2018

Our scholars are a central part of our leadership development work stream, which seeks to identify exceptional young men and women excelling in their respective fields of study, and to support them in their chosen career paths. Our programme awards full 1-2 year scholarships covering the core costs for each successful candidate.
Mariam Rawan Abdullah
PHD Theology, Birmingham

Rawan holds an LLB Law degree from the LSE and a LLM in Human Rights, Conflict and Justice from SOAS. She has previously worked at Hackney Council and is currently Policy Officer and Researcher at the University of Birmingham. Her PhD at University of Birmingham will examine ‘Islamic Liberation Theology’,

Imaad Ahmed
Msc Public Policy, UCL

A graduate of Warwick University, Imaad previously founded a youth development programme and is currently the director of Students4Syria; working on awareness, fundraising and outreach projects. He is studying towards an MSc in Public Policy at UCL, with the aim of entering the civil service Faststream.

Sabah Choudhry
MA Broadcast Journalism, City University

Sabah Choudhry is television producer and presenter based in London. Formerly a graduate of Social Anthropology at SOAS, Sabah is studying for an MA in Broadcast Journalism at City University.

Wasi Daniju
MA Documentary Photography, University of Westminster

Wasi Daniju is a person-centred therapist and photographer who is equally at home in portraiture, theatre photography and photojournalism . She has been taking and sharing photos for over ten years. In keeping with her involvement in community organising, Wasi considers her camera a vehicle for story-telling & testimony. She is studying for an MA in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism at the University of Westminster.

Ghada Eldemellawy
MA Directing Documentaries, National Film and Television School

Ghada is a first year documentaries student at the National Film and Television School. She was previously Reprieve’s lead investigator in the MENA region covering cases in countries including Libya, Tunisia and Yemen. Ghada also has a wide media experience having completed placements at the Al Jazeera headquarters in Doha and Channel 4 News.

Rakaya Esime Fetuga
MA Creative Writing, Royal Holloway

Rakaya is studying for an MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, London. She has a first-class English and Creative Writing BA from Royal Holloway where she was twice awarded the Creative Writing Prize (2015 and 2016). Fetuga won the Spread the Word Poetry Competition 2017 and the Roundhouse Poetry Slam 2018. She is currently completing the RHUL Fiction Pathway MA.

Anthea Islam
MA Applied Anthropology, Community and Youth Work, Goldsmiths

Anthea Islam is studying for an MA in Applied Anthropology, Community and Youth Work at Goldsmiths. She studied Sociology at The University of Manchester and is passionate about working with disadvantaged young people in Manchester.

Nasima Khanom
Professional doctorate in Systemic Practice, Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust.

Nasima Khanom is studying a Professional Doctorate in Systemic Practice at Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust. She is a consultant specialist in independent private practice working in London. Nasima trained as systemic/family psychotherapist (Tavistock) and as a clinical supervisor (AFT). She is interested in bringing cultural sensitivity and faith based spirituality into her work.

Samie Kayani
Phd Islamic Architecture, Liverpool University

Samie is pursuing research at the University of Liverpool on the role of heritage in the contemporary age. He has an MEng and MA degree in Architecture. He is particularly interested in the role of heritage architecture in contemporary societies. In 2011 he was awarded research residency at the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, he is involved in Youth Centre development project in his home town of Watford and numerous heritage projects in the London area.

Muhammad Husain Kazi
Mst Islamic Studies, Regent's Park College, Oxford

Muhammad is a SOAS graduate who specialises in the historical-critical study of the Qur’an. His work aims to discover the complex interplay between the temporal and timeless dimensions of the Qur’an. With a view to advancing onto a PhD on the historical-critical study of the Qur’an, he is pursuing an MSt at Oxford this academic year.

Yasmin Rashid
MA Counselling, Goldsmiths

Yasmin is a psychology graduate and teacher. She is passionate about helping people overcome emotional & mental difficulties. She recently founded a non profit offering well-being coaching and counselling to young people using the arts, as well as community events serving disadvantaged groups. She is studying for an MA in Counselling at Goldsmiths.

Zahra Warsame
MA Interactive Journalism, City University

Zahra Warsame established herself working in broadcast where her work as a designer includes the animated film Stuart Hall, which tackles race, gender and class in the media. She now focuses on producing multimedia journalism that aims to challenge the under representation of British Muslims. Zahra is studying for an MA in Interactive Journalism at City University.

Abbas Zahedi
MA Photography, University of the Arts London

Abbas Zahedi is an artist who constructs multifaceted situations, exploring the imaginal basis of contemporary reality. Often taking his own life as a performative point of departure; his concept of neo-diaspora for the Diaspora Pavilion (Venice Biennale, 2017) sought to disrupt notions of origin and settled identity. He is studying for an MA in Photography at the University of the Arts.

Soraya Zahid
MSC Children, Youth and International Development, Birkbeck, University of London

Soraya studied political science as her undergraduate degree at the London School of Economics before working at the Wellcome Trust as a graduate. She has since been working as an adviser in children’s services in a local authority and currently seconded to work around children’s public health. Soraya is also a Trustee for Nida Trust and Moroccan Youth UK and is passionate about improving structures to meet the needs of children and young people. he is studying for an MSc in Children, Youth and International Development at Birkbeck College, London.

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