The Alexandros Petersen Scholarship
Dr Alexandros Petersen was one of the Department of War Studies most gifted and conscientious young scholars. His tremendous energy and enthusiasm made a lasting impression on his teachers and contemporaries at King’s.
He founded the London branch of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and, in a few short years after leaving King’s, made a distinguished and lasting contribution to the field of Eurasian Geopolitics. His death in January 2014 as a result of an attack on a Kabul restaurant was a great tragedy. His achievements are a continued source of pride for the College and all those who knew him.
Following an initial groundswell of support for the creation of a memorial to the life and work of our dear friend, Alexandros Petersen, King’s worked with the Petersen Family to establish The Alexandros Petersen Scholarship at King’s in September 2016. The scholarship programme has been made possible by a transformative US$1million gift from his family and will fund at least 22 full Masters Scholarships in in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London.
About the Scholarship
The Alexandros Petersen Scholarship is designed to provide the best and brightest students resident in Afghanistan, Central Asia, or the South Caucasus with the opportunity to continue onto a Masters programme in the Department of War Studies without the worry of financial constraint.
The programme will support rising stars whose work reflects Alexandros’s aims and ambitions and those who hope to become future practitioners on the ground, spanning the world of academia and policy. Our hope is that this programme will not only perpetuate Alexandros’s academic and personal memory but also encourage other young people – through his example – to continue the work that he was unable to finish.
One scholarship will be available per year. Each student will receive £42,000 through a tuition fee waiver and a monthly stipend. Scholarships are open to applicants resident in Afghanistan, Central Asia, or the South Caucasus, who wish to undertake a one year Masters programme in the Conflict, Security, and Development programme within the War Studies Department. To be eligible for the scheme, students will have to complete an application form which will include an overview of recent academic achievements, demonstrate their financial need, and include a personal statement.
King’s College London is extremely grateful to the Petersen Family for establishing this scholarship programme in the Department of War Studies and proud to be working with them to celebrate the life of Alexandros in this way.
How to Apply
The Alexandros Petersen Scholarship provides one Master’s student per year with financial support to study towards an MA in Conflict, Security and Development at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. The scholarship will help towards the cost of tuition fees and living costs for the duration of the recipient’s study.
The scholarship is £42,000 for full time study and is available to students commencing their studies in September of each academic year.
Am I eligible to apply?
Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Applying for an MA in the War Studies programme; priority is given to students applying to the Conflict, Security and Development MA but other War Studies MAs may be considered
- Please visit the 'Entry requirements & how to apply' section on the Conflict, Security and Development MA page for the programme criteria, International Requirements and English Language requirements
- Resident of Central Asia or South Caucasus (Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan)
- Demonstrate the need of financial assistance
- Provide a thank you letter and an end of year report to the donor
- Intend to return to the home country after completion of the MA programme to practice what was learned.
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