The 2018-19 call for scholarship applications is now closed. The call for 2019-20 Academic year will be open at a later date and interested candidates are welcome to submit their applications through the link which will be provided for this purpose at a later time.

The Scholarship Programmes are an important tool in the development initiatives led by the IsDB since 1983 to foster technology and knowledge sharing among member countries and Muslim communities in non-member countries. The Programmes are designed to attract talented male and female students and build the right competence required to empower communities with a special focus on “Sustainability Science” in line with the approved fields to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

For over (3) three decades, the Bank has been funding the following programmes for studies and researches in development-related fields and has helped to form a pool of over 9,000 well-trained and experienced development professionals and researchers transforming their countries and positively impacting future generations:

  1. Undergraduate Scholarship Programme: Since 1983, the programme has offered scholarship opportunities to 13996 students to study first degree-level education. So far, 8,987 have graduated and 2,379 are currently pursuing their study.
  2. Master Scholarship Programme: Since 1998, the programme has offered scholarship opportunities to 710 students to study masters programme. So far, 364 have graduated and 142 are currently pursuing their study. 
  3. PhD and Post-doctoral research Programme. Since 1993, the programme has offered scholarship opportunities to 1,201 students to study PhD and undertake post-doctoral research. So far, 581 have graduated and 277 are currently pursuing their study/research. 
  4. IsDB/ISFD Programme for Vocational Training and Undergraduate Studies: This programme is an IsDB new initiative for 21 LDMCs funded by the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD) for the next ten years, starting from 2018 aiming at promoting entrepreneurships and reducing poverty. 
  5. Joint Programme with The World Academy of Science (TWAS) in Trieste, Italy for Sustainability Science, Technology and Innovation: This programme started in 2017 as an IsDB initiative for capacity building aiming at building critical mass in the fields of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) to address sustainable development challenges of its member countries. 
  6. Partnership Programmes with Reputable top universities
  7. Setting-up Alumni for the IsDB graduates
  8. News & Events for the IsDB scholarship programmes 
  9. Inquiry:  To inquire about additional information on the programmes,  please contact the IsDB directly the IsDB through e-mail: scholar@isdb.org

Undergraduate Scholarship Programme

Introduction

The Programme was launched in 1983 with the objective to provide educational opportunities for the academically meritorious young students from member countries and Muslim communities in non-member countries to pursue undergraduate or first-degree study in a university and to train them in specific fields to empower communities with a special focus on “Sustainability Science” to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their communities and countries.

Concept of the Programme

The Programme is more than just a scholarship programme in the traditional sense of a straight financial assistance to qualified students. It is also a tool for the improvement of the socio-economic conditions of the member countries and Muslim communities in non-member countries as a whole. It is a scholarship programme and a development programme at the same time since the students are required to play a leading role in assisting the development of their communities and countries. In other words, the IsDB aims to produce Good Citizens and Competent Professionals (GCCP) at the same time. 

Benefits and facilities

The programme covers full tuition to be paid directly to the university, monthly living and books clothing allowances commensurate with the cost of living in the country of study, health insurance, etc. For the students who are selected to study outside of their own countries, the IsDB also provides them with economic class tickets to and from the countries of study (once at the beginning and at the end of study).

To help students prepare themselves for their future leading role in the development of their communities and countries, the IsDB also provides them with extra-curricular activities under a special programme called “Mentorship Programme” to ensure their academic progress and social and psychological integration in the university as well as the local community environment.

Eligibility Criteria

The Programme is open for academically meritorious students with strong desire to engage in social services and community development after graduation.  The prospective candidate must also meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Citizens of any of the IsDB member countries and Muslim communities in non-member countries
  • Completed senior secondary education (or the equivalent of approximately 12 years of education) with good grades in major subjects
  • Not in receipt of any other scholarship at the time of application and during studies.
  • Be medically fit and be willing to undergo medical tests after selection.

Fields of Study

Under the programme, eligible students may apply only for studies in the following development related fields in line with the IsDB President’s new strategy to empower communities with a special focus on “Sustainability Science” to achieve the SDGs.

