Fully Funded Aga Khan Foundation 2023 Global Mental Health Postdoctoral Fellowship

Written by David on August 28, 2023

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

    Health Studies, Medicine
  • Country of the Scholarship

    United States
  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Ph.D. scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

  • Scholarship Contact Details

    Mailto: Brain&[email protected]

The goal of the Fellowship Program is to increase the number of educated professionals who are working in the field of global mental health implementation science in East Africa and/or South and Central Asia. The Fellowship Program is the result of a collaborative effort between the Aga Khan University Brain and Mind Institute and the Harvard Medical School Department of Global Health and Social Medicine.

Postdoctoral research fellows in the field of implementation science in low- and middle-income countries are granted funding through the Program to conduct research on how to effectively adapt prevention, diagnosis, and treatment programs to fit the requirements of the local population. This knowledge can be used to improve health care for people living in those nations.


About the Scholarship Provider:

In 1983, Aga Khan University became Pakistan’s very first private university when it opened its doors. The year 2000 marked the beginning of the university’s expansion of its campus locations to include Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Afghanistan, and the United Kingdom.

Aga Khan University started out as a university that focused on the health sciences; today, it is one of the most prominent providers of medical services in Pakistan and East Africa, and its research has an influence on the health policy and practice of countries all over the world. The institution is now offering classes in a wider variety of topics, including early childhood education, Muslim civilizations, journalism, and early childhood development, among others. In addition, degrees in public policy can be obtained from the university.


There are somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 different student groups and clubs, some examples of which are the class representation committee, the theatre club, the literary arts club, and the surgery interest club. Students at the university have access to a broad array of facilities and services, some of which are available on the Pakistani campuses of the institution, such as a clinical setting room for problem-based learning, an audio-visual learning center, and the Aga Khan University Hospital. All of these amenities can be found on the Pakistani campuses.

SeNSS is one of only 14 Doctoral Training Partnerships in the United Kingdom that is sponsored by the ESRC, and they will be offering a handful of fully-funded ESRC doctoral studentships beginning in September 2023. SeNSS is one of the only 14 Doctoral Training Partnerships in the United Kingdom that is sponsored by the ESRC.


Scholarship Sponsor(s): Aga Khan Foundation

Scholarship Country: United States of America

Scholarship Worth: Fully Funded

Study Level:  Fellowship

Nationality: International Students


Scholarship Offer:

  • There is a wide range of benefits available to postdocs at Harvard, ranging from those that are comparable to those of employees to stipends and even direct salary, depending on the employment status of the postdoc. Those who do not are ineligible for several of Harvard’s programs since they do not…
  • It is essential that you work 17.5 hours per week or make at least $15,000 per year, whichever comes first.
  •  Currently being compensated for their work by Harvard as a component of the general University Salary


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Eligibility for Scholarship.

  • Before December 1, 2023, applicants must have successfully defended their dissertation or thesis as part of the requirements for their Ph.D. or medical degree in order to be eligible for the Fellowship Program. Applicants are required to demonstrate a commitment to a career in global mental health research, with a concentration on regions of the world that are served by Aga Khan University and the Aga Khan Development Network. This requirement is in addition to meeting the other requirements. Anyone who satisfies the requirements can apply to participate in the Fellowship Program.
  • The capability of the applicant to satisfy the requirements of the program is merely one of the factors to consider.

The following criteria will be taken into consideration at various points throughout the selection process that was just described

  • An international commitment to enhancing the state of mental health through increased levels of research and clinical intervention.
  • People living in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are a priority for Aga Khan University (AKU) and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), which is why both organizations are dedicated to delivering exceptional assistance to those living in those regions. 
  • Competence in the lecture hall and/or familiarity with the working-class and middle-class environments are required.
  • adopting a positive attitude toward starting one’s professional life in the communities served by AKU and AKDN is a must.



The Aga Khan Foundation 2023 Global Mental Health Postdoctoral Fellowship is open to all international students.


If a student enrolls in one of the degree programs offered by SOAS University of London, they may be eligible to receive a fee waiver award in the amount of £5,000. This award is available to students who are interested in receiving a degree from SOAS University of London.


Application Procedure

  • If you are interested in this post, please send a single PDF with the following to Dr. Zul Merali, Director, Brain and Mind Institute, brain&[email protected]. thinking about
  • Summary of qualifications/Resume. 
  • Fellowship application letter of intent.
  • A brief (no more than a thousand words) essay outlining your interest in and commitment to the field of mental health research and practice in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Include no more than three writing samples or examples of your published work.
  • Please list the names and contact information for three references.
  • On or before December 1, 2023, you should receive your PhD or MD with a dissertation. 
  • All materials must be submitted by September 30, 2023, in a single PDF file with the heading “[your last name, first initial] _GMH2024?” 
  • Harvard’s language for a more diverse and inclusive workplace
  • In accordance with federal, state, and local law, Harvard does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, handicap, status as a protected veteran, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or similar conditions. Women and members of other under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.


Application Deadline

The application deadline for the Aga Khan Foundation’s 2023 Global Mental Health Postdoctoral Fellowship is September 30, 2023.

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