IsDB-ISFD Vocational Education Training (VET)


IsDB-ISFD Vocational Education Training (VET)


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


The 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. The collected amounts are to be recycled in new offered to students from the same country.

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; 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:

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

Benefits and facilities 

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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 /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.

Place of Study 

Consistent with the concept of the Programme, 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, Turkey, National University of Uzbekistan and Tashkent University of Information Technologies


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 on a regular basis;
  3. Not to seek or accept other scholarship or remunerated work during their study under the Programme; 
  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 Programme 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 Local Education Trust Fund (LETF) established by the IsDB in their countries.  
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Selection Process

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. 

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