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IsDB-France Scholarships Program: Things to Know Before Its Launch in June

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Recently, we have noticed that the number of emails concerning the joint scholarship program of the Islamic Development Bank and France (IDB-France) has continued to increase. The amount of email has increased dramatically since Malaysia announced the opening of regional applications for this program .

So, we decided to write this article and clarify things for our readers by answering the majority of your questions.

Let’s start with the most repeating question:

Do I have to be a Muslim to participate?

No, There is no restriction concerning the religion of the candidate for the BID-France program.

Countries eligible for IsDB-FRANCE scholarships

The citizens of these 42 countries (in no particular order) are eligible: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda, Senegal, Sudan, Chad, Togo, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, Turkey.

Students who are nationals of these countries and who are already studying in France are also eligible to participate.

Important dates of the IsDB-France program

Applications generally begin in June (a press release will be published to this effect on the CAMPUS FRANCE website or that of BID).

The application window is (very) limited and generally does not exceed 10-15 days. Last year, for example, it was June 20-30.

What level of studies is eligible?

The call is open to citizens of eligible countries who are about to study at the undergraduate (bachelor’s) or master’s level in any of the fields covered by the program (see below)

How many scholarships will be there ?

200 scholarships each year.

Eligible fields of study

Bachelor level : Life and health sciences, environmental studies, education, engineering, agriculture, computer science and information technology, basic sciences, economics, finance and banking, social sciences.

Master level :Sustainable agriculture, education, education for sustainable development, climate change, energy, sustainable cities, responsible growth, waste management, population growth, green chemistry, biodiversity, plastic and microplastic pollution, water and sanitation, health, ICT for development, innovation and infrastructure development, Islamic economics, finance and banking, social sciences for development.

Apply to a master or bachelor NOW if you want to participate

Unlike other French scholarship programs like Eiffel scholarship, MIEM, IdEX where you apply for scholarship and master’s program in one single procedure, BID-France scholarship requires that you have already had a letter of admission from ‘a French university to be considered.

This means that if you want to participate in this scholarship program, once it opens in June, you must apply NOW to a bachelor’s or master’s program of your choice.

To apply for a bachelor’s or master’s program, create an account and let yourself be guided by the procedure CAMPUS FRANCE .

What support is provided by the IsDB-France scholarships?

  1. A monthly allowance of 700 €,
  2. A plane ticket (economy class),
  3. Bursary Status of the French Government:
    • Free visa,
    • Free university registration,
    • Priority access to university accommodation within the CROUS network,
    • Health coverage.

The scholarship is awarded for a full course: 3 years at Bachelor level and 2 years at Master level.

How to apply for the IsDB-France scholarship program?

The application procedure will be announced at the time of the opening of applications for the program (mostly June 2021).

Finally, what is the IsDB-France program?

The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and Campus France, under the aegis of the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE), have joined forces to launch a joint international scholarship program allowing students from member countries of the BID to study in French universities.

The IsDB-France scholarship program is dedicated to students with excellent academic backgrounds who wish to pursue their studies in specific areas of development, with particular emphasis on sustainable sciences.

The IsDB-France scholarship program aims to develop the right skills required to empower communities and achieve national and global development plans, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will allow students to become professionals committed to the development of their respective countries.

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