Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Programme

Aga Khan Foundation

Masters/PhD Degree

Deadline: 31 March (annual)

Study in:  any Country

Course starts 2021

Brief description: 

The Aga Khan Foundation offers a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from developing countries who need other means of financing their education. Scholarships are given through a competitive application process in which 50% loans and 50% grants are awarded each year.

It is preferable to request requests for Master’s level courses but is willing to consider requests for PhD programmes. Orders for short-term courses are not accepted.

Host Institution(s): 

Universities except in the UK, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, The Netherlands, Italy, Norway, and Ireland.

Field of study:

 Any; not specified.

Target group:

nationals of Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Syrian, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar, and Mozambique. In the following countries, applications are accepted from those who are from one of the seven developing countries mentioned above, are interested in development-related studies, and have no other means of obtaining financial aid.

Scholarship value/inclusions/duration:

AKF does not cover travel expenses, only tuition and living expenses. PhD funding is provided for only the first two years of study and students are expected to seek alternative funding sources after that.

Half of the scholarship amount is considered a loan involving an annual service charge of 5%. A guarantor is required to co-sign the loan agreement. The repayment period is five years, starting after the Aga Khan Foundation funded the program.

Eligibility Criteria:

Geographic Scope

Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar and Mozambique nationals may apply as members of the Foundation. The School of Development Studies at the University of Southampton, or OECD, accepts applications from students originating from one of the above developing countries, who are interested in development studies, and who have no other means of funding their education.

Residency Requirement

The Foundation may only accept applications from eligible nationals listed above who reside in one of the countries where Aga Khan Foundation, Aga Khan Education Services, or Aga Khan Education Board offices sit there for the purpose of processing applications and interviewing candidates.

Age Limit

Preference is given to students under 30 years of age.

Application instructions:

AKF offices or Aga Khan Education Services / Boards in their countries of current residence are responsible for giving students application forms as of January 1 each year.

Completed applications should be returned to the agency from which they were obtained. You should not send the applications to Geneva. The deadline for application submission is 31 March, although in some countries internal deadlines may be earlier. If in doubt, inquire with the relevant local offices regarding internal dates and requirements as some may differ wildly from country to country.

It is important to consult the official website (link found below) for details regarding how to apply for this scholarship.


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