2016/2017 Aga Khan Foundation Scholarship for International Postgraduate Students

2016/2017 Aga Khan Foundation Scholarship for International Postgraduate Students

Application Deadline: March 31st 2016

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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 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.
  • 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.

Scholarship Awards:

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 PhD programmes is only provided for the first two years of study, after which the students are expected to find alternative sources of assistance.

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 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.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2016/2017 Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Programme


  1. Abdikarim

    January 14, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    :hello my name is abdikarin yusuf. from somalia a who has just completed his secondary school level. The next step is to go to university . I hope this scholarship will rescue me. So please contact me 002520907282656 orxuseen568@hotmail.com thnks all bye

  2. Asegid Anbesu

    January 14, 2016 at 3:02 PM

    my name is Asegid anbesu from Ethiopia i was graduted by puplic health by degere program i’m intrasted to do or learn if gate the chance(0910769111/0946577962

  3. Wondwosen Kebede

    January 15, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    sir/madam I am Wondwosen Kebede From Ethiopia.firstly i wanna to thank Your government ,whom endow us such golden opportunity.i have been graduated by Water Resources and Irrigation engineering recently on june 2015.i would like to proceed in Msc. Level by Irrigation engineering or related field. i have great respect and passion to Your Beloved community as we have a long aged relation with our country Ethiopia. Could You Contact Me kindly? email kebede2245@gmail.com phone +251921037345 i hope you will accept me and i also be one of your great university community. thanks With best regards

  4. zakariye abdinasir

    January 28, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    hello may name zakarie abdinasir i am somali i need to scholarship becouse i complete high school there fore may parent have not money which to joined university please and please help me may phone number +252907359377 or email sakariye2500@gmail.com

  5. erick mwewa

    February 21, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    I am very much in need of a scholarship please I need your help,my line is 0966033225

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