Abdul Majid Bader Graduate Scholarship

Abdul Bader was born in the Iranian capital city of Tehran in 1949. After completing his primary education he left his homeland for Great Britain, where he completed his secondary education. He then went to the U.S. for advanced studies. Just prior to the Islamic Revolution, he returned to Iran, having received a Master’s degree from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. A series of events, including his father’s death and the advert of the Islamic Republic in Iran changed the course of Mr. Bader’s career.  Therefore, his time was devoted to running a private inherited business.

In the early 1990s, Mr. Bader had the opportunity to gain permanent resident status in Canada.  Some years later, he became a Canadian citizen. With no immediate family, Mr. Bader decided to will much of his Canadian assets to Dalhousie University to create the Abdul Majid Bader Graduate Scholarship fund for international Doctoral or Masters students. On learning of the high tuition costs for international students, Mr. Bader decided the scholarship should be directed to international students, with first preference to Iranian student, who are residents of Iran. In this manner, Mr. Bader hoped to give back, not only to his original homeland, but also to his adopted country, Canada, that, he says, has been most generous to people like him.

Applications are received through Dalhousie’s Harmonized Scholarship Process.  Iranian citizens who are residents of Iran automatically considered for this award based on citizenship status indicated on their application.

Renewal: Current award holders must contact fgs.slo@dal.ca by August 1st to apply for renewal

Eligibility and Award Criteria:

  • Scholarships will be awarded to students who have applied for or are enrolled in a Master's or Doctoral program at Dalhousie University.
  • First preference will be given to Iranian students who are residents of Iran.
  • Second preference will be given to other international students.
  • Applicants with first class standing (>3.7/4.3) in their last two years of academic study, who are currently pursuing or intending to pursue studies in any discipline in which Dalhousie offers graduate degrees are welcome to apply once they have submitted an application for admission to their intended program of study.
  • Applications may also be submitted by departments for eligible students who have applied or been accepted into a graduate program.
  • The scholarship is valued at $40,000 for one twelve-month academic year of full-time study. The scholarship is renewable, subject to an annual progress review.
  • The award can be held for a maximum of 24 months of full-time study.
  • Fees are not waived and must be paid out of the award.
  • One new award is made each year.