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The Bank funds and implements its scholarship programmes as part of its overall efforts to develop the human resources of its member countries and those of the Muslim communities in non-member countries.

There are six scholarship programmes offered by IsDB:

  1. Undergraduate  
  2. Master’s
  3. PhD and Post-Doctoral Research Programme
  4. IsDB-ISFD for Technical Vocational Education & Training (TVET) for 21 Least Developed Member Countries (LDMCs):  Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somali, Sudan, Togo, Uganda and Yemen
  5. IsDB-ISFD Bachelor studies for 21 LDMCs as mentioned in No. 4 above
  6. IsDB-The World Academy of Science (TWAS) Joint Programme for Capacity Building and Technology Transfer

Member Countries

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Objective

The Programmes are important parts of the developmental initiatives led by the Bank since 1983 to foster technology and knowledge sharing among its member countries and Muslim communities in non-member countries. They are designed to attract talented male and female students and in order to build the right competencies required with a special focus on sustainability sciences to empower communities and to assist them in achieving their national and global development plans including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  The motto is to develop the students/researchers as Good Citizens & Competent Professionals (GCCPs).

Concept

The IsDB Scholarship Programme is more than just a scholarship programme in the traditional sense of a straight financial assistance to the outstanding and qualified students. It is also a tool for the improvement of the socio-economic conditions of the Member Countries and Muslim communities.It is basically a scholarship programme and a development programme at the same time, since the scholarship is given as an interest-free-loan (Qard Hasan) to the students and as a grant to their communities /countries to which they belong.

The students are required to fulfil the obligations detailed, under each programme, after graduation and gainful employment. Besides, the students are also required to take part in the development of their communities/countries, through their respective professions. The repaid fund will be used to provide scholarships to other students from the same community/country to complement the IsDB Programme and to ensure its continuity in the long run, while the community development services rendered by the students and graduates will contribute to the overall development of the community/country.

The IsDB also expects its students to play a leading role in assisting the development of their communities/countries. In other words, the IsDB aims to produce Good Citizens and Competent Professionals (GCCPs).

All the above features and measures are linked together in an integrated manner to constitute the basic concepts that characterize the IsDB Scholarship Programme as a “Distinct Community-Oriented Development Programme”.

Selection Procedures

The review and selection process are undertaken by two Independent International Selection Committees, composed of academicians and chaired by the Senior Advisor to the IsDB President for Science, Technology and Innovation. These Committees assess the applicants’ qualifications and eligibility requirements and ascertains the scientific and development relevance of their proposed fields of study / research proposal. Recommendation for final selection is made by these Committees and selection of candidates is approved by the IsDB management whose decision is final.

Note: Getting admission or being registered in a university does not mean automatic selection and is not a requirement for application. The final decision on place of study is made by the selection committees of the IsDB Scholarship Programmes.

Place of Study

Consistent with the concept of the Programme, theadmission is solely the responsibility of the student. Selected students must obtain admission from one of the top 10 public/government universities in their own countries.

Meanwhile, for some students who could not secure admission in their own countries, due to any unavoidable situation, the IsDB may seek admission in member countries having agreement with the IsDB. The final decision of the admission of any student under these agreements is subject to the acceptance by the respective universities in these countries. 

Partnership Programmes

To scale-up the programmes to support capacity building efforts in Member Countries (MCs) and Muslim communities in non-member countries, through the provision of scholarships to most qualified scholars to pursue higher education in most needed and advanced fields in reputable universities across the world, the Bank has fostered partnerships with top reputable universities, Ministries of Higher Education and Government institutions in member countries, and International Development Institutions.

The partnership programme includes University of Cambridge, Oxford University, and Queen Mary University of London in the United Kingdom, McGill University in Canada, Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation in Morocco, The Presidency For Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB) and Council of Higher Education (YOK) in Turkey, Campus France in France and National University of Uzbekistan & Tashkent University of Information Technologies in Uzbekistan.

Thanks to all these partners for their kind support and contribution to building future leaders to champion this move in all sectors development and creating a global village for achieving sustainable development goals.

Alumni Platform

In line with the IsDB New Business Model, the Scholarship Programme is set into transformation phase, which uses the model of Management for Development Results, with a focus on Outcome,  an Alumni Platform for the graduates is under construction to play a vital role in promoting the development of Knowledge-Based Economy in the IsDB member countries as well as in the Muslim Communities in non-member countries. 

This platform will be bringing all the graduates together through a network for their interaction, professional development and exchange of ideas on implementing new projects leading to economic growth in their countries. Furthermore, this platform will also enable the Bank to reach-out the graduates and invite them to participate, among others, in an annual call for innovation through the Engage Platform and Transform Fund. The winning graduates will receive a start-up funding to translate their innovative ideas into development solution and possible commercialization.

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Undergraduate Scholarship Programme

Introduction

The Programme was launched in 1983 with the objective to provide educational opportunities to the academically meritorious young students from IsDB Member Countries (MCs) and Muslim communities in non-member countries to pursue undergraduate or first-degree study and to train them in specific fields in order to improve their socio-economic conditions and make a meaningful contribution to the development of their communities and countries.

The objective of this Programme is to assist the MCs and Muslim Communities in non-member countries in the development of their human capitals specially in fields that are both relevant and important for their development. 

