Aga Khan International Scholarships

The Aga Khan International Scholarships are offered each year to outstanding students from select developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies.

Scholarship Summary
Level: Postgraduate Institution(s): Participating schools
Location: USA Field(s): AKDN Focus areas
Target: Developing countries Deadline(s): Not specified, usually March

It is aimed to help to develop effective scholars and leaders and to prepare them for employment, primarily within the AKDN (Aga Khan Development Network). 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 PhD programmes, only in the case of 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).

The Foundation assists students with tuition fees and living expenses only while funding for PhD programmes is only provided for the first two years of study.


To be considered for the award, candidates must:

  • be a national of the following countries: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar and Mozambique.
  • In France, Portugal, UK, USA and Canada, be originally from one of the above developing countries, and are interested in development-related studies and have no other means of financing their education.

Award winners are selected based on 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.

See link to focus areas here. They include Architecture, Civil Society, Culture, Economic Development, Education, Health, etc.

How to Apply for the Aga Khan International Scholarships

Students may obtain application forms at their local AKF offices or Aga Khan Education Services / Boards in their countries of current residence from 1st January each year. Completed applications should be returned to the agency from which the form was obtained.

The deadline for submission is March 31. However, internal deadline dates and requirements may vary from country to country, therefore applicants should contact the local offices for more information.

Please visit the Official Website  or this link to access detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.


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