Agha Khan International Scholarship Program

Type: Master’s Degree, Ph.D. or Other Doctoral Degrees

Who: Arab students interested in following Graduate studies

What: Tuition Fees

When: 2022-2023

Where: All Countries

Program Length: 1 year

Deadline to Apply: 31 March 2022

Citizenship: Egypt, Syria

Destination Countries: All Countries

Academic Subject(s): All Subjects

The Agha Khan Foundation International Scholarship Programme (ISP) provides a limited number of scholarships for graduate studies each year to outstanding students from select developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies.
The programme’s aim is to develop effective scholars and leaders and to prepare them for employment, primarily within the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). Scholarships are awarded on a 50-percent grant, 50-percent loan basis.
The Foundation gives priority to requests for Master’s level courses but is willing to consider applications for Ph.D. programmes, only in the case of outstanding students who are highly recommended for doctoral studies by their professors and who need a Ph.D. 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. Note: For the 2022-23 application cycle, the Foundation will not accept applications from students planning to attend universities in the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands, Italy, Norway and Ireland.
Deadline: 31 March 2022
Geographic Scope. 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, the United Kingdom, the United States 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.
Residency Requirement. 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.
Age Limit. 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.
Financial Assistance
The Foundation assists students with tuition fees and living expenses only. The cost of travel is not included in AKF scholarships. Funding for P.h.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.
Loan Conditions
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.
Application Procedures
The application procedures of AKF’s International Scholarship Programme are decentralised. Students may obtain application forms as of 1 January 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.

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