Eligibility Criteria

The Programme is open for academically meritorious students with strong desire to engage in social services and community development after graduation. Candidates MUST ensure that they meet all the criteria of the programme listed hereunder, failing which the Application will not be considered:

  • Must be a citizen of any of the IsDB member countries or Muslim communities in non-member countries. 
  • Candidate from non-member countries must be a Muslim.
  • Must have obtained a high school diploma or registered in one of the top 10 public/government universities in his/her own country.
  • Must have minimum of 70% in his/her high school final GPA.
  • Must choose a field of study listed among the approved disciplines of the programme.
  • Must provide evidence of language proficiency in university medium of instruction as relevant. The language proficiency must be supported by a document or certificate, e.g., for English, by a recognized language certificate such as TOEFL, IELTS or passed required level test conducted such as by British Council or equivalent system in French or other language).
  • Must provide certified English or French translation of all documents in case if they are initially in other languages.
  • Must not be in receipt of any other scholarship at the time of application and during study.
  • Must be medically fit and willing to undergo medical tests after selection.

Fields of Study

Eligible candidate must apply to pursue Undergraduate Studies in one of the fields of study as shown in the left column as below:

Fields of studyPotential Specializations at Postgraduate Studies
Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Medical Laboratories, Microbiology, Public Health, Nutrition, Health Services Management, Bio-Medicine, Medical Technology, Veterinary, Chemistry, Biology, Bio-Technology and related fields.Health
Engineering: Civil, Mechanical, Chemical, Electrical, Surveying, Urban Planning,Sustainable CitiesInnovation & Infrastructure DevelopmentWaste Management
Agriculture and ForestrySustainable Agriculture
Industrial TechnologiesPlastic pollution and Micro-plasticsGreen ChemistryResponsible Growth
Physics, Geology and related fieldsEnergy
Computer Science, Information Technology, Telecommunication, and Electronics and related fieldsICT for Development
Natural Resources, Marine SciencesBiodiversityClimate ChangeWater and Hygiene
Law, Media & Journalism, Political Sciences, Entrepreneurships and Trade & CommerceDevelopment-relatedSocial Sciences
EconomicsIslamic EconomicsFinance and Banking
Statistics, Demography Econometrics, and Social StudiesPopulation Growth
Education, Psychology and Learning, Education Policy and International DevelopmentEducationEducation for Sustainable Development

Benefits and Facilities

The programme covers the following items: 

  • Monthly stipend commensurate with the cost of living of the country of study.  
  • Tuition fees, if any, subject to IsDB’s approval.
  • Cost of medical treatment at university/government hospital.
  • Economy class return air tickets (once at the time of joining and on completion of study) and installation and equipment allowance for the students selected to study abroad at partnered universities/countries.

Obligations

Candidates granted the scholarship are expected to: 

  • Sign the IsDB’s prescribed Scholarship Agreement stating their commitment to their studies and serve their communities and countries upon graduation. 
  • Commit to cover, after the completion of their undergraduate study, either tuition fees of the first year of their Master’s degree.  In this case, the IsDB will support them by covering the fees of their second year of study. Otherwise, they shall cover cost of first year of study for a new undergraduate student from same community/country nominated by the IsDB.
  • Devote themselves to their studies on a full-time basis and without interruption and provide the IsDB with progress reports on their studies on a regular basis;
  • Not to seek or accept other scholarship or remunerated work during their study under the Programme;
  • Respect the laws of the country of study and maintain good personal and professional conduct consistent with the rules, regulations and objectives of the Programme and the overall mission of the IsDB; and
  • Register to the IsDB Alumni after graduation to network with other alumnus and keep updating the IsDB about their professional progress and achievements in their communities/countries.

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Master Scholarship

Introduction

The Programme was launched in 1998 with an objective to assist IsDB member countries and Muslim communities in non-member countries in the development of their human capitals specially in development related areas relevant to Sustainability Sciences that are both relevant and important for their development and specifically:

  • To increase the number of intermediate level manpower, which is necessary for an effective technology development, transfer and maintenance.
  • To increase access to the educational opportunities available under the IsDB initiatives in human capitals development by creating a special programme suited to their circumstances and needs.
  • To enhance the ability of students to participate in the IsDB PhD Programme.

Eligibility Criteria

The Programme is open for academically meritorious students and mid-career professionals from member countries and Muslim Communities in non-member countries. Candidates MUST ensure that they meet all the criteria of the programme listed hereunder, failing which the Application will not be considered:

  • Must be a citizen of any of the IsDB member countries or Muslim communities in non-member countries.
  • Candidate from non-member countries must be a Muslim.
  • Must have minimum of 70% in his/her Bachelor studies’ GPA.
  • Must choose a field of study listed among the approved disciplines of the programme.
  • Must provide certified English or French translation of all documents in case if they are initially in other languages.
  • Must provide evidence of language proficiency in university medium of instruction as relevant. The language proficiency must be supported by a document or certificate, e.g., for English, by a recognized language certificate such as TOEFL, IELTS or passed required level test conducted such as by British Council or equivalent system in French or other languages).
  • Must not be in receipt of any other scholarship at the time of application and during study.
  • Must be medically fit and willing to undergo medical tests after selection.

