Applications for the Alexandros Petersen scholarship are now open


Deadline:  18 Dec 2019
Open to: students from Afghanistan, Central Asia, and the South Caucasus
Award: each student will receive £42,000 through a tuition fee waiver and a monthly stipend


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.


  • 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.


One scholarship will be available per year. Each student will receive £42,000 through a tuition fee waiver and a monthly stipend.


Applications for 2020-21 are now open.

Applicants must submit 2 applications by 18 December to be considered –

  1. The formal programme application for King’s through the King’s Apply portal (
  2. The Scholarship application form which must be submitted to

Both of these must be completed before the closing day of 18 December 2019.

Please note: For all Alexandros Petersen Scholarship applicants, the application fee for the formal programme application will be refunded in full after the application deadline.

Please provide a copy of a paper you have already completed, which links to the themes of conflict, security, or development. An academic essay would be best, but you can use a policy report that showcases your analytical skills

Provided your application form has been accurately completed and the appropriate documentary evidence supplied, shortlisted applicants will be contacted no later than the end of February with instructions on the next step of the application process, with the final decision to be made by 29 February 2020.

The award will be paid in the form of a full tuition, fee waiver and a monthly stipend, including a small travel bursary.

The official web-page.