Aga Khan Scholarship – Details and Procedure


The AKDN ( Aga Khan Development Network ) provides scholarships to the limited number of students for post graduate studies. This Aga Khan scholarship is for the students belonging to the selected developing countries with no other means of financing their studies.This scholarship is based on 50% grant : 50% loan in order to develop effective scholars and leaders and to make them ready for employment, primarily within the AKDN.

Aga Khan Scholarship - Aga Khan International Scholarship


  • Nationality

Applicant must have the nationality from one of the following developing countries: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Syria, Egypt, Tanzania, Kenya, Madagascar, Uganda and Mozambique. Applications from France, Portugal, UK, USA and Canada are acceptable in case applicant is originally from one of the above developing countries, interested in development-related studies and have no other means of financing his/her education.

  • Requirement for Residency

Applicant with one of the above given nationality should be the resident of the country where there are offices of local Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), Aga Khan Education Services (AKES), or Aga Khan Education Board (AKEB). Which process applications and interview applicants.

  • Age Criteria

Applicants under 30 years of age have been given priority.

Aga Khan Scholarship SELECTION CRITERIA:

Scholars are selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • financially needy
  • uniform excellent academic records
  • admission to a highly reputable university or programme of study and
  • relevance of the field of study to AKDN’s focus areas.

In addition, Applicants are also assessed against thoughtful and coherent educational and career plans, potential to achieve goals and likelihood to succeed in a foreign academic environment, extra-curricular interests and achievements. Applicants are also expected to have some years of work experience in their field of interest.


Students are assisted with tuition fees and living expenses only with no cost of travel allowance by the Foundation. For PhD programmes funding is provided for the first two years of study only, after which the students have to find alternative sources of assistance. Financial assistance is provided according to the needs of students, but the ISP must be considered a lender of last resort. To reduce the amount requested from the Foundation to a minimum, Applicants are requested to make every effort to obtain funding from other sources as well. Students who are able to secure some funding from alternative sources have been given preference.


Half of the scholarship amount is considered as a loan, which 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 funded by the Aga Khan Foundation.


Application forms are available from January 1st each year at AKF-Offices or Aga Khan Education Services / Boards in their countries of current residence as the application procedures of AKF’s International Scholarship Programme are decentralised. Completed applications should get returned to the agency from where the form was obtained. They should not be sent to Geneva.



Local Scholarship Committees will take interview of the applicants about their financial situation, academic performance, career plans and extra-curricular achievements.

The annual Scholarship Selection Meeting takes place in late June or early July and the notification from Aga Khan foundation of the outcome of the application gets published shortly thereafter.


March 31 is the deadline for submission of whole completed applications.

Applicants are advised to contact the local offices for internal deadline dates and requirements as these may vary from country to country. Late or incomplete applications shall not be accepted.

 Country Offices  Internal Deadlines
 Aga Khan Foundation (Bangladesh)
  • Deadline for submitting pre-application forms:
  • Deadline for submitting completed applications:
8th March, 2018 

31st March, 2018

 Aga Khan Foundation (India)
  • Deadline for application distribution:
  • Deadline for submitting completed applications:
16th March, 2018 (5:00 pm IST)

20th March, 2018 (5:00 pm IST)

 Aga Khan Foundation (Pakistan)
Aga Khan Education Services (Pakistan)
  • Deadline for submitting pre-application forms:
  • Deadline for submitting completed applications:
15th March, 2018 (5.00 pm IST)

31st March, 2018 (5:00 pm IST)

 Aga Khan Foundation (Portugal)
  • Deadline for submitting completed applications:
 30th March, 2018



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