Scholarship Overview

  • Country: Saudi Arabia
  • Scholarship Type: Merit-based
  • Institutions: Islamic Development Bank
  • Funded by: Islamic Development Bank
  • Program Type: Competitive benefit offers
  • Degree Program: Young Professionals Program
  • Scholarship Amount: Competitive salary, etc
  • Separate Application Required?: Yes
  • Deadline: 29 February, 2024.

Scholarship Benefits

Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive the following benefits:

  • Assured job placement.
  • Competitive tax-exempt salary on a global scale.
  • Yearly round-trip tickets to and from your country of origin.
  • Comprehensive group insurance for personal accidents.
  • Health coverage for both staff members and their dependents, including parents.
  • Educational grants available for children.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Prospective candidates for the YPP must meet the following criteria:
  • Education: Possess a Master’s degree from a highly reputable university in any relevant discipline related to the Bank. Candidates currently pursuing a Master’s degree are eligible if the degree will be conferred before the YPP Program’s start date. The Master’s degree should have been obtained within four years prior to the application deadline.
  • Citizenship: Hold citizenship of an IsDB member country. However, up to 25% of selected candidates from each cohort can be from Muslim communities in non-member countries.
  • Language: Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Proficiency in one of the Bank’s other operating languages (Arabic or French) will be considered favorably.
  • Age: 32 years old or younger at the application deadline.
  • Willingness to reside in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and undertake country assignments as required by the Bank’s operations, including potential rotation to an IsDB Regional Hub.
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment and passion for the IsDB’s mission and development model.

In addition to the minimum criteria mentioned above, priority will be given to prospective candidates who possess the following:

  • Outstanding academic performance, such as achieving a Pass with Distinction, Merit, or Honors in their Master’s program. Candidates who are still pursuing their Master’s degree should submit their most recent transcripts demonstrating exceptional academic standing.
  • Recipient of an IsDB Scholarship.
  • Trilingual proficiency, including a good command of Arabic and/or French.
  • Possession of or pursuit of a Professional Certification or a Ph.D. from a reputable institution in a relevant field.
  • Relevant professional work experience in any of the IsDB’s core sectors.

How to apply

To ensure your eligibility for the YPP, please make sure to meet our minimum criteria. Once you have confirmed that you meet the requirements, please follow these steps to apply:

Step 1:

Complete the application form here.

Step 2:

Successfully complete any additional assessments that may be required.

Step 3:

Attend the YPP Assessment & Interviews at the IsDB Headquarters.

Step 4:

Upon selection, sign the YPP contract.

Step 5:

Prepare yourself to join us and embark on this exciting journey!

Additional Information

The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Young Professionals Program is designed as a talent development program for individuals entering the field of international development. It aims to provide participants with the necessary knowledge, skills, and networking opportunities to pursue a rewarding career in this field.

Please note that meeting the minimum eligibility criteria does not guarantee acceptance into the program. The selection process includes multiple stages, and candidates will be evaluated based on their performance and suitability for the YPP.

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