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Patricia Toye MA History Studentship

Deadline: 20 February 2020

This scholarship is funded by contributions made in the memory of the late Patricia Louise Toye. Originally, from Canada, Patricia Toye was an alumnus of SOAS and Queen's University in Canada. An historian, in her later years she had become highly respected as a specialist in archival sources documenting historical aspects of political and territorial (especially border-related) problems of the contemporary Middle East and Africa. Patricia was only 33 years old when she died on 24 October 1994.

The scholarship will cover the cost of fees at the Home/EU rate (£10,170 in 2020/2021) on the MA History programme. However, the fund is open to all student applicants (Home/EU and Overseas) on the MA History and MA History and Intensive Language.

The purpose of the Fund is to promote archival research relating to the history of the Middle East and Africa, with a preference for projects on the historical origins of contemporary disputes. It is financed by contributions made in the memory of Patricia Louise Toye. As an historian, Patricia Toye became highly respected as a specialist in archival sources documenting historical aspects of political and territorial (especially border-related) problems of the contemporary Middle East and Africa. In considering applications, a preference will be given to projects that use archival research to bring new insight to contemporary issues in the regions concerned, but the award will be made to the strongest candidate in the year of application. 

Eligible Programmes

Candidate Criteria

  • Open to Home/EU and Overseas applicants. The scholarship only covers the Home/EU fees so Overseas students will need to fund the difference in fees.
  • Applicants must hold an offer to pursue one of the eligible degree programme at SOAS by the scholarships deadline. 
  • Applicants must meet the English language condition of their offer of admission to study at SOAS as soon as possible but no later than 1 June 2020. If your offer is conditional on English, please arrange your English test and ensure you meet the English requirements as soon as possible. Please note that most schoalrships do not cover funding or even allow for Pre-sessionals.  Please check the workding of your scholarship offer to see if you are eligible for Pre-sessional course or whether you need to achieve SOAS direct entry scores by the deadline specified in your scholarship terms and conditions. 
  • Applicants will need to undertake a dissertation project that use archival research to promote archival research relating to the history of the Middle East and Africa, with a preference for projects on the historical origins of contemporary disputes.
  • In considering applications, a preference will be given to projects projects that use archival research to bring new insight to contemporary issues in the regions concerned, but the award will be made to the strongest candidate in the year of application.
  • Applicants will be required to provide a statement with an outline of their dissertation project that outlines the main research questions of the project and gives details of the archives they propose to use. This statement should not exceed more than 1000 words (including bibliography).

Candidate Assessment

  • Candidates will be assessed on academic merit by Selection Panel consisting of three academic members.
  • Academic references, degree result, CV, your statement and other relevant information in your application will be considered to assess the above criteria.
  • The Panel will take into consideration the dissertation project. This should outline the main questions of the project and details of the archive applicants propose to use.
  • Feasibility of the research will be critical to the awarding of the studentship. The applicant must make clear that they will be able to access and draw information from the archive in time to write an original dissertation within the timeline of the MA History programme for which they are enrolled.  

Notification of Results

Successful candidates will be notified by the end of June. If you have not heard from us by the end of June, you should assume your application was unsuccessful.

Scholarship Application Deadline & Application Material

  • Scholarship applications must be received no later than 15:00 (UK local time) on Thursday, 20 February 2020.
  • You must submit a complete application of your programme as soon as possible and then submit an application for this scholarship.   Please note that complete applications for admission can take 4 weeks to be considered by the Department, although this duration can vary depending on the time of year. You should be prepared to wait up to 6 weeks in busy periods. It is recommended to apply for the programme about six weeks BEFORE the scholarships deadline (that is, by 9 January 2020).
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Scholarship Application Procedures

Applicants should follow the following steps:

  • STEP 1: Apply for your programme

You must submit a COMPLETE on-line application for admission.

Applicants must have an offer of admission to a degree programme at SOAS by the scholarship application deadline. It is recommended to apply for the programme about six weeks BEFORE the scholarships deadline (that is, by 9 January 2020).

A complete application for admission includes transcripts, an explanation of the grading system for any degrees obtained outside of the UK, two references, CV and a personal statement. The panel will be considering your scholarship application TOGETHER with your online application for admission.  Please note that complete applications for admission can take up to 4 weeks to be considered by the Department, although this duration can vary depending on the time of year.  You should be prepared to wait up to 6 weeks in busy periods. 

  • STEP 2: Apply for the scholarship by 15:00 (UK local time) on 20 February 2020.

You must apply for this scholarship via the online application form which will open HERE on 23 January 2020.

 

For enquiries, please contact the Scholarships Department: