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Islamic Development Bank Scholarships

About the award

Level: PhD
Course: All PhD programmes in the Faculty of Science and Engineering.
Country: Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Cote D’ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, State of, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Suriname, Syria, Tajikistan, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Yemen
Value: Full tuition fees and £970/month towards living costs.
No. of awards: Up to 10 per year.
Deadline: February 28th

More information

The scholarships, part of the IDB's Merit Scholarship Scheme for High Technology, offers up to 10 PhD students per year the opportunity to conduct their doctoral studies in QMUL's Faculty of Science and Engineering. 2 scholarships are available in each of the following academic Schools:

School of Physics and Astronomy

School of Mathematical Sciences

School of Engineering and Materials Science

School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

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 at least 3 months before you wish to enrol to allow sufficient time for processing the offer letter and applying for a visa.

Meet Our Scholar

Hussein Walugembe, Uganda

Hussein was Queen Mary's very first Islamic Development Bank scholar and has been studying for a PhD in Computer Science since 2016. Before coming to the UK, Hussein worked at various universities in Uganda and studied for a MSc in Hunan University, China.

Hussein is enjoying the collaborative nature of the PhD environment and the opportunities to develop as researcher through the wide variety of free courses run by the Academic Development Team. He's currently preparing to write up his work in acadmic publications and to present at an international conference. 

He is keen to return to Uganda and continue to develop as an independent academic researcher. He has ambitions to be a leading professor in his field. 

We asked Hussein how he found the application process and life as a PhD student at Queen Mary:

"I really liked Queen Mary before enrolling for my PhD. This was because in the process of finding a potential supervisor, I was treated pretty well. I searched on the Internet and visited a web page that displayed staff who work at Queen Mary and from here, I filtered 3 potential supervisors. I contacted them and all responded instantly and this made my application move faster.

Furthermore, now with my research, the supervisors are helpful and I often meet my supervisor at least once a week. This helps me to stay on track with my research project.

At QMUL, they take us through training programs/courses that make us better researchers. These courses also highlight us on career options one can undertake after studies. These courses are organised by Academic Development Department."


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

Scholarship Division
Islamic Development Bank

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