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Scholarships available on SOAS Research Degree Programmes (MPhil/PhD)





Arts and Humanities Council (AHRC) - CHASE Normally UK/EU - see RCUK residency criteria

For research degree (MPhil/PhD) in the Arts and Humanities (New admissions and current students)

AHRC Research Training Support Grant not applicable for current AHRC Studentship award holders at SOAS (Current students only) Open
Alphawood Scholarships Normally be resident in one of the following countries: Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar/Burma, Singapore, Thailand or Vietnam The scholarships are open to full-time MPhil/PhD applicants whose research topic focuses on ancient to pre-modern Buddhist and Hindu art and/or architecture of Southeast Asia (New admissions only).For applicants who are considering applying for an MPhil/PhD degree we strongly recommend taking an MA first to adjust to the UK system and develop a strong research proposal that may form the basis of the MPhil/PhD application the following year.The Alphawood Scholarships programme is part of the Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme. The programme aims to make a significant and positive impact on the understanding and preservation of ancient to pre-modern Buddhist and Hindu art and architecture in the Southeast Asia region. Currently unavailable. Please check HERE for up-to-date information

Bloomsbury Colleges PhD Studentships

Check each individual project The Bloomsbury Colleges is a consortium of six University of London colleges. Up to two Mphil/PhD studentships of 3 year's duration (New admissions only) are available annually at SOAS. Available in 2019-20. Please check here mid-December 2018 for up-to-date information
Brough Sanskrit Awards Any 5 awards of up to £1400 for SOAS postgraduate research and master's students who use Sanskrit in the work and will use the funds for fieldwork, conference or workshop attendance (Current students only) Subject to availability - please check again mid-December 2018 for up-to-date information
CSJR Postgraduate Student Bursary Any for full-time or part-time Research Degree: Religions and Philosophies in JAPANESE RELIGIONS (Department of Religions and Philosophies, School of History, Religions and Philosophies) (New admissions only) Open
Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentships UK/EU.  Overseas students are also eligible in any cluster as long as they are using Advanced Quantiative Methods. Research Degree (MPhil/PhD): in Anthropology & Sociology; Research Degree (MPhil/PhD): in International Development (Department of Development Studies); Research Degree (MPhil/PhD): in Development Economics (Department of Economics); Research Degree (MPhil/PhD): in Law; Research Degree (MPhil/PhD): in Gender Studies; Research Degree (MPhil/PhD): in Politics and International Studies; Research Degrees (MPhil/PhD): Linguistics Open
Elisabeth Croll Scholarship for fieldwork in China Any for students currently enrolled in an MPhil/PhD degree programme at SOAS planning to undertake fieldwork in China, including mainland China and Taiwan (Current students only) Open
Felix scholarships India for any full-time MPhil/PhD degree programme (New admissions only) Open
Jit Kaur Babak & Chanchal Singh Babak Nottingham Research Award Any in Punjabi/Sikh Studies or Punjabi/Urdu Literature, for students currently enrolled in an MPhil/PhD at SOAS (Current students only) Available. Please check here mid-December 2018 for up-to-date information
Jordan Travel Grant Any for currently enrolled research students in Religions and Philosophies at SOAS to help with travel expenses (Current students only) Open
Kamran Djam Scholarships Any for full-time MPhil/PhD (New admissions only) in any of the following subject areas: Persian Language, Persian Literature and Iranian History Open
Meiji Jingu Japanese Studies Research Scholarships Any in Japanese studies - Two scholarships are offered annually, either for existing PhD students at SOAS, or newly enrolling full-time MPhil students.  Students may be registered in any department, and be of any nationality, but must be working on some aspect of Japanese Studies (Current students and New admissions) Open
Mo Ibrahim Foundation - GDAI - PhD Scholarships Africa for full-time Mph/PhD in the field of Governance for Development in Africa for applicants domiciled (or permanent residents) in an African country  (New admissions only) Open
Neil Kreitman Scholarship Any For full-time MPhil/PhD students, which involves undertaking research in the field of  Buddhist art, architecture or archaeology of Gandhara or of another Northern Central Asian Buddhist Culture Open
Ouseley Memorial Scholarship Any currently enrolled research students at SOAS whose research requires the use of any Middle Eastern or Asian language (Current students only) Open
Santander Mobility Awards Any for students currently enrolled in an MPhil/PhD degree programme at SOAS. Available for overseas fieldwork (Current students only)There are two rounds of fieldwork funding:
1. For doctoral researchers leaving for fieldwork from 1 January 2019 to 30 June 2019 inclusive: Application Deadline 1 December 2018.
2. For doctoral researchers leaving for fieldwork after 30 June 2019: Application Deadline 1 March 2019.
Open - For information including application and instructions, please contact the Doctoral School:
Saraswati Dalmia Scholarship Any For full-time or part-time Mphil/PhD which involves undertaking research in the field of Indian art from 1500 up to the present day. Preference will be given to those who undertake research in the field of modern and contemporary Indian art (Current first-year students and New admissions) Open
Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentships Any for any full-time research programme which focuses on any aspect of Japan (Current students and New admissions) Open
Shapoorji Pallonji Scholarships Any Full-time MPhil PhD (new admissions only, starting in September 2019) in the following subject areas:i) Zoroastrianism, both ancient and modern ii) Zoroastrianism with Avestan, Pahlavi, Persian or Gujarati languages. Open
SOAS Research Studentships Any for any eligible full-time MPhil/PhD degree programme (New admissions) Subject to availability - please check again in mid-December 2018 for up-to-date information
SOAS Roots fieldwork Award Any For a current SOAS MPhil/PhD students from the department of Music undertaking research in the field of Mande music and going on fieldwork in the 2018-19 academic year. No longer available
Sochon Foundation Scholarship Any in Korean Studies (New admissions) Open
The Centre for Global Finance (CGF)

UK/EU For full-time MPhil/PHD Finance and Management, whose thesis topic focuses on the research programme of the CGF. Open
Tibawi Trust Awards Palestinian for Palestinian postgraduate students currently enrolled on a programme at SOAS. Available for fieldwork and conferences (Current students only) Open