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 study

Potential 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 Cities
  • Innovation & Infrastructure Development
  • Waste Management

Agriculture and Forestry

  • Sustainable Agriculture

Industrial Technologies

  • Plastic pollution and Micro-plastics
  • Green Chemistry
  • Responsible Growth

Physics, Geology and related fields

  • Energy

Computer Science, Information Technology, Telecommunication, and Electronics and related fields

  • ICT for Development

Natural Resources, Marine Sciences

  • Biodiversity
  • Climate Change
  • Water and Hygiene

Law, Media & Journalism, Political Sciences, Entrepreneurships and Trade & Commerce

  • Development-related Social Sciences

Economics

  • Islamic Economics
  • Finance and Banking

Statistics, Demography Econometrics, and Social Studies

  • Population Growth

Education, Psychology and Learning, Education Policy and International Development

  • Education
  • Education 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.