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Muslim Leaders Development Fund

Muslim Leaders Development Fund (MLDF) 2018: guidance and information 

What is the MLDF?


National Zakat Foundation (NZF) and the Aziz Foundation recognise the instrumental role leaders play in their communities. To benefit the Muslim community and wider society - and for individual and collective commitment to God to flourish - enhancing leadership skills are essential. 


Effective Muslim leaders can understand the strategic needs of people, set clear goals and navigate processes to get things done; embodying faith-centred principles throughout to achieve their objectives.


In 2017, NZF and the Aziz Foundation invested in the education and training of twenty-eight emerging leaders through the MLDF - supporting them in a range of areas from language courses to research degrees. Previously, NZF has invested in over forty undergraduate and masters scholarships and fifteen PhDs, while the Aziz Foundation runs a successful scholarships programme covering masters and PhDs at Russell Group universities. 


The MLDF, now in its second year, provides grants to eligible* emerging leaders. It advances their education, skills and training so that they can serve as effective leaders in their community.


Who can apply? 


The MLDF is open to emerging leaders who can demonstrate a high level of commitment to community service as well as the aspiration to lead and inspire in their field. Emerging leaders must have identified education or training that will increase their effectiveness in one of the following three community development areas:



*Additionally, to be eligible, applicants must demonstrate that:


1. They are unable to afford the costs of the proposed education or training.

2. Their proposed course starts between August 2018 and January 2019.

3. They are a UK resident.


As with any investment, NZF and the Aziz Foundation will undertake an assessment of applications in various areas including academic performance, work experience, Islamic learning (formal and informal), references and community service.

How much can I apply for? 

The maximum grant limit is £10,000.

How long is the funding for? 

Funding is for up to one academic year.

Application deadline

The deadline for applications is Sunday 8th July 2018 
Interviews will be held in London on Wednesday 18th and Friday 20th July 2018.

Find out more about National Zakat Foundation and the Aziz Foundation.

Upcoming information evenings

Birmingham 7:00pm  8:30pm, Tuesday 26th June > REGISTER 

Manchester 6:30pm  8:00pm, Wednesday 27th June > REGISTER 

London 6:30pm  8:00pm, Thursday 28th June > REGISTER 




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