Fields of study 

The eligible candidates may apply to study in one of the following fields of study only:

Sustainable AgricultureFood SecurityResilient CropsPostharvest Technologies
EducationQuality of Teaching,Pupil/Teacher RatioHigh Level Training
Education for Sustainable DevelopmentIntegration of Sustainability-related issues into national curricula and teaching syllabus documents
Climate ChangeStrategies for Reductions of CO2 Emissions.Climate MitigationCarbon Sequestration Methods
EnergyRenewable EnergyGreen TechnologiesSolar PotentialHydrogen Fuel CellsBiogas and Biodiesel
Sustainable CitiesInsulation Technologies,Transportation,Urban Planning
Responsible GrowthReduction of WasteServing CommunitiesEthics of Growth
Waste ManagementRecyclingCarbon Footprint ReductionWaste to Energy Technologies
Population GrowthUrban Sprawl,Density and EpidemicsOvershoot
Green ChemistryAlternative TechnologiesCutting-edge ResearchLimitation of Pollution
BiodiversityLoss of BiodiversityEcosystem ServicesMass ExtinctionAgrobiodiversity
Plastic pollution and Micro-plasticsPlastic Incorporation into the Food ChainBiodegradable PlasticsRecycling Possibilities
Water and HygieneWater Purity and Availability,Sanitation and Quality
HealthMedicinePharmacyNutrition
ICT for DevelopmentComputer ScienceLaser and Fiber OpticsTelecommunicationElectronics
Innovation & Infrastructure DevelopmentBuild Resilient InfrastructureInnovation and Industrial DevelopmentTechnological InfrastructureProduct Innovation
Islamic Economics, Finance and BankingMode & Services of Islamic Banking and FinanceSharia Standards for IFIsIslamic Insurance & TakafulIslamic Capital MarketSharia & Operational Aspects of SukukIslamic Micro-FinanceZakat ManagementAwqaf & Zakat Management
Development-related Social SciencesInternational economics,JournalismLawIntellectual Property (IP)Political SciencesEntrepreneurshipsTrade and Commerce

Benefits and Facilities

The programme covers the following items:

  • Monthly stipend commensurate with the cost of living of the country of study.
  • Tuition fees as charged by the university and approved by the IsDB.
  • Cost of medical treatment at university/government/public hospitals.
  • Economy class return air tickets (once at the time of joining and on completion of study) and installation allowance for the students selected to study abroad at partnered universities/countries.
  • Thesis preparation Allowance.

Obligations

Candidates granted the Scholarship are expected to:

  • Sign the IsDB’s prescribed Scholarship Agreement stating their commitment to their studies and to serve his/her communities and countries upon graduation. 
  • Devote themselves to their studies on a full-time basis without interruption and provide the IsDB with progress reports on their studies on a regular basis.
  • Not to seek or accept other scholarship or remunerated work during their study under the Programme.
  • Respect the laws of the country of study and maintain good personal and professional conduct consistent with the rules, regulations and objectives of the Programme and the overall mission of the IsDB.
  • Register and join the IsDB Alumni after graduation to network with other alumnus and keep updating the IsDB about their progress and achievements in their communities/countries.
  • Refund 50% of the total amount spent on their study after graduation and securing gainful employment, in easy installments, to Local Education Trust Fund (LETF) established by the IsDB in their countries. 

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PhD and Post-Doctoral Research Programme

Introduction

The Programme was launched with the objective to produce technically qualified human resources in the IsDB member countries and Muslim Communities in non-member countries by providing scholarships to promising and outstanding scholars and researchers to undertake PhD studies and Post-Doctoral research in development related fields with a special focus on “Sustainability Science” and to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Presidency 5-Year Plan (P5P).

Concept

The concept of the Programme is based on the following:

  • The Programme is designed to strengthen and enhance the scientific, technological and research capability and the potential of scholars, researchers, institutions and countries in order to meet the national needs in the area of science and technology to improve their socio-economic conditions. 
  • It is a scholarship programme and a development programme at the same time, since the scholars are required to play a leading role in assisting the development of their communities and countries after completion of their studies. 
  • The Programme offers scholarships leading to a full-time Ph.D. degree (three years maximum) and Post-doctoral research (one year maximum).
  • The scholarship is awarded as an interest-free loan (Qard Hasan) to the scholars but grant to their communities/countries.The beneficiaries are required to refund 50% of the loan after graduation and securing gainful employment, to a Local Education Trust Fund (LETF) established in each member country benefiting from the Programme. The collected amounts are to be recycled in new scholarships offered to students from the same country.
  • After completion of research, the scholars are required to take part in the development of their communities/countries, through their respective professions, while the community development services rendered by the graduates will contribute to the overall development of their communities/countries.

Eligibility Criteria

The Programme is designed to help promising and outstanding scholars from member countries and Muslim communities in non-member countries who meet the following criteria:

1. PhD study

  • Have Master’s degree in one of the fields of study of the programme.
  • Have minimum (“Very Good”) academic standing;
  • Preferably have work and/or research experience.
  • Have a research proposal in one of the fields of study of the programme stating its scientific and development relevance to the community / country.
  • Be medically fit and be willing to undergo medical tests after selection.