Fields of Study for Undergraduate Programme

Host Institutions

Selected students must obtain an admission from one of the university  listed among the top universities in their own countries as per the attached list of approved universities. Click here to know more about the list of approved universities.

For students who could not secure admission in their own countries, the IsDB will place them in top universities in member countries that have agreed to provide places for the IsDB students in their universities.

Application Procedures 

Interested students for the programme must fill in the application form. The application form must be properly completed, attach all the requisite documents and submit online.

Undergraduate Scholarship Programme Application Form

Obligations

Candidates granted the Scholarship are expected to:

  1. Commit to cover, after graduation either the cost of the first year of his/her master’s degree. In this case, the IsDB will support him/her by covering the costs to complete his/her master’s degree or the tuition fees of the first year’s study for a new Undergraduate student from the same community he/she belongs to.
  2. Sign a Surety Bond stating their commitment to their studies, their return to their countries upon completion of their studies and continuing work and services to “Sustainability Science, Technology and Innovation” in their countries;
  3. Devote themselves to their studies on a full-time basis and without interruption and provide the IsDB with reports on their academic studies and activities on a regular basis;
  4. Seek or accept no other scholarship or remunerated work during their studies under the Programme which may interfere with their studies or make fulfillment of their other obligations difficult unless otherwise agreed to in writing by the IsDB;

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.

Selection Process

The selection of candidates is supervised by a Selection Committee, composed of academicians in all development related fields and chaired by the Senior Advisor for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI). The Committee screens and ranks the applicants, based on its own selection criteria, keeping in view the eligibility requirements and selection criteria of the Programme with the aim of identifying the candidates with the highest potential, after completion of their undergraduate studies, to be ready to dedicate themselves to their communities and countries.

Important to note

  • No separate application to IsDB is necessary.
  • The duly accomplished application form together with all copies of academic records should be uploaded online.
  • Completion of the application form or admission by the academic institution does not mean that you have been accepted for a scholarship.

Master Scholarship Programme

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 in key areas of development with a special focus on “Sustainability Science” to achieve the SDGs. The programme aims specifically to:

  • increase the number of intermediate level technological manpower in the beneficiary countries which is necessary for an effective technology development, transfer and maintenance; and
  • enhance the ability of students to participate in the IsDB PhD and Post-doctoral research programme

Concept of the Programme

  • The Programme offers scholarships leading to a full-time Master degree (in 2 years maximum) in key areas of development with a special focus on “Sustainability Science” in line with the IsDB President’s new strategy to empower communities to achieve the SDGs.
  • The programme study may be through course work, research or a combination of both. Whichever the mode, it must be completed within the specified two-year time frame and there is no possibility of extension with the IsDB funding.

Benefits and facilities

The programme covers full tuition fees to be paid directly to the university, living allowance on single-status basis, health insurance, computer allowance, etc. and round-trip air-ticket and installation allowance for study abroad.   

To help students prepare themselves for their future leading role in the development of their communities and countries, the IsDB also provides them with extra-curricular activities under a special programme called “Mentorship Programme” to ensure their academic progress and social and psychological integration in the university as well as the local community environment.

Eligibility Criteria

The Programme is designed to help promising mid-career professionals from member countries and Muslim Communities in non-member countries who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a citizen of any of an IsDB member countries or Muslim communities in non-member countries.
  • Be a graduate with a grade above “Good” in his/her academic career.
  • His/her proposed field of study is within the fields approved by the programme
  • Be nominated by an academic research institution in the home country.
  • Be nominated by three referees
  • Not in receipt of another scholarship.
  • Be medically fit and be willing to undergo medical tests after selection

Fields of study

Under the programme, eligible students may apply only for studies in the following development related fields in line with the IsDB President’s new strategy to empower communities with a special focus on "Sustainability Science" to achieve the SDGs.

Fields of Study for Master, PhD and Post doctoral research

Host Institutions

Selected students must obtain admission at suitable institutions of study listed among the top universities in their own countries or IsDB member countries. Click here to obtain the list of approved universities. For students who could not secure admission in their own countries, the IsDB will place them in top universities in member countries that have agreed to provide places for the IsDB students in their universities.

