SOAS University of London


SOAS International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship

Deadline: 28 February 2019

The SOAS International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship is designed to award new postgraduate students starting in September 2019 with a first-class academic performance.

Type of award and value

Fee reduction of £3,000 towards tuition fees

Number of awards available

There are limited number of scholarships available, these are listed against the country in the table below

Eligibility and award criteria

  • Have a UK first-class honours degree (1st) or the international equivalent, (You are also required to have met the intended programme entry criteria, this may include a specific subject, i.e. Economics, Law etc before starting programme in September 2019.
  • A 250-word supporting statement with your Masters programme application.
  • Be a national from the countries listed below
  • Be classified as overseas for fee purposes
  • Be self-financing
  • Have accepted an offer to study an eligible Masters campus taught programme at SOAS University of London, (please note Distance Learning or Online programmes are ineligible for this award).
  • If you have applied for another scholarship or award to study at SOAS, the higher amount will be awarded.


Country / Nationality Number of awards International equivalent of UK first-class honours degree
Canada 2 3.7/4,4/4.3, 8/9, 10/12, A, 83%
China 5 Minimum 85%
Ethiopia 2 Masters with excellent grades (A or 3.5/4)
Ghana 2 Minimum 70%, or 3.5/4
India 10 70%
Indonesia 2 3.5/4.0
Nigeria 2 Minimum 70%, or 3.5/4, 4.5/5, 6/7
Norway 1 A/B
Pakistan 5 CGPA 3.3 or 70%
Russia 1 4.7
South Africa 2 A four year bachelors degree with a minimum of 75%
Taiwan 2 Minimum 85% or GPA 3.8/4
Thailand 2 3.5-3.7/4.0
Turkey 3 3.5-3.7/4.0
USA 5 3.7 - 4.0

How to apply for the SOAS International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship?

There is no separate application required. Applicants should apply for the programme in the usual way and upload a 250 word supporting statement as part of the application for the Masters programme in the "scholarships section". (This is in addition to the normal 1,000 word supporting statement required for the master's programme application).

Candidate Assessment

Applications are shortlisted by a Selection Committee of at least three members.

Notification of Scholarship Award

Successful candidates will be notified by 31 May 2019. (The offer will outline the conditions required to be met).

For enquiries, please:

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7074 4700