IDB Scholarships for Muslim Communities in Non-Member Countries 2017/2018

Application Deadlines: 

  • May-July: Deadline for submission to the IDB (for abroad studies)
  • June to December: Deadline for submission of applications to the IDB  (for in-country studies)

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Field of Study

  • Medicine
  • Engineering
  • Agriculture
  • Other fields related to above disciplines

About Scholarship: The objective of the Programme is to improve the socio-economic conditions and to preserve the cultural and religious identities of Muslim Communities in Non-member Countries through developing their human capital resources. The Programme provides scholarship to the academically meritorious but financially needy young Muslim students to pursue undergraduate or first-degree study in professional courses.

The concept of the Programme is to build a team of professional and committed Muslims as a tool for the improvement of the socio-economic conditions of their communities. Under this Programme, the scholarships are given as interest-free loan to the students but grants to the communities to which they belong. After graduation and gainful employment, all graduates are obliged to repay their loan amount to the community (IDB Local Trusts) for recycling and awarding additional scholarships to the local needy students.

Scholarship Offered Since: 1983

Scholarship Type: Undergraduate studies

Selection Criteria: Each year, the Programme follows the following selection procedures:

  • The Counterpart Organization announces the Programme in the country and invites applications from potential candidates who fulfill the criteria of the Programme.
  • The Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC) conducts the interviews of eligible candidates and recommends them through the Counterpart Organization to the IDB.
  • The IDB makes the final selection and informs the Counterpart Organizations.

Eligibility: To be eligible for this scholarship, the student/applicant must be able to meet the following basic criteria:

  • Age not over 24 years.
  • Completed senior secondary / pre-university education with good grades in major science subjects and language of instruction.
  • Secured admission in one of the disciplines covered under the Programme at a recognized college or university in their own countries (for in-country study).
  • Not in receipt of any other scholarship.
  • Committed and needy Muslim.
  • Recommended by the Counterpart Organization.

Number of Scholarships: Several

Value of Scholarship: The Programme covers all relevant expenses during students’ study period, including tuition fees, health and living costs as determined by the IDB.

Duration of Scholarship: for the period of study

Eligible Countries: developing countries

To be taken at (country): Consistent with the concept of the Programme, students must get admission or be in the first year in their own countries.
On exceptional basis and where admissions in professional courses are not possible or not available in any particular country, the IDB assists to place students from these countries in IDB member countries, which have been generous enough to provide places for the IDB students in their universities.

How to Apply

In countries, where the Programme is being implemented, inquiries can be made and application form obtained from Counterpart Organization in the country.

In a country, where the Programme has not yet been implemented, inquiries may be directed to the Scholarship Division, Department of Communities in Non-Member Countries, IDB.

Visit scholarship webpage for more details

Sponsors: Islamic Development Bank

Important Notes: To help students prepare themselves for their future leading role in the development of their communities and countries, the IDB also provides them with extra-curricular activities under a special programme called Community Development Programme comprising the following three components: Guidance and Counselling Activities, Post Study Activities and Capacity Building Activities.

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