The Annemarie Schimmel

Old Scholars

Scholar Profiles

The Annemarie Schimmel scholarship was founded in 1988, initially only for students of Kinnaird College but later opened for women from across Pakistan.

 The first scholar went abroad in 1990 and since then nineteen more in different fields have followed.


Year Of Scholarship, Name Of Degree Obtained And University

Achievements And Current Work


Dr. Narmeen A. Hamid


London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

MSc Community Health in Developing Countries

PhD in Social Medicine

Now works as a Health, Gender & Development Consultant in Lahore


Salma Shah

MSc Epidemiology 
Oxford University 

Now doing research work in Switzerland


Farhana Wazir Khan

MPhil in English Literature
Shakespeare Institute
University of Birmingham

Completed PhD in English
Now teaching at University of Karachi as Associate Professor


Fatima Zehra Hassan

PhD in Islamic Art
The Prince's School of Traditional Arts London 

Currently visiting faculty at the Princes School of Traditional Arts, UK

Visit her website for more information on her work and achievements


Jacqueline Dias

MEd Nursing Education
Cardiff College
University of Wales

Received Star Award 2009
Millennium Lifetime Award in Nursing and Midwifery

Excellence Award for Education in 2013

Now working as Nurudin Jivrar Assistant Professor and Director Post RN BScN and Blended Learning, Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery


Parveen Mahmood

MA English Language 
University of Birmingham 

A role model for those who are visually challenged 

Works as a lecturer in English in Rawalpindi


Zunaira Ansari

PhD Optic And Laser Physics
Imperial College
London University

Did post-doctoral research at University of Freiburg in Germany

Now working with a firm in Germany


Naumana Amjad

MPhil Psychology 
University of Warwick 

Completed PhD from Warwick

Runs a group called Narcotics Anonymous 
Works on anger management and conducts 'happiness workshops' 

Teaches in Applied Psychology Department at Punjab University


Maryam Bibi

MPhil in Social Policy 
University of York 

Recipient of numerous national and international awards 
Among 1000 women from all over the world nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 
Received honorary doctorate from the University of York 

CEO of Khwendo Kor, an NGO working for women's empowerment 


Shazia Farman Ali

MSc Process Systems Engineering: Energy Systems & Thermal Processes 
Cranfield University 

PhD in Multiphase Flows 
Now a Professor in the Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering at NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi.

Currently in Northern Ireland for Fellowship of Institute of Mechanical Engineers.


Zahra Mahmood

MSc Prosthodontics
Eastman Dental College
University College London

Continues to upgrade her professional portfolio with courses in medical education.

Working as Assoc. Professor at Fatima Memorial College of Medicine and Dentistry


Munazza Naqvi

MSc Environmental Change and Management 
Oxford University 

Works as a Program Officer for Environment in UNDP Islamabad

Humphrey Fellow at University of California Davis 2013-2014.


Munazza Gilani

Bio-medical Engineering with major in Rehab Engineering

Works for people with disabilities

Currently Country Director at Sightsavers International in Islamabad


Sharea Ejaz


MSc Dental Public Health
King's College 
London University

Did community work and research for improving dental public health in rural areas of Pakistan
PhD from Queen Mary University London

Worked as researcher in a project titled 'Interventions to prevent hazardous work and occupational exposures in teen-aged workers in low and middle-income countries: practice, research and policy implications', based in Finland
Now working in Lahore


Maliha Zia Lari

LLM in Human Rights
SOAS, London University 

Has worked on drafting of the Domestic Violence Bill, in support of the Sexual Harassment and the Workplace Act 2010, among other work

Currently working with a private law firm as an associate


Asma Amanat

MSc Mathematics Education by Research Science and Mathematics Education Centre, Glasgow University

Now working as an IB Program Head at a school in Lahore


Amina Malik

MSc Aerospace Vehicle Design, Cranfield College of Aeronautics & School of Engineering
University of Cranfield

She is currently working and pursuing a full time Ph.D at the Institute of Air Transportation Systems Germany


Javeria Aslam Khan

MSc Electric and Electronic Engineering 
Imperial College 
University of London 

Currently working as Senior Design Engineer at Plumgrid, Islamabad office, which is a silicon valley company and one of the very few that is investing in Pakistan at the moment. She is also a visiting lecturer for engineering courses at FJWU.

Here is a link to her professional profile on LinkedIn:


Sharifan Bibi


Masters in Public Health

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Now working with UNFPA in Islamabad as a Midwifery Advisor


Mehreen Shahid

MSc Public Policy

Oxford University

Now working as a health policy consultant in Lahore


Sahar Ahmed


Master in Human Rights


Achieved distinction and declared Best Graduate of the year

Currently pursuing a PhD from Trinity College, Dublin


Murk Komal Memon

MSc Climate Change and Environmental Policy

Leeds University

Teaching at Mehran University


Priyanika Jesrani


MSc Physio-therapy studies:
Advancing neuro-muscular practice

Nottingham University

Currently completing her degree


The Schimmel Scholars are giving back

When the Annemarie Schimmel Scholarship was started, Mrs. Zoe Hersov had shared her belief:

"All work is as seed sown; it grows and spreads and sows itself anew”

To validate her belief, the Schimmel scholars started the ‘Zoe Bibi Education Fund’ in 2012 in honour of Mrs. Zoe Hersov. It has an annual award, which is given preferably to women students at teacher training institutes, with the prayer that good teachers will spread the seeds of education all over Pakistan. It is also given under special circumstances to any cause which furthers education or reaches the under-served or marginalized sections of the population.

Since its inaugural year it has reached out to women in FATA, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Sind and Balochistan. Support has also been provided to a school for blind girls in Lahore. From 2016, it aims to start an inter-provincial scholarship to encourage harmony and understanding between provinces of Pakistan. Moreover work will also be done to pilot a small action research project for health workers in under-served communities.

With the grace of God, the fund will continue to grow and spread and sow itself anew….