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Registry

SOAS Research Studentships

Deadline: 29 January 2016

Fourteen studentships (four for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, four for the Faculty of Language and Cultures and six for the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences) are available for students who are proposing to register full-time for a research degree at SOAS. The SOAS Research Studentships provide remission of tuition fees and a maintenance allowance of at least £16,057. 

Subject to satisfactory progress, the scholarship may be renewed for the normal duration of a full-time student’s registration. The normal duration of a full-time student’s registration for a research degree is three years. The award is therefore renewable for up to a further two years.

Eligible Programmes

  • Faculty of Arts and Humanities: 

Any full-time MPhil/PhD programme (new admissions only) in the following Departments:

  1. Anthropology and Sociology
  2. History of  Arts and Archaeology
  3. History
  4. Music
  5. Religions and Philosophies
  6. Media
  • Faculty of Languages and Cultures:

Any full-time MPhil/PhD programme (new admissions only)

  • Faculty of Law and Social Sciences

Any full-time MPhil/PhD programme (new admissions only) in the following Departments:

  1. Development Studies
  2. Economics
  3. Financial and Management Studies
  4. Law
  5. Politics and International Studies
  6. Gender Studies
  7. International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD)
  • Part-time programmes are not eligible

Candidate Criteria

  • Applicants must possess or expect to be awarded a Distinction in their Masters Degree from a UK university. Applicants with a non-UK degree to be adjudged in the top rank by their referees and transcript.
  • Only new research students may apply: those already enrolled on a research degree programme at SOAS are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must have an offer of admission to a Research degree programme at SOAS by the scholarship application deadline.
  • Applicants must meet the English language condition of their offer of admission to study at SOAS as soon as possible but no later than 1 June 2016. If your offer is conditional on English, please arrange your English test and ensure you meet the English requirements as soon as possible.
  • Candidates currently completing a Masters degree are welcome to apply.
  • Open to Home/EU applicants and overseas applicants

Candidate Assessment

  • Candidates will be assessed on academic merit by a Selection Panel consisting of three academic members.
  • The assessment  of your application will be based on the information provided in your 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.

Scholarship Application Deadline

  • Scholarship applications must be received no later than 17:00 (UK local time) on 29 January 2016. 
  • You must submit a complete online application to your programme as soon as possible and then submit an application for the scholarship.  Applicants applying for scholarships must also submit an application for admission well in advance.  Please note that complete applications for admission can take up to 4 weeks to be considered by the Department, although this duration can vary depending on the time of year.  You should be prepared to wait up to 6 weeks in busy periods.
  • Late or incomplete  applications will not be considered.

Notification of Results

Successful candidates will be notified by the end of June.  If you have not heard from us by the end of June, you should assume your application was unsuccessful. 

Scholarship Application Procedures

You must follow two steps:   

  • STEP 1Apply for your programme

Applicants must submit a COMPLETE on-line application for admission. 

Applicants must have an offer of admission to a Research degree programme at SOAS by the scholarship application deadline. A complete application for admission includes transcripts, an explanation of the grading system for any degrees obtained outside of the UK, two references, CV, research proposal and a personal statement. The panel will be considering your scholarship application TOGETHER with your online application for admission.  Please note that complete application for admission can take up to 4 weeks to be considered by the Department, although this duration can vary depending on the time of year.  You should be prepared to wait up to 6 weeks in busy periods.

  • STEP 2:  Apply for the scholarship

You must apply for this scholarship via the on-line scholarship application form.

For enquiries, please contact:

Scholarships Officer
Registry
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London
WC1H 0XG
United Kingdom

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