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





AHRC Research Training Support Grant

not applicable

for current AHRC Studentship award holders at SOAS (Current students only)


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.


Award for Fieldwork


for students currently enrolled in an MPhil/PhD degree programme at SOAS (Current students only). There are two deadlines. Round 1: MONDAY 30 October 2017, 17.00 UK time – for students leaving for fieldwork from 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2018 inclusiveRound 2: MONDAY 16 April 2018, 17.00 UK time – for students leaving for fieldwork from 1 July 2018 to 31 December 2018 inclusive

Round 2 will open on 23 January 2018 for 2017/18 Academic Year(First round closed) 

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 annualy at SOAS.

The two successful Bloomsbury Colleges PhD studentships for 2018-19 at SOAS are available for the following two projects:

1. Mining ‘realms of memory’ for alternative histories of Mao’s China: the ‘Third Front’ campaign. Principal Supervisor: Dr Andrea Janku (SOAS); Co-Supervisor: Dr Julia Lovell (BBK)
2. Examining the role of NGOs in Public-Private partnerships: a comparative approach across housing, education and health. Principal Supervisor: Dr Elisa Van Waeyenberge(SOAS); Co-Supervisor: Dr Jasmine Gideon (BBK)
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) OPEN for 2017/18 Academic Year - Deadline for second round: 16 April 2018, 17:00 UK Time. (First round closed)
Christopher Davis Award Any Research Degree: Anthropology and Sociology (Current students only on Extension of Writing up - continuation) CLOSED
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
CKS (Centre of Korean Studies) bursaries Any in Korean Studies (New admissions) 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
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

ESRC Collaborative Studentship - Questioning BRTs: A win-win solution to public transport problems in the cities of developing countries? UK/EU MSc Research for International Development plus MPhil/PhD in International Development OPEN - NEW
ERC PhD studentship: Edition of a section of the Avestan Yasna Any For research degree (MPhil/PhD) Religions and Philosophies at SOAS.  This PhD Studentship - Edition of a section of the Avestan Yasna is offered under the ERC-funded project "The Multimedia Yasna" led by Professor Almut Hintze 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) OPEN
Jordan Travel Grant Any for currently enrolled research students in Religions and Philosophies at SOAS to help with travel expenses (Current students only) OPEN - deadline 1 March 2018.
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
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
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
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
The Research Centre in Global Finance (RCGF) PhD Studentship UK/EU for full-time MPhil/PHD Finance and Management, whose thesis topic focuses on the research programme of the RCGF. OPEN
Santander Mobility Awards Any for students currently enrolled in an MPhil/PhD degree programme at SOAS. Available for overseas fieldwork (Current students only) CLOSED for 2017-18
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
SOAS Research Studentships Any for any eligible full-time MPhil/PhD degree programme (New admissions) OPEN
Sochon Foundation Scholarship Any in Korean Studies (Current students and New admissions) 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