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The Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme

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The Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme at SOAS

The Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme is a transformational programme that aims to further the understanding and preservation of ancient to pre-modern Buddhist and Hindu art and architecture in Southeast Asia. The Programme will support up to 80 scholarships over the next five years, fund three new fully endowed academic posts at SOAS and establish conferences, symposia and master-classes in London and Southeast Asia. It will strengthen SOAS’ research expertise and existing institutional links to create a vibrant network linking the art, archaeology and heritage organisations in the Southeast Asian region.

To read about the project to date see the first Alphawood Annual Impact Report 2014.

The Alphawood Scholarships

Alphawood Scholarship

The Alphawood Scholarships will bring outstanding students to SOAS who will undertake a range of postgraduate studies that focus on ancient to pre-modern Buddhist and Hindu art in Southeast Asia. Over the five years of the programme scholarship students and alumni will make a significant and positive impact on the understanding and preservation of ancient to pre-modern art and architecture in the region.

The scholarships will be open to students wishing to study a range of courses from Postgraduate Diploma to Doctorate level. The purpose of the Scholarships programme is capacity building therefore support will be available to successful candidates who require extra English language training.

Please note that successful candidates will be asked to provide approved English language test results (IELTS or Pearson) to demonstrate that they hold the minimum UK Borders Agency requirement to obtain a Tier 4 (General) Student visa.

Please visit the Alphawood Scholarships web page for more information on candidate eligibility and how to apply.

SAAAP Academic Support Fund

Academic Support Fund

The Academic Support Fund supports individual and group research projects, conferences, symposia and other activities in the UK and in Southeast Asia which further the aims of the Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme.

The Academic Support Fund is open to all SOAS staff and research students. Applications to the fund will be assessed on an individual basis and approved by the SAAAP Project Board.

Deadline for Applications: there are two deadlines per year, they are 31st October and 27th February. Applications will be discussed at the following Project Board meeting.

For an application form please contact Simone Green (

Academic Staff

The Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme is implemented under the direction of the Project Board

Contact Us

If you would like more information on the Programme's activities or would like to contribute in any way we would be happy to hear from you. Visit the Contact Us page for more details.