Application Procedures 

Interested students for the programme must fill in the application form. The application form must be properly completed, attach all the requisite documents and submit online.

Master Scholarship Programme Application Form

Obligations

Candidates granted the Scholarship are expected to:

  1. Sign a Surety Bond stating their commitment to their studies, their return to their countries upon completion of their studies and continuing work and services to “Sustainability Science, Technology and Innovation” in their countries;
  2. Devote themselves to their studies on a full-time basis and without interruption and provide the IsDB with reports on their academic studies and activities on a regular basis;
  3. Seek or accept no other scholarship or remunerated work during their studies under the Programme which may interfere with their studies or make fulfillment of their other obligations difficult unless otherwise agreed to in writing by the IsDB
  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.

Selection Process

The selection of candidates is supervised by a Selection Committee, composed of academicians in all development related fields and chaired by the Senior Advisor for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI). The Committee screen and rank the applicants, based on its own selection criteria, keeping in view the eligibility requirements and selection criteria of the Programme with the aim of identifying the candidates with the highest potential, after completion of their graduate studies, to impact the development of their countries and communities.

Important to note

  • No separate application to IsDB is necessary
  • The duly accomplished application form, together with all copies of academic records should be uploaded online
  • Completion of the application form or admissions by the academic institution does not mean that you have been accepted for a scholarship; accordingly, you should not take any action with respect to your current employment otherwise, until you have been informed by the IsDB that you have been awarded a scholarship
  • The programme does not cover expenses for the student’s family; extra-curricular courses of training; additional travel during the course of the study program and field trips

PhD and Post-doctoral research programme

Introduction

The Programme was introduced in 1992. It aims at developing 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 advanced studies and research in development related fields with a special focus on “Sustainability Science”.

The main objectives of this programme are to enhance the scientific, technological and research capability/ and the potential of scholars and researchers and strengthen the scientific, technological and research capability of their institutions.

Concept

The Programme offers scholarships and is designed to help promising professionals and researchers to pursue a full-time Ph.D. study and/or Post-doctoral research in key areas of development with a special focus on “Sustainability Science” in line with the IsDB President’s new strategy to empower communities to achieve the SDGs.

The programme study may be through course work, research or a combination of both. Whichever the mode, it must be completed within the specified three-year time frame and there is no possibility of extension with the IsDB funding.

Benefits and Facilities

The programme covers full tuition fees to be paid directly to the university, living allowance on single-status basis, health insurance, computer allowance, conference allowance etc. and round-trip air-ticket and installation allowance for scholar studying abroad.  

To help students/scholars prepare themselves for their future leading role in the development of their communities and countries, the IsDB also provides them with extra-curricular activities under a special programme called “Mentorship Programme” to ensure their academic progress and social and psychological integration in the university as well as the local community environment.

Eligibility Criteria

The Programme is designed to help promising mid-careers professionals from member countries and Muslim communities in non-member countries who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Have minimum M.Sc (for Ph.D study) and Ph.D (for Post-Doctoral research) in the field of sustainable science listed under the Programme;
  • Have above average ("Very Good") academic standing;
  • Have work and/or research experience of not less than two (2) years (for Post-Doctoral research) in the related field.
  • Have a record of publications/research in the same field.
  • Have a proposed field of study and/or research in one of the fields listed under the approved fields of study with its scientific and development relevance to the country being clearly demonstrated in a research proposal.
  • Not in receipt of another scholarship.
  • Be medically fit and be willing to undergo medical tests after selection

Fields of study Under the programme, eligible students may apply only for studies in the following development related fields in line with the IsDB President’s new strategy to empower communities with a special focus on “Sustainability Science” to achieve the SDGs.

Fields of Study for Master, PhD and Post doctoral research

Host Institutions

Selected students are requested to obtain admission at one of the universities listed among the top universities in their own countries or IsDB member countries as per the attached list of universities Click here to get the list of universities approved by the programme.

Application Procedures

Interested candidates for the programme must fill in the appropriate application form:

PhD Scholarship Programme Application Form

Post Doctoral Research Programme Application Form

The application form must be properly completed, attach all the requisite documents and submit online.  

