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

Deadline: 14 July 2014

The SOAS-led consortium "Sustainable Funding for Language-based Area Studies", funded by the HEFCE Postgraduate Support Scheme with match-funding from SOAS, has a scholarship fund of £460,000 to award in 2014-15.  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 2-year full-time MA programmes dealing with the Arab World, China, Japan, Korea and South Asia. One-year (£20,000) and two-year (£40,000) scholarships will be available. The scholarships will cover fees at the Home/EU level plus a contribution to maintenance costs.

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 a first class or 2:1 honours degree from a UK university or equivalent institution recognised by SOAS.
  • 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
  • Financial need may also be taken into consideration when selecting award-holders.

Language criteria

  • Applicants for Arabic, 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).
  • Applicants for Japanese must have intermediate-level proficiency in Japanese (500 kanji, 220 study hours).

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 and also at academic references, statement and other relevant information.
  • The two-year scholarships may also be assessed on criteria of financial need.  Short-listed applicants may be asked for evidence of receipt of the full maintenance grant during their undergraduate studies.
  • The two-year scholarship will be renewed subject to satisfactory progress.

Notification of Results

Successful candidates will be notified in August 2014.  If you have not heard from us by the end of August, 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, 14 July 2014. 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 14 July 2014.

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