Since 2015, Rahela Trust has provided scholarships to 40 academically talented and disadvantaged girls across four provinces in Afghanistan.
The Trust operates scholarships in partnership with selected private (non-state) universities and third-level colleges, accredited by the Afghan Ministry for Education.
We focus on developing relationships with institutions outside of the capital so to ensure we are accessible to women who are from the most underprivileged areas of Afghanistan which tend to be rural.
Recruiting new scholars
Since the Taliban takeover in August 2021, Rahela Trust took the executive decision to pause all recruitment for new scholars to focus attention on supporting existing scholars during the crisis.
A year on [writing in August 2022], scholar recruitment will resume as normal.
Currently, we have 14 scholars studying in Afghanistan.
How it works
Scholarships are advertised on the websites of Rahela Trust, our partner universities and the Afghan Women NGOs Network. We also maximise awareness through events and our community network.
Candidates then apply with evidence of their academic achievements.
When the application window closes, a long list of applicants is generated by university and academia committee members, including Rahela Trust’s National Coordinators.
The long list is produced using a scoring system and is then fully screened by the Mixed Committee of Independent Academic and Civil Society in Afghanistan.
The highest scoring candidates are visited at home by a Rahela Trust Coordinator. Applicants who live in distant provinces have their applications checked by Rahela Trust in cooperation with civil society organisations.
Based on these findings, the shortlist is then produced.
Rahela Trust’s Board of Trustees and the Director assess the shortlist against the criteria and host remote interviews with prospective scholars [detailed below]. A final selection is announced and letters of commitment are dispersed to scholar parents and associated community members to sign.