Level: Ph.D
Provider: Islamic Development Bank (IDB)
About This Scholarship

The Programme was launched in 1992, named ‘The IDB Merit Scholarship Programme for High Technology’ (MSP). The Programme is designed to help promising research students to pursue a full-time three-year Ph.D study in scientific disciplines that enhance development in IDB member countries, with priority to Health/Medicine, Agriculture/Food Production, Water Resources/Desertification, Energy/Infrastructure Development, Nanotechnology and ICT for Development. 

Eligibility Criteria

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

  1. Age not over (a) 35 years for Ph.D. study
  2. Attached to a research/academic/development institution in science and technology in their respective country;
  3. Must possess the required academic background in the related field of their proposed study/research and have some professional/research experience in the respective field;
  4. Demonstrate that the research proposal has scientific and technological relevance with the objective of meeting the priority development needs of the country;
  5. Have good command of the language of the institution of study and the ability to conduct scientific work in it.

 Subjects/ Fields of studies:

  • Health/medicine
  •  Agriculture/Food production
  • Water Resources/ Desertification
  •  Energy/Infrastructure Development
  • Nanotechnology
  • Development-focused ICT, 
  •  Pure Science subjects ( Biology, Chemistry, Physics etc)
 Place of Study: (Priority shall be given to those Ph.D. applicants who have secured admission at
 universities that have concluded a cooperation agreement with the IDB):

  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Nottingham
  • University College London 
  •  Imperial College London 
  •  Princeton University
  •  KAUST .


  • All academic expenses
  • Living allowances
  • Health Insurance
  • Round trip air-tickets to and from place of study
  • Conference Participation allowance
  • Scientific Paper preparation allowance

For Circular and Deadline:  

The Programme is announced every year through the IDB Governors’ Offices in the countries concerned (June -December).

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