SOAS University of London

Doctoral School

Doctoral School Grants

As part of Early Career Researcher development, SOAS offers funding to PhD students for language training, conference attendance, student-led initiatives and fieldwork. 

All funds are now open for applications - please use the application forms on PhD Manager.

Please see the tabs below for eligibility criteria. 

  • Language Acquisition Fund
  • Student-led Initiatives Grant
  • Fieldwork Awards

Conference Funding

As part of Early Career Researcher development, students can normally apply for up to £500 funding for the opportunity to present a paper at a conference. 

Application Details and Deadlines are sent by email.

Application is via PhDManager.

We aim to release the decisions within a month of the deadline. 

FORMS

Successful applicants will be informed of decisions within a month of the funding deadline and will be required to complete the forms below:

Conference Funding Report Form (msword; 51kb)  

Non-Staff Expenses Form (vnd.ms-excel; 310kb)  

Language Acquisition Fund

The Doctoral School manages funding to allow PhD students in any year of study up to £750 per year to learn a language to assist with their research. Students may apply more than once during their PhD programme.

Course costs

Applicants should note that they will need to pay for the course in advance and apply for reimbursement. This is permitted under the following conditions:

  1. If the course is offered by SOAS Language Centre
  2. If the course is offered by another University Language Centre in the UK or overseas
  3. If the course is offered by recognised course provider in UK or overseas (e.g. Goethe Institut)

Private language tuition / Bespoke language tuition

If a course is not available within SOAS or via another course provider, then the fund can be used for private language tuition. Students seeking private tuition should contact SOAS Language Centre for information on bespoke language training as they have the expertise and knowledge of London-based tutors.

Application Details and Deadlines are sent by email. 

Application is via PhDManager

We aim to release the decisions within a month of the deadline.

FORMS

Successful applicants will be informed of decisions within a month of the funding deadline and will be required to complete the forms below:

Language Acquisition Fund Report Form (msword; 49kb)  

Non-Staff Expenses Form (vnd.ms-excel; 310kb)  

Student-led Initiatives Grant

As part of Early Career Researcher Development, the Doctoral School is able to offer a maximum of £500 per event for student-led research activity. This grant is in addition to the conference funding (Years 3 and 4 only) and students may make an application to both funds in the same year if they are in Years 3 and 4.

Applications are encouraged from SOAS PhD students in any year of study who wish to organise a SOAS-based interdisciplinary conference or workshop. They can, of course, make an application with researchers from another institution and we would expect that the other institution would also offer partial funding. The money can cover catering or travel expenses for speakers; the funding cannot be used for paying speakers or printing costs for publications. The Doctoral School will order internal catering on your behalf. Please note that all claims for travel expenses will need to be supported with valid receipts and no "per diem" can be awarded.

After the conference, you will be asked to write a short report summarising the achievements, research impact and possibilities for future collaboration or publication. You will also liaise with Doctoral School Staff about claiming expenses for the conference.

Application Details and Deadlines are sent by email. 

Application is via PhDManager


We aim to release the decisions within a month of the deadline.   

FORMS

Successful applicants will be informed of decisions within a month of the funding deadline and will be required to complete the forms below:

Student-led Initiatives Conference Report Form (msword; 52kb)  

Non-Staff Expenses Form (vnd.ms-excel; 310kb)  

Fieldwork Awards

The Doctoral School has responsiblity for Fieldwork Grant Funding from the Santander Mobility Allowance and University of London. A small amount of funding (between £500 - £1000 per applicant) is available, though this amount will vary by the allocation we receive each year.

Application Details and Deadlines are sent by email 

Application is via PhDManager

We aim to release the decisions within a month of the deadline. 

FORMS

Successful applicants will be informed of decisions within a month of the funding deadline and will be required to complete the forms below:

Fieldwork Certification Form (msword; 27kb)   

Payment Request Form (vnd.ms-excel.sheet.macroenabled.12; 288kb)