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The Ahmad Mustafa Abu-Hakima Bursary

Deadline: 20 March 2015

There is one Ahmad Mustafa Abu-Hakima Bursary, valued at £4,500 in total. The Ahmad Mustafa Abu-Hakima Bursary is intended to off-set part of the cost of tuition fees or assist with living expenses.

Eligible Programmes

The bursary is for students undertaking full-time postgraduate degrees involving the study of the modern history of the Arab world. Eligible programmes are:

  • MA History
  • MA History and Intensive Language
  • MA Historical Research Methods 
  • MA Historical Research Methods and Intensive Language
  • MA Near and Middle East Studies 
  • MSc Middle East Politics 
  • MA Gender Studies 
  • MA Media and the Middle East
  • MSc Development Studies 
  • MA Israeli Studies 
  • MA Palestine Studies 

History courses offered as majors or minors in these programmes which deal with the modern Arab World are:

  • Modernity and the Transformation of the Middle East I and II offered by the Department of History;
  • Israel, the Arab World and the Palestinians and Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies I: History and Politics offered by the Faculty of Languages and Cultures
Candidate Criteria
  • Applicants must possess a good honours degree from a UK university or an equivalent institution recognised by SOAS.
  • In order to be eligible for this scholarship, you must have provided evidence in the statement of your admission application on how your full-time taught Masters programme involves the history of the modern Arab world. Applicants are strongly advised to identify relevant courses offered as majors or minors as part of their programme of choice. Failure to provide such evidence will disqualify the application.
  • Applicants must have an offer of admission to pursue a full-time masters 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 2015.  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 UK/EU 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 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.
Scholarship Application Deadline
  • Scholarship applications must be received no later than 17:00 (UK local time) on 20 March 2015.
  • 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.
Number of applications normally received 

25 applications

Notification of Results

Successful candidates will be notified by the end of July.  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:

  • STEP 1: Apply for your programme

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

Applicants must have an offer of admission to pursue a full-time masters 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 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 can take up to 4 weeks to be considered by the Department, although this duration can vary depending on the time of the 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, which will be available from this page from 16 February 2015.  Please check this page again then.

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