APPLY NOW! 2017/18 Islamic Development Bank (IDB) M.Sc. Scholarship Programme

The Programme was launched in 1419 H/1998 named “The IDB M.Sc. Scholarship Programme” for Eligible Member Countries.


Objective and Scope

The objective of the M.Sc. is to assist Eligible Member Countries in the development of their human resources in science and technology that are both relevant and necessary for their socio-economic development. The Programme is open only to students from the 20 Eligible Member Countries. The list is at the end of this section.



To increase the number of intermediate level manpower in the Eligible Member Countries (i.e. the M.Sc. graduates) and to enable them to participate in the IDB Merit Scholarship Programme for High Technology (MSP).


Eligibility criteria

The Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a citizen of any of an Eligible Member Country.
  • Age not over 30 years.
  • Be a graduate in science/technology with a grade above Good in his/her academic career.
  • Be nominated by an academic research institution of his/her country.
  • Be determined to return home at the end of his/her studies.
  • Not in receipt of another scholarship.
  • Be medically fit and be willing to undergo medical tests after selection.

Applicants for Statistics, Demography and related disciplines such as Applied Statistics, Demography and Econometrics must meet the following requirements in addition to the above:

  • Be in possession of a B.Sc. degree or its equivalent in statistics or related disciplines.
  • Must have a working experience of at least one year as statistician permanently employed by an institution in a member country.
  • Be determined to return home at the end of his/her studies.

Fields of study
Students may apply only for Science, Engineering, Technology, Medical Sciences, Statistics, Demography, Econometrics, Operational Research and other related fields.


Place of study

Selected candidates are to pursue their study at reputable institutions of study in member countries only.



The scholarship covers the following benefits and entitlements:

  • All academic expenses
  • Living allowances
  • Health Insurance
  • Round trip air-tickets to and from place of study

Annual Time-table
The Programme is announced every year through the IDB Governors’ Offices in the countries concerned.

How to apply

Application form can be downloaded HERE.  The applications  must be submitted to the Office of the IDB Governor for the country.  It is the Office of the IDB Governor that will forward the applications to the IDB and not the individual applicants or the nominating institutions.  Applications sent directly to the IDB will not be considered.

Please send all the documents required to/through the Office of the IDB Governor for your country and not to the IDB. The deadline is December 31, 2016.
Selection procedures

1. All the applications submitted to the IDB Governor’s Office are to go through the following process:

  1. Screening by the IDB Governor’s Office to forward to IDB the most eligible applications.
  2. In-house scoring and short-listing at the IDB.
  3. Final selection by the IDB.

Obligations of the partners

Candidates awarded the scholarship must:

  1. Sign the Surety Bond stating their commitments to studies, to return to their countries upon completion and resume work in their home institutions.
  2. Devote themselves to their studies on a full-time continuous basis and provide the IDB with periodic reports on their academic progress.
  3. Not seek or accept other scholarship or remunerated work during their studies, unless agreed to in writing by the IDB.
  4. Respect the laws of the country of study while maintaining good personal and professional conducts consistent with the objectives, rules & regulations of the Programme and the overall mission of the IDB as an Islamic institution.

Nominating Institutions As a partner in the joint effort with the IDB, the institutions nominating candidates are expected to:

  1. Nominate suitable candidates; assist them in all aspects of the documentation preparation and in securing the necessary endorsement from the Office of the IDB Governor for the country.
  2. Assist the selected students in preparation of their departure for study and place them on study-leave maintaining their pay-roll status.
  3. Help resettle them and support them in their research and equipment needs, on their return to the institution.

Offices of the IDB Governors As the channel of announcement and initial processing of the applications, the Offices of the IDB Governors are expected to:

  1. Announce the Programme as widely as possible among the scientific and research communities in the country.
  2. Disseminate information and application forms to all relevant scientific, research institutions, and interested scholars in the country.
  3. Screen and pre-process applications to ensure eligibility and completion of documentation against requirements.
  4. Pre-select and submit to the IDB only those who are most qualified and in the proposed fields of study that are most needed for the development of the country.

Community Development Support
To help students prepare themselves for their future leading role in the socio-economic and technological development of their societies and countries, the IDB also provides them with extra-curricular activities under a special programme called Community Development Programme (CDP) comprising the following three components:

  • Guidance and Counselling Activities (GCA):
    It involves regular learning and personal development activities throughout the year through which the IDB develops the mind and character of the young professionals to dedicate themselves to serve their communities and countries
  • Post Study Activities (PSA): 

Since the graduates are the keys to the delivery of IDB objectives of socio-economic development of their societies and countries, IDB supports them with a range of activities including formation of IDB Graduates’ Associations and monitoring their services to community.

  • Capacity Building Activities (CBA): 

The graduates are eligible to participate in regional Community Development Workshops that are held in different countries as part of the Capacity Building Activities for partners of the IDB Special Assistance and Scholarship Programmes.

Programme Management

The day-to-day implementation of the Programme is undertaken by the IDB Scholarship Division under the guidance and supervision of the IDB Management.

List of Eligible Member Countries


1. Afghanistan 2. Benin 3. Burkina Faso 4. Chad 5. Comoros
6. Djibouti 7. The Gambia 8. Guinea 9. Guinea-Bissau 10. Maldives
11. Mali 12. Mauritania 13. Mozambique 14. Niger 15. Palestine
16. Sierra Leone 17. Somalia 18. Togo 19. Uganda 20. Yemen

Contact List of IDB Governors’ Offices

For more information, kindly visit the official website HERE.

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