Aga Khan International Scholarships for Meritorious Students

The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies.

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 also willing to consider applications for PhD programmes, when doctoral degrees are necessary for the career objectives of the student.

Requests will also be considered for travel and study awards for PhD students doing their research in Third World countries on topics judged to be of interest to the Aga Khan Development Network.

These scholarships are available in countries including:

  • Bangladesh,
  • India,
  • Pakistan,
  • Afghanistan,
  • Tajikistan,
  • Syria,
  • Egypt,
  • Kenya,
  • Tanzania,
  • Uganda,
  • Mozambique,
  • Madagascar,
  • France,
  • Portugal,
  • UK,
  • USA and Canada where the Foundation has branches.

The main criteria for selecting award winners are:

  • excellent academic records,
  • genuine financial need,
  • admission to a reputable institution of higher learning and
  • thoughtful and coherent educational and career plans.

Preference is given to students under 30 years of age.

The Foundation assists students with tuition fees and living expenses only. The cost of travel is not included in AKF scholarships. Applicants are requested to make every effort to obtain funding from other sources as well, so that the amount requested from the Foundation can be reduced to a minimum. Preference is given to those who have been able to secure some funding from alternative sources.

Half of the scholarship amount is considered as a loan, which must be reimbursed with an annual service charge of 5%.

Students may obtain application forms as of January 1st each year from AKF offices or Aga Khan Education Services / Boards in their countries of current residence.

The deadline for submission of applications is March 31st.For more information visit

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IPRA Foundation Dorothy Marchus Senesh Fellowship

The International Peace Research Association (IPRA) Foundation invites applications for the Dorothy Marchus Senesh Fellowship in Peace and Development Studies for Women from developing countries. The Senesh Fellowship provides a biennial fellowship for two years of graduate study to a woman from the third world.

IDRA Foundation is a non-profit organization aims at furthering the purposes and activities of the International Peace Research Association, which has for the last thirty two years sought to enhance the process of peace.


Eligibility Criteria

The Senesh Fellowship is available to women from developing countries who:

  • have completed a Bachelor’s degree,
  • who have been accepted into a graduate program and
  • whose graduate work is to be focused on issues related to the goals of IPRA.

Funds will only be dispersed when the selected candidate is admitted into a graduate program. Awards are considered based on need; therefore students with substantial funding sources are less likely to be considered for the award.

Fellowship Provisions

Every other year (beginning in 1990) one woman from a developing country receives school expenses in the amount of $5,000 per year for two years.

Last date for submission of applications is January 15th 2012

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Orskov Foundation Grants – Call for Applications

The Orskov Foundation is a member of the Network of International Development Organizations in Scotland (NIDOS) and works for the development of poorest rural communities in the world.

The foundation tries to integrate agricultural education with community projects so that communities may find their own solutions to the complex problems they face every day. The foundation encourages individual students as well as community projects by offering them the grants.

Orskov Foundation is currently seeking grant applications for individual student and community project categories.


Student Funding

  • Applications seeking funding for equipment, or attendance at conferences, will NOT be funded.
  • Applications seeking funding to cover the costs of complete Bachelor, Master or Doctorate courses, or parts of Bachelor, Master or Doctorate courses will NOT be funded.
  • Applications seeking funding to cover the costs of Bachelor, Master or Doctorate research projects will NOT be funded.
  • Applications that cannot demonstrate the potential to alleviate poverty and/or provide sustainable environmental benefits will NOT be funded.
  • Applications from students not studying degrees within for agriculture, land use or environment will NOT be funded.
  • The student grants are only provided to help support costs of training at a university or similar organisation other than the university/college in which you are registered at the time of the application.
  • Eligible students (graduate students from any countries which are, in the opinion of the trustees, regarded as developing countries) must be registered for graduate degrees at their home universities in a developing country and must be able to demonstrate that they have full support from the relevant university department/organisation that they are seeking training from.
  • Preference will be given to support training aimed at sustainable land use problems with an emphasis on animal, plant and soil interactions, where it can be demonstrated that, in addition to contributing to knowledge, they will (a) have the potential to alleviate poverty and (b) provide sustainable environmental benefits, including adaptation/mitigation to the impact of climate change.

Community Project Funding

  • Funding will only be provided where a clear demand can be demonstrated and evidence provided that the projects will be established and managed with the active participation of the community groups involved.
  • Community projects will only be considered eligible if they are based in countries which are, in the opinion of the trustees, regarded as developing countries.
  • Community projects demonstrating innovation, rather than imitating the projects that have already been funded, are more likely to be considered.
  • The Trustees will only consider projects with a budget up to a maximum of £2,500
  • Community projects must be able to demonstrate that they will be managed using the revolving fund principle.  This is a core requirement for projects and if you can demonstrate an effective and innovative approach to achieving this, your application is more likely to be considered.

Last date for submitting the applications is December 31st 2011.

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Scholarship opportunities to pursue Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral Programs in the Czech Republic

The Government of the Czech Republic is seeking applications from eligible candidates in developing countries for scholarships to pursue studies at public institutions of higher education in the Czech Republic for the academic year 2012-2013.

