The Call for New Applications for the IsDB Scholarship Programs for the Year 2020-2021 is

Now Open!

Interested candidates must go through all application requirements, on each Program’s Webpage, before applying. Good Luck!

Eligible candidates must submit their applications online through the Scholarship Application Platform.

Introduction to IsDB Scholarship programs

Recognizing the importance of qualified human resources for social advancement and sustainable development, the IsDB has been addressing human resources development in member countries alongside its development financing activities.

The IsDB has been funding the following Scholarship Programs for citizens from IsDB member countries and Muslim communities worldwide:

  • Undergraduate Program
  • Master’s Program
  • PhD Program and Post-doctoral Research Program
  • IsDB-ISFD for Vocational Education & Training (VET)
  • Bachelor studies for the IsDB 21 Least Developed Member Countries (LDMCs)

Undergraduate Scholarship Program

The program was launched to provide decent young students from member countries and Muslim communities in non-member countries with opportunities for undergraduate education at a public/state university and for training in specific areas so that communities can support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Five-Year Presidency Plan (P5P).

The Program is a tool for the improvement of the socio-economic conditions in general. It is a scholarship program and a development program at the same time, since the students are required to play a leading role in assisting the development of their communities and countries after completion of their studies

Eligibility Criteria

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

  • Citizens of any of the IsDB member countries or Muslim communities in non-member countries;
  • Completed high school with minimum good grades in major subjects or currently studying in first year at one of the top public/government universities in their own countries or in member countries having agreement with the IsDB (Malaysia, Morocco and Turkey);
  • Not in receipt of any other scholarship; and
  • Be medically fit and 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:

  • Agriculture
  • Forestry
  • Natural Resources
  • Veterinary
  • Resilient Crops
  • Postharvest Technologies


  • Education System Development
  • Technological Education
  • Curricula Development
  • Instructional Design
  • Sustainability in National Curricula and Teaching Syllabus
  • Leadership and Community Engagement in educational settings
  • Educational Psychology and Learning
  • Education Policy and International Development

Education for Sustainable Development:

  • Education System Development
  • Technological Education
  • Curricula Development
  • Instructional Design
  • Sustainability in National Curricula and Teaching Syllabus
  • Leadership and Community Engagement in educational settings
  • Educational Psychology and Learning
  • Education Policy and International Development

Climate Change:

  • Environmental Sciences
  • Earth Studies.
  • Geology
  • Physical Geography.
  • Marine Studies


  • Electrical Engineering
  • Insulation Technologies
  • Renewable Energy
  • Energy Technologies

Sustainable Cities:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Surveying
  • Urban Planning
  • Sanitation
  • Transportation

Responsible Growth:

  • Urban Planning
  • Economic Geography

Waste Management:

  • Recycling Technologies & Engineering

Population Growth:

  • Demography
  • Statistics
  • Econometrics
  • Population Studies

Green Chemistry:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Chemical Physics
  • Green Technologies


  • Marine Sciences
  • Biological Sciences
  • Ecosystems

Plastic pollution and Micro-plastics:

  • Product Development and Innovation
  • Plastic Production Industry

Water and Hygiene:

  • Water Resources Management
  • Water Refinement


  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Nursing
  • Medical Laboratories
  • Microbiology
  • Public Health
  • Nutrition
  • Health Services Management
  • Bio-Medicine
  • Medical Technology
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology

ICT for Development:

  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Telecommunication and Electronics
  • Robotics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Physical and Numerical Modelling

Innovation & Infrastructure Development:

  • Industrial Technologies
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Surveying

Islamic Economics, Finance and Banking:

  • Islamic Economics,
  • Islamic Finance
  • Islamic Banking

Social Sciences fields:

  • Economics
  • Law
  • Media and Journalism
  • Political Sciences
  • Entrepreneurships

Eligible Countries for IsDB Scholarship Programs 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
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
Republic of Guinea Bissau
Republic of Djibouti
Federal Republic of Somalia
Cooperative Republic of Guyana

Benefits and facilities

The program covers the following items

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

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 program called “Mentorship, Guidance and Counselling Programme” to ensure their academic progress and social and psychological integration at the university as well as with the local community environment.

Place of Study

Consistent with the concept of the Program, selected students must obtain admissions in one of the approved fields of study at one of the top public/government universities in their own countries. In case of unavailability of fields of study in their home countries, they can seek admission in member countries having agreement with the IsDB, i.e. Malaysia, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey.

Note: Getting admission or being registered in a university 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.


Candidates granted the scholarships 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. Commit to cover, after the completion of their undergraduate study, either tuition fees of the first year of their Master’s degree.  In this case, the IsDB will support them by covering the fees of their second year of study. Otherwise, they shall cover cost of first year of study for a new undergraduate student from same community/country nominated by the IsDB.
  3. 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;
  4. Not to seek or accept other scholarship or remunerated work during their study under the Program;
  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 Program and the overall mission of the IsDB;
  6. 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.

Selection Process of IsDB Scholarship programs

The review and selection process are 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 for IsDB Scholarship Programs

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


The Program was launched to assist IsDB member countries and Muslim communities in non-member countries in the development of their human capitals in key areas of development to pursue Master degree in specific fields to empower communities with a special focus on “Sustainability Science” to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Presidency 5-Year Plan (P5P).

The Program offers scholarships leading to a full-time Master’s degree (in 2 years maximum) either 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


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 Program offers scholarships leading to a full-time Ph.D. degree (three years maximum) and Post-doctoral research (one year maximum).


The program provides educational opportunities to academically meritorious young students from the above 21 LDMCs to pursue Vocational Education Training (VET) at a public/government institution/vocational training center to provide them with knowledge, skills, and competences required in particular occupations and on the labor market and enable them to make a important contribution to the development of their countries.


The Program is funded by the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD), with the specific aim of reducing poverty in the IsDB Member countries and the Muslim communities of non-member countries.

The Program provides educational opportunities to academically meritorious and financially impoverished young men and women from the member countries to pursue a Bachelor’s degree at a public/government university and to train them in specific fields and enable them to make a meaningful contribution to the development of their countries.

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