2. Post-doctoral research

  • Have PhD degree in one of approved fields of the programme.
  • Have minimum (“Very Good”) academic standing.
  • Have not less than two (2) years of experience in the field of research. 
  • Must have a record of publications/research in the same field.
  • Have a research proposal in one of the fields of study of the programme stating its scientific and development relevance to the community / country.
  • Be medically fit and be willing to undergo medical tests after selection

Fields of study

The eligible candidates may apply to study one of the following fields of study only:

Sustainable AgricultureFood SecurityResilient CropsPostharvest Technologies
EducationQuality of TeachingPupil/Teacher RatioHigh Level Training 
Education for Sustainable Development  Integration of Sustainability-related issues into national curricula and teaching syllabus documents
Climate ChangeStrategies for Reductions of CO2 EmissionsClimate Mitigation Carbon Sequestration Methods  
Energy  Renewable Energy and Green TechnologiesSolar Potential and Hydrogen Fuel CellsBiogas and Biodiesel
Sustainable CitiesInsulation TechnologiesTransportationUrban Planning
Responsible Growth  Reduction of WasteServing CommunitiesEthics of Growth  
Waste ManagementRecyclingCarbon Footprint ReductionWaste to Energy Technologies
Population Growth      Urban SprawlDensity and EpidemicsOvershoot
Green ChemistryAlternative TechnologiesCutting-edge ResearchLimitation of Pollution 
BiodiversityLoss of BiodiversityEcosystem ServicesMass Extinction, Agrobiodiversity 
Plastic pollution and Micro-plastics Plastic Incorporation into the Food ChainBiodegradable PlasticsRecycling Possibilities
Water and Hygiene Water Purity and AvailabilitySanitation and Quality
Health MedicinePharmacyNutrition.
ICT for DevelopmentComputer Science, Laser and Fiber OpticsTelecommunicationElectronics
Innovation & Infrastructure DevelopmentBuild Resilient Infrastructure,Innovation and Industrial DevelopmentTechnological InfrastructureProduct Innovation
Islamic Economics, Finance and BankingMode & Services of Islamic Banking and Finance, Sharia Standards for IFIs, Islamic Insurance & Takaful, Islamic Capital MarketSharia & Operational Aspects of Sukuk, Islamic Micro-Finance,Zakat Management, Awqaf & Zakat Management.
Development-related Social SciencesInternational economics, JournalismLawIntellectual Property (IP)Political SciencesEntrepreneurshipsTrade and Commerce

Benefits and Facilities

PhD study

The programme covers the following items:

  • Monthly stipend commensurate with the cost of living of the country of study;
  • Tuition fees, if any, subject to IsDB’s approval;
  • Cost of medical treatment at university/government hospital.
  • Economy class return air tickets (once at the time of joining and on completion of study) and installation and equipment allowance for the students selected to study abroad at partnered universities/countries.
  • Thesis preparation allowance 
  • Scientific papers’ preparation allowance 

Post-doctoral research

The programme covers the following items:

  • Monthly stipend commensurate with the cost of living of the country of study;
  • Cost of medical treatment at university/government hospital.
  • Economy class return air tickets (once at the time of joining and on completion of study) and installation and equipment allowance for the students selected to study abroad at partnered universities/countries.
  • Scientific papers’ preparation allowance 

Place of Study 

Consistent with the concept of the Programme, selected scholars must obtain admission/invitation from one of the reputable public universities in their own countries listed among the top (10) universities as per the Shanghai and Times Higher Education University ranking. 

Admission may also be sought at one of the universities having agreement with the IsDB, i.e. Cambridge University, Queen Mary University of London and Oxford in UK, McGill University in Canada, Copenhagen University in Denmark, National University of Uzbekistan and Tashkent University of Information Technology in Uzbekistan and Top universities in Malaysia, Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco, National University of Uzbekistan and Tashkent University of Information Technologies

Note: Getting admission does not mean automatic selection and is not a requirement for application. The final decision on place of study is made by the selection committee. 

Obligations 

Candidates granted the Scholarship are expected to:

  1. Sign the IsDB’s prescribed Scholarship Agreement stating their commitment to their studies and serve their communities and countries upon graduation;  
  2. Devote themselves to their studies on a full-time basis and without interruption and provide the IsDB with progress reports on their studies on a regular basis;
  3. Not to seek or accept other scholarship or remunerated work during their study under the Programme; 
  4. Respect the laws of the country of study and maintain good personal and professional conduct consistent with the rules, regulations and objectives of the Programme and the overall mission of the IsDB;
  5. Register and join the IsDB Alumni after graduation to network with other alumnus and keep updating the IsDB about their progress and achievements in their communities/countries.
  6. Refund 50% of the loan after graduation and securing gainful employment, in easy installments, to Local Education Trust Fund (LETF) established by the IsDB in their countries.    

Selection Process

The review and selection process are undertaken by an independent International Selection Committee, composed of academicians and chaired by the Senior Advisor to the IsDB President for Science, Technology and Innovation. 

The Selection Committee assesses the applicants’ qualifications and eligibility requirements and ascertains the scientific and development relevance of the proposed fields of study. Recommendation for final selection is made by the committee and final selection is approved by the IsDB management whose decision is final.

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IsDB-ISFD Technical Vocational, Education & Training (TVET)

Introduction

The Programme was launched in 2019 by the IsDB and the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD), with the specific aim of reducing poverty in the following 21 Least Developed IsDB Member Countries (LDMCs):

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

Scope

The programme provides educational opportunities to academically meritorious and financially impoverished young men and women from the above 21 LDMCs to pursue Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) at a public institute in thier counties or IsDB member countries to equip them with knowledge, basic skills and competencies needed by all for personal fulfilment and development, employability, social inclusion and active citizenship.

