Aziz Foundation Scholarships:
Developing Public Policy Practitioners from British Muslim Communities
The Foundation is offering a scholarship for the 2018-19 academic year for an exceptional student actively engaged in British Muslim communities and interested in how the needs of these communities may be met through public policy work. The key aim or objective of this scholarship is to help develop a pool of Muslim policy practitioners in Whitehall, important national and local statutory bodies, leading think tanks and key advocacy and service delivery organisations who can bring about policy, legislative and service delivery change in the long term that address the needs of British Muslim communities. Further, the Foundation wishes to support students who would like to pursue a career in public policy not just to benefit Muslim communities, but all communities, in pursuit of their specific and common goals that will help create a more cohesive Britain.
The successful applicant will be selected through an application and interview process managed by the Aziz Foundation directly. The scholarship will cover tuition and living expenses for a year, up to a maximum of £50,000 in total.
Students will additionally be supported through the Aziz Foundation’s Leadership Support Scheme (LSS), which will assist in developing their knowledge-base, personal qualities, leadership skills and professional networks. They will be matched with mentors to support and guide them during and after their study. They will further undertake two short placements with a community related or research organisation and a statutory sector agency respectively.
Applicants should meet all of the following requirements:
- Have, or be expected to achieve, an upper second class or equivalent undergraduate degree from a reputable, internationally recognised university;
- Be active within their local and/or Muslim faith community and demonstrate a desire to develop intellectual skills within a secular/multi-faith environment;
- Be able to demonstrate long-term commitment to community/societal development and good relations work through effecting public policy;
- Be eligible for Home fee status at the University.
If you meet the above criteria and would like to apply for this scholarship, please submit the following documents:
- An offer letter for a post-graduate masters course in public policy from a Russell Group university;
- A completed Aziz Foundation scholarship application form (which includes a statement of no more than 1,000 words setting out how you meet the criteria above, why you are intending to study this course, and how you hope to use this scholarship opportunity for your future work)
- Your CV detailing
- A copy of your course application (please keep a copy of this from when you submit the application);
Your scholarship application should be emailed to [email protected], by Monday 20 April 2018.
If called, please attend the interview with the Foundation. Reasonable travel expenses can be reimbursed on production of receipts. Interviews will be held in May 2018.
Please note that we will only contact you if you have been short-listed. If you do not hear from us, then please assume that in this instance your application has not been successful.
The Aziz Foundation welcomes informal enquiries from candidates considering an application. Enquiries should be made to [email protected].