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The Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme

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The Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme at SOAS

The Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme is a transformational programme that aims to further the understanding and preservation of ancient to pre-modern Buddhist and Hindu art and architecture in Southeast Asia. The Programme will support up to 80 scholarships over the next five years, fund three new fully endowed academic posts at SOAS and establish conferences, symposia and master-classes in London and Southeast Asia. It will strengthen SOAS’ research expertise and existing institutional links to create a vibrant network linking the art, archaeology and heritage organisations in the Southeast Asian region.

To read about the project to date see the  Alphawood First Annual Impact Report 2014 (pdf; 1393kb)   and the  Alphawood Annual Impact Report 2015 (pdf; 13mb) .

The Alphawood Scholarships

Alphawood Scholarship

The Alphawood Scholarships will bring outstanding students to SOAS who will undertake a range of postgraduate studies that focus on ancient to pre-modern Buddhist and Hindu art in Southeast Asia. Over the five years of the programme scholarship students and alumni will make a significant and positive impact on the understanding and preservation of ancient to pre-modern art and architecture in the region.

The scholarships will be open to students wishing to study a range of courses from Postgraduate Diploma to Doctorate level. The purpose of the Scholarships programme is capacity building therefore support will be available to successful candidates who require extra English language training.

Please note that successful candidates will be asked to provide approved English language test results (IELTS or Pearson) to demonstrate that they hold the minimum UK Borders Agency requirement to obtain a Tier 4 (General) Student visa.

Please visit the Alphawood Scholarships web page for more information on candidate eligibility and how to apply.

Contact Us

If you would like more information on the Programme's activities or would like to contribute in any way we would be happy to hear from you. Visit the Contact Us page for more details.

SAAAP Academic Support Fund for Research, Publications and Outreach

Academic Support Fund

The Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme (SAAAP) invites applications to its Support Funds. The funds support individual and group research projects, conferences, workshops, publications and other activities and outputs which further the research and outreach aims of the Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme.

The aim of the SAAAP is to support and advance the understanding and preservation of Southeast Asian Buddhist and Hindu art and architecture from ancient to pre-modern times. The SAAAP remit includes study of the built environment, sculpture, painting, illustrated texts, textiles and other tangible or visual representations, along with the written word related to these, and archaeological, museum and cultural heritage.

Research & Publications Funding applications should address the topic(s) to be examined, with plans for relevant field or archival work, seminar, conference and/or output. Successful applicants will normally be expected to complete a peer-reviewed paper, edited volume or monograph. It would ordinarily be expected that funds for all activities and outputs will be spent within one year.

Outreach Funding applications should discuss the collaborative activity proposed, such as alumni and educational activities, including links with relevant institutions and museums in South East Asia, and any related outputs, for example a catalogue or workshop proceedings, or dissemination through a website, social media or other appropriate online forms. It would ordinarily be expected that funds for all activities and outputs will be spent within one year.

The funds are open to all SOAS staff, current SOAS postgraduate students and SOAS alumni, for activities that further the aims of the SAAAP as described above.

An annual limit of £1000 is ordinarily applied to SOAS postgraduate students and alumni.

The application may be collaborative with relevant institutions, organizations and scholars.

Applications to the funds will be assessed on an individual basis by the either the SAAAP Research & Publications Sub-board or by the Outreach Sub-board, depending on type.

The Sub-board will submit recommendations for support to the SAAAP Project Board for approval. Please download our SAAAP Fund Application Form and return the completed form to: alphawoodscholarships@soas.ac.uk.

Academic Staff

The Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme is implemented under the direction of the Project Board