Eligibility Criteria

The prospective candidates must meet the eligibility criteria of the programme. Candidates MUST ensure that they meet all the criteria of the programme listed hereunder, failing which the Application will not be considered:

  • Must be a citizen of any of the 21 IsDB LDMCs listed above.
  • Must have obtained a high school diploma or registered in one of the recognized TVET institutes in his/her own country.
  • Must have minimum of 50% in his/her high school final GPA.
  • Must choose a field of study listed among the approved disciplines of the programme.
  • Must provide evidence of language proficiency in university medium of instruction as relevant. The language proficiency must be supported by a document or certificate, e.g., for English, by a recognized language certificate such as TOEFL, IELTS or passed required level test conducted such as by British Council or equivalent system in French or other languages).
  • Must provide certified English or French translation of all documents in case if they are initially in other languages.
  • Must not be in receipt of any other scholarship at the time of application and during study.
  • Must be medically fit and willing to undergo medical tests after selection.

Fields of Study

The eligible candidates may apply to study in one of the following fields of study only:

SNFields of Study/Specialisation
1Accounting and Finance Technician
2Aeronautic Maintenance
3Agriculture Equipment Technician
4Agriculture Technology diploma
5Airport logistics and freight management
6Architectural Design Software
7Automotive Technician
8Backing, Back Office employee: offshoring
9Business Management technician expert
10Certified network technician
11Clothing / Industrialization Techniques
12Communication customer relationship offshore
13Composites Materials Processing
14Computer Support Technician
15Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Operator
16Construction Materials Sales Technician
17Construction Technologies
18Database Administrator (DBA)
19Decorations and props Skilled Technician
20Dental Assistance
21Design Office Skilled Technician: Steel Construction
22Designer Developer JAVA J2EE
23Diesel Equipment Mechanic
24Digital Marketing
25Early Childhood Educator
26Emergency Medical Technician
27Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic
28Equine Business Manager
29Executive Secretarial Skills
30Fish and Wildlife Technician
31Forestry Technician
32Governance and Management of Manufacturing Skilled Technician
33Governess assistant
34Operations and Logistics
35Health and Quality Skilled Technician
36Healthcare Administration
37Hospitality and Tourism
38Hotel management
39Sales support in banking
40Industrial chemistry
41Industrial Electronics & Maintenance Technician
42Industrial Environmental Engineering Technician
43Industrial Manufacturing Engineering Technician
44Industrial Safety Engineering Technician
45Industry Construction Materials Maintenance
46Industry Milling Skilled Technician
47Infographics
48Insurance Back Office employee: offshoring
49IT Project Manager
50LAN WAN Network Technician
51Large Retail Department Manager
52Leather Chemicals Skilled Technician
53Machine Maintenance and Tooling Plastics
54Machine Tool Operation/ Technics
55Machining in computer-controlled machine tool: FAO method tool design
56Machining on numerically controlled Machine Tools
57Maintenance Food Industry Skilled Technician
58Manufacturing Basics
59Manufacturing Food Industry Skilled Technician
60Manufacturing Technician
61Mechatronics
62Medical Assistant
63Medical Imaging
64Medical Lab Technician
65Meteorology Skilled Technicians
66Methods Leather Skilled Technician
67Methods, Manufacturing and Quality Skilled Technician: option Automotive
68Midwifery
69Mining Engineering Technician
70Mobile Programmer
71Net Software Developer
72Network Technician
73Nursing Assistant
74Oleo culture and oil technology Skilled Technician
75Packaging and Conditioning Skilled Technician
76Personnel Officer
77Pharmacy Technician
78Phlebotomy Technician
79Preschool Educator
80Printing Management
81Property Design Skilled Technician
82Quality Control Skilled Technician: Textile
83Quality Manufacturing
84Quality, Health, Safety and Environment
85Residential Building
86Sales operator and Customer Relationship Offshore
87Sales Technician expert
88Skilled Technician in Diagnostics and Embedded Electronics
89Skilled technician in engineering
90Skilled Technician in Telecommunication
91Skilled Technician Manufacturing Chart
92Software Development Specialist
93Special Effects editor in Audio Visual
94Special Effects Skilled Technician
95Specialized machining technician on MOCN, option: press tool machining
96Steward
97Structural Works Skilled Technician
98Surface treatment Skilled Technicians
99Surgical Technologist
100Surveyor/topographer Skilled Technician
101Technical Sales: Vehicles and Automotive Parts
102Technician in design department: automotive option
103Technician in design department: tool design option
104Technician in secretarial and office automation
105Technician specialized in accommodation and hosting
106Textile Maintenance and Manufacturing
107Tourist animator
108Transport Operations Skilled Technician
109Travel agencies
110Veterinary Technician
111Visual Audio Skilled Technician (Option: Image)
112Visual Audio Skilled Technician (Option: Sound)
113Visual Audio Skilled Technician (Optional Installation)
114Web Design Specialist
115Welding
116Welding Robotic Operation
117Wood Technology
118Works Supervisor Skilled Technician: Public Works

Benefits and Facilities

The programme covers the following items:

  • Monthly stipends commensurate with the cost of living of the country of study.
  • Tuition fees as charged by the Institute and approved by the IsDB.
  • Cost of medical treatment at university/public hospital.
  • Economy class return air tickets (once at the time of joining and on completion of study) and installation and equipment allowance for the students selected to study abroad at partnered institutes/centers/countries.

