Muslim Scholarships

Where to Find Muslim Scholarships

Muslim scholarships are available from a variety of sources.  Scholarships in 2013 for Muslims can be found from several funds, foundations, and societies.

The Fadel Educational Foundation can help Muslim students in the U.S. (U.S. citizens and permanent residents) to pay for college.  The Fadel Education Foundation offers awards as a combination of need and merit.  Up to $3,500 a year to help with college and graduate school.  Every year, applications become available in February.  See the Fadel Educational Foundation website to download applications.


More College Scholarships for Muslims

The Islamic Scholarship Fund helps Muslim students find academic scholarships and internships in the United States.  The areas of study for college and graduate studies include: humanities, social sciences, liberal arts, and law.  The applications are available from early January through late March.   The deadline is April 14th, 2013.  Requirements include an essay of not more than 400 words.  When writing the scholarship essay, relate your personal goals and where you see yourself in eight to ten years.  Winners of Islamic Scholarship Fund awards must complete Muslim community volunteer service in their respective field of study within one year upon receiving the award.  For further details, please call (650) 995-6782 or complete the form on the ISF website.

Battling Islamophobia Scholarships

The Islamic Scholarship Fund is also offering scholarships for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year, as well as to graduate students.  The focus is on battling Islamophobia. The scholarships are for students with at least a 3.0 GPA and permanent residents or citizens of the United States.  The application deadline is April 12th.

Within one year upon receiving the award, recipients must complete a certain number of hours of volunteer service in their respective field of studies under the supervision of the ISF.  The service shall include the conducting of a workshop within the awardee’s local Islamic community.  This is to be accompanied with a career counseling section for teenagers, representing ISF supported fields of study on panel discussions, providing mentorship to younger students and engaging with the ISF Family and network of alumni recipients.


Another option is to volunteer with organizations that offer services related to the student’s major.  As internships are essential to bridging the gaps between the academic and professional world, the ISF has facilitated many internship opportunities with a broad range of organizations. The time commitment is a total of  40-100 hours depending on the amount and type of scholarship. For example, a $3,000 scholarship may require 50-60 hours/year.  Please contact or 650-995-6782  for more information.

Islamic Development Bank Scholarships

The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Scholarships are really not scholarships, but rather interest-free loans that are available to help Muslim students to pay for their first undergraduate degree.  The scholarships can be used at recognized public and private universities.  Students can study the following fields: agriculture, computer science, dentistry, engineering, fisheries, forestry, nursing, nutrition, pharmacy, and veterinary science.  For those from the Commowealth of Independent States (CIS), studies are also allowed in accounting, administration, banking, finance, management, and marketing.  Students are expected to repay the loan in instalments after they graduate and find gainful employment.

Muslims from the following countries are allowed to apply for the IDB Scholarships: Argentina, Australia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cambodia, Canada, Central African Republic, China, Congo, Croatia. N R of Congo (former Zaire), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, Guyana, India, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Kosovo, Kibris (Northern Cyprus), Liberia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, The Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago, British Virgin Islands, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The IDB Scholarship will pay for tuition and related academic expenses such as lab fees and exam fees.  There will be a monthly stipend relating to the cost of living where the student will be studying.  There is also a book allowance, clothing allowance, cost of eyeglasses, and medical coverage.   For students who are selected to study outside their own countries, there will also be an economy class ticket to and from your home country to the place of study.

For further details, contact the IDB Scholarship Program in your home country.  If IDB offices are not present in your home country, then contact– The Head Office of the Scholarship Programme – Islamic Development Bank – P. O. Box 5925, Jeddah 21432 – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – Telephone: (966-2) 636-1400; 646-6835 (direct) – Fax: (966-2) 636-6871; 646-6887 (direct) – E-mail: scholar@isdb. org

Dr. Abdulmunim A. Shakir Scholarship

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) awards  the Dr. Abdulmunim A. Shakir Scholarship.  Students should e-mail to learn the details regarding application procedures, award amounts, and deadlines.  The ISNA also helps Muslim graduate students with the HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal ISNA Fellowship Program.  Preference is for applicants enrolled at the Indiana University in non-profit studies or philanthropy.  Students can also be studying in related fields at other universities. These graduate scholarships for Muslims provide up to $11,000 per year for tuition and fees and a $1,000 monthly stipend for nine months.  The application deadline is February 15th, 2013.  For full details contact or call 317-839-8157 or download the application from the ISNA website. The Muslim Youth Leadership Awards are especially geared to help Muslim students in Minnesota.  For details about scholarships, see the website or write MYLA, P.O. Box 32628, Fridley, MN 55432. Muslims in American History: A Forgotten Legacy

is one of the books that has been quoted by Muslims answering essay questions to help them win Muslim scholarships.

Scholarships for Muslim Women

The Sisters in Solidarity offers scholarships to young Muslim women.  Three awards of $1,000 will be awarded for 2012, one for each category: high school senior, college student, and graduate student. For the high school and college awards, candidates should be between age 17 and 24.  There is no age limit for graduate students.  All applicants must submit an essay of 500 words or less on a specific topic chosen by the scholarship committee.  The essay should not identify the candidate.  The essay topics for 2012 were a choice of one of the following three: 1) From a Muslim perspective, relate an experience when you left your comfort zone.  What impact did this have on you?  How did it change you?  2) Discuss one challenging problem facing the Muslim community and propose a detailed solution to it.  3) If you could be invited to any gathering—for example, a meeting in the Oval Office at the White House, a board meeting of a top international company, a secret meeting among scientists discussing their newest findings, or a gathering of Islamic scholars in a desert in West Africa—what would you choose and why?    A grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.5 is required.  A letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, employer, or community member (not a relative) is also required.  The scholarship deadline is March 15th, 2013.  See the Sisters in Solidarity website to download the application.

Since it is a good idea to apply for college grants and relevant scholarships, Muslim students seeking help to pay for college will also want to investigate options beyond Muslim scholarships.