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SOAS ROOTS fieldwork awards

Deadline: 31 May 2018

Two SOAS ROOTS fieldwork awards (one Undergraduate scholarship at a value of £750 and one MPhil/PhD scholarship at a value of £2,740) are available and will enable two students to undertake approved fieldwork in the field of Mande music.

The awards have been made possible by the involvement of the SOAS Music Department in the remaking of the ground-breaking TV series ‘ROOTS’ which received international acclaim for its portrayal of the slave trade from West Africa to America in the 18th and 19th Century. As the leading scholar of Mande music, Dr Lucy Duran, Senior Lecturer in African Music, was enlisted as advisor on the Mandinka music, language and customs which feature heavily in the show.

These awards are intended to enable SOAS students to carry out field or archival research into Mande music.

Scholarship Criteria
  • The Undergraduate scholarship is open to full-time SOAS second-year undergraduate research students from the Department of Music with an independent study project in the field of Mande music and going on fieldwork during the summer vacation period [though another period up to the end of Christmas break would be considered] in the 2017-18 academic year and
  • The MPhil/Phd scholarship is open to 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.

- Recipients of the scholarship may be asked to contribute to promotional activity surrounding the ‘ROOTS’ broadcast, for example their research proposal and/or results may be featured in an accompanying documentary, produced by the History Channel

Application Deadline

31 May 2018, 17.00 UK time

Application procedure

Please apply online via this on-line scholarship application.

REFERENCE

For undergraduate students, a reference is required from your ISP supervisor.

For MPhil/PhD students, a reference is required from your Research supervisor.

The reference form is available for download from the download box at the top right (For the Undergraduate scholarship, please download "the 2018 SOAS Roots fieldwork reference form for Undergraduate scholarship". For the MPhil/PhD scholarship, please download "the 2018 SOAS Roots fieldwork reference form for MPhil/PhD scholarship".

Please forward the reference form to your ISP/Research supervisor together with a copy of your scholarship application. Later references will not be accepted. Your ISP/Research supervisor must return the reference form by 17:00 UK local time, 31 May 2018 to scholarships@soas.ac.uk

Late applications and references will not be accepted.

Notification of Results

Applications will be considered and awarded by a Panel of SOAS academics from the Music Department. Successful candidates will be notified by the end of June. If you have not heard from us by the end of July, you should assume that your application was unsuccessful.

For enquiries, please:

Email: scholarships@soas.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7074 5091/ 5094