A number of scholarships are offered every year to foreign nationals within the framework of country’s Foreign Development Assistance Program in support of Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral study programs.

These Government Scholarships are designed to cover the standard length of study of the respective program.


Scholarship courses and duration

Within its international development co-operation, the Czech Republic provides scholarships to study:

in Czech language:


  • Bachelor’s degree programs (three to four years)
  • Master’s degree programs (four to six years)


in English:


  • Follow-up Master’s degree programs (one to three years)
  • Doctoral degree programs (three to four years);

The language and preparatory studies are organized by the Institute of Language and Preparatory Studies of the Charles University (1 year, only for applicants for a scholarship to study in Czech)


Educational Requirements

Admission to the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs in the CR requires prior completion of secondary or full secondary vocational education equivalent to the GCSE in the Czech Republic.

Admission to the Follow-up Master’s program also requires prior successful completion of the Bachelor’s program.


Fields of Study and Admission Procedure

While awarding scholarships to study in Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs in the Czech language, the list of recommended fields of study is taken into consideration. The list is updated to fit the needs of a particular country and with regard to the ongoing development co-operation projects.

For Bachelor/Master study programs plus one-year preparatory course of the Czech language (which is combined with other field-specific training), the government scholarships are awarded to graduates from upper secondary schools who can enrol only in study programs in which they follow instruction in the Czech language. Depending on the subject area, applicants are normally required to take entrance examinations at the respective institution of higher education. The scholarship award is conditional upon a successful passing of entrance examinations.


Submission of proposals

Proposals to award scholarships for the new academic year, along with necessary documents must be forwarded to the Czech Embassy in the country on a date determined by the embassy so that the documentation is available to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic in Prague by 15 January at the latest.

A limited number of scholarships is offered to students from developing countries who file their applications with the respective National UNESCO Commissions.

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DAAD-OSI Scholarship Program – Call for Applications

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)and Open Society Scholarship Programs sponsor a joint scholarship program for graduate students in the Balkans and graduate students and junior faculty in the Transcaucasian and Central Asian countries of the former Soviet Union.

The program is designed to improve the framework for teaching and research in humanities and social sciences in the region. At the same time, it promotes network-building among the participants and German academics as a basis for further international exchange activities.

Eligible Countries

Armenia, Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldova, Serbia, Tajikistan  and Ukraine


October 31, 2011

More Information

For more information, please see the DAAD-OSI program guidelines

German- African Scholarship Exchange Program

Are you interested in politics affecting African countries?

Are you a student between 21 – 28 years?

Send your motivation letter + cv + essay to:

Closing date for applications: March 15, 2011

The Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb) is granting fellowships to students and young graduates, enabling them to take part in a five-week seminar to be held from 14th to 29th August 2011 in Germany and in March 2012 in Kenya.

By organising a five-week exchange programme, the Federal Agency for Civic Education is aiming to help overcome the lack of knowledge that exists between African reality and German perception and, vice versa.

The personal, intercultural encounter between young and upcoming academics and the interdisciplinary exchange are aimed at promoting advanced professional training and at acquiring multipliers for a German-African future that is based on the spirit of partnership.

The fellowship holders are invited to take part in an education programme that will both encompass talks with political decision-makers, personalities from civil society and industry, academics and journalists from both countries and also give participants the opportunity to take part in political and cultural events and excursions.

The participants are to contribute towards implementing the programme by assisting in organising lectures and facilitating group discussions. They will also draw up an interdisciplinary strategy paper on an academic subject that will be prepared in Germany and will be written between September 2011 and April 2012.

The event is directed at students and young graduates from Germany and East Africa. Applicants should be between 21 and 28 years old and be studying or have a degree in political science, modern history, international relations, economics, business administration, African studies, cultural studies, media and communication studies or law.

The seminar will be delivered in English; the number of participants is limited to 24, twelve from East African countries and twelve from Germany.

Students and graduates who are interested can apply to the Federal Agency for Civic Education by submitting an essay comprising a maximum of three A4 pages (approx. 6,000 characters) written in English. The essay must be accompanied by a curriculum vitae in tabular form, a letter of motivation comprising no more than one A4 page and a photograph (the following information must be provided:

Surname, first name, gender, date of birth, profession, job/field of study, place of study, place of work and place of residence).

Applicants must also issue a declaration stating that they wrote the essay without any help from third parties.

You may choose any one of the following topics for your essay. All three questions must be answered in each case.


1. The constitution in Kenya and Germany

The Kenyans voted with an overwhelming majority on 4th August 2010 to pass a new constitution that was brought into force on 27th August 2010 by Kenya’s president Mwai Kibaki.

Politicians, media and the Kenyan population celebrated the commencement of the new constitution as a symbol of a “national rebirth”. The constitution is the result of a long reform process, preceded by a failed constitution referendum in 2005 and the serious unrest following the controversial election result in December 2007. At the same time, it represents the emancipation from the “Lancaster” constitution that came into force in 1963 and was drawn up with the participation of the former colonial power Great Britain.

This also manifests itself in the Preamble at the beginning of the new constitution text: “We, the people of Kenya (…) give this Constitution to ourselves and to our future generations.”

