The Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Program 2021-22 application cycle is open from 1 January 2021 to 31 March 2021. Indian students are eligible to apply.
About AKF (Aga Khan Foundation)
The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is a private, not-for-profit international development agency, which was founded in 1967 by Shah Karim Al Hussaini, Aga Khan IV, the 49th Hereditary Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims.
AKF seeks to provide long-term solutions to problems of poverty, hunger, illiteracy, and ill-health in the poorest parts of South and Central Asia, Eastern and Western Africa, and the Middle East. In these regions, the needs of rural communities in mountainous, coastal, and resource-poor areas are given particular attention.
The Foundation’s activities often reinforce the work of other sister agencies within the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). While these agencies are guided by different mandates pertaining to their respective fields of expertise (the environment, culture, microfinance, health, education, architecture, rural development), their activities are often coordinated with one another in order to “multiply” the overall effect that the Network has in any given place or community.
AKF also collaborates with local, national and international partners in order to bring about sustainable improvements of life in the 19 countries in which it works. The Foundation’s head office is located in Geneva, Switzerland.
About the Scholarship
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 Ph.D. programs, only in the case of outstanding students who are highly recommended for doctoral studies by their professors and who need a Ph.D. for the fulfillment 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.
The Foundation accepts applications from nationals of the following countries:
- Madagascar and
Note: 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.
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.
Preference is given to students under 30 years of age.
How to Apply?
Students may obtain application forms as of 1st January each year from AKF offices or Aga Khan Education Services / Boards in their countries of current residence.
AKF India Office Address
Aga Khan Foundation (India)
Sarojini House, 2nd floor
6, Bhagwan Dass Road
New Delhi 110001
Tel: (11) 47399700
Fax: (11) 23782174
AK Education Services, India Address
Aga Khan Education Service, India
2nd Floor, Diamond Complex
Diamond Jubilee High School Compound
39/43, Nesbit Road
Tel: +91 22 23767700
For other countries, click on the links below for the addresses:
Completed applications should be returned to the agency from which the form was obtained. They should not be sent to Geneva.
Application Deadline [For India]
- Deadline for application distribution: 15th March, 2021 (7:00 pm IST)
- Deadline for submitting completed applications: 22nd March, 2021 (5:00 pm IST)
Applicants should be prepared to be interviewed by local Scholarship Committees about their financial situation, their academic performance, extra-curricular achievements, and career plans.
The annual Scholarship Selection Meeting takes place in late June or early July and the Aga Khan Foundation notifies all students of the outcome of their application shortly thereafter.
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