Introduction to IsDB Vocational Education Training

The Program is fully funded by the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD), with the specific aim of reducing poverty in the following 21 Member Countries

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Bangladesh
  3. Benin
  4. Burkina Faso
  5. Chad
  6. Comoros
  7. Djibouti
  8. 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

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 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 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.

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Eligibility Criteria

The prospective candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria

  • Citizens of any of the 21 IsDB LDMCs mentioned above.
  • Completed high school with minimum good grades in major subjects.
  • Not in receipt of any other scholarship.
  • 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

SN Fields of Study/Specialty
1 Accounting and Finance Technician
2 Aeronautic Maintenance
3 Agriculture Equipment Technician
4 Agriculture Technology diploma
5 Airport logistics and freight management
6 Architectural Design Software
7 Automotive Technician
8 Backing, Back Office employee: offshoring
9 Business Management technician expert
10 Certified network technician
11 Clothing / Industrialization Techniques
12 Communication customer relationship offshore
13 Composites Materials Processing
14 Computer Support Technician
15 Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Operator
16 Construction Materials Sales Technician
17 Construction Technologies
18 Database Administrator (DBA)
19 Decorations and props Skilled Technician
20 Dental Assistance
21 Design Office Skilled Technician: Steel Construction
22 Designer Developer JAVA J2EE
23 Diesel Equipment Mechanic
24 Digital Marketing
25 Early Childhood Educator
26 Emergency Medical Technician
27 Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic
28 Equine Business Manager
29 Executive Secretarial Skills
30 Fish and Wildlife Technician
31 Forestry Technician
32 Governance and Management of Manufacturing Skilled Technician
33 Governess assistant
34 Operations and Logistics
35 Health and Quality Skilled Technician
36 Healthcare Administration
37 Hospitality and Tourism
38 Hotel management
39 Sales support in banking
40 Industrial chemistry
41 Industrial Electronics & Maintenance Technician
42 Industrial Environmental Engineering Technician
43 Industrial Manufacturing Engineering Technician
44 Industrial Safety Engineering Technician
45 Industry Construction Materials Maintenance
46 Industry Milling Skilled Technician
47 Infographics
48 Insurance Back Office employee: offshoring
49 IT Project Manager
50 LAN WAN Network Technician
51 Large Retail Department Manager
52 Leather Chemicals Skilled Technician
53 Machine Maintenance and Tooling Plastics
54 Machine Tool Operation/ Technics
55 Machining in computer-controlled machine tool: FAO method tool design
56 Machining on numerically controlled Machine Tools
57 Maintenance Food Industry Skilled Technician
58 Manufacturing Basics
59 Manufacturing Food Industry Skilled Technician
60 Manufacturing Technician
61 Mechatronics
62 Medical Assistant
63 Medical Imaging
64 Medical Lab Technician
65 Meteorology Skilled Technicians
66 Methods Leather Skilled Technician
67 Methods, Manufacturing and Quality Skilled Technician: option Automotive
68 Midwifery
69 Mining Engineering Technician
70 Mobile Programmer
71 Net Software Developer
72 Network Technician
73 Nursing Assistant
74 Oleoculture and oil technology Skilled Technician
75 Packaging and Conditioning Skilled Technician
76 Personnel Officer
77 Pharmacy Technician
78 Phlebotomy Technician
79 Preschool Educator
80 Printing Management
81 Property Design Skilled Technician
82 Quality Control Skilled Technician: Textile
83 Quality Manufacturing
84 Quality, Health, Safety and Environment
85 Residential Building
86 Sales operator and Customer Relationship Offshore
87 Sales Technician expert
88 Skilled Technician in Diagnostics and Embedded Electronics
89 Skilled technician in engineering
90 Skilled Technician in Telecommunication
91 Skilled Technician Manufacturing Chart
92 Software Development Specialist
93 Special Effects editor in Audio Visual
94 Special Effects Skilled Technician
95 Specialized machining technician on MOCN, option: press tool machining
96 Steward
97 Structural Works Skilled Technician
98 Surface treatment Skilled Technicians
99 Surgical Technologist
100 Surveyor/topographer Skilled Technician
101 Technical Sales: Vehicles and Automotive Parts
102 Technician in design department: automotive option
103 Technician in design department: tool design option
104 Technician in secretarial and office automation
105 Technician specialized in accommodation and hosting
106 Textile Maintenance and Manufacturing
107 Tourist animator
108 Transport Operations Skilled Technician
109 Travel agencies
110 Veterinary Technician
111 Visual Audio Skilled Technician (Option: Image)
112 Visual Audio Skilled Technician (Option: Sound)
113 Visual Audio Skilled Technician (Optional Installation)
114 Web Design Specialist
115 Welding
116 Welding Robotic Operation
117 Wood Technology
118 Works Supervisor Skilled Technician: Public Works

Benefits and facilities

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.

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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 Program” 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 to have an agreement with the IsDB, i.e. Malaysia, Morocco, Tunisia, and Turkey.


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 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.
  6. Refund 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.

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 for IsDB Vocational Education Training

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

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