Call for Applications - 2021 Winter Afghan Digital Scholarship Award

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October 18, 2021 to November 3, 2021
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Political Science, Government and Public Service, Asian History / Studies, Contemporary History, South Asian History / Studies

The Governance Programme​ at the Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, London, is pleased to announce its 2021 Winter Afghan Digital Scholarship Award. The award offers up to £4,000 per award 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. (Please see the lists below for more details.) The award will cover work undertaken during November and December 2021. 

There are no limitations on where you 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 Religion 
  • 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);
  • Photo-essay(s);
  • Journalistic essay;
  • Literary essay;
  • Poetry;
  • 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 Go​vernance​​​​​ Programme​’s webpages.​

Deadline for application submissions: Tuesday 03 November 2021, 17:00 UK Time. 

Outcomes announced: Friday 12 November 2021.​

Submission Process​

Who can Apply?

Academics pursuing/holding a PhD in the social sciences and humanities;





Others, where applicable.

Please submit:

1. Your CV (2-pages);

2. A completed application form (download from here). 

Where to Submit?

Please submit your application to with the subject headline: 2021 Winter Afghan Digital Scholarship Award Submission. Submissions made without this headline are not guaranteed to be seen by our selection committee.

Have Questions?

If you have any questions please email with the subject headline: 2021 Winter Afghan Digital Scholarship Award Query. Submissions made without this headline are not guaranteed to be seen by our selection committee.

Contact Info: 

Layal Mohammad
Senior Coordinator, Marketing & Communications
Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
The Aga Khan University (International)
Aga Khan Centre, 10 Handyside Street, London N1C 4DN
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