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Aklilu Lemma Scholarship Awards was introduced in Ethiopia by Aklilu Lemma (died 1997) who was an Ethiopian physician, He was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 1989, jointly with Legesse Wolde-Yohannes, for their work and discoveries on how to prevent the parasitic disease bilharzia in Ethipian, Before his death in 1997,Aklilu Lemma and colleagues established the Aklilu Merit Award Scholarships Foundation to serve as an umbrella for all endod-related work, Benefiting the students of Addis Ababa University in the following Disciplines.

i)Students in College of Natural Science.
ii)Students in Biology Department.
iii)Student in the Department of Physics.
iv)Student in the Department of mathematics.
v)Student in the School of Medicine
vi)Addis Ababa institute of Technology.
vii)School of Veterinary Medicine.
viii)School of Pharmacy
ix) Facility of Science
x)School of social Work


i)Any Ethiopian Undergraduate Regular Student of the Addis Ababa University is Eligible to apply for this Scholarship Award,
ii)The Applicant to be eligible MUST be in 2nd Year or Higher Education.
iii)The Applicant MUST have a Cumulative GPA of 3.00 and above to be Eligible for this Scholarship.

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i)The Merit Award Selection of Preference is in the Order of Departments that are presented above.
ii)Applicant MUST appear in Person.
iii)The applicant must poses a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0 or Higher; Weighted 75% of Total

Required Information

i)Strong Confidential Letter of Recommendation from the relevant Department or Faculty.
ii)Applicant's Serious Commitment to his/her Studies.
iii)Proof of Good Conduct and Other Achievements
iv)Active Participation in Extra & Co-Curricular Activities
v)Short 'Personal Statement' Essay Not Exceeding One Type written Page.
vi)Contact Details of the Applicant.
vii) Birth Certificate of the Applicant.
viii)National identification Card.
ix)Your Transcript or Final Grade Report of Semester.
x)ALF does not provide scholarship for a student who is receiving scholarship/grant from another award scheme.


Step 1 Pick the Application form from your College/institution affiliated to AKlilu Lemma Foundation, or Pick the Form directly from Aklilu Lemma Foundation Offices Located in the College of Natural Sciences; Freshman/Marshal Building (Room 106). You MUST have a reasonably good credit history that have no problem.

Step 2 Fill the form following each step by step up to the end, make sure you Emphasize any Particular/Outstanding aspect of good Conduct, Other Achievements Including Active Participation in Extra & Co-Curricular Activities and Community Services if any while filling your application form.

Step 3 The Next step is to Submit a Completed Application Form together with a recommendation letter from your college recommending you for the Aklilu Lemma merit Scholarship award, the completed application form should be submitted directly to ALF offices or Potential Applicants can Contact their Undergraduate Associate Deans, who are designated by the AAU & ALF governing body to serve as ALF representatives in their colleges.

Step 4 Upon receiving your Application the Associate dean will forward it to Aklilu Lemma head office for further processing by ALF Committees at different levels.Applicant will be shortlisted and selected by this committee and the selected Applicant will be forwarded to the ALF board of directors for endorsement.

Step 5 The Meritorious Students Will Be approved by ALF board Committees Successful Applicants Will Be Awarded a Certificate of Merit, a Monthly Stipend of Eth. Birr 300.00 during the Academic Year, and some Other additional Educational Support.As Always, ALF will strives to ensure Reasonable Participation of Deserving Female Students are also considered.


The Scholarship Award is Tenable for One Year and is Renewable until Graduation, provided the Awardee Maintains the CGPA Required for Renewal to be specified by committees at the time of selection.

No Application will be Accepted after closing date!

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Required Documents

i)A Formal Written Request Applying for Scholarship.
ii)Written Report about Benefits you intend to benefit from the Scholarship.
iii)An Up-to-date Confidential Recommendation Letter from the Department/Faculty.
iv)Copy of their Final Grade Reports.
v)An Up-to-date Transcript


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The Scholarship Award is Tenable for One Year and is Renewable until Graduation, provided the Awardee Maintains the CGPA Required for Renewal to be specified by committees at the time of selection.

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Processing takes 30 working days

Office Locations & Contacts

The Central AKlilu Lemma Office,

Located in the College of Natural Sciences;

Freshman/Marshal Building (Room 106)

Addis Ababa University, P.O. Box 1176 Ethiopia


Office tel.: +251-112-763091.

Mobile: +251-911-658294.



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