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The Swire Scholarship in Chinese History

Deadline: 30 January 2015

The Swire Scholarship has been facilitated by a generous donation from the Swire Educational Trust, in keeping with the Trust's historical commitment to assist students at university and college through the award and administration of scholarships.

The aim of The Swire Scholarship in Chinese History at SOAS is to promote doctoral research within the Department of History focusing on the socio-political and/ or economic history of China during the second half of the nineteenth and early part of the twentieth century.

This represents a period in history when trade encounters between China and the West were intensifying – as exemplified by forerunners of the modern-day Swire Group, which had established an important presence in China that exists to this day.

The Swire Archive, located at SOAS, provides a historical record of the company from the period 1870-1980, giving an insight into the leading figures and firms involved in trade in the Far East and revealing aspects of Chinese trade, British business philosophy and Chinese and expatriate life. It is therefore a rich source of material for anyone studying the socio-political and/ or economic history of China during this period and we hope that recipients of the Swire Scholarship in Chinese History may be encouraged to use the Swire Archive as a tool in their doctoral research.

One Swire Scholarship (MPhil/PhD) will be awarded in 2015-16 to be renewed annually (pending the award holder's satisfactory progress from year to year), until the end of the 2017-18 academic year. For applicants classified as Overseas for fee purpose, the total value of the scholarship will be £23,625 in Year 1, £24,455 in Year 2 and £25,316 in Year 3. For applicants classified as Home/EU for fee purposes, the total value of the scholarship will be £15,345 in Year 1, £15,805 in Year 2 and £16,280 in Year 3. Fees will be deducted from this amount and the remainder will be used toward maintenance.

Eligible Programmes

  • The full-time MPhil/PhD (new admissions only) in the Department of History.  
  • Candidates should undertake to write their thesis on a theme connected with the socio-political and/or economic history of China during the second half of the nineteenth and early part of the twentieth century.  
  • Please ensure you provide evidence on how your proposed topic falls under the scholarship topic in the personal statement of your on-line application for admission

Candidate Criteria

  • Open to Home, EU and Overseas students
  • Applicants must possess or expect to be awarded a Distinction in their Masters degree.  Applicants with a non-UK degree to be adjudged in the top rank by their referees and transcript. Those with a mark of Merit may apply but will not be given preference.
  • Applicants must have an offer of admission to the eligible Research programme at SOAS by the scholarships deadline. 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.
  • 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.

Candidate Assessment

  • Candidates will be assessed on academic merit and on past experience in the field of Chinese History by a Selection Panel consisting of three academic members.
  • The assessment of your scholarship application will be based on the information in your scholarship application and on the information in your on-line application for admission.
  • The final decision on the selected award holder will be made by SOAS, and communicated to the chosen recipient following consultation with the Swire Education Trust.

Scholarship Application Deadline

  • Scholarship applications must be received no later than 17:00 (UK local time) on 30 January 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.

Notification of Results

The successful candidate will be notified by e-mail regarding the outcome of the scholarship application by the end of May. If you have not heard from us by the beginning of June, you should assume that your studentship application was unsuccessful.  

Scholarship Application Procedures

  • STEP 1: Apply for your programme:

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

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 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