All three students were judged to be in financial need of our funding, following assessment and verification of their finances. This funding is essential to ensure that they can continue/complete their studies at Oxford, ensuring their further development and the value of their research.
Ali – Ali is a first year student studying for a two year MPhil in Development Studies at Oxford. He holds a BSc in Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics from the University of Amsterdam (cum laude), where he was also an Academic Tutor and a Junior Lecturer. He is particularly interested in studying mental health issues in the Middle East as part of his research, and has been an active participant in the OPP’s Access Programme, volunteering to visit schools and take part in online mentoring sessions.
Muhammad – Muhammad is in his first year studying for a DPhil in Biology at the Ineos Oxford Institute for Antimicrobial research. He holds a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and a MPhil in Microbiology from the University of Faisalabad. He comes from a humble village (Rasool Nagar) near Faisalabad in Pakistan. Some of his fees are being covered by a scholarship from the Government of Punjab. He describes his research focus as: i) molecular epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance in food animals in Pakistan; and ii) in vivo bacterial acquisition of resistance genes in response to evolutionary pressure and their fitness cost on pathogenicity and survivability.
Moosa – Moosa is studying for a MSc in Social Anthropology at Oxford. He has a BA in Anthropology from NYU (cum laude, Dean’s list) and has previously interned at Freedom House and Tabadlab, a think tank in Pakistan. He has a particular interest in press freedom.
We are delighted to be part of the innovative work of the OPP, encouraging and supporting students from under-represented Pakistan, to continue their studies at the prestigious and well-renowned educational establishment. To learn more about their work, please visit here.
“Thank you very much for making this programme happen. We are really incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have a positive impact on these students’ lives, through your generosity and investment.”
Fahmida Begum Foundation Highlights of 2023
Our flagship partner in Pakistan, the Fahmida Begum Foundation, has had a great year of service delivery.
Jonathan Freeman MBE, Appointed Board Member of National Citizen Service Trust
The COSARAF Foundation is proud to share the news of His Majesty the King’s appointment of Jonathan Freeman MBE, the Foundation’s Senior Adviser, as a Board Member of the National Citizen Service Trust.
Widening access at Warwick
The second Diversity Day was kindly hosted by the University of Warwick on Thursday 9th November.
Urgent donation awarded to Muslims Around The World Project for Palestine
Trustees have donated £10,000 to support the humanitarian efforts in Gaza, Palestine to provide urgent aid to innocent civilians.
Raising Aspirations at St Anne’s
The first of three Diversity Days took place on the 2nd November at St Anne’s College, Oxford.
Breaking ground with Mehran Welfare Trust
The COSARAF Foundation are funding Mehran Welfare Trust in Karachi, Pakistan, for two new building projects for the community.
Donation to support vital Hertfordshire helpline
The COSARAF Foundation has awarded £3,500 to pay towards the full call handling service to support the ongoing services of the Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline.
Students selected for OPP Studentships
Our partnership with the Oxford Pakistan Programme (OPP) has seen three deserving graduate students of Pakistani heritage receive COSARAF studentships at the university.