Deadline: March 31, 2022

Brief Description:

The application period for the Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Program for the years 2022-2023 is now open. The Aga Khan Foundation offers a number of postgraduate scholarship programmes on a regular basis. This scholarship programme is open to students from developing nations with exceptional educational credentials who do not have access to alternative kinds of financial assistance to continue their studies. The scholarship’s goal is to develop successful scholars and leaders while also preparing them for work, primarily at AKDN.

The scholarship is awarded on a 50/50 grant/loan basis, with a competitive application process held each year in June or July. The Aga Khan Foundation emphasises Master’s degree applications for this scholarship grant, while it is willing to accept requests for Ph.D. courses only for exceptional individuals who are strongly recommended by their professors and who require a Ph.D. to achieve their career goals.

Note: requests for short-term courses and applications by applicants who have already started their course of study will not be considered.

Note 2: For the year 2022-23 scholarship, applications from students who want to study in the UK, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, Netherland, Italy, Ireland, and Norway will not be accepted.

Scholarship Details:

Opportunity Type: Partially Funded

Language Requirement: Not Required

Language of Instruction: English

Support by: Aga Khan Foundation

Opening Date: January 1, 2022

Deadline: March 31, 2022

Level of study:

·        Master’s Degree

·        PhD Degree

Benefits of Scholarship:

·        The foundation helps only with students’ tuition fees and living expenses.

·        The scholarship grant will not cover the cost of travel

·        Only two years of funding will be provided for Ph.D. programs’ applicants

·        Assistance will be considered according to the needs of participants.

·        Applicants are asked to do their best to find funding from other sources, too, so to reduce the amount requested from the foundation to a minimum.

·        Applicants who obtained some of the funding from other sources will be prioritized.


Only nationals of the following countries who are originally from these countries who are passionate about development-related studies and who have no other source of financing their further education can apply.

Eligible countries: India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar, and Mozambique. In France, Portugal, UK, USA, and Canada.

·        The applications from the applicants of eligible countries who are living in one of the countries where there are Aga Khan Education Services (AKES), Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), or Aga Khan Education Board (AKEB) offices can make a request.

·        Applicants under 30 years of age will be preferred.

Selection Criteria:

The main criteria for choosing the winners are:

·        Excellent academic background

·        Financial need

·        Admission to a highly reputable university or course of study.

·        Relevance of the selected field of study to AKDN’s area of focus.

In addition to the above four criteria, the participants are also assessed according to the thoughtful and coherent demonstration of their educational and career plans, their achievements and extra-curricular interests, their potential to reach their goals, and their likelihood to succeed in a foreign academic atmosphere.

Applicants are also expected to have some years of experience related to their field of interest.

Loan Conditions:

Half of the amount by scholarship is given as a loan that should be paid back with an annual 5 percent service charge. A guarantor is needed to co-sign the loan agreement. The period for payback is five years which begins six months after the study period funded by the foundation.

Application Procedure:

The process of applications for this scholarship program is decentralized. Students can get the application forms each year from Aga Khan offices or Aga Khan Education Services or Boards in the countries they reside within the timeframe for application. After completing the application, you must return it to the agency from which you took the form.

Country Offices Internal Deadlines:


Aga Khan Foundation Office: The deadline to submit pre-application forms is March 6, 2022. The deadline to submit completed applications is March 31, 2022.


Aga Khan Foundation: application distribution deadline is March 14, 2022 (7:00 pm IST). The deadline to submit completed applications is March 21, 2022 (5:00 pm IST).


Aga Khan Education Foundation and Aga Khan Services: The deadline to submit pre-application forms is March 16, 2022. The deadline to submit completed applications is March 31, 2022.


Aga Khan Foundation: The Deadline to submit completed applications is March 28, 2022.

Interview and Selection Notification:

Applicants will be interviewed by the local scholarship committee about the applicant’s financial condition, academic performance, career plans, and extra-curricular achievements.

The selection meeting takes place in late June or early July. The Aga Khan Foundation will notify all selected students about their applications shortly after the meeting.

Deadline: The submission deadline of entire applications is March 31, 2022. Though, in order to check and review the applications, internal deadlines might be earlier in some countries. Interested applicants are requested to contact the local offices for the internal deadline and the requirements as they vary from region to region. Applications submitted later than the deadline and incomplete ones will not be accepted.

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