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.

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.

"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."
Haroon Zaman
Founder, Oxford Pakistan Programme

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.

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