IsDB (Islamic Development Bank) Scholarship 2019-2020

Deadline
February 28, 2019

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  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Italy
  • Jordan
  • Malaysia
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom

Overview

The IsDB is currently funding the following scholarship programmes: Undergraduate, Master, PhD, and Post-doctoral research. The Programmes are an important tool in the development initiatives led by the IsDB since 1983 to foster technology and knowledge sharing among member countries and Muslim communities in non-member countries.

Details

The programmes are designed to attract talented male and female students and build the right competence required to empower communities with a special focus on “Sustainability Science” in line with the approved fields to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

For over (3) three decades, the Bank has helped to provide scholarship opportunities to 15,611 students and formed a pool of 13,253 well-trained development professionals and researchers transforming their countries and positively impacting future generations.

Undergraduate Scholarship Programme

The Programme was launched with the objective to provide educational opportunities for the academically meritorious young students from member countries and Muslim communities in non-member countries to pursue undergraduate or first-degree study in a university and to train them 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).

Concept

The Programme is more than just a scholarship programme in the traditional sense of a straight financial assistance to qualified students. It is also a tool for the improvement of the socio-economic conditions in general. It is a scholarship programme and a development programme at the same time since the students are required to play a leading role in assisting the development of their communities and countries. In other words, the IsDB aims to produce Good Citizens and Talented Professionals (GCTP) at the same time.

Master Scholarship Programme 

The Programme was launched with an objective 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 programme aims specifically to: 

  • increase the number of intermediate level technological manpower in the beneficiary countries which is necessary for an effective technology development, transfer and maintenance; and
  • enhance the ability of students to participate in the IsDB PhD and Post-doctoral research programme

Concept 

  • The Programme offers scholarships leading to a full-time Master 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 scholarship is awarded as an interest-free loan (Qard Hasan) to the students. They are required to repay 50% of the loan after graduation, in easy installments to ensure the programme continuity in the long run. Besides, the students are also 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.

PhD and Post-doctoral research Programme

The Programme aims at developing 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 advanced studies and research in development related fields with a special focus on “Sustainability Science”.

Concept

The Programme offers scholarships and is designed to help promising professionals and researchers to pursue a full-time Ph.D. study and/or Post-doctoral research in key areas of development with a special focus on “Sustainability Science” in line with the IsDB President’s new strategy to empower communities to achieve the SDGs.

The main objectives of this programme are: 

  • To develop technically qualified human resources 
  • To enhance the scientific, technological and research capability/ and the potential of scholars and researchers 
  • To help meet the national needs science and technology; and 
  • To strengthen the scientific, technological and research capability of institutions.

The scholarship is awarded as an interest-free loan (Qard Hasan) to the students. They are required to repay 50% of the loan after graduation, in easy installments to ensure the programme continuity in the long run. Besides, the students are also 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

IsDB-ISFD Scholarship Programme 

The Programme is 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 Programme aims at providing opportunities to financially impoverished, but academically talented young men and women to pursue Bachelor Degree or Technical Diploma in the IsDB approved scientific, social and technical fields. The aim is to improve their socio-economic conditions and enable them to make a meaningful contribution to the development of their countries.

Concept

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 a gainful employment, to a Local Education Trust Fund (LETF) established in each member country benefiting from the Programme.

Joint Programme with The World Academy of Science (TWAS) in Trieste, Italy, for Sustainability Science, Technology and Innovation (STI)

This is a joint programme in cooperation with The World Academy of Science (TWAS) in Trieste, Italy. It started in 2017 as an IsDB initiative for capacity building aiming at building critical mass in the fields of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) to address sustainable development challenges of its member countries.

The main objective of the programme is to contribute to build critical mass of young scientists, researchers and refugee scientists in the fields of STI relevant to the SDGs. 

