Muslim Leaders Development Fund
Guidance and Information
the third foundation of Islam, is the resourcing mechanism for the Muslim
community which supports those struggling financially, brings about cohesion
between members, removes barriers for those unable to contribute, nurtures
effective leaders and provides contingency for emergencies.
the UK’s only Zakat institution, National Zakat Foundation (NZF) provides Zakat
recipients across the country with holistic support services, addressing not
only their essential needs (for example, food, accommodation, clothing), but
also empowering recipients to maintain their own financial security and
wellbeing through additional services including counselling, advice, mediation
and educational courses. Through its direct interactions with those in need, it
has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience on the collective
challenges facing the community.
is now in its sixth year of providing Zakat services to the Muslim community in
the UK, receiving close to 6,000 applications for support to date, establishing
four supported housing projects and distributing over £6m to those eligible
within our community.
The Aziz Foundation is an
independent grant-making body seeking to support the most disadvantaged
communities in Britain. It aims to do this through supporting community
empowerment and leadership development in these communities, and greater public
engagement by them in wider society. The Foundation seeks to support
individuals and projects, strengthen organisations and networks, and help
incubate innovative ideas that will ultimately improve the conditions in and for
these sections of our society.
Muslim Leaders Development Fund (MLDF)
Both NZF and Aziz Foundation recognise the
role of leaders in the advancement of the Muslim community and society as a
whole. Effective leaders have a strategic ability to understand the needs of
people and organisational processes that will get things done, embodying theocentric
principles to achieve their objectives. As such, NZF has invested in over 40
undergraduate scholarships, three Masters degrees, twelve PhDs, as well as
several other support packages for community activists and higher education
students in the UK since its inception. The Aziz Foundation has established ten
post-graduate scholarships and is also supporting two leading UK Islamic
seminaries by funding four academic posts. The creation of the Muslim Leaders
Development Fund is a further affirmation of our commitment to investment in
the future by building capacity within the community of emerging leaders.
The MLDF is a strand of funding
set aside to provide education, training, skills and other resources to
emerging leaders who can demonstrate a high level of commitment to community
service and those who aspire to lead and inspire in their respective fields.
This fund has been developed in response to the need for enhanced leadership
within the Muslim community, an area of work which NZF and Aziz Foundation recognise is
lacking in development and investment.
Those applying to the fund may be
imams, scholars, community activists or those working in the realm of public
policy or media, wishing to upskill and develop their knowledge base to enhance
their ability to serve as more effective leaders and impact positively the
quality of activities they undertake. It is anticipated that investment in
future leaders within the community will, God willing, result in the
advancement of the Muslim community, and by extension, society.
Applying to the MLDF
As with any investment, NZF will
undertake an assessment of applications in various areas including academic
performance, work experience, Islamic learning (formal and informal),
references and community service.
The MLDF aims to support emerging leaders primarily from the following groups:
Imams: This includes current and aspiring imams of mosques, as well as chaplains.
Scholars: This includes current and aspiring Islamic scholars, as well as academics with formal religious training.
Community activists: This includes youth workers, social workers, counsellors, project coordinators, events managers and others.
Public policy: This includes those who are engaged with public policy on a local and national level.
Media: This includes those engaged with media.
To be eligible to apply to the MLDF, candidates must demonstrate:
the value of the development activities; and
that they are unable to afford the related costs
As such, applicants will be
requested to provide financial information including income, outgoings,
financial liabilities and assets.
The MLDF is open to UK residents only.
Applications will be considered
throughout the academic year or until allocated funding has been exhausted.
1. Applicant applies to MLDF online at http://go.nzf.org.uk/mldf
2. Applications shortlisted and interviewees informed
3. Quarterly panel interviews
4. Successful candidates informed
5. Grants paid to course provider or candidate
If you are interested in applying
to the MLDF, please complete the online application form at: http://go.nzf.org.uk/mldf
What types of courses and resources does the MLDF Fund?
Applications will be considered
from individuals who would like to upskill and develop their knowledge base
through various resources including:
Alimmiyyah or Islamic/Shariah studies and Ifta courses
Private studies with scholars
Interfaith engagement training
Community and youth development training
Media engagement courses
Social work training
Radio, TV and film courses
Public speaking courses
Project management courses
General subsistence and travel costs related to
Costs related to non-institutional private
studies with a scholar
Costs related to attending conferences and
It is important to note that the above is not an exhaustive list and
the MLDF welcomes applications for other development activities.
How much funding can I apply for?
Applications will be considered
for funding totalling a maximum of £10,000 and will be limited to a maximum of one academic year (in exceptional circumstances
for exceptional students, commitment to a full undergraduate degree may be
Can you provide an example scenario of MLDF funding?
A recent media graduate who has
several years of experience of working on community projects and has benefitted
from informal Islamic learning throughout her academic career. She has the
choice to pursue her career in media full-time, but also wishes to enhance her
knowledge base by undertaking an Alimiyyah course with the aim of using her
skills and knowledge to provide innovative leadership in her field. After
several years of full-time education, she does not have a significant regular
income or assets.
She made a successful application
to the MLDF to undertake a 4 year part-time Islamic studies course, as well as
public speaking training. On graduation, she aims to use her media training to
provide innovative learning solutions to the community.
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