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Thursday, 2 March 2017
Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Programme
The 2017-2018 International Scholarship 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.
The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of
scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from
select developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies,
in order to develop effective scholars and leaders and to prepare them for
employment, primarily within the AKDN. Scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant :
50% loan basis through a competitive application process once a year in June or
July. 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. The scholarship is applicable for any university except universities in
UK, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, The Netherlands, Italy, Norway and
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 Foundation assists students with tuition fees and living
expenses only. The cost of travel is not included in AKF scholarships. 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.
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
Half of the scholarship amount is considered as a loan,
which must be reimbursed with an annual service charge of 5%. A guarantor is
required to co-sign the loan agreement. The payback period is five years,
starting six months after the study period funded by the Aga Khan Foundation.
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.
The Foundation only accepts applications of eligible
nationals listed below 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
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 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.
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.
Application Deadline: March 31, 2017 (29 Days