Merit Scholarship Programme for High Technology (MSP)

Merit Scholarship Programme for High Technology (MSP)

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1. Introduction
The Programme was launched in 1413H (1992), named ‘The IDB Merit Scholarship Programme for High
Technology’ (MSP).

2. Objective and Scope
The objective of the programme is to develop technically qualified human resources in the IDB member
countries by providing scholarships to promising and outstanding scholars and researchers to undertake
advanced studies and research in the fields of applied science and technology needed for the
development of the member countries.

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.

The Programme is also designed to help researchers to undertake a six-twelve month specific innovative
post-doctoral research project to address a problem-solving matter in member countries such as
Malaria, Corona, Ebola, Food production, Water Resources/Desertification, Energy, etc.

3. Concept
The concept is to assist the needs of the IDB member countries and their institutions in developing high
quality and hi-tech human resources in science and technology areas that they are lacking but crucial for
their development.

4. Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for the scholarship, the applicant must meet the following basic criteria:
o Age not over (a) 35 years for Ph.D. study, and (b) 40 years for Post-Doctoral research;
o Attached to a research/academic/development institution in science and technology in
their respective country;
o 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;
o Demonstrate that the research proposal has scientific and technological relevance with
the objective of meeting the priority development needs of the country;
o Have good command of the language of the institution of study and the ability to
conduct scientific work in it.

5. Fields of Study
For PhD programme, fields of studies under the programme are determined by the priority needs of the
country’s development in science and technology sectors and to supplement the IDB vision
1440H. Current focus is thus on the following fields of studies:
Health/medicine, Agriculture/Food production, Water Resources/ Desertification,
Energy/Infrastructure Development, Nanotechnology, Development-focused ICT, and pure Science
subjects.
Applications for post-doctoral research are invited to undertake a specific innovative project to address
a problem-solving matter in member countries such as Malaria, Corona, Ebola, Food production, Water
Resources/Desertification, Energy. This is to focus on most crucial development areas of IDB member
countries in addition to what it was highlighted in the IDB Vision 1440H.
6. Place of Study

The successful candidate for the PhD programme must secure admission at one of the universities listed
in the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES). Please visit the THES website:
http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/world-university-rankings. Priority shall be given to those Ph.D.
applicants who have secured admission at universities that have concluded a cooperation agreement
with the IDB such as University of Cambridge, University of Nottingham, University College London and
Imperial College London in the UK, Princeton University in USA and KAUST in Saudi Arabia.
The successful candidates for Post-doctoral research are invited to undertake their research project at
Research Centres of Excellence which have the facilities and equipment to undertake cutting-edge
research projects, both in IDB member countries as well as in advanced countries.

7. Benefits
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
 Conference Participation allowance
 Scientific Paper preparation allowance

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

9. How to apply
Download the application form for 3-Year Ph.D. Study or application form for Post-Doctoral
Research. The applications must be submitted through the nominating institutions 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. As for Egypt, applications
should be forwarded through the Higher Universities Council, Ministry of Higher Education and
Scientific Research, instead of Office of the IDB Governor. Applications sent directly to the IDB will not
be considered.

10. Selection procedure
All the applications submitted to the IDB Governor’s Office are to go through the following process:
i. Screening by the IDB Governor’s Office to forward to IDB the most eligible applications;
ii. In-house review at the IDB;
iii. Scientific and technical evaluation of eligible applications by a panel of external reviewers
composed of scientists and experts in their fields.
iv. Final selection by the IDB.
11. Obligations of the Partners

I. Candidates
Candidates awarded the scholarship must:
a. Sign the Surety Bond stating their commitments to studies, to return to their countries
upon completion and resume work in their home institutions;
b. Devote themselves to their studies on a full-time continuous basis and provide the IDB
with periodic reports on their academic
c. Not seek or accept other scholarship or remunerated work during their studies, unless
agreed to in writing by the IDB;
d. 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.
e. To register with the Science Development Network (SDN) for continuous
scientific/professional activities under the patronage of IDB.

II. Nominating Institutions
As a partner in the joint effort with the IDB, the institutions nominating candidates are expected
to:
a. 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.
b. Assist the selected scholars in preparation of their departure for study and place them
on study-leave maintaining their pay-roll status.
c. Help resettle them and support them in their research and equipment needs, on their
return to the institution.

III. 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:
a. Announce the Programme as widely as possible among the scientific and research
communities in the country;
b. Disseminate information and application forms to all relevant scientific and research
institutions and interested scholars in the country;
c. Screen and pre-process applications to ensure eligibility and completion of
documentation against requirements;
d. 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.

12. Community Development Support
To help scholars 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 extracurricular
activities under a special programme called Community Development Programme (CDP)
comprising the following two components:
 Post Study Activities (PSA): Since the graduates are the keys to the delivery of IDB objectives of
socio-economic and technological development of their societies and countries, IDB supports
them with a range of activities including formation of IDB Graduates’ Associations and
monitoring their contribution to their society, institution and country. The Scholars are
facilitated to enlist their names as consultants/experts for various capacity building and
knowledge transfer programmes in IDB member countries under the IDB Technical Cooperation
Programme (TCP).
 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.

13. 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
M.Sc. Scholarship Programme
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1. 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.

2. Concept
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).

3. Eligibility criteria
I. 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.
II. 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.

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

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

6. Benefits
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

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

8. How to apply
Application form can be downloaded (hyperlink). 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.

9. Selection procedures
All the applications submitted to the IDB Governor’s Office are to go through the following process:
. Screening by the IDB Governor’s Office to forward to IDB the most eligible applications.
i. In-house scoring and short-listing at the IDB.
ii. Final selection by the IDB.

10. Obligations of the partners
. Candidates awarded the scholarship must:
a. Sign the Surety Bond stating their commitments to studies, to return to their countries upon
completion and resume work in their home institutions.
b. Devote themselves to their studies on a full-time continuous basis and provide the IDB with
periodic reports on their academic progress.
c. Not seek or accept other scholarship or remunerated work during their studies, unless agreed to
in writing by the IDB.
d. 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.

i. Nominating Institutions As a partner in the joint effort with the IDB, the institutions
nominating candidates are expected to:
. 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.
a. Assist the selected students in preparation of their departure for study and place them on studyleave
maintaining their pay-roll status.
b. Help resettle them and support them in their research and equipment needs, on their return to
the institution.

ii. 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:
. Announce the Programme as widely as possible among the scientific and research communities
in the country.
a. Disseminate information and application forms to all relevant scientific, research institutions,
and interested scholars in the country.
b. Screen and pre-process applications to ensure eligibility and completion of documentation
against requirements.
c. 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.

11. 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 extracurricular
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.

12. 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.

13. Announcement
14. 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

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Please refer to this link for the requested application form

Please refer to this link for the above-mentioned application form

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