In order to succeed, it will be necessary to open many schools, publish many books, magazines and newspapers.
Haji Zeynalabdin Taghiyev

Ways to Give


Giving to ADA can impact not only the quality of education we offer, but also provide a support that can tangibly impact lives of the ADA students, faculty and staff by developing their education, research and enhancing academic excellence. You may choose many ways to support ADA. Your generous support will help us to sustain our facilities, launch new programs, encourage knowledge production and dissemination through our centers, cultivate new faculty and enhance their international recognition, award our students for their outstanding academic performance, integrity, ethics and willingness to give back to society. 
Help us to prepare next generation of global leaders, sustain innovative learning and continue building a thriving location.


Capital gifts help ADA build a strong, permanent endowment. Your name will be prominently displayed at the entrance of a facility of your choice. Over 15 years, the number of students, parents, alumni, friends who come in and out of these facilities will keep growing. They will notice your name, walk into those facilities with gratefulness and walk out of them with inspiration.  

Take a virtual tour of Azerbaijan's most innovative Smart and Green campus, ADA University.  


Centers serve the purpose of knowledge production and dissemination. They also cultivate skills and competencies. Capital gifts to Centers will ensure that they are named after a benefactor for 15 years.


This initiative of ours is a joint venture between ADA and State Oil Company of the Azerbaijani Republic (SOCAR). In fact, The Caspian Center for Energy and Environment is endowed by SOCAR. The Center focuses on teaching, research and outreach activities, such as conferences, workshops and round-table discussions.

As part of CCEE, ADA conducts Baku Summer Energy School as a certificate program for 2 weeks in July.


At ADA, we specialize in preparing our students for a rewarding and accomplished future. This preparation includes exposing our students to ADA’s ample and effective resources for career and leadership development. The Career Management Center provides support to help guide our students through an effective career campaign. The Center offers individual career counseling and helps in charting a course for students’ careers, from job searching through ADA’s extensive professional network, to assisting with jobs and internships tailored to meet their specific career interests.


At ADA, students enjoy ownership of their education. We value our student’s academic merit and performance. And we tend to reward it through generous scholarships and fellowships. Various financial aid resources including merit-based scholarships and fellowships are available to help students obtain the education they wish to further their professional and career goals. 

At ADA, we strongly believe that today’s leaders are men and women who distinguish themselves with their integrity, ethics, outstanding performance and commitment to give back to society. Scholarships and Fellowships are named after individuals of merit and distinction. Contributions can be made to any of the scholarships already established by ADA University.

This scholarship is offered for the first year of undergraduate studies only. It awards incoming undergraduate students for their outstanding academic performance prior to being enrolled at ADA University.

To be eligible, the applicant must score 690-700 in the SSAC/TQDK or 1550-1600 in the SAT exam (reading and math). Eligible students receive a one hundred percent tuition waiver for the first year of study at ADA University.
Hasan Bay Zardabi
Born: June 28, 1837, Zardab
Occupation: Publicist, educator, social activist

Hassan bay Zardabi is a 19th century Azerbaijani  intellectual, publicist, educator, and social activist, whose life and legacy has been a source of pride for all upcoming generations of his nation. Graduating from a notable high school outside of the country, his sense of responsibility and commitment brought him back to the country he grew up.

In a period when majority of the population did not have any access to literary resources due to language barriers, this great man of enlightenment founded the first newspaper of Azerbaijan in its own language-Azerbaijani and contributed to mindsets of thousands in the most positive way possible.

Zardabi did not only found Azerbaijani journalism, but also despite of lack of any professional actor or actresses, together with his own students put the first ever theatre performance on the stage. 

Paying deep respect to legacy of our intellectuals, essence of this story of unity and contribution is perfectly reflected on the values of ADA University, and at ADAU, we also encourage our students to take responsibilities and contribute their best. 

This scholarship is offered to incoming undergraduate students. It awards such students for their high academic performance prior to being enrolled at ADA University.

To be eligible for undergraduate programs, the applicant must score 640-689 in the SSAC/TQDK or 1400 in the SAT exam (reading and math). Eligible students receive a one hundred percent tuition waiver for the first semester of study at ADA University.
Born: 6 August, 1832, Shusha
Occupation: Poetess

Born in Susha, in a cultural centre of Azerbaijan, Khurshidbanu Natavan, was a true example intelligence, aristocracy, philanthropy, and classic poetry. Natavan played chess, wrote poems, draw, spoke several languages, defended women’s rights in 19th century, and promoted education. With her sense of responsibility, she spent most of her wealth on funding many Azerbaijani students studying in various schools who later became leading intellectuals of our nation. She also provided her city with water supply coming from the springs of mountains covering her ancient land, Karabakh.

Natavan’s home was a place where contemporary famous poets would gather and exchange their literary thoughts. These inspiration meetings would always end up with creation of many best examples of our contemporary literature.

Inspired Natavan’s dedication to support education and enlightenment, ADA University provides a scholarship named after her and encourage his students to build their life and career on excellence, sense of social responsibility, and honor.

Natavan died in 1897 in Shusha. As a sign of respect, people carried her coffin on their shoulders all the way from Shusha to Agdam, some 30 km north-east, where she was buried in a family vault.

This scholarship is offered to incoming graduate students. It awards such students for their merits prior to being enrolled at ADA University.

Eligible students receive a percentage of their tuition waiver for the first semester of study at ADA University, as determined by the Financial Aid Committee.
Born: March 21, 1906, Qazakh
Occupation: Poet, public figure

Samad Vurgun is a public figure and the founder of a literary school named after him and his poetry is like a mirror put in front of cultural heritage of Azerbaijan. His poems and poetic style is very unique and genuine, shaping Azerbaijani language totally in a new way that is reachable to everyone without a matter of educational background. 

While building up his literary career on excellence, Samad Vurgun is known for his continuous support on youth of the country and beyond. Many of those students who were supervised by him make contemporary intellectual class of the country. Going beyond inspiring young minds academically, one of his antiwar poems was one of those 20 poems chosen to be spread among soldiers in 1943, in USA.

Appreciating Samad Vurgun’s contribution to our literature and history, ADA University also takes an important role in building up a new generation of academic excellence and global thinking with its core values of youth centeredness and competitiveness.

This scholarship is offered to incoming undergraduate students. It awards such students for their high academic performance prior to being enrolled at ADA University.

To be eligible for undergraduate programs, the applicant must score 640-689 in the SSAC/TQDK or 1400 in the SAT exam (reading and math). Eligible students receive a one hundred percent tuition waiver for the first semester of study at ADA University.
Born: July, 1812, Shaki
Occupation: Playwright, philosopher

Mirza Fatali Akhundov is a true symbol of integrity, commitment, secularism, and sense of social responsibility. He is playwright, philosopher, and founder of literary criticism in in 19th century. In his works he promoted secular and democratic society, freedom and reforms, along with critical thinking. He gave a particular importance to the role and responsibility that each individual has in relation to the development of the country. 

In a period when literacy level was very low, he wrote first ever plays in Azerbaijan and wider geography, and founded first element of visual literature in Azerbaijan which could reach out not only educated ones, but people with no literacy.

For his critical approaches to old fashioned traditions and secular ideas, he faced huge pressure throughout his life, but never gave up his values and thoughts.

At ADA University, we aim to build up individuals of integrity and honor who has been educated in a unique environment where critical reasoning and analytical thinking are encouraged and developed. 

This scholarship awards students for their high academic performance. It has two requirements.

To be eligible, students must a) be at top 10 percent of their class, and b) accumulate a Grade Point Average (GPA) between 3.50 and 3.79. This Scholarship is awarded on a semester basis. Eligible students receive a twenty percent tuition waiver.
Born: 1869, Shusha
Occupation: Public figure, journalist, writer

“Without women liberated, there can be no national progress” said Ahmad Bay Aghaoglu who along with many other intellectuals of his period devoted his life to establishment of a modern statehood in Azerbaijan. He is particularly known for his very strong sense of justice and equality, and he was the first who raised the issue of women’s suffrage in Azerbaijan Democratic Republic as a parliament member, journalist, and public figure.

With his knowledge of five different languages, he wrote many articles in various languages promoting equal rights for women and men, culture and education as a source of progress, and democracy as mean to sustain development.

Though he faced a lot of political and social pressure and injustice, he remained dedicated to his integrity, and his dedication towards diversity and equal rights continues to encourage ADA University to sustain all aspects of its core values. ADA University values ethical approach that promotes the fair, honest and transparent treatment to all its stakeholders.

