Islamic Development Bank (IDB) - Merit Scholarship Programme for High Technology (MSP)

The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

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PHD PostDOC Fellowship & Research

Location (s):

  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Worldwide


The objective of the programme is to develop technically qualified human resources in the IDB member countries by providing scholarships to promising and outstanding scholars and researchers to undertake advanced studies and research in the fields of applied science and technology needed for the development of the member countries. The Programme offers scholarships for study and research at two levels: (i) 3-year Ph.D. study/ research, and (ii) 6-12 months of Post-Doctoral research.


Fields of Study

Fields of studies under the programme are determined by the priority needs of the country’s development in science and technology sectors and to supplement the IDB vision 1440H.  Current focus is thus on the following fields of studies:

  • Health/medicine,
  • Agriculture/Food production,
  • Water Resources/ Desertification,
  • Energy/Infrastructure Development,
  • Nanotechnology,
  • Development-focused ICT, and
  • pure Science subjects. 

Place of Study

The successful candidate for the PhD programme must secure admission at one of the universities listed in the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES). Please visit the THES website:

Priority shall be given to those Ph.D. applicants who have secured admission at universities that have concluded a cooperation agreement with the IDB such as University of Cambridge, University of Nottingham, University College London and Imperial College London in the UK, Princeton University in USA and KAUST in Saudi Arabia.

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Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the scholarship, the applicant must meet the following basic criteria:

    • Age not over (a) 35 years for Ph.D. study, and (b) 40 years for Post-Doctoral research;
    • Attached to a research/academic/development institution in science and technology in their respective country;
    • Must possess the required academic background in the related field of their proposed study/research and have some professional/research experience in the respective field;
    • Demonstrate that the research proposal has scientific and technological relevance with the objective of meeting the priority development needs of the country;
    • Have good command of the language of the institution of study and the ability to conduct scientific work in it.


Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

Cost/funding for participants:


The scholarship covers the following benefits and entitlements:

  • All academic expenses
  • Living allowances
  • Health Insurance
  • Round trip air-tickets to and from place of study
  • Conference Participation allowance
  • Scientific Paper preparation allowance
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