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IDB programme for Muslim Communities in Non-Member Countries, 2014

Islamic Development Bank offers programme for Muslim Communities in Non-Member Countries. The studentships are provided in the field of Medicine, Engineering, Agriculture and other fields related to these disciplines. 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 Programme covers all relevant expenses during students’ study period, including tuition fees, health and living costs as determined by the IDB.

Study Subject (s): The studentships are provided in the fields of Medicine, Engineering, Agriculture and other fields related to these disciplines.
Course Level: The Programme provides scholarship to the academically meritorious but financially needy young Muslim students to pursue undergraduate or first-degree study in professional courses.
Scholarship Provider: Islamic Development Bank
Award can be taken at: Applicants home country (Their own countries or in the IDB member countries on exceptional basis)

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Eligibility: The applicant must meet the following eligibility criteria:
-Age not over 24 years.
-Completed senior secondary education (pre-university study) 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.

Open for International Students: The students of Argentina, Australia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cambodia, Canada, Central African Republic, China, Congo, Croatia, Democratic Rep. of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, Greece, Guyana, India, Kenya, Kibris, Kosovo, Lesotho, Liberia, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, The Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Seychelles , Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, U.S. Virgin Islands, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Zambia, Zanzibar(Tanzania), Zimbabwe, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Palestine, Somalia, Sudan and Togo can apply for these endowments.

Description:  The Programme was launched in 1404H (1983G), named “The IDB programme for Muslim Communities in Non-Member Countries” (SPMC). 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 opportunities 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 positions to the local needy students.

Number of award(s): Not Known

Duration of award(s): Not Known

What does it cover? The Programme covers all relevant expenses during students’ study period, including tuition fees, health and living costs as determined by the IDB.

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.

Notification: Not Known

How to Apply: The application form must be properly completed and submitted to the Counterpart Organizations in the country, accompanied by all the requisite documents and not directly to the IDB Headquarters in Jeddah. 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.

Application Deadline: The application deadline is December.

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