At ADA University, we are motivated by a need to establish an outstanding education and training for our own citizens in Azerbaijan.

But we realize that our growing nation also has a responsibility to bring first-class international education and leadership training for others in the region and the world. We wish to promote intellectual inquiry on a wide range of topics. Therefore, ADA University has launched a fellowship for international students meant to prepare global leaders who have a strong commitment to serve a public cause. International Fellowship covers the tuition fee, housing, and books.
Born: May, 1862, Georgia
Occupation: Political figure

Alimardan bay Topchubashov was a man who obtained many different career accomplishments, but in all of them, with the same passion and goal to serve his nation. He was a writer, journalist, lawyer, public activist, civil servant, educator and many others.  Probably that was his eternal and unchangeable dedication that brought him to an association with our history in different careers he obtained and geographies he lived.

In early 19th century, he played an important role to unite our nation under the same will of independence and successfully served as the head of Parliament and Foreign Ministry in Azerbaijan Democratic Republic then, and led Azerbaijani delegation to Paris Peace Conference where he played a tremendous role to achieve de-jure recognition for our newly established first republic.

His eternal dedication to statehood as a charismatic, knowledgeable,  and skillful statesman has set an example for all upcoming generations of professionals in Azerbaijan, and ADA University takes pride to grow up such talented and professional individuals for Azerbaijan and beyond. 

At ADA University, we uphold and continue the best traditions of our nation. At the end of each academic year, ADA University presents groups of students with an important award named after Haji Zeynalabdin Taghiyev.

The purpose of the Award is to transform the university into a community, where a sense of citizenship and social responsibility is upheld and endorsed. This prestigious Award promotes such values as civic engagement, social responsibility, teamwork and caring for others. HZT Award is offered in the amount of 5,000 AZN divided among the three groups of students whose projects have been selected as finalists.
Born: January 25, 1823, Baku
Occupation: Businessman, philantropist

Haji Zeynalabdin Taghiyev was a notable businessman and philanthropist. He had never got an education and had started to work at the very early age to support his family, yet, throughout such challenged years, he had build up very strong sense of appreciation of education, culture, and enlightenment. He was a man who faced challenges , but did not pass through, rather shared  his fortune with his countrymen by building homes, schools, and theaters in Baku, Azerbaijan and he sponsored bright young Azerbaijani students, often funding their education at prestigious schools and universities abroad. He spent most of his money on building human resources which took the country much further later on.

He had strong vision of future. He sold a big part of his wealth gained from oil money and invested his return in non-oil sector to diversify the economy.  

He was indeed a symbol of perseverance, hard work, dedication, and success, while his undying commitment to improving standard of living in Azerbaijan continues to serve as a source of inspiration to ADA University and Azerbaijanis of all generations. His modest, while at the same dynamic, approach to life is what ADA University strives to divulge into the mind of its students. 


Becoming a member of ADA Foundation will give you a unique opportunity to take part in the dynamic development of a world-class education system in Azerbaijan. It will also offer you opportunities for networking with public and private sectors, as well as academic world, to learn and share information and ideas of mutual interest.

By affiliating with ADA Foundation you are investing in the future of the university, thereby, helping the growth and development of highly educated and innovative future leaders – global and national.


Apply for Membership

Become a member of ADA University Foundation by submitting our online application form.



Policy BriefsShort analytical papers focusing on the causes and implications of politics, economics, energy and environment related trends in the wider Caspian region.

Working PapersIn-depth analysis of the crucial developments, energy and environmental policy issues influencing wider Caspian Sea region.

Regular Member BriefingsOffering expert opinion on significant developments in Azerbaijani and regional politics and economy.

Baku Summer Energy SchoolAnnual two-week certificate program held in July in partnership with the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR). It brings together world-renowned scholars, academicians and policy makers to examine and gain a better understanding of global energy and environment issues and their practical application.

Caspian Basin StudiesA two-week certificate program that offers a unique opportunity for members to explore and study the in-depths of the Caspian Basin region.


Baku DialogueAnnual conference organized by ADA University with participation of government officials, regional leaders and business executives from top companies. Held once a year, this major event brings together members and friends to celebrate our accomplishments, reach out to a larger community of friends and supporters and network in a spectacular reception and dinner.

