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Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities

Deadline: 31 January 2014

The University is delighted to have been selected as one of the few institutions in the UK to be awarded three Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities.

Three scholarships of £27,000 each, per annum will be available to PhD students applying for entry in Autumn 2014 in the subject disciplines of History, Literature and Languages. 

The Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship is for tuition fees, living expenses and research/ training costs. New awards offered in 2014 are valid only for the 2014/15 academic session but, subject to satisfactory progress, they may be renewed for the normal duration of a full-time student's registration.  The normal duration of a full-time student's registration three years.  

Eligible Programme
  • Any full-time research degree programme which involves research in  the following subject disciplines:
  1. History (one scholarship - as well as broad-based historical and historiographical studies, this may include such areas as classic, history of art, or architectural history, provided the research is grounded within historical methodology),
  2. Languages (one scholarship - research will be in applied languages rather than linguistics),  
  3. Literature (one scholarship)
  • Part-time programmes are not eligible.
Candidate Criteria
  • Applicants intending to commence a full-time research degree in 2014/15 in one of the above subjects are eligible to apply for the award.
  • Only new research students may apply: those already enrolled on a research degree programme at SOAS are not eligible to apply.
  • Have an offer of admission to a Research degree programme by the scholarship application deadline.
  • To be eligible to apply, candidates must at the time of application:
  1. Be a holder of a First Class Honours Degree from a UK university or overseas equivalent. Have (or expect to obtain) a relevant Master's degree from a UK university with a mark of Distinction (or overseas equivalent).
  2. Be UK residents paying fees at the UK rate.  Applicants must be classified as Home for fee purposes in order to be eligible for this scholarship (details on your fee status can be found in your offer of admission).
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 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 31 January 2014.
  •  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • 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.
Number of applications received

10 applications

Notification of Results

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

Scholarship Application Procedures

You must follow two steps:

  • STEP 1:  You must apply for this scholarship via the on-line scholarship application form.

If you are applying for a Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship in Literature OR Language, please use the Faculty of Languages and Culture on-line scholarship application form. 

If you are applying for a Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship in History, please use the Faculty of Arts and Humanities on-line scholarship application form. 

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.

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