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HEFCE Scholarships for 2-Year MA Programmes in Language-based Area Studies

Deadline: 20 May 2015

SOAS has a scholarship fund of £250,000 to award in 2015-16 for Masters students in Language-based Area Studies, funded by the HEFCE Postgraduate Support Scheme with match-funding from SOAS. These awards have been established to boost the skill set of UK graduates aiming to pursue high-level careers in business, government, NGOs, media, or academia with reference to a number of crucial areas in today’s world. The scholarships are available for two-year full-time MA programmes dealing with the Arab World, China, Japan, Korea and South Asia. A total of 25 two-year £10,000 scholarships will be available (to be paid in two instalments of £5,000 per year).

Eligible Programmes

  • MA Advanced Chinese Studies
  • MA Intensive South Asian Studies
  • MA Japanese Studies and Intensive Language (Japanese)
  • MA Korean Studies and Intensive Language (Korean)
  • MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies and Intensive Language (Arabic)
  • MA Islamic Societies and Cultures and Intensive Language (Arabic)
  • MA Palestine Studies and Intensive Language (Arabic)
  • MA Historical Research Methods and Intensive Language (Japanese/Korean/Arabic)
  • MA History and Intensive Language (Japanese/Korean/Arabic)
  • MA History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia and Intensive Language (Japanese/Korean/Arabic)
  • MA Religions of Asia and Africa and Intensive Language (Japanese/Korean/Arabic)
  • MA Medical Anthropology and Intensive Language (Japanese/Korean/Arabic)
  • MA Anthropological Research Methods and Intensive Language (Japanese/Korean/Arabic)
  • MA Anthropological Research Methods and Nepali
  • MA Migration and Diaspora Studies and Intensive Language (Japanese/Korean/Arabic)
  • MA Linguistics and a Language (Japanese/Korean/Arabic)

Candidate Criteria

  • Applicants must possess or expect to be awarded a first class or 2:1 honours degree from a UK university.
  • Applicants must be progressing from an undergraduate degree which was at a UK university* under the £9000 tuition fee regime. This tuition fee regime commenced in 2012.
  • Applicants must have applied for admission to pursue a relevant Master’s programme by the application deadline.  Applicants must meet the English language condition of their offer. If your offer is conditional on English, please arrange your English test and ensure you meet the English requirements as soon as possible.
  • Open to applicants paying fees at the UK/EU rate only, priority will be given to UK residents

*UK University refers to any Higher Education Institution (HEI) in England supported by HEFCE or a HEI in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland which has charged the student higher fees due to their origin in another UK region – https://www.hefce.ac.uk

Language criteria

  • Applicants for Arabic, Japanese, Korean, and South Asian Studies (including Nepali) do not require prior knowledge of these languages, but previous experience in studying foreign languages is normally required.
  • Applicants for Chinese Studies must have at least intermediate-level proficiency in Mandarin (HSK Level 4).

Candidate Assessment

  • Candidates will be assessed on academic merit by a Selection Panel consisting of five academic members of staff.
  • The assessment of your application will be based on the information provided in your scholarship application and in your on-line application for admission.  Selectors will be looking at the degree results as well as at academic references, statement and other relevant information.
  • Short-listed applicants will be asked for evidence that they are progressing from an undergraduate degree which was at a UK university under the £9000 tuition fee regime. This tuition fee regime commenced in 2012.
  • The two-year scholarship will be renewed subject to satisfactory progress.

Notification of Results

Successful candidates will be notified in July 2015 and payment will be in the form of tuition fee remission.  If you have not heard from us by the end of July, you should assume that your application was unsuccessful.

Scholarship Application Procedures:

You must follow two steps:

  1. You must apply for this scholarship via the on-line scholarship application form. The deadline is  17.00 UK time, 20 May 2015. Late applications cannot be considered
  2. In addition to the online scholarship application, applicants must also have submitted a complete on-line application for admission to an eligible programme. Please do this as soon as possible but no later than 20 May 2015.

A complete application for admission includes transcripts, an explanation of the grading system for any degrees obtained outside of the UK, two references, CV and a personal statement. The panel will be considering your scholarship application TOGETHER with your on-line application for admission. Please note that complete applications for admission may take up to 4 weeks to be considered by the Department, although this may vary depending on the time of the year. 

For enquiries, please contact:

Scholarships Officer
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square

Email: scholarships@soas.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7074 5094/5091/5142