In Germany there was no new constitution after reunification as the new federal states joined the territory of the German constitution that was passed in 1949. This was preceded in particular among the East German citizens’ movement by a debate on a provisional confederation, although it never really gained political significance. The question as to the necessary of a plebiscitary constitution for reunited Germany, however, has been the subject of repeated discussion over the past years.

1.1 The new Kenyan constitution includes the decentralisation of power. What effect will this have on the form of the political system in Kenya? Describe the changes in detail and present a comparison with the political system in Germany.

1.2. The German constitution has undergone multiple changes during its more than 60 years of history in order to adapt to new developments in political reality. Which difficulties do you anticipate in the implementation of the Kenyan constitution? Do you expect a similar ongoing development process in Kenya? And in your opinion, where will be the key areas of change over the next few years?

1.3 Should Germany follow in Kenya’s footsteps 20 years after reunification and introduce a new constitution that is directly legitimated by the people? Give reasons for your views.


2. Transnational river basins: the Nile – potential for conflict or cooperation?

With a length of almost 6,700 km, the Nile is the world’s longest river and has outstanding socio-economic and strategic significance for the ten countries bordering the river. In order to achieve cooperative negotiation of the different usage interests by the countries, in 1999 the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) was founded. This has brought about new regulation of the distribution shares that was initially signed in May 2010 in Entebbe by four of these countries (Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania). Egypt, currently the main user of the Nile’s waters, is blocking the new regulation and instead is citing its “historical rights” that were set down in contracts from 1929 and 1959.

2.1 Distribution rights not only hold potential for conflict, they also provide the necessity for cooperation. In this context, how should the Nile Basin Initiative be evaluated?

2.2 “Why go to war over water? For the price of a week’s fighting, you could build desalination plants. No loss of life, no internal pressure, and a reliable supply you don’t have to defend in hostile territory,” wrote Avraham Tamir back in 1988. In what way can modern technologies be used as a solution to the Nile distribution conflict?

2.3 Which contribution is made by the German EZ in the region’s water sector?


3. Jointly coordinated security policy of the AU and EU

In a globalised world, the challenges facing the areas of peace and security can no longer be dealt with on a national level, but require multinational cooperation. This also finds expression in the principles of the newly founded African Union from 2002, in which the new African Peace And Security Architecture, APSA represents a key element. However, it is taking longer than planned to set up this collective security system, primarily owing to a lack of financial resources. And the AU troops are also faced with major challenges in the actual implementation, in military operations. The complex conflict situations within the current crisis regions reveal the limitations of the AU involvement in security policy. The African Peace And Security Architecture is still dependent on international support.

In the EU as well, the Treaty of Lisbon takes into account the strengthening of transnational foreign affairs and security policy and achieved an institutional basis with the establishment of the Office of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The EU aims to position itself as a strategic partner in global security and peace issues and both effectively and sustainably avoid future external threats to European security through joint crisis and conflict management.

3.1 New institutions do not necessarily achieve operational politics. Which conceptional and structural difficulties result from the implementation of the APSA? Illustrate the problems using the involvement of the AU in Sudan as an example.

3.2 The APSA is planning the establishment of an African Standby Force (ASF) that will consist of regional brigades. Which challenges can be expected here? Outline and evaluate the regional orientation with regard to the deployment of African soldiers in the Congo and Somalia.

3.3 The EU is endeavouring to strengthen its foreign policy profile. To what extent can greater involvement in the resolution of African conflicts contribute towards this? Outline the potential and problems using the civilian-military EU operation in Somalia as an example.

The Federal Agency for Civic Education will cover the costs. Furthermore, there will be an obligatory preparatory seminar for the German participants from 24th to 25th June 2011. For more detailed information about the Federal Agency for Civic Education, please visit the website:

Please note that the Federal Agency for Civic Education is not able to cover costs for obtaining visas of the German participants or for vaccinations. The acceptance of African participants to the programme only becomes final when the German Embassy in the participant’s home country has issued the relevant visa.

Applicants must also be able to participate for the entire period. Full applications must be emailed to the Federal Agency for Civic Education at by 15th March 2011.

Ambassadors Girls’ Scholarship Program

Targeting girls from economic hardship areas, or girls facing adverse circumstances, the Ambassadors Girls’ Scholarship Program (AGSP) is providing scholarships to girls attending primary and secondary school in Africa.

The Academy for Educational Development is delivering over 85,000 scholarships over a period of four years in 15 Western, Central and Eastern African countries.

Scholarships are intended to ensure access to educational opportunities, and are geared to needs within each country. The scholarship package may include:

  • school fees including examination & tutorial fees
  • uniforms including shoes
  • books & related school supplies
  • mentoring
  • room and board ( in special circumstances)
  • transportation
  • essential personal supplies

The following countries are eligible: Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Niger, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

Scholarships are intended for economically disadvantaged girls at the primary level and sometimes at the secondary level. Particular attention will be given to orphans, those adversely affected by HIV/AIDS, and girls who are disabled.

For further details, and application materials, contact: Ambassadors Girls’ Scholarship Program