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Scholarships available on SOAS Research Degree Programmes (MPhil/PhD)

AHRC Research Training Support Grant not applicable for current AHRC Studentship award holders at SOAS (Current students only) Open
Alphawood Scholarships Normally be resident in one of the following countries: Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar/Burma, Singapore, Thailand or Vietnam for full-time MPhil/PhD students whose thesis topic focuses on Southeast Asian art (New admissions only) Closed
Award for Fieldwork Any for students currently enrolled in an MPhil/PhD degree programme at SOAS (Current students only). For students leaving for fieldwork from 1 January 2016 to 30 June 2016 inclusive  Open

Bloomsbury Colleges PhD Studentships Any (apart from Learning to compose and improvise in an oral tradition: cognitive aspects of Indian music, which is only available for Home/EU)

The Bloomsbury Colleges is a consortium of six University of London colleges. Three MPhil/PhD studentships of 3 year's duration will be available at SOAS (New admissions only) for 2016-17 for the following projects:

  • The John Thomson (1837-1921) Photo Archive: Framing China and Southeast Asia (SOAS / Bbk)
  • Mining, Land and Water Law: ensuring sustainable and equitable outcomes (SOAS / Bbk)
  • Learning to compose and improvise in an oral tradition: cognitive aspects of Indian music (SOAS / IoE)
CJSR Postgraduate Student Bursary Any for full-time or part-time MPhil/PhD in Japanese Religions in the Department of Religions and Philosophies (New admissions only) Open
Elisabeth Croll Scholarship for fieldwork in China Any for students currently enrolled in an MPhil/PhD degree programme at SOAS planning to undertake fieldwork in China, including mainland China and Taiwan (Current students only) Open
Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentships UK/EU.  Overseas students are also eligible in any cluster as long as they are using Advanced Quantiative Methods. for MPhil/PhD Anthropology and Sociology, MPhil/PhD International Development and MPhil/PhD Politics and International Studies at SOAS (Current students and new Admissions) Closed
eFileReady Scholarship Any but preference will be given to candidates ordinarily resident in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Philippines or Burma

for research in the field of Law and Peace, specifically focused on the role of law in the creation of sustainable peace agreements in small or medium-sized conflicts. The project should examine the potential for a template for peace agreements, through research on a conflict, or series of conflicts, in the Asia-Pacific region that may have the potential for further application in Africa and other regions.  The research proposal should demonstrate an understanding of Asian perspectives and approaches, awareness of the existing literature on the role of law in peace processes as well as the various limitations and tensions derived from the need for multi-actor participation in peace processes.

Felix scholarships India for any full-time MPhil/PhD degree programme (New admissions only) Closed
Jit Kaur Babak & Chanchal Singh Babak Nottingham Research Award Any in Punjabi/Sikh Studies or Punjabi/Urdu Literature, for students currently enrolled in an MPhil/PhD at SOAS (Current students only) Open
Jordan Travel Grant Any for currently enrolled research students in the Department of Religions and Philosophies at SOAS to help with travel expenses (Current students only) Open
Kamran Djam Scholarships Any for full-time MPhil/PhD (New admissions only) in any of the following subject areas: Persian Language, Persian Literature and Iranian History Open
Mo Ibrahim Foundation - GDAI - PhD Scholarships Africa for full-time Mph/PhD in the field of Governance for Development in Africa for African nationals from an African country (New admissions only) 
DEADLINE: 30 April 2016
Meiji Jingu Japanese Studies Research Scholarships Any in Japanese studies - Two scholarships are offered annually, either for existing PhD students at SOAS, or newly enrolling full-time MPhil students.  Students may be registered in any department, and be of any nationality, but must be working on some aspect of Japanese Studies (Current students and New admissions) Open
Ouseley Memorial Scholarship Any

currently enrolled research students at SOAS whose research requires the use of any Middle Eastern or Asian language (Current students only)

Santander Mobility Awards Any for students currently enrolled in an MPhil/PhD degree programme at SOAS. Available for overseas fieldwork (Current students only) Closed
Saraswati Dalmia Scholarship Any for MPhil/PhD in the Department of History of Art & Archaeology, which involves undertaking research in the field of modern and contemporary Indian art (Current students and New admissions) Open
Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentships Any for any full-time research programme which focuses on any aspect of Japan (Current students and New admissions) Open

SOAS Refugee Scholarships

UK For any full-time or part-time research degree programme. A scholarship which covers tuition fees. Open
SOAS Research Studentships Any for any eligible full-time MPhil/PhD degree programme (New admissions)


Sochon Foundation Scholarship Any in Korean Studies (Current students and New admissions) Open
Tibawi Trust Awards Palestinian for Palestinian postgraduate students currently enrolled on a programme at SOAS. Available for fieldwork and conferences (Current students only) Open
Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships UK residents paying fees at the UK rate for Doctoral research in the subject disciplines of History, Literature and Languages Open