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Scholarship Opportunity in Kenya

Aga Khan Foundation (East Africa)
Scholarship Opportunity
The Aga Khan Foundation, in collaboration with the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), is pleased to invite applications for the Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships, awarded by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom.
The Scholarships are open to prospective students from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda wishing to undertake the UCL Institute of Education’s MA in Education and International Development, MA in Educational Planning, Economics and International Development, MA in Education, Health Promotion and International Development or MA in Education, Gender and International Development beginning in October 2015.

The Scholarship is for 2 years of part-time distance study. Students will spend the first year and one term studying online followed by a three-month period of study at the IOE in London (January to March 2017) and a period to complete their dissertations in their home countries. 

The scholarship will cover the cost of tuition fees for the course, travel and living expenses for the period of study in London.

Applicants must demonstrate how successful completion of the MA program will enhance their ability to contribute to social and educational development – across formal and informal educational settings, universities, government ministries, NGOs, donor agencies and with international bodies.

Applicants who are able to demonstrate existing experience of bringing about change internationally and nationally are encouraged to apply.
Applicants must be aware that access to the internet is fundamental to successful completion of the course.
The Aga Khan Foundation is a non –denominational, international development agency established in 1967. Its mission is to develop and promote creative solutions to problems that impede social development, primarily in Asia and Africa.

The IOE is an international centre of excellence in education and related social sciences. It is first in the world university rankings for education* and first in the UK for education research strength**, and offers an unrivalled range of teacher training, masters programmes and doctorates to challenge, inspire and support students’ progress throughout their career in education.
Eligibility criteria
  • A degree course from a recognised university in education, economics, development or related studies – minimum 2nd Upper Class
  • Prospective students must be citizens and residents of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda
  • Relevant experience in a developing country context
  • Experience in contributing to change at the national and/or international levels
  • Must be proficient in English language (shortlisted applicants may be required to take an English language proficiency exam)
For more information please contact:

Aga Khan Foundation, EA Regional Office
P.O. Box 40898-00100
The Courtyard
General Mathenge Drive, Westlands
Nairobi, Kenya

Tel: +254-41-2005358 | 2002879 |
Mobile +254 724 256 640


Applications are available on-line.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 1st April 2015. 

Please submit the application via email to

Please note that applications submitted directly to the IOE & Commonwealth Scholarship Commission will not be accepted; and only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

The Aga Khan Foundation is an Agency of the Aga Khan Development Network

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