good grades in significant science subjects;
  • Provide language proficiency relevant to the university medium of instruction. Students can provide documents or certificates such as TOEFL or IELTS or by having passed the required level test in any required language;
  • Submit certified English or French translation of all non-English or French documents;
  • Be healthy and pass the medical examination after selection;
  • Received an admission letter in a discipline covered under the program at a recognized institution, preferably in their country;
  • Should reside in home country;
  • Do not receive funding from other organizations at the time of application and during studies.

Merit Scholarship Program for High Technology (MSP) Criteria

  • Be up to 35 years for Ph.D. study and up to 40 years for postdoctoral research;
  • Hold an M.Sc. for Ph.D. study or Ph.D. for postdoctoral research in science technology fields;
  • Have Very Good academic achievement;
  • Meet the language requirement of the institution and the ability to conduct scientific work in the required language;
  • Demonstrate at least two years of work or research experience for Ph.D. study or five years for postdoctoral research in the relevant field;
  • Prove publications or research records in the same field;
  • Proposed a field of study or research in one of the approved fields listed;
  • Postdoctoral research candidates who have had a postdoctoral experience outside their countries within the past two years are not eligible;
  • Not be an IsDB staff member, executive director, and their relatives and family members;

Master of Science Scholarship Program (M.Sc.) Eligibility Criteria

  • Hold the nationality of any of the 20 LDMCs;
  • Are not over 30 years applications deadline;
  • Hold a B.Sc. or equivalent degree in science and technology;
  • Prove above average in academic grades;
  • Scientific, academic, or research institutions of their countries should nominate the applicants;
  • Meet the language requirement of the institution and the ability to conduct scientific work in the required language;
  • Received provisional or full admission from institutions listed under;
  • Not be an IsDB staff member, executive director, and their relatives and family members

Requirements for the IsDB-ISFD Scholarship

  • Must not be older than 24 years by the application deadline;
  • Seriously, they need financial assistance;
  • Graduated from senior secondary education or the equivalent of 12 years of education with good grades in significant science subjects;
  • Choose from approved study program and disciplines of the program;
  • Provide language proficiency relevant to the university medium of instruction. Students can provide documents or certificates such as TOEFL or IELTS or by having passed the required level test in any required language;
  • Submit certified English or French translation of all non-English or French documents;
  • Be healthy and pass the medical examination after selection;
  • Received an admission letter in a discipline covered under the program at a recognized institution, preferably in their country;
  • Should reside in home country;
  • Do not receive funding from other organizations at the time of application and during studies.
  • Recognized by the local NGO partner through the IsDB selection procedures;
  • Commit to returning to their home country upon study program completion to contribute to its development;
  • Not be an IsDB staff member, executive director, and their relatives and family members

Fields of Study for Undergraduate Degrees

The IsDB Scholarships programs for bachelor’s degrees focus on the following fields:

  • Agriculture
  • Computer Science
  • Dentistry
  • Engineering
  • Forestry
  • Fishery
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition Study
  • Pharmacy
  • Veterinary Science

Meantime, applicants interested in studying technical diploma courses can choose to apply for one of the following fields of study:

  • Air Conditioning;
  • Arts and Crafts;
  • Automotive Maintenance and Repair;
  • Biomedical Equipment Maintenance;
  • Buildings and Public Works;
  • Business Management;
  • Civil Engineering Technician;
  • Clothing Industries Production;
  • Design Techniques for the Electronic Industry;
  • Development of Smart and Informative Industrial Systems;
  • Diagnostics and Embedded Electronics;
  • Digital Infrastructure Development;
  • Early Childhood Educator;
  • Electricity and Electronics;
  • Electromechanics of Automated Systems;
  • Food Industry Quality Control;
  • Furniture Study and Design;
  • General Mechanics;
  • Hygiene and Quality;
  • Industrial Maintenance;
  • Information Technology and Business;
  • Infrastructure and Networks;
  • Innovation in the Apparel Industry and Design;
  • Industrial Instrumentation and Automation;
  • International Trade;
  • Leather and Footwear;
  • Logistics Operations;
  • Mechanical Manufacturing Methods;
  • Mechatronics;
  • Manufacture of Moulds and Tools and Design;
  • Maintenance of Equipment for the Plastics Industry;
  • Marketing and Multimedia;
  • Mechanism and Industrial Media;
  • Mechatronics Maintenance;
  • Media and Communication;
  • Metal Construction;
  • Miscellaneous Services and Industries;
  • Office Design;
  • Plastic Industry;
  • Production Technologies for the Electronic Industry;
  • Quality in the Garment Industry;
  • Topographical Survey;
  • Technician in Commerce;
  • Textiles and Clothing;
  • Tourism and Hospitality;
  • Transport Operations;
  • Vehicle transport and Maintenance.

Available Master’s Degrees

Master’s degree courses are for two years through coursework, research, or a combination of both. However, the available Master’s degrees are as follows:

  • Science
  • Engineering
  • Technology
  • Medicine or Medical Sciences

Ph.D. and Postdoctoral Research Available Fields

Under Merit Scholarship Program for High Technology (MSP), the scholarship period for Ph.D. study is three-year or 36 months, Postdoctoral research is 6-12 months. Moreover, the duration is in line with international standards and practice.

Subjects and fields of study are according to the immediate needs of the countries’ developmental needs related to science and technology. Accordingly, a list of 17 fields of study is drawn and outlined hereunder. Students can only choose their field of study from this list, which needs merit:

  • Agriculture/Food Technology
  • Conductors/Semiconductors
  • Computer Science (including CAD/CAM)
  • Chemical Engineering/Material Sciences
  • Electronics/Micro Electronics/Telecommunication
  • Environmental Preservation Technology
  • Genetic Engineering/Biotechnology
  • Hydrology/Water Resources
  • Laser and Fibre Optics
  • Metallurgy
  • Medicine/Pharmaceutical
  • Nuclear Science/Engineering
  • Polymer Science
  • Renewable Energy/Fuel Technology
  • System Engineering
  • Space Science/Technology
  • Technology Management and Innovation (For postdoctoral research only).

How to Apply for the IsDB Scholarships?

To apply for IsDB Scholarships, applicants should register with the IsDB application portal free of charge by entering the link below.

 

 

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For more information about this IsDB Scholarships, please visit the Islamic Development Bank official website and read the program details and Programs Details before applying.

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