About Aga Khan Foundation
The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) combines social, financial and technical resources together to address some of the challenges faced by the world’s poorest and most marginalized communities.
Specific emphasis is put on investing in human potential, widening opportunities and increasing the overall quality of life, particularly for women and girls. It works primarily in six areas:
- Agriculture and Food Security
- Economic Inclusion
- Early Childhood Development
- Health and Nutrition
- Civil Society
The programs seek to improve the quality of life of the recipient populations by aiding in the battle against malnutrition, illness, analphabetism, poverty and social exclusion.
AFK is largely a field-based organisation with program units located in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Kenya, the Kyrgyz Republic, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, Pakistan, Portugal, Russia, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania and Uganda; resource mobilisation offices in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States; and headquarters based in Geneva, Switzerland.
In addition, AFK has helped pioneer the Multi-Input Area Development (MIAD) strategy, which leverages the ability of multiple AKDN agencies (and, as is the case with AKF, multiple thematic focus areas within each agency) to provide social, economic and cultural programs in targeted geographies together to promote development over time. MIAD encourages initiatives to produce results, provides the foundation for sustainable growth in remote regions and builds ties with collaborators in the public and private sectors.
AKF programs are planned to provide lessons in understanding complex problems and identifying potential approaches in different regions for responding to circumstances. AKF tests performance as recipients identify changes in their lives, and when the mechanisms that contributed to these improvements in other ways act as valuable templates.
Aga Khan Foundation Scholarship Overview
The Aga Khan Foundation grants a small number of scholarships for postgraduate studies each year to exceptional students from chosen developing countries who have no other means of funding their education, in order to develop and train successful scholars and leaders for jobs, mainly within the Aga Khan Foundation itself.
The Aga Khan Foundation Scholarship is awarded on a 50% grant : a 50 50% loan basis in June or July, through a competitive application process once a year.
The foundation gives preference to applicants for Master’s level courses but is open to considering applications for PhD programs, students strongly recommended by their professors for doctoral studies and requiring a PhD to meet their career goals (academic or research-oriented).
Short term course applications are not considered; neither are applications from students who have already begun their study course.
The Aga Khan Foundation Scholarship only supports students with school fees and living costs. Travel costs aren’t included in the scholarship. Financial support is only offered for the first two years of study for PhD programs, whereupon students are required to look for alternative sources of help.
Financial aid is given in compliance with students ‘ circumstances, but the ISP must be deemed a last-resort lender. Candidates are asked to make every effort to earn funds from other sources as well, so that they can reduce the amount demanded from the Aga Khan Foundation to a minimum.
The Aga Khan Foundation Scholarship gives preference to those who could receive any support from alternative sources.
Half of the Aga Khan Foundation Scholarship amount is considered as a loan, which must be reimbursed with an annual service charge of 5%. A guarantor is requested 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 Scholarship
The Foundation receives applications from the following nationals:
Applications for the Aga Khan Foundation Scholarship are approved in France, Portugal, UK, USA and Canada from those who originally come from one of the above-mentioned developing countries, are involved in development-related studies, and have no other means of funding their education.
The Aga Khan Foundation Scholarship 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.
Students under the age of 30, are given preference for Aga Khan Foundation Scholarship.
How to Apply
Completed applications should be returned to the agency from which the form was obtained. The applications should not be sent to Geneva.
The deadline for finished applications to be submitted is March 31, while internal deadlines may be shorter for evaluating and updating applications in some countries.
For internal deadlines and specifications, candidates are encouraged to contact the local offices, as these can vary from country to country. Late or unfinished applications are not approved.
Aga Khan Foundation (Bangladesh)
- Deadline for submitting pre-application forms: 6th March, 2020
- Deadline for submitting completed applications: 31st March, 2020
Aga Khan Foundation (India)
- Deadline for application distribution: 13th March, 2020 (7:00 pm IST)
- Deadline for submitting completed applications: 20th March, 2020 (5:00 pm IST)
Aga Khan Foundation (Pakistan) and Aga Khan Education Services (Pakistan)
- Deadline for submitting pre-application forms: 16th March, 2020 (5:00 pm IST)
- Deadline for submitting completed applications: 31st March, 2020 (5:00 pm IST)
Aga Khan Foundation (Portugal)
- Deadline for submitting completed applications: 28th March, 2020
Applicants should be willing to be asked about their financial situation, academic performance, extracurricular successes and career plans by local Scholarship Committees.
The annual Aga Khan Foundation Scholarship Selection Meeting takes place in late June or early July, and soon afterwards, the Aga Khan Foundation must inform all applicants of the results of their submission.
Send a message of your inquiries in regard of the Aga Khan Foundation Scholarship on their official contact us page.