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


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Arts and Humanities Council (AHRC) - CHASE UK - 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). Closed
AHRC/CHASE Collaborative Doctoral Award PhD Studentship UK/International The PhD will commence in October 2021. The student will spend at least three months each at the AARC, and at archives in South Africa. Fluency in Arabic, a capacity to travel freely in Africa, and a first-class degree in Politics/History are essential. Closed
Centre for Global Finance (CGF) Scholarship UK/EU For research degree (MPhil/PhD) in Finance and Management - September 2021 entry only who thesis topic focuses on the research programme of the CGF. Opening in April
Bloomsbury Colleges PhD Studentships Check each individual project

The Bloomsbury Colleges is a consortium of six University of London colleges. Two Mphil/PhD studentships of 3 year's duration (New admissions only) will be available for 2021/22 at SOAS for the following projects:

1. Race, solidarity and campus life: A study of three Bloomsbury colleges 1956-1982. Principal Supervisor: Dr. Eleanor Newbigin

2. Recording the Invisible: Islamic Architecture and its Photographic Archives. Principal Supervisor: Dr. Simon O’Meara

Brough Sanskrit Awards Any 3 awards of up to £1200 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). Closed
Doctoral School Grants Any As part of Early Career Researcher development, SOAS offers funding to PhD students for language training, conference attendance, student-led initiatives and fieldwork (Current students only). Open
SOAS Centre of Korean Studies Scholarship

Any For full-time Research Degree with a focus on Korean Studies (New admissions and Current students). Closed
CSJR Postgraduate Student Bursary Any For full-time Research Degree: Religions and Philosophies in JAPANESE RELIGIONS (Department of Religions and Philosophies, School of History, Religions and Philosophies) (New admissions only). Closed
Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentships UK/EU.  Overseas students are also eligible in any cluster as long as they are using Advanced Quantitative 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. Closed
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). Closed- Opened  3rd March  2021
Felix scholarships India For any full-time MPhil/PhD degree programme (New admissions only). Closed
JRC Fuwaku Scholarships Any Any full-time MPhil/PhD student (new admissions and current students) whose thesis topic focuses on any aspect of Japan. Closed
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). Open Spring 2021
Jordan Travel Grant Any For currently enrolled research students in Religions and Philosophies at SOAS to help with travel expenses (Current students only). Closed
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. Closed
Leverhulme Research Leadership Award PhD studentship: Mapping Sumatra’s Manuscript Cultures Any The studentship is offered as part of the Leverhulme Research Leadership Award ‘Mapping Sumatra’s manuscript cultures.’ For full-time MPhil/PhD (New admissions only) in South East Asia studies and research must be directly connected to the project. 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). Closed
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. Closed
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). Closed
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). Closed
Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentships Any For any full-time research programme which focuses on any aspect of Japan (Current students and New admissions). Closed
Shapoorji Pallonji Scholarships Any Full-time MPhil PhD (new admissions only, starting in September 2021) in the following subject areas:i) Zoroastrianism, both ancient and modern ii) Zoroastrianism with Avestan, Pahlavi, Persian or Gujarati languages. Closed
SOAS Research studentships Check specific eligibility criteria Full-time MPhil PhD (new admissions only, starting in September 2021).  Closed
Sochon Foundation Scholarship Any In Korean Studies (New admissions). Closed
Tibawi Trust Awards Palestinian For Palestinian postgraduate students currently enrolled on a programme at SOAS. Available for fieldwork and conferences (Current students only). Closed