Islamic Development Bank - QMUL Joint Scholarship Programme


Islamic Development Bank


Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is delighted to announce a new partnership with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) which will co-fund fifty PhD students over the next five years. 

The scholarships, part of the IDB's Merit Scholarship Scheme for High Technology, will offer 10 PhD students per year the opportunity to conduct their doctoral studies in QMUL's Faculty of Science and Engineering.  

Award Details

Candidates from any of the Islamic Development Bank's fifty-seven member countries will be eligible to apply for these prestigious QMUL-IDB scholarships, which will provide full overseas tuition fees and allowances to meet living costs, health insurance, and airfares, as well as a dedicated research allowance, for up to three and a half years. 

Subject Criteria

The scholarships will be offered across QMUL's Faculty of Science and Engineering:
School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
School of Engineering and Materials Science
School of Mathematical Sciences
School of Physics and Astronomy.

How to Apply

Candidates should apply for the Islamic Development Bank's Merit Scholarship for High Technology according to their usual processes and deadlines as detailed on their web-pages.

Interested candidates are encouraged to make contact with a potential supervisor at QMUL in preparing their Merit Scholarship application – they will be able to offer assistance in composing a suitable research proposal.

The deadline for receipt of Merit Scholarship applications normally falls in February but candidates should confirm this with the IDB.

Candidates should also apply to QMUL online in the normal way. We would recommend applying by the beginning of June to begin a PhD in September and by the beginning of November to begin a PhD in January.


Felicity Shelley
Postgraduate Recruitment and Sponsor Relations Manager
CB105 Queens' Building
+44(0)207882 6484

Scholarship Division
Islamic Development Bank