The Department of International Relations since its inception has promoted scholarships, grants, awards and financial assistances to its students in various capacities. There are multifarious internal options where students can easily explore themselves in a position to be awarded grants/scholarships to continue academic life. Furthermore, the Department also facilitates external options from where students are benefited by extending their academic sojourn.
Syed Imtiaz Ahmed Trust
A trust after the name of Late Syed Imtiaz Ahmed, Assistant Professor of the Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka was formed in 2009. The Trust’s fund is administered by the central administration of the University. The Trust is committed to promote academic scholarship among the students of the Department. An amount of financial assistance is awarded to the student who scores top CGPA at the end of each academic year. Here students are always encouraged to perform better in competitive examinations of the Department. The scholarship awarded by this Trust ensures the trend.
Abdus Samad Azad Trust
Abdus Samad Azad Foundation introduced the Abdus Samad Azad Trust Gold Medal for the students of the Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka in January, 2011. The award will be given to one student who will be placed top in the BSS (Hons.) final examinations of each academic year. It may be mentioned that Abdus Samad Azad was the foreign minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh immediately after Independence in December 1971 and he served as the foreign minister once again during 1996-2001.
The Department introduced a new scholarship for the meritorious students known as ‘Merit Scholarship’ to encourage and inspire better academic performance of the students in each academic year. One scholarship is generally offered to each student securing the first place in the respective academic year. Thus, the Department offers five merit scholarships to the best performing students in the Department in each year based on their academic performance.
Chou En Lai scholarship
The scholarship is named after Chou En Lai, who served as China’s first Premier in the regime of Mao Tse Tung, and paved the way for China’s unprecedented emergence from a feudal, pleasant society to world’s most advanced economy. A modest amount of money is awarded to the students on the yearly basis as stipend. Students can use this award as significant hallmark achievement in the early stages of their career. The selection committee headed by Pro-Vice Chancellor and faculty members from the Department decides the award on the basis of the academic merit and interests of the applicants.
Help in Need Fund (HNF)
The Department has initiated a new idea to assist the desired students who are struggling to manage funds for their academic activities. In considering the concerns of such meritorious students, a Help in Need Fund (HNF) is established on the financial support raised by the faculties and alumni of the Department. Students can apply for this fund through a prescribed format stating their needs. A committee led by the Chairperson of the Department of International Relations will take the decision about the HNF fund awards on each year. This fund is initially awarded to meet the academic demands of successful applicants.
Apart from the above mentioned internal sources of scholarships, the Department also facilitates its students to be considered for the central / faculty awards and scholarships of the University. The Department nominates its own candidate for the Social Sciences Dean’s Award each year. Moreover, there are numbers of students of this Department, who receive merit scholarship of the education boards on the basis of the results of previous public examinations. They receive a modest stipend and their tuition fees are waived. The Department encourages such scholarship and helps to facilitate the process for the students.