Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations announces its Winter Afghan  Digital Scholarship

The Governance Programme at the Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC), London, is pleased to announce its 2021 Winter Afghan Digital Scholarship Award. The award offers up to £4,000 to scholars from the social sciences and humanities, policy-makers, journalists, poets, and other creatives for the pursuit of their own projects and to produce a deliverable that centres on Afghanistan and its diaspora, and links to the Governance Programme’s research interests (as per list below). The award will cover work undertaken during November and December 2021. 

There are no limitations on where applicants are based in geographic terms to be able to apply for this scheme, but preference will be given to applicants who currently reside in or have resided in Afghanistan in the past eight years (2014-2021).

Governance Programme Research Themes of Interest 
Governance and Religious minorities
Governance and the Covid-19 Pandemic
Governance and Civil Society
Governance and Ecologies
Governance and Popular Culture
Governance and Surveillance 
Governance and Migration
Governance and Citizenship 
Governance and Gender 
Governance and Law (Islamic, secular, constitutional, human rights, and informal)
Governance and Resources (water, minerals, gas, and others)
Governance and Education
Governance and Conflict (and Peace)
History of Governance Governance and Pluralism 

Please note the Governance Programme accepts a broad definition of ‘governance’ that includes the management of populations, economies, societies, and ecological environments by state actors and institutions, international organisations, non-governmental actors and institutions, political groups, informal economies and politics, non-state actors, civil society groups, and others.

Examples of Deliverables*
Working paper (social sciences and humanities and/or policy related)
Short video(s)
Journalistic essay
Literary essay
Other materials in agreement with the Governance Programme team.

*Deliverables can be submitted in other languages, such as Dari and Pashto, and will be translated into English. Deliverables will be made public and open access on the Governance Programme’s webpages.

More information on the scholarship and application form at

Deadline for application submissions: Tuesday 03 November 2021, 17:00 UK Time
Outcomes announced: Friday 12 November 2021.

Press Contact Alexandra Khan

AKU-ISMC strives to become an academic leader that provides the highest quality of research and teaching; engaging locally and internationally on questions and debates regarding historic and contemporary affairs of Muslim cultures and societies.​

The Governance Programme
Founded in 2014 by Professor Abdou Filali-Ansary, it critically assesses current thinking on governance in relation to Muslim contexts. It aims to address the deeply rooted religious and cultural sensitivities prevalent in matters of governance by exploring their impact on the way reforms are received and the way in which institutions are perceived and managed.​

​While focused on Muslim contexts, the programme adopts a comparative approach as the majority of Muslims face the same challenges as other communities in the developing world. Key goals of the programme are to improve the quality of life by promoting the public good in the developing world.

Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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