Obligations

Candidates granted the scholarships are expected to:

  • Sign the IsDB’s prescribed Scholarship Agreement stating their commitment to their studies and serve their communities and countries upon graduation. 
  • Commit to refund the loan after graduation and securing gainful employment, in easy installments, to Local Education Trust Fund (LETF) established by the IsDB in their countries. 
  • Devote themselves to their studies on a full-time basis and without interruption and provide the IsDB with progress reports on their studies on a regular basis.
  • Not to seek or accept other scholarship or remunerated work during their study under the Programme.
  • Respect the laws of the country of study and maintain good personal and professional conduct consistent with the rules, regulations and objectives of the Programme and the overall mission of the IsDB.
  • Register to the IsDB Alumni after graduation to network with other alumnus and keep updating the IsDB about their progress and achievements in their communities/countries.

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IsDB-ISFD Bachelor Degree Programme

Introduction

The Programme was launched in 2019 by the IsDB and the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD), with the specific aim of reducing poverty in the following 21 Least Developed IsDB Member Countries (LDMCs):

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

Scope

The Programme provides educational opportunities to academically meritorious and financially impoverished young men and women from the above 21 LDMCs to pursue bachelor’s degree at a public university in their countries or in IsDB member countries and to train them in specific fields and enable them to make a meaningful contribution to the development of their countries.

Eligibility Criteria

The prospective candidate must meet the following eligibility criteria. Candidates MUST ensure that they meet all the criteria of the programme listed hereunder, failing which the Application will not be considered:

  • Must be a citizen of any of the 21 IsDB LDMCs listed above.
  • Must have obtained a high school diploma or registered in one of the top 10 reputable universities in his/her own country.
  • Must have minimum of 70% in his/her high school final GPA.
  • Must choose a field of study listed among the approved disciplines of the programme.
  • Must provide evidence of language proficiency in university medium of instruction as relevant. The language proficiency must be supported by a document or certificate, e.g., for English, by a recognized language certificate such as TOEFL, IELTS or passed required level test conducted such as by British Council or equivalent system in French or other languages).
  • Must provide certified English or French translation of all documents in case if they are initially in other languages.
  • Must not be in receipt of any other scholarship at the time of application and during study.
  • Must be medically fit and willing to undergo medical tests after selection.

Fields of Study

The eligible candidates may apply to study only in the following fields of study:

Fields of studyPotential Specializations at Postgraduate Studies
Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Medical Laboratories, Microbiology, Public Health, Nutrition, Health Services Management, Bio-Medicine, Medical Technology, Veterinary, Chemistry, Biology, Bio-Technology and related fields.Health
Engineering: Civil, Mechanical, Chemical, Electrical, Surveying, Urban Planning,Sustainable CitiesInnovation & Infrastructure DevelopmentWaste Management
Agriculture and ForestrySustainable Agriculture
Industrial TechnologiesPlastic pollution and Micro-plasticsGreen ChemistryResponsible Growth
Physics, Geology and related fieldsEnergy
Computer Science, Information Technology, Telecommunication, and Electronics and related fieldsICT for Development
Natural Resources, Marine SciencesBiodiversityClimate ChangeWater and Hygiene
Law, Media & Journalism, Political Sciences, Entrepreneurships and Trade & CommerceDevelopment-related Social Sciences
EconomicsIslamic EconomicsFinance and Banking
Statistics, Demography Econometrics, and Social StudiesPopulation Growth
Education, Psychology and Learning, Education Policy and International DevelopmentEducationEducation for Sustainable Development

Benefits and Facilities

The programme covers the following items:

  • Monthly stipends commensurate with the cost of living of the country of study.
  • Tuition fees as charged by the university and approved by the IsDB.
  • Cost of medical treatment at university/public hospital.
  • Economy class return air tickets (once at the time of joining and on completion of study) and installation and equipment allowance for the students selected to study abroad at partnered universities/countries.

Obligations

Candidates granted the scholarships are expected to:

  • Sign the IsDB’s prescribed Scholarship Agreement stating their commitment to their studies and serve their communities and countries upon graduation.
  • Commit to refund the loan after graduation and securing gainful employment, in easy installments, to Local Education Trust Fund (LETF) established by the IsDB in their countries. 
  • Devote themselves to their studies on a full-time basis and without interruption and provide the IsDB with progress reports on their studies on a regular basis.
  • Not to seek or accept other scholarship or remunerated work during their study under the Programme.
  • Respect the laws of the country of study and maintain good personal and professional conduct consistent with the rules, regulations and objectives of the Programme and the overall mission of the IsDB.
  • Register to the IsDB Alumni after graduation to network with other alumnus and keep updating the IsDB about their progress and achievements in their communities/countries.

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The Bank funds and implements its scholarship programmes as part of its overall efforts to develop the human resources of its member countries and those of the Muslim communities in non-member countries.

