SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Funding Your Studies

Applicants to the Anthropology MPhil/PhD programme at SOAS may wish to consider the following sources of funding for training and research.

These highly competitive scholarships are based on academic merit and, in some cases, financial need. You are strongly encouraged to read the linked guidelines and application procedures carefully.

Some of the following are earmarked for students already enrolled in a doctoral programme and are included here to help students plan ahead. The Department also maintains a list of scholarships and grants specifically for fieldwork, which appears in the Research Student Handbook.

SOAS-Administered Awards
  • SOAS Research Studentship
    Funding application deadline: 31 January 2017
    For consideration submit PhD application by 3 January 2017
    Eligibility: incoming UK, EU, and overseas students
  • Felix Scholarship
    Funding application deadline: 31 January 2017
    For consideration submit PhD application by 31 January 2017
    Eligibility: incoming Indian nationals only, currently living in India, who received prior degree(s) from Indian universities
  • Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship
    Funding application deadline: 22 February 2017
    For consideration submit PhD application by 11 January 2017
    Eligibility: UK, EU, and overseas students, provided they have already completed at least one year postgraduate study at a UK institution of higher education; must focus on theme connected with Japan
  • Meiji Jingu Japanese Studies Research Scholarship
    Funding application deadline: 16 May 2017
    For consideration submit PhD application by 4 April 2017
    Eligibility: incoming and continuing UK, EU, and overseas students; must focus on theme connected with Japan
  • Ouseley Memorial Scholarship
    Funding application deadline: 16 May 2017
    Eligibility: continuing UK, EU, and overseas students; research must require use of an Asian or Middle Eastern language
External Awards

The following institutions offer support to students at different stages of doctoral training and research. The Anthropology department has no further information beyond the links provided. Please contact the sponsoring institution to learn more.

  • British Association for Japanese Studies Studentship
    Eligibility: postgraduate or prospective postgraduate students of any nationality. Must have been accepted onto the MPhil/PhD degree programme (full-time or part-time) at time of application and have a focus on Japanese studies.
  • Daiwa Scholarship in Japanese Studies
    Eligibility: UK citizens who hold or are completing a degree focussing primarily on the study of Japan and containing a substantial Japanese language component. Includes funds for research travel.
  • Fulbright-SOAS Fellowship
    Eligibility: US citizens not already resident in the UK who plan to attend SOAS for postgraduate study
  • Guggenheim Foundation Research Grants
    Eligibility: students of any nationality who will complete a doctoral thesis involving causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression during the award year
  • Lanekassen (Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund)
    Eligibility: Norwegian students (citizens or qualified residents), for assistance with tuition and fees
  • Marshall Scholarships
    Eligibility: US citizens with a BA from an American university, for the first 1-2 years of a doctoral programme 
  • Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture - International Doctoral Scholarship
    Eligibility: Any graduate student who is officially enrolled in a doctoral programme, who intends to write a doctoral thesis on a topic related to Jewish culture, and who has had his/her doctoral thesis topic approved. One year, renewable up to four years. May be used for fieldwork and/or writing.
  • Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust
    Eligibility: incoming and continuing postgraduate students of any nationality over the age of 24. Must be resident in the UK at time of application.
  • Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships
    Eligibility: Canadian citizens enrolled full-time in the first or second year (or in the process of enrolling) in the doctoral program to pursue one of the folllowing themes: Human Rights and Dignity; Responsible Citizenship; Canada in the World; People and their Natural Environment

Other useful websites

  • Prospects - the UK's official graduate website
  • The British Council's "Study UK" site - excellent source of information about studying in the UK, including an overview of the educational system and pointers on scholarships, fellowships, and grants
  • Turn2Us - database of charitable grants available for a wide range of criteria, including students