SOAS University of London

SOAS agrees a second phase of the SAAAP programme with the Alphawood Foundation

11 September 2020

SOAS and the Alphawood Foundation have agreed to a second phase of the Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme (SAAAP) which will run from 2020/21 to 2022-23.

The generous donation from the Alphawood Foundation will enable the SAAAP to continue to support and advance the understanding and preservation of Southeast Asian Buddhist and Hindu art and architecture from ancient to pre-modern times. 

The second phase of the programme will focus on:

  • New scholarships – new Alphawood Scholarships to be made available over the next three academic years, which are expected to comprise a mix of Diploma and Master’s level programmes
  • Outreach and Communications – to continue our collaborative work with alumni, networks and partners to maximise the impact of the programme in the South East Asia region;
  • Research and Publications – to generate a range of high quality outputs and outcomes that advance knowledge and understanding within the remit

Professor Shane McCausland, Head of the School of Arts said: 

“I'm very pleased that we have now reached agreement with the Alphawood Foundation on Phase II of the SAAAP programme at SOAS, based in School of Arts. Through Phase II, we look forward to welcoming several more cohorts of scholars from Southeast Asia over the next several years in our PG Diploma and MA courses. We will also continue to develop our alumni networks in the region and to support the professional and career development of alumni across the region through outreach activities, partnerships and projects. It is a happy coincidence that, as recently announced, Dr Stephen A. Murphy will be joining us in the autumn, from the Asian Civilisations Museum Singapore, as Pratapaditya Pal Senior Lecturer in Curating and Museology within the SAAAP programme.”

About the Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme (SAAAP)

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 supported over 90 scholarships between 2014 and 2019 and funds three fully endowed academic posts at SOAS, as well as numerous research and publishing initiatives, conferences, summer programmes, lectures and workshops in London and Southeast Asia.

SAAAP is designed to strengthen SOAS’ research expertise and existing institutional links to create a vibrant network linking art, archaeology and heritage organisations in the Southeast Asian region. We do this through three main streams of activity: Scholarships, Research and Publications and Outreach activity.

Find out more about the SAAAP.