IsDB (Islamic Development Bank) Scholarship 2022-2023

Deadline
February 28, 2022

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  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Malaysia
  • Morocco
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • Uzbekistan
  • Worldwide

Overview

The Bank funds and implements its scholarship 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.

Details

There are six scholarship programmes offered by IsDB:

  1. Undergraduate  
  2. Master’s
  3. PhD and Post-Doctoral Research Programme
  4. 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
  5. IsDB-ISFD Bachelor studies for 21 LDMCs as mentioned in No. 4 above
  6. IsDB-The World Academy of Science (TWAS) Joint Programme for Capacity Building and Technology Transfer

Objective

The 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).

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”.

Schedule of Activities

Every year, the Programme is formally announced (through the IsDB Scholarship Platform) in December, for next September/October intake each year. The results implementation of the Programmes follows the following cycle:

Selection Procedures

The review and selection process are undertaken by two Independent International Selection Committees, composed of academicians and chaired by the Senior Advisor to the IsDB President for Science, Technology and Innovation. These Committees assess the applicants’ qualifications and eligibility requirements and ascertains the scientific and development relevance of their proposed fields of study / research proposal. Recommendation for final selection is made by these Committees and selection of candidates is approved by the IsDB management whose decision is final.

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 committees of the IsDB Scholarship Programmes.

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. 

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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 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.

Master Scholarship Programme 

The Programme is open for academically meritorious students and mid-career professionals from member countries and Muslim Communities in non-member countries who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Citizens of any of the IsDB member countries or Muslim communities in non-member countries;
  • Be a graduate with a grade above “Good” in his/her bachelor studies.
  • Not in receipt of any other scholarship; and 
  • Be medically fit and willing to undergo medical tests after selection.

PhD and Post-doctoral research Programme

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

1. PhD study

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

IsDB-ISFD Vocational Education Training (VET)

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; and 
  • Be medically fit and willing to undergo medical tests after selection.

IsDB-ISFD Bachelor Degree Programme

The Programme 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 21 IsDB LDMCs mentioned above.
  • Completed high school with minimum good grades in major subjects;
  • Not in receipt of any other scholarship; and 
  • Be medically fit and willing to undergo medical tests after selection. 

IsDB‐TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme for Women for Skills-Building in Sustainability Science

Female scientists applying must:

  • Be a national of and resident in an IsDB LDMC 
  • Be no older than 45 
  • Hold a PhD degree in one of the Programme’s research areas
  • Be employed at an institution in their home country 
  • Choose and receive an acceptance letter from a host institute in a developing country from this  list.

Awarded female scholars must:

  • Not take up other assignments during the fellowship
  • Present a research plan agreed by host supervisor
  • Be financially responsible for any accompanying family members, as well as for visa, health insurance and housing. 

Dates:

Deadline: February 28, 2022


Cost/funding for participants:

The programme 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 programme 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.

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