Islamic Development Bank Merit Scholarship Programme is now accepting applications for the academic year 2018-19.  The Programme was launched in 1413H (1992), named ‘The IDB Merit Scholarship Programme for High Technology’ (MSP).
The objective of the Islamic Development Bank Merit Scholarship Programme is to develop technically qualified human resources in the IDB member countries by providing scholarships to promising and outstanding scholars and researchers to pursue a full-time Ph.D. study and/or Post-doctoral research in most development-related fields.
The concept is to assist the IDB member countries and their institutions in developing high quality human resources to pioneer innovative solutions to address the most crucial areas that they are lacking but crucial for their development in line with the IDB Vision 1440H, IDB 10-Year Strategic Plan, President’s 5-Year Programme and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Host Organisation:
  • Islamic Development Bank
Place of Study:
  • For both PhD and Post-doctoral research, successful candidates must secure admission at one of the reputable renowned institutions of study in advanced countries as well as in IsDB Member Countries.
  • Priority shall be given to Ph.D. applicants who have secured admission at universities that have concluded a cooperation agreement with the IsDB such as, University of Cambridge, University of Birmingham, Queen Mary University of London, Imperial College London, and University College London in the United Kingdom, Copenhagen University in Denmark, Princeton University in USA, KAUST in Saudi Arabia and McGill University in Canada.
Course Level:
Fields of Study:

The Scholarship Programme is designed to help promising professionals and researchers from IDB Member Countries to pursue a full-time Ph.D. study and/or Post-doctoral research in development-related fields such as:

Sustainable Agriculture:Food Security, Resilient Crops, Post harvest Technologies
EducationQuality of Teaching , Pupil/Teacher Ratio , High Level Training
Education for Sustainable DevelopmentIntegration of Sustainability-related issues into national curricula and teaching syllabus documents
Climate ChangeStrategies for Reductions of CO2 Emissions, and Climate Mitigation and Carbon Sequestration Methods
EnergyRenewable Energy and Green Technologies, Solar Potential and Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, Biogas and Biodiesel
Sustainable CitiesInsulation Technologies, Transportation and Urban Planning
Responsible GrowthReduction of Waste, Serving Communities, Ethics of Growth
Waste ManagementRecycling, Carbon Footprint Reduction, Waste to Energy Technologies
Population GrowthUrban Sprawl, Density and Epidemics, and Overshoot
Green ChemistryAlternative Technologies, Cutting-edge Research, and Limitation of Pollution
BiodiversityLoss of Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services, Mass Extinction, and Agrobiodiversity
Plastic pollution and Micro-plasticsPlastic Incorporation into the Food Chain, Biodegradable Plastics, and Recycling Possibilities.
Water and HygieneWater Purity and Availability, Sanitation and Quality.
HealthMedicine, Pharmacy and Nutrition, etc.
ICT for DevelopmentComputer Science, Laser and Fiber Optics, Telecommunication, and Electronic
Innovation & Infrastructure DevelopmentBuild Resilient Infrastructure, Innovation and Industrial Development, Technological Infrastructure and Product Innovation.
Islamic Economics, Finance and BankingMode & Services of Islamic Banking and Finance , Sharia Standards for IFIs, Islamic Insurance & Takaful, Islamic Capital Market, Sharia & Operational Aspects of Sukuk, Islamic Micro-Finance, Zakat Management, Awqaf & Zakat Management
Development-related Social SciencesInternational economics, Journalism, Law, IP, Political Sciences, Entrepreneurships, etc
Scholarships Value:

The scholarship covers the following benefits and entitlements: The scholarship comprises all:

  • Academic expenses
  • Living allowances on single-status basis
  • Health insurance
  • Round trip air-ticket to and from place of study
  • Conference participation allowance and publication preparation allowance
Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the scholarship, the applicant must meet the following basic criteria:

  • Age not over (a) 35 years for Ph.D. study, and (b) 40 years for Post-Doctoral research;
  • Attached to a research/academic/development institution in science and technology in their respective country;
  • Must possess the required academic background in the related field of his/her proposed study/research and has some professional/research experience in the respective field;
  • Demonstrate that his/her research proposal has development relevance to the country/institution with the objective of meeting the priority development needs of the country;
  • Have good command of the language of the institution of study and the ability to conduct scientific work in it; and
  • His /her application is nominated by his/her institution and the concerned section of the application form is signed, stamped by the Head of the institution and submitted to the IDB through the Office of IDB Governor for the country.
Selection procedure:

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

  1. Screening by the IsDB Governor’s Office to forward to IDB the most eligible applications;
  2. In-house review at the IsDB;
  3. Technical evaluation of eligible applications by a panel of external reviewers composed of scientists and experts in their fields.
  4. Final selection by the IsDB.

Note: For Pakistani Students:

All the applications nominated by Higher Education Pakistan (HEC)  will have to go through the above selection process before final award.

How to Apply:

Eligible applicants are required to complete the application form, available online in the website
The applications must be submitted through the nominating institutions to the Office of the IsDB Governor for the country. It is the Office of the IsDB Governor that will forward the applications to IsDB and not the individual applicants or the nominating institutions.  As for Egypt, applications should be forwarded through the Higher Universities Council, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, instead of Office of the IsDB Governor.


Note: Pakistani Students must follow the procedure mentioned on the Higher Education Commission, Pakistan Website.

  • Apply online at HEC website: http://eportal.hec.gov.pk/loa. After registering and filling your profile, please select “Learning Opportunities Abroad” under “Scholarship and Grant” menu in left hand side panel of the online portal. After submission of the application, get its printed copy to be signed & stamped by employer. Attach deposit slip of Rs. 500/- (in original) through HEC online Account No. 17427900133401 in HBL, Shalimar Recording Company Branch, H-9, Islamabad (no other documents to be attached with HEC application form except a deposit slip). All payments are to be made to HEC through HBL online facility. This facility is available in all branches of Habib Bank Ltd.
  •  Download the application form for PhD Applica​tion PhD Form  OR application form for Post Doc Ap​plicationPostDoc.pdf.
  • Fill the same application forms and make two sets of printed online application forms (PhD or Post-Doctoral) (one original and 01 photocopy) along-with research proposal/abstract in spiral binding (02 sets of application one each in a separate spiral binding).
  • Print HEC online application form (one set) already submitted through HEC e-portal and attach bank deposit slip only with HEC application form.

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