Obligations

Candidates granted the Scholarship are expected to:

  • Sign a Surety Bond stating their commitment to their studies, their return to their countries upon completion of their studies and continuing work and services to “Sustainability Science, Technology and Innovation” in their countries;
  • Devote themselves to their studies on a full-time basis and without interruption and provide the IsDB with reports on their academic studies and activities on a regular basis;
  • Seek or accept no other scholarship or remunerated work during their studies under the Programme which may interfere with their studies or make fulfillment of their other obligations difficult unless otherwise agreed to in writing by the IsDB;
  • 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.

Selection Process

The applications are processed at the IsDB to ascertain the completeness of application documents and the eligibility in terms of the criteria of the Programme.

Applications are reviewed in detail by a panel of eminent scientists to ascertain the scientific and development relevance of the field of study proposed by the applicants and to assess the overall qualifications of the applicants.

The selection of candidates is supervised by a Selection Committee, composed of academicians in all development related fields and chaired by the Senior Advisor for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI). The Committee screen and rank the applicants, based on its own selection criteria, keeping in view the eligibility requirements and selection criteria of the Programme with the aim of identifying the candidates with the highest potential, after completion of their graduate studies, to impact the development of their countries and communities.

Important to note

  • No separate application to IsDB is necessary.
  • The duly accomplished application form together with all copies of academic records should be uploaded online.
  • Completion of the application form or admission by the academic institution does not mean that you have been accepted for a scholarship; accordingly, you should not take any action with respect to your current employment or otherwise, until you have been informed by the IsDB that you have been awarded a scholarship.
  • The Programme does not cover expenses for the student's family; extra-curricular courses or training; additional travel during the course of the study program and field trips.

IsDB-ISFD Scholarship programme

Introduction

The Programme is funded by the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD), with the specific aim of reducing poverty in 21 Least Developed Member Countries.

The Programme aims at providing opportunities to financially impoverished, but academically successful young men and women to pursue bachelor degree and/or technical diploma in the scientific and social disciplines. The ultimate aim is to improve their socio-economic conditions and enable them to make a meaningful contribution to the development of their countries.

Concept

The scholarship is awarded as an interest-free Flex-Pay Installment Loan (Qard Hasan) to the students. Repayment will take place once the students finish their study and secure a gainful employment, to a Local Education Trust Fund (LETF) established in each member country benefiting from the Programme.

Benefits and Facilities

The programme covers full tuition fees to be paid directly to the university, living allowance on single-status basis, health insurance, computer allowance, conference allowance etc. and round-trip air-ticket and installation allowance for scholar studying abroad.

To help students prepare themselves for their future leading role in the development of their communities and countries, the IsDB also provides them with extra-curricular activities under a special programme called “Mentorship Programme” to ensure their academic progress and social and psychological integration in the university as well as the local community environment.

Institution of study

Selected students are requested to obtain an admission at one of the universities listed among the top universities in their own countries or IsDB member countries as per the attached list of universities. (Click here to get the list of approved universities)

For students who could not secure admission in their own countries, the IsDB will place them in top universities in member countries that have been generous enough to provide places for the IsDB students in their universities

Application Procedures 

Interested students for the programme must visit the official website (www.isdb.org)  for detailed information on how to apply. The application form (click here) must be properly completed, attached all the requisite documents and send online.

Obligations

Candidates granted the Scholarship are expected to:

  1. Commit to cover, after graduation either the cost of the first year of his/her master’s degree. In this case, the IsDB will support him/her by covering the costs to complete his/her master’s degree or the tuition fees of the first year’s study for a new Undergraduate student from the same community he/she belongs to.
  2. Sign a Surety Bond stating their commitment to their studies, their return to their countries upon completion of their studies and continuing work and services to “Sustainability Sciences, Technology and Innovation” in their countries;
  3. Devote themselves to their studies on a full-time basis and without interruption and provide the IsDB with reports on their academic studies and activities on a regular basis;
  4. Seek or accept no other scholarship or remunerated work during their studies under the Programme which may interfere with their studies or make fulfillment of their other obligations difficult unless otherwise agreed to in writing by the IsDB;
  5. 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.

