The Scholarship Programme for Muslim Communities in Non-Member Countries (SPMC) is dedicated to empowering young Muslim students with academic potential and financial needs to pursue undergraduate or first-degree studies. The program aims to provide educational opportunities within their own countries or in universities of IDB member countries. It primarily covers fields such as Medicine, Engineering, Agriculture, and related disciplines.
Who Can Apply?
Muslim students from eligible non-member countries are eligible to apply. To be considered, applicants must meet the following basic criteria:
- Age Limit: The maximum age for applicants is 24 years.
- Educational Background: Completion of senior secondary/pre-university education with excellent grades in major science subjects and the language of instruction.
- University Admission: Secured admission to a recognized college or university in their home country for one of the covered disciplines under the program. In certain cases, students from countries lacking professional courses may be placed in IDB member countries.
- No Other Scholarship: Applicants should not be recipients of any other scholarship at the time of application and during their studies.
- Financial Need: The student should be committed and financially needy.
- Recommendation: The applicant must be recommended by the Counterpart Organization.
The scholarships are offered as interest-free loans to the students, but they are considered grants for the communities they belong to. After completing their studies and securing gainful employment, all graduates are required to repay their loan amount to their community (IDB Local Trusts). This repayment facilitates the recycling of funds, enabling additional scholarships for local needy students.
The program covers all relevant expenses during the students’ study period, including tuition fees, health, and living costs, as determined by the IDB.
Interested students can inquire and obtain application forms from the Counterpart Organizations in their beneficiary countries. The program follows a 12-month cycle of academic and logistical activities each year, with the deadline for applications usually falling between June to December.
For detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship, students can visit the official website: Link to the Official Scholarship Website