IDB Scholarship Programme for Muslim Communities in Non-Member Countries (SPMC)


The Programme was launched in 1404H (1983G), named "The IDB Scholarship Programme for Muslim Communities in Non-Member Countries" (SPMC).

2.Objective and Scope

The objective of the Programme is to improve the socio-economic conditions and to preserve the cultural and religious identities of Muslim Communities in Non-member Countries through developing their human capital resources.

The Programme provides scholarship to the academically meritorious but financially needy young Muslim students to pursue undergraduate or first-degree study in professional courses.

3. Concept

The concept of the Programme is to build a team of professional and committed Muslims as a tool for the improvement of the socio-economic conditions of their communities. Under this Programme, the scholarships are given as interest-free loan to the students but grants to the communities to which they belong. After graduation and gainful employment, all graduates are obliged to repay their loan amount to the community (IDB Local Trusts) for recycling and awarding additional scholarships to the local needy students.

4.Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, the student/applicant must be able to meet the following basic criteria:

5.Fields of study

6.Place of study

Consistent with the concept of the Programme, students must get admission or be in the first year in their own countries.
On exceptional basis and where admissions in professional courses are not possible or not available in any particular country, the IDB assists to place students from these countries in IDB member countries, which have been generous enough to provide places for the IDB students in their universities.


The Programme covers all relevant expenses during students' study period, including tuition fees, health and living costs as determined by the IDB.

8.Annual Time-table

The Programme is announced through the Counterpart Organizations in beneficiary countries and follows a 12-month cycle of academic and logistic activities every year. The schedule is drawn on the basis of academic calendars of universities and institutions where IDB students will study. The timetable is as follows:



June- December:

Deadline for submission of applications to the IDB  (for in-country studies)


Deadline for submission to the IDB (for abroad studies)



Note: Applications must be submitted to the Counterpart Organization and not directly to the IDB.

9.How to apply

In countries, where the Programme is being implemented, inquiries can be made and application form obtained from Counterpart Organization in the country.

In a country, where the Programme has not yet been implemented, inquiries may be directed to the Scholarship Division, Department of Communities in Non-Member Countries, IDB.

10.Selection procedures

Each year, the Programme follows the following selection procedures:

11.Obligations of the partners

i.Counterpart Organization (CPO)

ii.IDB Education Trust (IET)

iii.Honorary Students’ Counsellor (HSC)

iv.IDB Graduates' Association (IGA)

v.Beneficiaries (students)

12.Community Development Support

To help students prepare themselves for their future leading role in the development of their communities and countries, the IDB also provides them with extra-curricular activities under a special programme called Community Development Programme comprising the following three components:

13.Programme Management

The day-to-day implementation of the Programme is undertaken by the IDB Scholarship Division under the guidance and supervision of the IDB Management


15.List of Beneficiary Countries

16.Contact List of Counterpart Organisation (CPOs)

17.Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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