The Scholarship Programme for Muslim Communities in Non-Member Countries (SPMC) aims to provide educational opportunities for the academically meritorious and financially needy young Muslim students from Muslim communities in non-member countries to pursue undergraduate or first-degree study in a university in their own country or in IDB member countries, in some cases.
Students must get admission or be in the first year at a recognized college or university in their own countries. On exceptional basis and where admissions in professional courses are not possible or not available in any particular country, the IDB assists to place students from these countries in IDB member countries, which have been generous enough to provide places for the IDB students in their universities.
Fields of study:
Medicine, Engineering, Agriculture and other fields related to above disciplines
Number of Awards:
The scholarships are for Muslims from eligible non-member countries.
The scholarships 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 scholarships to the local needy students.
The Programme covers all relevant expenses during students’ study period, including tuition fees, health and living costs as determined by the IDB.
To be eligible for this scholarship, the student/applicant must be able to meet the following basic criteria:
• Maximum age of 24 years
• Completed senior secondary / pre-university education 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
• Not in receipt of any other scholarship at the time of application and during studies.
• Committed and needy Muslim.
• Recommended by the Counterpart Organization.
Inquiries can be made and application forms can be obtained from Counterpart Organizations in beneficiary countries. The Programme is announced through the Counterpart Organizations and follows a 12-month cycle of academic and logistic activities every year. Deadline varies but is around June-December each year.
It is important to visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.