School of Leadership invites applications from Afghan women

The School of Leadership of Afghanistan (SOLA) is open and calling for applications. “
Please spread the word far and wide”  says its Executive Director, Rian Smith. “Encourage colleagues, friends and family to contact and nominate exceptional young Afghan women from 12 to 16 years old.”

The call and an FAQ are attached. Please direct further inquiries to


Background. SOLA creates educational and leadership opportunities for young Afghan women so that they may develop their own solutions to Afghan challenges resulting from decades of war. Currently, select underserved Afghan girls study at SOLA’s small private boarding school in Kabul to prepare for further education at accredited schools in Afghanistan and abroad. SOLA’s near-term goal is to become an internationally accredited Afghan secondary school with students from all Afghan provinces, ethnic groups, sects, tribes and languages, as well as from other countries in south and central Asia.

Applicants. Through July 15, SOLA is seeking female Afghan applicants 12–16 years of age who have not yet graduated high school. The qualified candidate will demonstrate excellent academic performance and leadership potential, including original thinking, openness to new ideas, the drive to succeed, and personal commitment to becoming a future leader of Afghanistan. Applicants are not required to have previously studied English.

Application process. Applications in Dari, English and Pasto may be downloaded from SOLA’s website,, and submitted to Original transcripts from the last 3 years of school,  a copy of the student’s tazkira, and an application fee of 500 Afghanis are required with all applications.

 All application information must be correct, complete and honest, and all writing must be only the applicant’s own work. Applicants will be assessed in math and science. (Admitted students will also be assessed in English.) Only students selected to interview will be contacted.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted. Interviews and assessments will be scheduled during the first week of August to take place in the second week of August. Final decisions are expected to be made in the third week, and new students to report September 1.

Tuition. Students will be charged 4000Afs per month as of September 2014; all students are eligible for financial aid.

 Nomination. SOLA encourages individuals and institutions to nominate promising candidates from across Afghanistan who may not otherwise be aware of opportunities at SOLA. Nomination is the process whereby students are presented to the SOLA admissions committee prior to application by members of their community, and is encouraged for all candidates. The nomination form is available at

 Education at SOLA. Admitted students study core subjects at SOLA and develop English language and leadership skills. Students attend daily classes with Afghan and international teachers on Afghan school subjects as well as participate in weekly co- and extracurricular activities. To qualify for subsequent scholarships in Afghanistan, the region or English-speaking schools elsewhere, students must demonstrate high achievement at SOLA and in Afghan schools, proficiency in English (via the TOEFL or equivalent), and other evidence of readiness for transition to next educational levels. Thank you!

Rian Smith – Executive Director SOLA—School of Leadership, Afghanistan

See link to SOLA website HERE.