IsDB-ISFD Technical Vocational, Education & Training (TVET) Scholarship Program 2021/2022 (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: February 28th 2021

The Programme was launched in 2019 by the IsDB and the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD), with the specific aim of reducing poverty in the following 21 Least Developed IsDB Member Countries (LDMCs):

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Bangladesh
  3. Benin
  4. Burkina Faso
  5. Chad
  6. Comoros
  7. Djibouti
  8. The Gambia
  9. Guinea
  10. Guinea-Bissau
  11. Mali
  12. Mauritania
  13. Mozambique
  14. Niger
  15. Senegal
  16. Sierra Leone
  17. Somali
  18. Sudan
  19. Togo
  20. Uganda
  21. Yemen


The programme provides educational opportunities to academically meritorious and financially impoverished young men and women from the above 21 LDMCs to pursue Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) at a public institute in thier counties or IsDB member countries to equip them with knowledge, basic skills and competencies needed by all for personal fulfilment and development, employability, social inclusion and active citizenship.

Eligibility Criteria

The prospective candidates must meet the eligibility criteria of the programme. Candidates MUST ensure that they meet all the criteria of the programme listed hereunder, failing which the Application will not be considered:

  • Must be a citizen of any of the 21 IsDB LDMCs listed above.
  • Must have obtained a high school diploma or registered in one of the recognized TVET institutes in his/her own country.
  • Must have minimum of 50% in his/her high school final GPA.
  • Must choose a field of study listed among the approved disciplines of the programme.
  • Must provide evidence of language proficiency in university medium of instruction as relevant. The language proficiency must be supported by a document or certificate, e.g., for English, by a recognized language certificate such as TOEFL, IELTS or passed required level test conducted such as by British Council or equivalent system in French or other languages).
  • Must provide certified English or French translation of all documents in case if they are initially in other languages.
  • Must not be in receipt of any other scholarship at the time of application and during study.
  • Must be medically fit and willing to undergo medical tests after selection.

Fields of Study

The eligible candidates may apply to study in one of the following fields of study only:

SNFields of Study/Specialisation
1Accounting and Finance Technician
2Aeronautic Maintenance
3Agriculture Equipment Technician
4Agriculture Technology diploma
5Airport logistics and freight management
6Architectural Design Software
7Automotive Technician
8Backing, Back Office employee: offshoring
9Business Management technician expert
10Certified network technician
11Clothing / Industrialization Techniques
12Communication customer relationship offshore
13Composites Materials Processing
14Computer Support Technician
15Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Operator
16Construction Materials Sales Technician
17Construction Technologies
18Database Administrator (DBA)
19Decorations and props Skilled Technician
20Dental Assistance
21Design Office Skilled Technician: Steel Construction
22Designer Developer JAVA J2EE
23Diesel Equipment Mechanic
24Digital Marketing
25Early Childhood Educator
26Emergency Medical Technician
27Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic
28Equine Business Manager
29Executive Secretarial Skills
30Fish and Wildlife Technician
31Forestry Technician
32Governance and Management of Manufacturing Skilled Technician
33Governess assistant
34Operations and Logistics
35Health and Quality Skilled Technician
36Healthcare Administration
37Hospitality and Tourism
38Hotel management
39Sales support in banking
40Industrial chemistry
41Industrial Electronics & Maintenance Technician
42Industrial Environmental Engineering Technician
43Industrial Manufacturing Engineering Technician
44Industrial Safety Engineering Technician
45Industry Construction Materials Maintenance
46Industry Milling Skilled Technician
48Insurance Back Office employee: offshoring
49IT Project Manager
50LAN WAN Network Technician
51Large Retail Department Manager
52Leather Chemicals Skilled Technician
53Machine Maintenance and Tooling Plastics
54Machine Tool Operation/ Technics
55Machining in computer-controlled machine tool: FAO method tool design
56Machining on numerically controlled Machine Tools
57Maintenance Food Industry Skilled Technician
58Manufacturing Basics
59Manufacturing Food Industry Skilled Technician
60Manufacturing Technician
62Medical Assistant
63Medical Imaging
64Medical Lab Technician
65Meteorology Skilled Technicians
66Methods Leather Skilled Technician
67Methods, Manufacturing and Quality Skilled Technician: option Automotive
69Mining Engineering Technician
70Mobile Programmer
71Net Software Developer
72Network Technician
73Nursing Assistant
74Oleo culture and oil technology Skilled Technician
75Packaging and Conditioning Skilled Technician
76Personnel Officer
77Pharmacy Technician
78Phlebotomy Technician
79Preschool Educator
80Printing Management
81Property Design Skilled Technician
82Quality Control Skilled Technician: Textile
83Quality Manufacturing
84Quality, Health, Safety and Environment
85Residential Building
86Sales operator and Customer Relationship Offshore
87Sales Technician expert
88Skilled Technician in Diagnostics and Embedded Electronics
89Skilled technician in engineering
90Skilled Technician in Telecommunication
91Skilled Technician Manufacturing Chart
92Software Development Specialist
93Special Effects editor in Audio Visual
94Special Effects Skilled Technician
95Specialized machining technician on MOCN, option: press tool machining
97Structural Works Skilled Technician
98Surface treatment Skilled Technicians
99Surgical Technologist
100Surveyor/topographer Skilled Technician
101Technical Sales: Vehicles and Automotive Parts
102Technician in design department: automotive option
103Technician in design department: tool design option
104Technician in secretarial and office automation
105Technician specialized in accommodation and hosting
106Textile Maintenance and Manufacturing
107Tourist animator
108Transport Operations Skilled Technician
109Travel agencies
110Veterinary Technician
111Visual Audio Skilled Technician (Option: Image)
112Visual Audio Skilled Technician (Option: Sound)
113Visual Audio Skilled Technician (Optional Installation)
114Web Design Specialist
116Welding Robotic Operation
117Wood Technology
118Works Supervisor Skilled Technician: Public Works

Benefits and Facilities

The programme covers the following items:

  • Monthly stipends commensurate with the cost of living of the country of study.
  • Tuition fees as charged by the Institute and approved by the IsDB.
  • Cost of medical treatment at university/public hospital.
  • Economy class return air tickets (once at the time of joining and on completion of study) and installation and equipment allowance for the students selected to study abroad at partnered institutes/centers/countries.


Candidates granted the scholarships are expected to:

  • Sign the IsDB’s prescribed Scholarship Agreement stating their commitment to their studies and serve their communities and countries upon graduation. 
  • Commit to refund the loan after graduation and securing gainful employment, in easy installments, to Local Education Trust Fund (LETF) established by the IsDB in their countries. 
  • Devote themselves to their studies on a full-time basis and without interruption and provide the IsDB with progress reports on their studies on a regular basis.
  • Not to seek or accept other scholarship or remunerated work during their study under the Programme.
  • Respect the laws of the country of study and maintain good personal and professional conduct consistent with the rules, regulations and objectives of the Programme and the overall mission of the IsDB.
  • Register to the IsDB Alumni after graduation to network with other alumnus and keep updating the IsDB about their progress and achievements in their communities/countries.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the IsDB-ISFD TVET Scholarship Program 2021



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