2015-18

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.
Our 2018 Scholars:
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.

Our 2017 Scholars:
Khadija Ahmed
MSC MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS, LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS

Khadija is the founder of AnotherLenz.com. Her explorations on Islam and identiy have been featured in The Huffington Post, Muslim Vibe, Sister-hood Magazine, BBC Radio and Ilm Feed. She will be studying MSc Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and hopes to pursue a career in documentary filmmaking.

Kawthar Ali
MA COUNSELLING, GOLDSMITHS UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

Kawthar has an interest in unique mental health issues faced by minority communities in Britain. She will be studying for an MA in Counselling at Goldsmith’s University of London and plans to offer specialised services to Muslim and ethnic minority communities.

Tariq Chowdhury
MA CREATIVE BUSINESS FOR ENTREPRENEURS & EXECUTIVES, NATIONAL FILM AND TELEVISION SCHOOL.

Tariq is a filmmaker whose work has been recognised and featured at film festivals, competitions and in mainstream media. He is director of a London based production company and will be studying Creative Business for Entrepreneurs & Executives at the National Film and Television School.

Mohammed-Zain Dada
MA CREATIVE WRITING, GOLDSMITHS UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

Zain has a BA in Politics and History at SOAS, University of London. He was a co-president of the SOAS Students’ Union during his time there and co-founded the Decolonising SOAS campaign. He is now a co-founder of Khidr Collective and will now be studying an MA in Creative Writing at Goldsmith’s University of London.

Farah Jassat
MPHIL THEOLOGY, RELIGION AND PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

Farah studied History as her undergraduate degree at Newnham College, Cambridge. After graduating she freelanced as a journalist for various publications including the Guardian, Huffington Post and New Internationalist. She branched into broadcast media as a BBC Production Trainee and worked on TV and radio programmes including Newsround, Night Waves and Woman’s Hour, as well as Religion & Ethics documentaries. For the past four years she has worked as a Producer on BBC Newsnight. She will be studying an MPhil in Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion at St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge.

Farhana Mayer
DPHIL ORIENTAL STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

Since attaining her BA (Hons)/MA in Arabic with Islamic Studies from Pembroke College, Oxford, Farhana has held tertiary teaching positions in Qur’anic interpretation, Sufism and Muslim jurisprudence, and is a published academic researcher. She is also active in interfaith dialogue and Muslim interdenominational work. Her doctoral research focuses on the divine qualities as an overarching hermeneutical framework for the Qur’an and Muslim jurisprudence and the implications of that for current legal and civic concepts.

Mirina Paananen
MST ISLAMIC STUDIES AND HISTORY, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

After completing her undergraduate studies at St John’s College, Cambridge, Mirina went on to study the traditional Islamic Sciences in Egypt, Jordan and the UK, obtaining formal authorisations including Qur’anic recitation and instruction. She is a classically trained musician who specialises in recitation, anashid and conducts a Muslim children’s choir. Her research at Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford, focuses on the musical traditions of Islam.

DPHIL, ORIENTAL STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

Martyn has a BA in History and an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies, which was supported by Aziz Foundation. This academic year, his research at Wolfson College, University of Oxford, will explore finance issues impacting British Muslims.

PHD HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY, CITY UNIVERSITY

With a passion for psychology and dedicated to wellbeing, Aaliyah graduated from St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge with an MEd in Psychotherapeutic Counselling. Aaliyah founded the counselling service Rahmah Wellbeing. Her research interests are in intergenerational trauma and how our earliest experiences from the time in the womb impact our life development. She was previously a chaplain and holds a MA in Muslim Community Studies, and a postgraduate diploma in Social Sciences. She will now pursue her PhD research in Health Psychology and in particular Muslims experiences of birth trauma at City University.

Hassan Vawda
MA APPLIED ANTHROPOLOGY & COMMUNITY & YOUTH WORK, GOLDSMITH'S UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

Hassan is a visual artist and community arts programmer. He will be studying for an MA in Applied Anthropology & Community & Youth Work at Goldsmith’s University of London and plans to explore the potential of creative expression to create expansive faith dialogues.

Muhammad Imran Khan
PHD THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

Imran worked on an analytical Arabic poetry translation project for two years at the University of St Andrews. His PhD is critiquing the hermeneutic problematics of Muslim-non-Muslim friendship.

Suryiah Bi
Suryiah Bi

Suriyah completed her BA (Hons) at Magdalen College, University of Oxford (2014). She then went on to study for an MA at the School of Oriental and African Studies (2015), and is currently reading for her PhD at University College London (UCL).

Shafina Vohra

Shafina is studying for a PhD in Psychology and Human Development at University College London (UCL).

Our 2016 Scholars:
Thilal Halimah
MA, PSYCHOLOGY AND EDUCATION UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

Dedicated to equality issues existent within the education sector, Thilal has a CELTA from the University of Cambridge and both a PGCE and a BA in English Language and Communications from King’s College, London. She has worked as a secondary school teacher in London and as a GCSE examiner. She is also pursuing a diploma in Islamic Studies and Arabic.

MPHIL, ISLAMIC STUDIES & HISTORY UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

After graduating from Jesus College, Oxford, in 2002 with BA (Hons) in Physics, Saqib worked as a nuclear physicist for British Nuclear Fuels before travelling to Syria in 2005 to pursue Arabic and Islamic Studies. Upon returning to the UK, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) and became a Senior Associate at PriceWater Coopers LLP.

Hibba Mazhary
MSC, NATURE & S.E. GOVERNANCE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

With a BA in Geography from the University of Oxford, Hibba was Community Service Chair at Oxford’s ISOC and launched a number of initiatives to enhance local knowledge about organic farming. She will be furthering her research into policies impacting food industries as part of her MSc studies in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance.

Martyn Rush
DPHIL, MODERN M.EASTERN STUDIES UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

With a First in History from University College London (UCL), Martyn went on to become Ambassador of the Teach First Programme and completed an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies at the Oriental Institute, Oxford. He will now commence on a DPhil to explore issues impacting Muslims in the UK.

Our 2015 Scholars:
Arwa Ibrahim
MPHIL, POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

As an undergraduate, Arwa studied International Relations and Journalism and then went on to undertake a Masters in Middle Eastern Studies. After working as a journalist during the Arab Spring as a correspondent for the American McClatchy Newspapers, she went on to work as a political journalist at the London-based Middle East Eye. Her research focus was on urban inequalities, collective resistance and the social dynamics of urban renewal in London, Istanbul and Cairo.

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