Aga Khan Foundation Scholarship Programme for Young International Students from Select Developing Countries

International Scholarships Programme

Course(s) Offered: Any field of study
Course Level: Postgraduate (Masters, PhD)
Provider: Aga Khan Foundation
Country to Study in: Any Country

Scholarship Description
Every year, the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) provides a limited number of scholarships for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from select developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies.

The Foundation gives priority to requests for Master's level courses but is willing to consider applications for PhD programmes, only in the case of outstanding students who are highly recommended for doctoral studies by their professors and who need a PhD for the fulfilment of their career objectives (academic or research oriented). Applications for short-term courses are not considered; neither are applications from students who have already started their course of study.

Scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant : 50% loan basis through a competitive application process once a year in June or July. For the 2018-19 application cycle, the Foundation will not accept applications from students planning to attend universities in UK, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, The Netherlands, Italy, Norway and Ireland.

The Foundation accepts applications from nationals of the following countries: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar and Mozambique. In France, Portugal, UK, USA and Canada, applications are accepted from those who are originally from one of the above developing countries, are interested in development-related studies and who have no other means of financing their education.

The Foundation only accepts applications of eligible nationals listed above who are residing in one of the countries where there are local Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), Aga Khan Education Services (AKES), or Aga Khan Education Board (AKEB) offices which process applications and interview candidates.

Preference is given to students under 30 years of age.

Selection Criteria:
The main criteria for selecting award winners are:
l) consistently excellent academic records,
2) genuine financial need,
3) admission to a highly reputable university or programme of study and
4) relevance of the field of study to AKDN’s focus areas.

Candidates are also evaluated on demonstrating thoughtful and coherent educational and career plans, their extra-curricular interests and achievements, potential to achieve their goals and likelihood to succeed in a foreign academic environment. Applicants are expected to have some years of work experience in their field of interest.

Eligible groups
Citizens of the above-mentioned countries

Participating Institutions
ANY recognized university/institution of higher education in ANY country

Fields of study
ANY masters or doctoral level course of study available at eligible educational institution(s)

Sponsorship duration
Funding for PhD programmes is only provided for the first two years of study, after which the students are expected to find alternative sources of assistance.

Scholarship benefits
The Foundation assists students with tuition fees and living expenses only. The cost of travel is not included in AKF scholarships. Half of the scholarship amount is considered as a loan, which must be reimbursed with an annual service charge of 5%, starting six months after the study period funded by the AKF.

Method of Application
The application procedures of AKF's International Scholarship Programme are decentralised. Students may obtain application forms as from January 1st each year from AKF offices or Aga Khan Education Services / Boards in their countries of current residence. Completed applications should be returned to the agency from which the form was obtained. They should not be sent to Geneva.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply for this scholarship.

The 2018-2019 International Scholarship Programme application cycle opens from January 1, 2018. The deadline for submission of entire completed applications is March 31, although in certain countries internal deadlines may be earlier in order to process and review applications.

Applicants are advised to contact the local offices for internal deadline dates and requirements as these may vary from country to country. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is a group of private, non-denominational development agencies that seek to improve living conditions and opportunities, in sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East. Founded and guided by Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, the network focuses on health, education, culture, rural development, institution-building and the promotion of economic development. The AKDN aims to improve living conditions and opportunities for the poor, without regard to their faith, origin or gender.

Application Deadline: 31 March 2018
Open to International students: Yes

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