There are six scholarship programmes offered by IsDB:

  1. Undergraduate  
  2. Master’s
  3. PhD and Post-Doctoral Research Programme
  4. IsDB-ISFD for Technical Vocational Education & Training (TVET) for 21 Least Developed Member Countries (LDMCs):  Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somali, Sudan, Togo, Uganda and Yemen
  5. IsDB-ISFD Bachelor studies for 21 LDMCs as mentioned in No. 4 above
  6. IsDB-The World Academy of Science (TWAS) Joint Programme for Capacity Building and Technology Transfer

Objective

The Programmes are important parts of the developmental initiatives led by the Bank since 1983 to foster technology and knowledge sharing among its member countries and Muslim communities in non-member countries. They are designed to attract talented male and female students and in order to build the right competencies required with a special focus on sustainability sciences to empower communities and to assist them in achieving their national and global development plans including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  The motto is to develop the students/researchers as Good Citizens & Competent Professionals (GCCPs).

Concept

The IsDB Scholarship Programme is more than just a scholarship programme in the traditional sense of a straight financial assistance to the outstanding and qualified students. It is also a tool for the improvement of the socio-economic conditions of the Member Countries and Muslim communities.It is basically a scholarship programme and a development programme at the same time, since the scholarship is given as an interest-free-loan (Qard Hasan) to the students and as a grant to their communities /countries to which they belong.

The students are required to fulfil the obligations detailed, under each programme, after graduation and gainful employment. Besides, the students are also required to take part in the development of their communities/countries, through their respective professions. The repaid fund will be used to provide scholarships to other students from the same community/country to complement the IsDB Programme and to ensure its continuity in the long run, while the community development services rendered by the students and graduates will contribute to the overall development of the community/country.

The IsDB also expects its students to play a leading role in assisting the development of their communities/countries. In other words, the IsDB aims to produce Good Citizens and Competent Professionals (GCCPs).

All the above features and measures are linked together in an integrated manner to constitute the basic concepts that characterize the IsDB Scholarship Programme as a “Distinct Community-Oriented Development Programme”.

Selection Procedures

The review and selection process are undertaken by two Independent International Selection Committees, composed of academicians and chaired by the Senior Advisor to the IsDB President for Science, Technology and Innovation. These Committees assess the applicants’ qualifications and eligibility requirements and ascertains the scientific and development relevance of their proposed fields of study / research proposal. Recommendation for final selection is made by these Committees and selection of candidates is approved by the IsDB management whose decision is final.

Note: Getting admission or being registered in a university does not mean automatic selection and is not a requirement for application. The final decision on place of study is made by the selection committees of the IsDB Scholarship Programmes.

Place of Study

Consistent with the concept of the Programme, theadmission is solely the responsibility of the student. Selected students must obtain admission from one of the top 10 public/government universities in their own countries.

Meanwhile, for some students who could not secure admission in their own countries, due to any unavoidable situation, the IsDB may seek admission in member countries having agreement with the IsDB. The final decision of the admission of any student under these agreements is subject to the acceptance by the respective universities in these countries. 

Partnership Programmes

To scale-up the programmes to support capacity building efforts in Member Countries (MCs) and Muslim communities in non-member countries, through the provision of scholarships to most qualified scholars to pursue higher education in most needed and advanced fields in reputable universities across the world, the Bank has fostered partnerships with top reputable universities, Ministries of Higher Education and Government institutions in member countries, and International Development Institutions.

The partnership programme includes University of Cambridge, Oxford University, and Queen Mary University of London in the United Kingdom, McGill University in Canada, Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation in Morocco, The Presidency For Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB) and Council of Higher Education (YOK) in Turkey, Campus France in France and National University of Uzbekistan & Tashkent University of Information Technologies in Uzbekistan.

Thanks to all these partners for their kind support and contribution to building future leaders to champion this move in all sectors development and creating a global village for achieving sustainable development goals.

Alumni Platform

In line with the IsDB New Business Model, the Scholarship Programme is set into transformation phase, which uses the model of Management for Development Results, with a focus on Outcome,  an Alumni Platform for the graduates is under construction to play a vital role in promoting the development of Knowledge-Based Economy in the IsDB member countries as well as in the Muslim Communities in non-member countries. 

This platform will be bringing all the graduates together through a network for their interaction, professional development and exchange of ideas on implementing new projects leading to economic growth in their countries. Furthermore, this platform will also enable the Bank to reach-out the graduates and invite them to participate, among others, in an annual call for innovation through the Engage Platform and Transform Fund. The winning graduates will receive a start-up funding to translate their innovative ideas into development solution and possible commercialization.

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For more information please open this link

https://www.isdb.org/scholarships

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I apply?

You must complete and submit the online application form, which will include information about yourself, contact details, academic background, and upload required documents. Any incomplete application shall not be considered.

You are required to submit your application online using the appropriate link. For further help, please send an email to scholar@isdb.org

When do I apply?

You can apply for the programme only when the announcement of the call for applications is launched through the website every year, in December and deadline for submission of applications is end of February.

How do I know I am eligible to apply?

As each programme has its own eligibility criteria, you need to visit the scholarship portal and read carefully the eligibility criteria of the programme of your choice before applying.

As stated under each programme in the IsDB Portal and in the online application form, you are required to upload all documents to support your application, basically copy of the following:

  • National ID or Passport
  • CV/Resume
  • Academic Certificate and Transcripts
  • Medical Health Certificate
  • University Admission/Registration (if available)
  • Research Proposal (for Master, Ph.D. and Post-Doctoral applicants)
  • Evidence of language proficiency in university medium of instruction as relevant (e.g., for English, by a recognized language certificate such as TOEFL, IELTS or passed required level test conducted such as by British Council or equivalent system in French or other languages).

