- provides a limited number of scholarships each year.
- Scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant : 50% loan basis through a competitive application process once a year in June or July.
- The loan 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.
- 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.
- priority is given for Master’s level courses but is willing to consider applications for PhD programmes, only in the case of outstanding students and who need a PhD for the fulfillment of their career objectives
The criteria for selecting award winners are:
- Consistently excellent academic records
- Genuine financial need
- Admission to a highly reputable university or programme of study
- Relevance of the field of study.
- Applications for short-term courses are not considered; neither are applications from students who have already started their course of study.
- Applicants are expected to have some years of work experience in their field of interest.
Applicants must be a resident of following 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.
students under the age of 30 years are preferred.
How to Apply : Applicants may collect the Application forms as of January 1st each year from AKF offices or Aga Khan Education Services/Boards in their respective countries of current residence. The completed application should be returned from where it was collected.
Last date: 31st March