Caspian PerspectivesQuarterly workshops of analytical discourse with leading experts, opinion leaders, policy makers and practitioners. A half-day session reserved for an intimate group of 30 participants with breakfast, luncheon and panel discussions.

Regular Breakfast and Luncheon MeetingsDuring these meetings, members get a chance to network and stay informed about recent developments in and around the region.

Advertisement and RecognitionMembers get a unique chance of recognition and publicity in all relevant publications and marketing materials of ours.


Executive Education and Certificate ProgramsOffered regularly and designed to serve human capacity development and enhancement objectives of our members. Our programs extend in areas, such as leadership development, communication enhancement, project management, business writing, financial planning, and other urgent needs.

Open Enrollment and Customized ProgramsThese programs are offered in Baku and Washington DC, in conjunction with internationally recognized partners.

Access to ADA University LibraryA unique opportunity reserved for our members only to gain access to this trademark of ADA with the most substantial foreign language collection in the region.


Access to TalentProvide members with access to talent in much needed areas such as business administration, information technologies and engineering, education management, international affairs, public policy and other.

Summer InternshipsOpportunity to offer summer internships to a highly competitive student talent in a variety of industries.

Employment OpportunitiesOpportunity to employ a highly skilled and educated talent.

ADA Annual Career WeekParticipation in ADA Annual Career Week exposing members to a pool of highly educated and skilled prospective employees.

Industry PanelsFocused industry panels where executives from a select industry meet to share their experience with students who are interested in pursuing a career in their respective industry.

Company PresentationsCompany presentations where members share their insights with potential employees on important topics such as career trends, corporate culture, ways of joining their team and succeeding in their organization.

Career Connection ProjectsThese projects give an opportunity to our members and students to work on a real world projects together as a team, whereby members gain a unique opportunity to observe true skills of their prospective employees.


In addition to all services offered to Members, Benefactors also enjoy following benefits:

ADA Benefactor’s ClubIt is a recognition society, which honors and celebrates our distinguished friends, whose relentless support plays an important role in advancing the mission of ADA University.

Bi-monthly CEO LuncheonsWe organize luncheon meetings with a select group of CEOs where they discuss matters of mutual interest, also gain access to a high-level public and private sector executives.

Benefactor’s Annual ReceptionA unique networking opportunity with key decision makers in a private reception, reserved for our Benefactors. This reception is held as part of our major international annual conference.


Individuals, corporations and foundations may elect to sponsor current operations, programs and projects of ADA. Sponsors receive adequate recognition for their generous support of and contribution to our current programs. Your sponsorships provide a vital flow of support to ADA to make sure we sustain a robust environment in and outside classroom. Most importantly, they encourage and sustain innovative ideas brought to life through such projects.
Several sponsorship opportunities are available.

Baku Summer Energy School

The Baku Summer School is aimed at bringing together world-renowned scholars, academicians and experts together with the ADA students and faculty to discuss and gain better understanding of issues of global importance and their practical application. 

Baku Summer Energy School examines major issues such as fundamentals of energy, energy law, economics and politics of energy, environmental impacts and strategic management. energy politics and economics inthe contemporary international system. The School is interactive in its format and provides an extensive opportunity for professionals in the field of energy to interact and build long-lasting ties. For further information please click here.

A major international annual conference organized by ADA University with participation of government officials, regional leaders and business executives from top companies.

Baku Dialogue

Offers an in-depth understanding of the Caspian region states and nations. The conference studies the region’s diverse and rich history and culture, demographic makeup, ethnic and territorial conflicts, economy and trade, geopolitics and issues of regional security

Caspian Perspectives

Quarterly workshops of analytical discourse with leading experts, opinion leaders, policy makers and practitioners. A half-day session reserved for an intimate group of 30 participants with breakfast, luncheon and panel discussions.
Participants gain firsthand knowledge about intertwined and intricate relationships that exist among the Caspian Basin states and become experts in the affairs of this strategically important region.

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Gifts to the ADA University have an immediate impact on our priorities. Whether it is student financial aid, educational innovation, global outreach, cutting-edge research or diversity, they are equally important. 

Any kind of gift matters, independent of its amount. By making a gift to ADA University, you can join our efforts and help us to make a difference together.


Ways to Give

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