Graduate Scholarships

A scholarship is a merit-based offer awarded to newly admitted graduate students that does not need to be repaid. A student's academic achievement determines his/her eligibility for the scholarship and the amount to be awarded regardless of his/her financial need. Awards are made for the fall and spring sessions. Graduate beneficiaries are eligible for Al Akhawayn scholarships for a maximum of four enrolling semesters, including one semester at the Language Center.

 

Scholarship Types Offered

  • 100 percent of tuition, fees, and books (almost 38,340 MAD per semester)
  • 100 percent of tuition and fees (almost 35,340 MAD per semester)
  • 100 percent of tuition (almost 30,240 MAD per semester)
  • 75 percent of tuition (almost 22,680 MAD per semester)
  • 50 percent of tuition (almost 15,120 MAD per semester)

 

Scholarship Conditions

Al Akhawayn scholarships are predicated on the following conditions:

  • Scholarships are granted for specific programs and are not transferable to other programs outside the school to which the scholarship recipient was initially accepted. New admitted candidates enrolled with a scholarship in their first semester at AUI are allowed to change their chosen program before the first day of classes.
  • Graduate scholarship students benefiting from tuition waiver or more must provide services to Al Akhawayn by holding unpaid part-time jobs as assigned by the Financial Aid Office in different departments or schools at Al Akhawayn. They are required to work five hours per week (80 hours per semester) as part of their scholarship package.
  • Graduate scholarship holders can apply for the Exchange Program for one summer only and take a minimum of six transferable credits or for a regular semester where the programs offered are very limited. However, if the student takes fewer than the recommended full-time load, they should be aware that they run the risk of needing more than four semesters to complete their studies, in which case they will have to pay for additional courses beyond the fourth semester.
  • Students are allowed to use their scholarships during summer sessions only if they are taking foundation and/or Language Center courses, are in good academic standing, and do not exceed the total budget committed for the scholarship period.

 

Applying for Scholarships

Graduate scholarships are offered to Moroccan applicants only.

Graduate candidates can apply for a scholarship by filling in the Graduate Scholarship Application Form before the set deadline. Highly qualified applicants, admitted to their chosen program and meeting the scholarship selection criteria stated below, are invited for a scholarship interview prior to a final decision. After a rigorous selection by the Al Akhawayn scholarship committee, successful candidates are offered merit-based scholarships. A few scholarships may be offered to international graduate candidates admitted to any graduate program at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The committee’s scholarship decision is communicated via a candidate's personal accounts and/or e-mail.

NOTE: Admitted graduate students who do not qualify for a scholarship for their first semester at Al Akhawayn cannot be offered the opportunity to apply for it during the subsequent semesters.

 

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria for Graduate Students (Master’s Candidates)

  • Good post-Baccalaureate academic records with a distinction for the French system or a CGPA of 3.25/4.00 or better for the American system,
  • Superior rating at the Admission & Scholarship Interview.

 

A combination of these elements is used to rank scholarship applicants and determine the type of scholarship they will be awarded. Students offered a scholarship should confirm their acceptance of the award and of its renewal policy by paying a non-refundable advance of 10,000 MAD within the set deadline.

 

Continuing students admitted to one of the following combined programs – Bachelor of Science & Master of Science (BSMS), or Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in International Studies and Diplomacy (BAMAISD) – have the possibility to apply for a graduate scholarship after having completed 100 credits. If eligible, they will not use it unless they validate 125 credits for SSE and 126 for SHSS. This scholarship will cover only three semesters for BSMS and four semesters for BAMAISD.

 

 

Scholarship Renewal Policy for Graduate Students (Master’s Candidates)

Scholarship beneficiaries are eligible for an Al Akhawayn scholarship for a maximum of four enrolling semesters including one semester at the Language Center. The scholarship renewability depends on demonstrating excellence and successful progress in the student's studies as evidenced by maintaining a Semester Grade Point Average (SGPA) of at least 3.5. If the SGPA falls between 3.00 and 3.49, the student will be placed on scholarship probation. If the student fails to return to the required standing, reduction or suspension of the scholarship will apply. If the student obtains "W" or "WP" or "WF" in all courses at the end of any semester, s/he will be automatically placed on scholarship suspension for the following semester as described in the table below:

SGPA ≥ 3.5

Good standing. Maintains scholarship for the following semester.

First semester: SGPA between 3.0 and 3.49

First probation with conditional scholarship for the following semester.

Second semester (after the first probation): SGPA below 3.50

Second probation (either consecutive or cumulative). Fifty percent scholarship reduction for the following semester.

Third semester: SGPA below 3.50

Third probation either consecutive or cumulative.  Scholarship suspension for the following semester.

First semester: SGPA below 3.00

First unsatisfactory standing. Fifty percent scholarship reduction for the following semester.

Second semester (after the first unsatisactory standing): SGPA below 3.50

Second unsatisfactory standing (either consecutive or cumulative). Scholarship suspension for the following semester.

At the end of any semester: SGPA WITH "W" or "WP" or "WF" in all courses

Scholarship suspension for the following semester 

 

Graduate scholarship students with an SGPA between 3.40 and 3.49 may write an appeal to the scholarship committee. If the appeal is rejected, the probationary status will apply. If the appeal is accepted, the student is required to return to normal standing (SGPA of 3.50 or above) for the following semester. Otherwise, they will be placed on scholarship probation without the possibility to write an appeal.

Appealing to be removed from scholarship probation is applied only to scholarship holders who are placed on first-time scholarship probation. The appeal can be made only once during their graduate studies. To consider the appeal, their school's recommendation, parents' financial situation, and students' involvement in social work or other university activities is taken into consideration.

Decisions regarding reduction or suspension based on the spring academic results are applied to the following summer and fall; however, summer session results are not taken into account either for probation, suspension, or reinstatement.

A separate scholarship system is also applicable to graduate students enrolled in Language Center courses with or without regular or foundation courses in their first or second semester at Al Akhawayn. Students are allowed to benefit from their Al Akhawayn scholarship package for one semester only while at the Language Center. They must pay for every language center course they are left with for the following semester(s). The cost of one Language Center course corresponds to that of a 3-credit course: 7,560 MAD.

Graduate scholarships do not cover foundation courses unless expressly authorized by the school's graduate scholarship committee. Graduate scholarship beneficiaries obtaining a failing grade in a foundation course will be placed on scholarship probation for the following semester. If they are unable to regain satisfactory standing at the end of the probationary status, and if they are authorized to continue in the program, the student will be placed on second time scholarship probation with a 50% scholarship reduction until such time as they satisfy the scholarship renewal requirements. If they fail to return to the required standing, reduction or suspension of the scholarship will apply. If, on the other hand, a graduate scholarship beneficiary obtains two “F” (failing grades) in the foundation courses during the same semester, s/he will be automatically placed on scholarship suspension.