The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies in order to develop scholars and prepare them for employment, primarily within the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). Scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant : 50% loan basis.  Applications for short-term courses are not considered; neither are applications from students who have already started their course of study.

Eligibility: The main criteria for selecting award winners are: l) excellent academic records, 2) genuine financial need, 3) admission to a reputable university and 4) relevance of the field of study to AKDN's focus areas. Candidates are also evaluated on 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.  Preference is given to students under 30 years of age.

The Foundation accepts applications from nationals 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, 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.

Applications generally open in January and are due in March each year.  Check the website for country specific deadlines.