Aga Khan Foundation (AKDN) International Scholarship Programme 2020-2021
Aga Khan Foundation has announced the official notification for the International Scholarship Programme 2020-21. Interested and eligible candidates may go through the details on Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Programme 2020-2021. AKDN International Scholarship Programme 2020-2021.
International Scholarship Programme
The registration process for the 2020-21 International Scholarship Program is now available. You can obtain application forms from the Aga Khan Foundation or the Aga Khan Education Board / Service office in the applicant’s current country of residence.
Note: The Foundation will not accept applications for the 2020-21 application cycle from students planning to attend universities in the UK, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, The Netherlands, Italy, Norway and Ireland.
Please read the details below, before approaching the AKDN. The Application Procedures include addresses and contact information. If you are searching for details on scholarships for your further studies, this list of links to the scholarships may be useful.
Each year, the Aga Khan Foundation offers a small number of scholarships for postgraduate studies to outstanding candidates from select developing countries who have no other ways of funding their studies to grow and train successful scholars and leaders for jobs, mainly within the AKDN. Scholarships are provided on a 50 percent grant: 50 percent loan basis in June or July through a competitive application process once a year.
The Foundation prioritizes applications for Master’s level courses but is willing to consider applications for Ph.D. programs only in the case of exceptional students who are strongly recommended by their professors for Ph.D. research and who require a Ph.D. to fulfill their career goals (academic or research-oriented).
Short term program applications are not considered; neither are applications from candidates who have already begun their study course.
The Foundation welcomes applications from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar and Mozambique nationals. Applications are welcomed in France, Portugal, UK, USA and Canada from those originally from one of the above-mentioned developing countries who may be interested in development-related studies and who have no other means of funding their education.
The Foundation only supports applications from the above-mentioned eligible nationals residing in one of the nations where applications are processed and interviewed by local Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), Aga Khan Education Services (AKES), or Aga Khan Education Board (AKEB).
Preference is given to students under 30 years of age.
The main criteria for choosing award winners are: (l) consistently brilliant educational records; (2) real financial need; (3) admission to a world-renowned university or study program; and (4) relevance of the study area to the focus areas of AKDN. Applicants are also assessed on showing insightful and coherent educational and professional plans, their extracurricular ambitions and accomplishments, the capacity to reach their goals and the chances of succeeding in a foreign academic environment.
The Foundation only pays tuition fees and housing expenditures for students. Travel costs are not included in AKF scholarships. Funding for Ph.D. programs is available only for the first two years of study, after which the graduates are expected to find alternative sources of help. Financial support is given in conjunction with students’ needs, but the ISP must be considered a last-resort lender. Applicants are encouraged to make every attempt to receive support from other entities as well, in order to minimize the amount received from the Foundation.
Half of the amount of the scholarship is considered a loan to be reimbursed with an annual service charge of 5 percent. The loan agreement has to be co-signed by a guarantor. The payback period is five years, beginning six months after the Aga Khan Foundation funded period of study.
AKF’s International Scholarship Program application processes are decentralized. Students may collect application forms from AKF offices or Aga Khan Education Services / Boards in their current country of residence as of 1 January each year.
The deadline for submitting completed applications is 31 March, though internal deadlines may be earlier for processing and reviewing applications in some countries. For internal deadlines and requirements, applicants are recommended to approach the local offices, as these can differ from country to country. Late or incomplete requests are not accepted.
Interview and Selection Notification
Candidates must be ready to be questioned about their financial position, academic achievements, extracurricular accomplishments and career goals by local Scholarship Representatives.
The yearly Scholarship Selection Meeting is held in late June or early July and shortly thereafter, the Aga Khan Foundation will inform all students of the outcome of their submission.
Aga Khan Foundation (India) Internal Deadlines
Deadline for application distribution:
13th March 2020 (7:00 pm IST)
Deadline for submitting completed applications:
20th March 2020 (5:00 pm IST)