Islamic Development Bank Scholarship 2021

Dear students,

 We are pleased to announce that Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Scholarship applications for the year 2021 are now open!

The IsDB Scholarship program is a fully-funded scholarship for Master’s, PhD and Postdoctoral studies in various fields to study abroad and in home countries. Students must be from Muslim countries or Muslim from non Muslim countries. It covers monthly living stipend, tuition fees, cost of medical treatment, economy class return air tickets, installation allowance, thesis preparation allowance and scientific papers’ preparation allowance.

 Candidates may apply to their desired university first and then apply for scholarship through IsDB portal before February 28, 2021. 

Please find the key details of the scholarship below for your reference. 

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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. The Programme was launched with the objective to produce technically qualified human resources in the IsDB member countries and Muslim Communities in non-member countries by providing scholarships to promising and outstanding scholars and researchers to undertake Master’s, PhD studies and Post-Doctoral research in development related fields with a special focus on “Sustainability Science” and to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

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). 

Place of Study:

Consistent with the concept of the Programme, the admission 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. 

Fields of study:

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

  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Education
  • Education for Sustainable Development
  • Climate Change
  • Energy
  • Sustainable Cities
  • Responsible Growth
  • Waste Management
  • Population Growth
  • Green Chemistry
  • Biodiversity
  • Plastic pollution and Micro-plastics
  • Water and Hygiene
  • Health
  • ICT for Development
  • Innovation & Infrastructure Development
  • Islamic Economics, Finance and Banking
  • Development-related Social Sciences 

For details of fields of study, please visit here.

Financial coverage:

The programme covers the following: 

  • Monthly stipend commensurate with the cost of living of the country of study.
  • Tuition fees as charged by the university and approved by the IsDB.
  • Cost of medical treatment at university/government/public hospitals.
  • Economy class return air tickets (once at the time of joining and on completion of study) and installation allowance for the students selected to study abroad at partnered universities/countries.
  • Thesis preparation allowance
  • Scientific papers’ preparation allowance


Candidates granted the Scholarship are expected to: 

  • Sign the IsDB’s prescribed Scholarship Agreement stating their commitment to their studies and to serve his/her communities and countries upon graduation.
  • Devote themselves to their studies on a full-time basis without interruption and provide the IsDB with progress reports on their studies on a regular basis.
  • Not to seek or accept other scholarship or remunerated work during their study under the Programme.
  • 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.
  • Register and join the IsDB Alumni after graduation to network with other alumnus and keep updating the IsDB about their progress and achievements in their communities/countries.
  • Refund 50% of the total amount spent on their study after graduation and securing gainful employment, in easy installments, to Local Education Trust Fund (LETF) established by the IsDB in their countries.

 Eligibility criteria:

Candidates must ensure that they meet all the criteria of the programme listed hereunder, failing which the application will not be considered:


  • Must be a citizen of any of the IsDB member countries or Muslim communities in non-member countries.
  • Candidate from non-member countries must be a Muslim.
  • Must have minimum of 70% in his/her Bachelor studies’ GPA.
  • Must choose a field of study listed among the approved disciplines of the programme.
  • Must provide certified English or French translation of all documents in case if they are initially in other languages.
  • Must provide evidence of language proficiency in university medium of instruction as relevant. (The language proficiency must be supported by a document or certificate, e.g., for English, by a recognized language certificate such as TOEFL, IELTS or passed required level test conducted such as by British Council or equivalent system in French or other languages).
  • Must not be in receipt of any other scholarship at the time of application and during study.
  • Must be medically fit and willing to undergo medical tests after selection.


  • Have Master’s degree in one of the fields of study of the programme.
  • Have minimum ("Very Good") academic standing;
  • Preferably have work and/or research experience.
  • Have a research proposal in one of the fields of study of the programme stating its scientific and development relevance to the community / country.
  • Be medically fit and be willing to undergo medical tests after selection.

Post-doctoral research:

  • Have PhD degree in one of approved fields of the programme.
  • Have minimum ("Very Good") academic standing.
  • Have not less than two (2) years of experience in the field of research.
  • Must have a record of publications/research in the same field.
  • Have a research proposal in one of the fields of study of the programme stating its scientific and development relevance to the community / country.
  • Be medically fit and be willing to undergo medical tests after selection


Submit your applications before February 28, 2021 

Official link:

Visit the official website before applying for scholarship.