Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Programme 2016/17 now open

The Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Programme is now open. Forms may be obtained from Agakhan Foundation or Agakhan Education Board offices. A limited number of scholarships are available for postgraduate studies to outstanding students (below 30 years of age) from select developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies. The objective of the programme to develop effective scholars and leaders and to prepare them for employment, primarily within the AKDN.

Eligible countries.
Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar and Mozambique. 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.

Scholarship value
Scholarships are awarded as a 50% grant: 50% loan basis. The scholarship covers tuition and living costs only. It does not cater for cost of travel. The loan portion of the scholarship is to be reimbursed with an annual service charge of 5%, with a 5 year payback period. After the completion of studies. A guarantor is required to co-sign the loan agreement.
The scholarship beneficiaries are to be announced in June or July each year.
Important note: . 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.

Course type
Masters or PhD (to 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).

Selection Criteria:
– consistently excellent academic records,
– genuine financial need,
– admission to a highly reputable university or programme of study and
– 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.

Application Deadline: 31st March 2016 although some countries may be subject to earlier internal deadlines.

For more information kindly visit the official site.

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