The Aga Khan Foundation provides a certain number of grants annually for post-graduate studies. The foundation has been implementing innovative, community-driven solutions aimed to challenge the development issues for more than 50 years. With a small staff, a host of cooperating agencies and thousands of volunteers, the Foundation reaches out to vulnerable populations, irrespective of their race, religion, ethnicity or gender.
Annually, the Foundation provides a limited number of Ph.D. scholarships to motivated students from developing countries who lack financial means. The scholarships are aimed to develop 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. Master’s students are given priority. However, Ph.D. students are also considered but only if they are outstanding students recommended for doctoral studies by their professors.
The following countries are considered eligible for the Aga Khan Foundation: 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.
Preference is given to students under 30 years of age.
The 2017-2018 International Scholarship Programme application cycle is now closed and applications are no longer being accepted. Applications for the 2018-19 academic year will be available starting January 2018.
IMPORTANT NOTE: For the 2017-18 award cycle, the Foundation is unable to support students planning to attend universities in UK, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, The Netherlands, Italy, Norway and Ireland.
For more information, students are advised to consult the official website: http://www.akdn.org/our-agencies/aga-khan-foundation/international-scholarship-programme