IsDB Undergraduate Scholarship Programme for The Academic Year 2020-2021


IsDB Islamic Development Bank Undergraduate Programme for The Academic Year 2020-2021

The Call for New Applications for the IsDB Scholarship Programmes for the Year 2020-2021 is Now Open. The deadline for submission of applications is February 28th, 2020.
Interested candidates must go through all application requirements, on each Programme’s Webpage, before applying.  
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The Programme was launched with the objective to provide educational opportunities to academically meritorious young students from Member Countries and Muslim communities in non-member countries to pursue undergraduate or first-degree study at a public/government university and to train them in specific fields to empower communities to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Presidency 5-Year Plan (P5P).


The Programme is 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 after completion of their studies.

Eligibility Criteria

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 tests after selection.

Fields of Study

The eligible candidates may apply to study one of the following fields of study only:

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1- Sustainable Agriculture – Agriculture
Natural Resources
Resilient Crops
Postharvest Technologies

2- Education
Education System Development
Technological Education
Curricula Development
Instructional Design
Sustainability in National Curricula and Teaching Syllabus
Leadership and Community Engagement in educational settings
Educational Psychology and Learning
Education Policy and International Development

3- Education for Sustainable Development
Education System Development
Technological Education
Curricula Development
Instructional Design
Sustainability in National Curricula and Teaching Syllabus
Leadership and Community Engagement in educational settings
Educational Psychology and Learning
Education Policy and International Development

4- Climate Change
Environmental Sciences
Earth Studies
Physical Geography
Marine Studies

5- Energy
Electrical Engineering
Insulation Technologies
Renewable Energy
Energy Technologies

6- Sustainable Cities
Civil Engineering
Urban Planning

7- Responsible Growth
Urban Planning
Economic Geography

8- Waste Management
Recycling Technologies & Engineering

9- Population Growth
Population Studies

10- Green Chemistry
Chemical Engineering
Chemical Physics
Green Technologies

11- Biodiversity
Marine Sciences
Biological Sciences

12- Plastic pollution and Microplastics
Product Development and Innovation
Plastic Production Industry

13- Water and Hygiene
Water Resources Management
Water Refinement

14- Health
Medical Laboratories
Public Health
Health Services Management
Medical Technology

15- ICT for Development
Computer Science
Information Technology
Telecommunication and Electronics
Artificial Intelligence
Physical and Numerical Modelling

16- Innovation & Infrastructure Development
Industrial Technologies
Mechanical Engineering

17- Islamic Economics, Finance and Banking
Islamic Economics
Islamic Finance
Islamic Banking

18- Social Sciences fields
Media and Journalism
Political Sciences

Benefits and facilities

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.

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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 aspecial 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 and Turkey.

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 committee.


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. Commit to cover, after the completion of their undergraduate study, either tuition fees of the first year of their degree. In this case, the IsDB will support them by covering the fees of their second year of study. Otherwise, they shall cover cost of first year of study for a new undergraduate student from same community/country nominated by the IsDB.
  3. 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
  4. Not to seek or accept other scholarship or remunerated work during their study under the Programme
  5. 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;
  6. 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.
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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.

Eligible candidates must submit their applications online through the Scholarship Application Platform

Please note that the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) does not charge any fees at any stage of the scholarship process. Never disclose or send money to any entity or person in relation to your application.
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