Introduction to IsBD PhD Scholarship and Post Doctoral Research Program

The Program was launched 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).

The concept of the Program is based on the following

  • The Program is designed to strengthen and enhance the scientific, technological and research capability and the potential of scholars, researchers, institutions, and countries to meet the national needs in the area of science and technology to improve their socio-economic conditions.
  • It is a scholarship program and a development program 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 Program 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 grants 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 Program. 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.

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Eligibility Criteria

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

Ph.D. Study

  • Have a Master’s degree in one of the fields of study of the program.
  • Have a 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 program stating its scientific and development relevance to the community/country.
  • Be medically fit and be willing to undergo medical tests after selection.

Post-Doctoral Research Program

  • Have a Ph.D. degree in one of the approved fields of the program.
  • Have a 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 program 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 Agriculture

  • Food Security
  • Resilient Crops
  • Postharvest Technologies

Education

  • Quality of Teaching
  • Pupil/Teacher Ratio
  • High Level Training

Education for Sustainable Development

  • Integration of Sustainability-related issues into national curricula and teaching syllabus documents

Climate Change

  • Strategies for Reductions of CO2 Emissions
  • Climate Mitigation
  • Carbon Sequestration Methods

Energy

  • Renewable Energy and Green Technologies
  • Solar Potential and Hydrogen Fuel Cells
  • Biogas and Biodiesel

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Sustainable Cities

  • Insulation Technologies
  • Transportation
  • Urban Planning

Responsible Growth

  • Reduction of Waste
  • Serving Communities
  • Ethics of Growth

Waste Management

  • Recycling
  • Carbon Footprint Reduction
  • Waste to Energy Technologies

Population Growth

  • Urban Sprawl
  • Density and Epidemics
  • Overshoot

Green Chemistry

  • Alternative Technologies
  • Cutting-edge Research
  • Limitation of Pollution

Biodiversity

  • Loss of Biodiversity
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Mass Extinction, Agrobiodiversity

Plastic pollution and Micro-plastics

  • Plastic Incorporation into the Food Chain
  • Biodegradable Plastics
  • Recycling Possibilities

Water and Hygiene

  • Water Purity and Availability
  • Sanitation and Quality

Health

  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Nutrition.

ICT for Development

  • Computer Science,
  • Laser and Fiber Optics
  • Telecommunication
  • Electronics

Innovation & Infrastructure Development

  • Build Resilient Infrastructure,
  • Innovation and Industrial Development
  • Technological Infrastructure
  • Product Innovation

Islamic Economics, Finance and Banking

  • Mode & Services of Islamic Banking and Finance,
  • Sharia Standards for IFIs,
  • Islamic Insurance & Takaful,
  • Islamic Capital Market
  • Sharia & Operational Aspects of Sukuk,
  • Islamic Micro-Finance,
  • Zakat Management,
  • Awqaf & Zakat Management

Development-related Social Sciences

  • International economics,
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Intellectual Property (IP)
  • Political Sciences
  • Entrepreneurships.

Eligible Countries for IsDB PhD Scholarship Program 2020-21

Students from IsDB Member Countries and Muslim Communities from Non-Member Countries Worldwide are eligible. The Present Membership of the Islamic Development Bank Consists of the following 57 Countries:

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
State of Libya
Islamic Republic of Iran
Federal Republic of Nigeria
United Arab Emirates
State of Qatar
Arab Republic of Egypt
State of Kuwait
Republic of Turkey
Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Democratic and People’s Republic of Algeria
Republic of Indonesia
Malaysia
People’s Republic of Bangladesh
Republic of Yemen
Kingdom of Morocco
Republic of Sudan
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Sultanate of Oman
Republic of Iraq
Republic of Cameroon
Brunei Darussalam
Republic of Niger
Burkina Faso
Republic of Gabon
Republic of Kazakhstan
Republic of Azerbaijan
Republic of Mali
Republic of Senegal
Republic of Guinea
Republic of Tunisia
Republic of Lebanon
Islamic Republic of Mauritania
Kingdom of Bahrain
Kyrgyz Republic
Republic of the Gambia
Republic of Maldives
Republic of Mozambique
Republic of Uganda
Republic of Benin
State of Palestine
Republic of Tajikistan
Republic of Sierra Leone
Republic of Togo
Republic of Uzbekistan
Union of Comoros
Republic of Cote d’Ivoire
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Republic of Chad
Republic of Albania
Republic of Suriname
Turkmenistan
Republic of Guinea Bissau
Republic of Djibouti
Federal Republic of Somalia
Cooperative Republic of Guyana

Benefits and Facilities

Ph.D. Study

The program covers the following items

  • Monthly stipend commensurate with the cost of living in the country of study.
  • Tuition fees, if any, subject to IsDB’s approval.
  • Cost of medical treatment at the 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 Program

The program covers the following items

  • Monthly stipend commensurate with the cost of living in the country of study.
  • Cost of medical treatment at the 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 Program, 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, and Morocco. 

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 regularly;
  3. Not to seek or accept other scholarship or remunerated work during their study under the Program.
  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 Program 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 the Local Education Trust Fund (LETF) established by the IsDB in their countries.

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Selection Process

The review and selection process is 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.

Deadline of IsDB PhD Scholarship Program

The deadline for submission of applications is February 28th, 2020.

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