SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Dr Hettie Elgood Scholarship

Deadline: Friday 21 June 2019


Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art alumni, Gretchen Welch and Ida Chow, have set up the Dr Hettie Elgood Scholarship to honour their teacher and friend, Dr Hettie Elgood, MBE. Dr Elgood is the Course Director of the Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art and Gretchen and Ida feel passionate that others get the opportunity to learn under her guidance. They are hoping that the successful scholar will go on to contribute to the course by lecturing or tutoring in the future, or by promoting the study of Asian art in some other way.

The Scholarship will cover full tuition fees for the Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art and an allowance to cover accommodation and international travel to and from London. The scholarship is open to anyone, anywhere in the world who is not financially able to pursue the course. The applicant must intend to pursue a career related to Asian art in academia, museums, auction houses or art galleries.

Eligible Course of Study

One Dr Hettie Elgood Scholarship is available for the 2019/20 academic year running from 30 September 2019 to 12 July 2020. The year-long course includes three 12 week modules including Indian Art, Chinese Art, Japanese & Korean Art or Buddhist Art.

Candidate Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates will be assessed on academic merit by a Selection Panel consisting of three academic members
  • Applicants must provide a personal statement confirming how this scholarship will make a difference to them and how they will use their study in the future
  • Applicants must explain their eligibility to the financial criterion in their personal statement
  • Where necessary applicants must provide evidence of their English-language proficiency at the point of application. This should include approved English Language test results (IELTS for UKVI) or evidence of prior postgraduate study at an English-language university. IELTS Level 6.5 is required.

Scholarship Application Procedure

Please apply for the Dr Hettie Elgood scholarship by downloading the application form and returning a completed scanned copy to You must also submit a personal statement, transcripts, evidence of proficiency in English language (where applicable), a piece of written work no less than 2,000 words and a copy of the picture page of your passport. Referees should email references directly to Denise Acford at

The deadline for applying for the scholarship for the 2019/20 academic year is 23.59 (UTC) on Friday 21 June 2019. Scholarship applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications by 26 July 2019.

Contact us

If you have any queries on the application process, eligibility requirements or any other aspects of the Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art course, please Denise Acford at or call +44 (0)207 898 4451.