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Sino-British Fellowship Trust

SOAS receives a generous grant from the Sino-British Fellowship Trust (SBFT), established by the late Dr Elizabeth Frankland Moore, to support individual or co-operative research projects. Research may be conducted either in Britain or in China, or in both countries. Small grants up to £2,000 are available.

Grant information

The grants are given by the Sino-British Fellowship Trust to eligible members of SOAS and are administered on its behalf by the SOAS China Institute. Grant applications are normally considered by a committee of the SCI, which evaluates and decides on applications shortly after three deadlines in the academic calendar by when applications must be submitted. 

Award value

The maximum value for an individual grant is normally £2,000, although this upper limit may be waived in exceptional cases.

Deadlines

The closing dates for application are:  31 March, 15 June, and 31 October

Claim procedure

If an allocated grant is not used within two months of the date on which the successful award letter is sent, the grant will be returned to the SCI for reallocation to another candidate. No claim for expenses will be considered beyond two weeks after the completion of the activity for which the grant is made.  An applicant who plans ahead is asked to inform the SCI in advance that an application will be submitted at one of the later cut-off points, but must apply in time for the funding to be disbursed and used within two months of its allocation.  For an event scheduled to take place beyond two months of the allocation but before the next application deadline, an applicant is asked to purchase the air-tickets and/or (where possible) disburse other approved expenses within the two months period. 

Before completing this form, please ensure you have read the terms of reference for the SBFT grants, reproduced below, and verify that the application meets at least one of the five specific purposes outlined.  An application that fosters collaborative research, particularly with a view to laying the ground work for an application for a major grant will be given priority in funding, but it will not be funded unless it meets the terms of reference below.  

Terms of Reference

The Sino-British Fellowship Trust only provides grants: 

a) to enable senior postgraduate candidates at higher education institutions in Britain to undertake study or research, to attend or participate in academic and professional conferences in China.

b) to enable senior postgraduate candidates at higher education institutions in China to undertake study or research, to attend or participate in academic and professional conferences in Britain.

c) to support senior postgraduate scholars in the study of Chinese languages.

d) to support academic exchanges and collaborative studies between senior postgraduate scholars in Britain and China.

e) to support academic exchanges and collaborative studies between senior postgraduate scholars in Hong Kong and other parts of China.

SOAS staff and research students (over the age of 25) visiting China are eligible, as are senior staff and research students at Chinese institutions visiting SOAS.
SOAS research students will also be required to provide a reference from their main supervisor supporting the application, including an assessment of the stage of work and the prospect for completing the PhD. 

Applicants for grants related to the study of Chinese languages, and for academic exchanges and collaborative studies, may also apply, but will be referred to the Trust for advice.

The allocation of grants is currently overseen by SOAS China Institute (sci@soas.ac.uk) to whom questions about eligibility or suitability should be directed.

Application Procedure

Complete and return the below application form.

Sino-British Fellowship Application Form

Send to:

Li-Sa Whittington, SCI Executive Officer. SOAS China Institute, M110, Brunei Gallery 

Or email to sci@soas.ac.uk

Successful Applicants

  • If an allocated grant is not used within two months of the date on which the successful award letter is sent, the grant will be returned to the SCI for reallocation to another candidate.
  • A short report must be provided within two weeks of the project/event concluding. The report should include:
    - Acknowledgement of the Sino-British Fellowship Trust
    - A summary of the project (100 words max)
    - The impact of the funding (250 words max)
    - 1 photo related to the project
    - Actual amount used

Past Recipients