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The Agha Khan Foundation scholarship program is an educational funding program that increases opportunities of higher education for students belong to developing countries. Agha Khan Foundation Scholarship is a fully funded and merit-based scholarship program providing quality education to brilliant students of developing world.


Study Programs Focusing Poorest Regions

Agha Khan Foundation provides scholarships for study programs that helps in social development of deprived regions. This merit-based scholarship is awarded only to exceptional students who want to pursue their higher education in world’s top ranked universities.


Eligible Countries

Students residing in the following regions can apply for Agha Khan Foundation Scholarship

  • Pakistan

  • India

  • Egypt

  • Kyrgyzstan

  • Tajikistan

  • Afghanistan

  • Mozambique

  • Uganda

  • Kenya

  • Syria

  • Madagascar

  • Tanzania

  • Bangladesh


Host Universities And  Countries For Agha Khan Foundation Scholarship

All other countries except listed below, host the applicants for Agha Khan Foundation Scholarship. Students can apply for admission in any of the world’s university except universities of exempted countries

  • UK

  • Denmark

  • Netherlands

  • Norway

  • Germany

  • Sweden

  • Austria Sweden

  • Austria

  • Ireland

  • Italy


 Important Facts

No of scholarships


Degree Level 

Masters and PhD


50% scholarship and 50% loan  


Agha Khan Foundation


31st March


Courses/ Study Fields Offered By Agha Khan Foundation Scholarship Program

Students can apply for the following study fields

  • Architecture

  • Rural Development

  • Agriculture and Food Security

  • Civil Society

  • Institution Building

  • Industrial Development

  • Financial Inclusion

  • Health

  • Media

  • Infrastructure Development

  • Historic Cities

  • Humanitarian Assistance

  • Economic Development


Benefits Of Agha Khan Foundation Scholarship Program

Agha Khan Foundation Scholarship provides following benefits to the selected candidates

  • Tuition fee and living cost covered by this scholarship program

  • Total scholarship amount granted to the student consist of 50% scholarship and 50% loan

  • Provides funds to PhD applicants only for first two years (after that they have to find an alternative source to fund their studies)

Scholarship is not fully funded so the 50 % of the scholarship is consider as loan.


Loan conditions

  • Students have to reimburse half of the scholarship amount with an annual pay of 5%.

  • Loan reimbursement duration is 5 years starting six months after the start of study program


What Is Eligibility Criteria For Agha Khan Foundation Scholarship

Students who fulfill the following prerequisites can apply for Agha Khan Foundation Scholarship

  • Applicants with outstanding academic records can apply scholarship

  • Maximum acceptable age for masters and PhD is 30 years

  • It must be guaranteed that applicant didn’t hold any other kind of scholarship along

  • Applicant must holds admission offer from a university where he/she wants to pursue education


How To Apply For Agha Khan Foundation Scholarship

Students have to follow the steps listed as

  • Apply online to the university

  • Get an admission offer letter from any foreign university above-mentioned country list)

  • Obtain an application form from Agha Khan Education Board of Pakistan Scholarship Unit Central Support Services Division, Karachi

  • Fill out the application form

  • Attach all required documents along

  • Send it back to the organization from which the form was obtained

Online applications are not accepted for the Agha khan Foundation International Scholarship program. Students have to submit scholarship applications as hard documents.


Documents Required For Application

  • Admission offer letter form a recognized university

  • Passport/ national CNIC

  • All educational transcripts attested by HEC

  • Extracurricular achievement certificates


Selection Criteria For Agha Khan Foundation Scholarship

  • Academic records

  • Financial need

  • Admission to a university

  • Selected subject relevancy with Agha Khan Development Network focused research areas

  • Extracurricular achievements

  • Work experience (if any)



Local Agha Khan Foundation agency may conduct an interview from the shortlisted applicants for final selection


Agha Khan Foundation Scholarship Timeline


     Calendric Deadline

     University’s admission letter     

     Before 15th March     

     Students can get scholarship application form from agency     

     1st January     

     Deadline for submitting scholarship application form     

     31st March     

     Selection announcement     

     June- July     



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