Opportunity is About:


Eligibility

Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

Undergraduate Scholarship Programme

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

  • Citizens of any of the IsDB member countries or Muslim communities in non-member countries
  • Completed senior secondary education (or the equivalent of approximately 12 years of education) with good grades in major subjects.
  • Not in receipt of any other scholarship at the time of application and during studies under the IsDB scholarship programme.
  • Be medically fit and willing to undergo medical tests after selection.

Master Scholarship Programme 

The Programme is designed to help promising mid-career professionals from member countries and Muslim Communities in non-member countries who meet the following criteria:

  • Be a citizen of any of an IsDB member countries or Muslim communities in nonmember countries.
  • Be a graduate with a grade above “Good” in his/her bachelor studies.
  • His/her proposed field of study is within the fields approved by the programme
  • Be recommended by three referees (professional or academic)
  • Seek or accept no other scholarship or remunerated work during their studies under the Programme which may interfere with their studies or make fulfillment of their other obligations difficult unless otherwise agreed to in writing by the IsDB;
  • Be medically fit and be willing to undergo medical tests after selection

PhD and Post-doctoral research Programme

The Programme is designed to help promising mid-careers professionals from member countries and Muslim communities in non-member countries who meet the following criteria:

1) PhD study 

  • Have minimum Master degree (for Ph.D study) in one of the approved fields of the programme
  • Have above average ("Very Good") academic standing;
  • Preferably have work and/or research experience 
  • Have a proposed field of study and/or research in one of the fields listed under the approved fields of study of the programme with its scientific and development relevance to the country being clearly demonstrated in a research proposal. 
  • Seek or accept no other scholarship or remunerated work during their studies under the Programme which may interfere with their studies or make fulfillment of their other obligations difficult unless otherwise agreed to in writing by the IsDB; 
  • Be medically fit and be willing to undergo medical tests after selection.

2) Post-doctoral research

  • Have PhD degree in one of approved fields of the programme
  • Have above average ("Very Good") academic standing; 
  • Must have not less than two (2) years of experience in the field of his/her research 
  • Must have a record of publications/research in the same field. 
  • Have a proposed field of study and/or research in one of the fields listed under the approved fields of study of the programme with its scientific and development relevance to the country being clearly demonstrated in a research proposal.
  • Seek or accept no other scholarship or remunerated work during their studies under the Programme which may interfere with their studies or make fulfillment of their other obligations difficult unless otherwise agreed to in writing by the IsDB; 
  • Be medically fit and be willing to undergo medical tests after selection

Dates:

Deadline: February 28, 2019


Cost/funding for participants:

Undergraduate Scholarship Programme

The programme covers full tuition to be paid directly to the university, monthly living allowance commensurate with the cost of living in the country of study, medical expenses at public or university hospitals.

For the students who are selected to study abroad, the IsDB also provides them with economy class air tickets to and from the countries of study (once at the beginning and at the end of study), installation allowance and educational equipment.

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 programme called “Mentorship Programme” to ensure their academic progress and social and psychological integration in the university as well as the local community environment.

Master Scholarship Programme 

The programme covers full tuition fees to be paid directly to the university, living allowance on single-status basis, medical expenses at public or university hospitals, computer allowance, thesis preparation allowance and round-trip air-ticket and installation allowance for study abroad.

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 programme called “Mentorship Programme” to ensure their academic progress and social and psychological integration in the university as well as the local community environment.

PhD and Post-doctoral research Programme

The programme covers full tuition/bench fees to be paid directly to the university, living allowance on single-status basis, medical expenses at public or university hospitals, conference and thesis preparation allowance and round-trip air-ticket and installation allowance for scholar studying abroad. 

IsDB-ISFD Scholarship Programme 

The programme covers full tuition fees to be paid directly to the university or institutions, living allowance commensurate with the cost of living in the country of study, medical expenses at public or university hospitals, and round-trip air-ticket and installation allowance for scholars studying abroad.

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 programme called “Mentorship Programme” to ensure their academic progress and social and psychological integration in the university as well as the local community environment.

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