What documents should I submit with my application? 

As stated under each programme in the IsDB Portal and in the online application form, you are required to upload all documents to support your application, basically copy of the following:

  • National ID or Passport
  • CV/Resume
  • Academic Certificate and Transcripts
  • Medical Health Certificate
  • University Admission/Registration (if available)
  • Research Proposal (for Master, Ph.D. and Post-Doctoral applicants)
  • Evidence of language proficiency in university medium of instruction as relevant (e.g., for English, by a recognized language certificate such as TOEFL, IELTS or passed required level test conducted such as by British Council or equivalent system in French or other languages).

In which language should I submit my documents?

You must provide certified English or French translation of all documents required for your application, in case if they are initially in other languages. Failure to comply with this, your application will not be entertained.

Can I apply for more than one scholarship programme?

In such cases, only one application will be considered.

Can I apply for scholarship before being accepted into a university?

Yes, you can still apply before gaining university admission, however, it is preferable if you have an admission letter from a reputable public university in your own country.

What fields of study are covered?

Eligible candidate must apply only for studies in one of the fields of study listed under each programme in the IsDB Scholarships portal and the online application form. Please refer to the list of approved fields for the programme of your choice.

What if I get an admission in a field of study not under the IsDB approved fields?

Admission in other than the approved fields will not be accepted.

Where will I study if selected?

Students are required to study only at top 10 reputable government/public universities in their own countries. 

What if I could not secure admission in my home country?

The admission is the entire responsibility of the student. However, in case the student could not secure admission in his/her own countries due to any unavoidable situations (instability in the country, unavailability of field of study, etc.),  the IsDB may seek the help of member countries having agreement with the IsDB.  The final decision of the admission is subject to the acceptance by the respective universities in these countries.

Who will decide on my place of study?

The place of study for selected students is solely decided by the IsDB International Selection Committee. The decision of the Committee is not revocable.

What will happen to my application after submission?

Your application will be screened to ascertain completeness of the information and documents and relevance to the eligibility criteria. Any incomplete applications will be disqualified. Only Qualified applications will be submitted to the International Selection Committee for review and decision.

Can I edit/update my application profile or upload documents after submission?

No. You CANNOT edit or update your application once submitted, as all submitted applications will automatically be moved to the next step of the selection process.

What if I cannot upload the required documents, complete all fields or successfully submit my application?

This problem usually occurs, while applicants try to submit their applications lately or due to technical issues. Applicants are advised to start filling their applications early enough to avoid any unprecedented situations or late submission. It is very important to note that only the applicant can fill and submit the application as the system does not allow any other person to do it on his / her behalf.

Will I be able to follow up/know the status of my application?

No. After submission, the application will be under review and the application status, in the applicant view, will continue to show “In-Progress”. However, applicants will not be able to view the progress in the status of their submitted applications before announcement of final selection results.

When should I expect to hear from IsDB scholarships about the outcome of my application?

After approval by IsDB Management, all registered applicants will receive an email notification to inform them about the result of selection. In general, the final result is expected to be announced in July, every year.

What will be the next steps, If I am selected for the scholarship?

You will receive an email notification, through your email address registered in the system, on the result and the scholarship offer letter explaining the award conditions. You MUST respond by email to confirm whether you accept or reject the scholarship offer. If you accept the offer, in order to complete your registration/enrollment in the programme, you will need to provide the following:

  • University admission, within 60 days from receipt of the offer, and as per the IsDB students’ on-boarding criteria.
  • Health medical certificate.
  • Duly Completed and signed/stamped IsDB Scholarship’s Agreement.
  • Students from Muslim communities in non-member countries must provide evidence to prove that they are Muslim.

If you reject the offer, please inform the IsDB Scholarship Division, the soonest, so as to provide the scholarship opportunity to another candidate.

How long is the validity of the scholarship offer?

The scholarship offer is valid for Six months from the date of receiving the offer letter issued by the IsDB Scholarships.

When am I expected to start my study under IsDB Scholarship?

After you fulfil all scholarship’s requirements and complete documents, selected students are expected to join immediately their programmes during the academic year following their selection as per the academic calendar adopted by their respective universities.

What are the entitlements of selected candidate?

Monthly living allowance commensurate with the cost of living of the country of study, medical coverage at university or public hospitals and tuition fees, if any, subject to the programme ceiling amount as approved by the IsDB.  Student selected to study abroad will also benefit from economy class return tickets to and from the country of study (once at the beginning and one at the completion of study period), one-off payment of installation allowance at the time of arrival to the country of study.

Note: The programme does not cover expenses for the student’s family; extra-curricular courses of training; language courses and any additional travel during the study programme.

When and How do I receive my entitlements?

Upon completion of the university registration, confirmation of commencement of study, students will start receiving their entitlements, as soon as they send their bank accounts details in their place of study, and as per the scholarship payment schedule (in two installments per year, for the periods Jan – Jun. & July – Dec.)

What are my obligations towards the IsDB?

As each programme has its own obligations, please refer to the programme you are interested in, through the IsDB Scholarship page.

What will be my relationship with IsDB after graduation?

After graduation, all students must join IsDB Alumni, provide regular update on their professional careers and participate actively in the activities stated under Alumni

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