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.
There are six scholarship programmes offered by IsDB:
- PhD and Post-Doctoral Research Programme
- 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
- IsDB-ISFD Bachelor studies for 21 LDMCs as mentioned in No. 4 above
- IsDB-The World Academy of Science (TWAS) Joint Programme for Capacity Building and Technology Transfer
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).
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:
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, theadmission 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.
To scale-up the programmes to support capacity building efforts in Member Countries (MCs) and Muslim communities in non-member countries, through the provision of scholarships to most qualified scholars to pursue higher education in most needed and advanced fields in reputable universities across the world, the Bank has fostered partnerships with top reputable universities, Ministries of Higher Education and Government institutions in member countries, and International Development Institutions.
The partnership programme includes University of Cambridge, Oxford University, and Queen Mary University of London in the United Kingdom, McGill University in Canada, Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation in Morocco, The Presidency For Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB) and Council of Higher Education (YOK) in Turkey, Campus France in France and National University of Uzbekistan & Tashkent University of Information Technologies in Uzbekistan.
Thanks to all these partners for their kind support and contribution to building future leaders to champion this move in all sectors development and creating a global village for achieving sustainable development goals.
In line with the IsDB New Business Model, the Scholarship Programme is set into transformation phase, which uses the model of Management for Development Results, with a focus on Outcome, an Alumni Platform for the graduates is under construction to play a vital role in promoting the development of Knowledge-Based Economy in the IsDB member countries as well as in the Muslim Communities in non-member countries.
This platform will be bringing all the graduates together through a network for their interaction, professional development and exchange of ideas on implementing new projects leading to economic growth in their countries. Furthermore, this platform will also enable the Bank to reach-out the graduates and invite them to participate, among others, in an annual call for innovation through the Engage Platform and Transform Fund. The winning graduates will receive a start-up funding to translate their innovative ideas into development solution and possible commercialization.