Islamic Development Bank funds and implements scholarship 2021 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:



PhD and Post-Doctoral Research Programme
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
IsDB-ISFD Bachelor studies for 21 LDMCs as mentioned in No. 4 above
IsDB-The World Academy of Science (TWAS) Joint Programme for Capacity Building and Technology Transfer



Host: Islamic Development Bank
Study Abroad: Study in Africa | Study in Asia | Study in Australia | Study in Canada | Study in Europe | Study in USA
Category: Undergraduate Scholarships | Postgraduate Scholarships | Masters Scholarships | PhD Scholarships | Training

Eligible Countries: All Countries
Reward: Full Scholarship
Deadline: February 28, 2021
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Scholarship Details

he 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).

Scholarship Requirements
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.
Scholarship 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”.


Place of Study
Consistent with the concept of the Programme, the admission 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.
Method of Application
Application for the Scholarship under the following category is to be done online using the link below.

1- Undergraduate Programme
2- Master’s Programme
3- PhD Programme and Post-doctoral Research Programme
4- IsDB-ISFD for Vocational Education & Training (VET)
5- Bachelor studies for 21 Least Developed Member Countries

Please note that the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) does not charge any fees at any stage of the scholarship process. Never disclose or send money to any entity or person in relation to your application.