Selection Process

The applications are processed at the IsDB to ascertain the completeness of application documents and the eligibility in terms of the criteria of the Programme.

The selection of candidates is supervised by a Selection Committee, composed of academicians in all development related fields and chaired by the Senior Advisor for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI). The Committee screen and rank the applicants, based on its own selection criteria, keeping in view the eligibility requirements and selection criteria of the Programme with the aim of identifying the candidates with the highest potential, after completion of their graduate studies, to impact the development of their countries and communities

Important to note

  • No separate application to IsDB is necessary.
  • The duly accomplished application form together with all copies of academic records should be uploaded online.
  • Completion of the application form or admission by the academic institution does not mean that you have been accepted for a scholarship; accordingly, you should not take any action with respect to your current employment or otherwise, until you have been informed by the IsDB that you have been awarded a scholarship.
  • The Programme does not cover expenses for the student's family; extra-curricular courses or training; additional travel during the course of the study program and field trips.

Joint Programme with the The World Academy of Science (TWAS) in Trieste, Italy for Sustainability Science, technology and innovation (STI)

Introduction

This programme is a joint cooperation with the World Academy of Science (TWAS) in Trieste, Italy. It started in 2017 as an IsDB initiative for capacity building aiming at building critical mass in the fields of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) to address sustainable development challenges of its member countries.

Objective:

The main objective the programme is to contribute to building critical mass among young scientists, researchers and refugee scientists in the fields of STI relevant to the SDGs.

Scope:

The programme offers:

Post-Doctoral Fellowships: The Fellowships will support scientists for research visits of 3 months in selected Centers of Excellence. Fellowships will be awarded to scientists who will have a role in empowering their society.

Grants for Joint Research and Technology Transfer Projects

  • The Grants will fund joint projects to bring together complementary expertise that will tackle complex global challenges that often require an interdisciplinary approach. 
  • One joint project will be selected. The project will see two research groups from different IDB countries. The research question will likely focus on an issue relevant to both countries involved. Grants will be assigned on a competitive basis to those projects which actually produce a major and real-time impact.

High Level Training Workshops on the Science-Policy-Diplomacy Nexus: It aims to conduct high level training workshops on the Science-Policy-Diplomacy Nexus that would bring together scientists, policy-makers and diplomats to focus on issues of high priority for the region and within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Support for Refugee Scientists and Other Scientists at risk in IsDB Member Countries

  • It aims to support refugee scientists and other scientists at risk in IsDB member countries that are being affected by civil strife or war.
  • Efforts will be made to support them at universities and research centres in other IsDB member countries, but also in other countries

Implementation: TWAS with its affiliated bodies and network of partners will be implementing all activities envisaged under this programme. TWAS will be the IsDB’s focal point in supervising the implementation of this programme and will be fully responsible for the coordination of all the activities relating to the programme.

Implementation schedule: The programme is scheduled to be implemented within 4 years starting from 2017.

Partnership Programme with Reputable universities in the world

To combine academic rigors with cost savings, the Bank initiated a campaign of cooperating with top universities in the form of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to place IsDB scholars on cost-sharing basis.   Such cooperation has not only resulted in saving; but also excelled the image of IsDB scholarship programmes internationally.

The partnership programme includes Universities of Cambridge, Queen Mary, Imperial College London, University College London in the UK, Copenhagen University in Denmark, Princeton University in USA, and McGill University in Canada. Thanks to all these universities for their kind support and contribution to building future leaders to champion this move in all sectors development and creating a global village.

IsDB Alumni for the Graduates

In view of the importance of the graduates as human capital, which the Islamic Development Bank supported and invested in developing their abilities, and in order to ensure their continued active participation in the service of their communities, the Bank is creating an appropriate forum for them to interact and share their scientific knowledge and benefit from the results of their research work in order to implement new projects Leading to economic growth in Member States.

 

Scholarship 1

Visit of Dr Hayat Sindi, Senior Advisor to the President for STI, to Universities in Indonesia