Agha Khan Foundation International Scholarships Programme application cycle is now open. Application forms can be obtained from the Aga Khan Foundation or Aga Khan Education Service/Board office in the applicant’s country of current residence. NOTE: For the 2017-18 application cycles, the Foundation is not able to accept applications from students planning to attend universities in UK, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, The Netherlands, Italy, Norway, and Ireland.
Location of Study: Various Nations around the world check down for more on the scholarships.
Scholarship Type: Partial scholarship
Faculty of study: Various Faculties
Level of Study: Postgraduate
The Foundation assists students with tuition fees and living expenses only. The cost of travel is not included in AKF scholarships. Funding for Ph.D. programmes is only provided for the first two years of study, after which the students are expected to find alternative sources of assistance. Financial assistance is provided according to the needs of students, but the ISP must be considered a lender of last resort. Applicants are requested to make every effort to obtain funding from other sources as well, so that the amount requested from the Foundation can be reduced to a minimum. Preference is given to those who have been able to secure some funding from alternative sources.
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.
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.
How to Apply
The application procedures of AKF’s International Scholarship Programme are decentralised. Students may obtain application forms as of 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.
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.
|Country Offices||Internal Deadlines|
|Aga Khan Foundation (Bangladesh)||Deadline for submitting pre-application forms:
13th March, 2017Deadline for submitting completed applications:
31st March, 2017
|Aga Khan Foundation (India)||Deadline for application distribution:
16th March, 2017 (5:00 pm IST)Deadline for submitting completed applications:
20th March, 2017 (5:00 pm IST)
|Aga Khan Foundation (Pakistan)
Aga Khan Education Board (Pakistan)
|Deadline for submitting pre-application forms:
16th March, 2017Deadline for submitting completed applications:
31st March, 2017
|Aga Khan Foundation (Portugal)||Deadline for submitting completed applications:
24th March, 2017
INTERVIEW AND SELECTION NOTIFICATION
Applicants should be prepared to be interviewed by local Scholarship Committees about their financial situation, their academic performance, extra-curricular achievements and career plans.
The annual Scholarship Selection Meeting takes place in late June or early July and the Aga Khan Foundation notifies all students of the outcome of their application shortly thereafter
3rd April 2017