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Doctoral Opportunities

Welcome to the Doctoral community of the School of Arts! We are proud to run seven dynamic doctoral programmes, with over 100 students. Doctoral projects are housed within one of our many fields (History of Art and Archaeology, Music, Film, Cultural Industries, Creative Arts, Museums and Heritage, English) and cover our many regions, from Africa to the Middle East to South, Southeast and East Asia.

Please visit the School of Arts PhD Students page to get to know our Doctoral Students and their work.

Scholarships for PhD Study

Scholarships for students wishing to undertake doctoral research in the School of Arts can be found on the SOAS Scholarships page.

Doctoral Training Opportunities

See the SOAS Doctoral School page for details of our research training and skills development programme.

Other Opportunities
Lemmermann Foundation

The Lemmermann Foundation awards a limited number of fellowships to master's students and doctoral candidates in order to support their cost of research in the classical studies and humanities. Topic of research must be related to Rome and the Roman culture of any period, from the Pre-Roman period to the present day. For further information, please visit the Lemmermann Foundation website.

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies

Launched in 2014, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies supports research and teaching in Buddhist studies. With funding from The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, ACLS offers an integrated set of fellowship and grant competitions to expand the understanding and interpretation of Buddhist thought in scholarship and society, strengthen international networks of Buddhist studies, and increase the visibility of innovative currents in those studies. Further information on this opportunity can be found on the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) website.

The George De Menasce Memorial Trust Award, Oriental Ceramic Society

The Oriental Ceramic Society, London, invites applications for the George de Menasce Memorial Trust Award. The grant of £1,000 is intended to promote new research in the field of Asian art and to support specialized studies. The successful candidate will be required to read a previously unpublished paper on his or her research results to the Society, of a level suitable for publication in the Society’s Transactions. To apply, please email Mary Painter at

The Laura Bassi Scholarship

The Laura Bassi Scholarship, which awards a total of $8,000 thrice per annum, was established by Editing Press in 2018 with the aim of providing  editorial assistance to postgraduates and junior academics whose research focuses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed. The scholarships are open to every discipline and the next round of funding will be awarded in August 2020:

Summer 2020
Application deadline: 25 July 2020
Results: 15 August 2020

All currently enrolled master’s and doctoral candidates are eligible to apply, as are academics in the first five years of their employment. Applicants are required to submit a completed application form along with their CV through the application portal by the relevant deadline. Further details, previous winners, and the application portal can be found by clicking on the link here

The Princeton Society of Fellows Annual Fellowship scheme

The Princeton Society of Fellows, an interdisciplinary group of scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and selected natural sciences, calls for fellowship applications annually. Three to five postdoctoral fellows are appointed each year for three-year terms in residence to pursue research and teach half-time in their academic host department, the Program in Humanistic Studies, or other university programs. The fellowships carry with them an appointment as lecturer in a fellow's academic host department. Fellows are provided with a competitive salary, benefits, a $5,000 research account, access to university grants, a shared office, a desktop computer and other resources. Fellows are expected to reside in or near Princeton during the academic year in order to attend weekly seminars and participate fully in the intellectual life of the Society.

At this time, the Society of Fellows is accepting applications for the 2021-24 fellowship competition. Application deadline is August 4, 2020 (11:59 p.m. EST). For more information and the online application please visit the Society of Fellows website

The British Forum for Ethnomusicology

The British Forum for Ethnomusicology is a registered UK charity that aims to advance the study, practice, documentation, preservation and dissemination of traditional music and dance, including folk, popular, classical, urban, and other genres, of all countries. The BFE is committed to funding regular events that provide forums for interested persons to share the findings of—and engage in dialogue about—their research. In addition to subsidising a growing number of events in co-operation with other international organisations, the BFE holds three yearly conferences.

The BFE Annual Conference runs for four days and is usually held in April during the Easter vacation period. It typically has a theme, although delegates may present research on any subject of interest to ethnomusicologists. The gathering provides a space not only to reflect on research, but also to hear and make music. Students are encouraged to attend and present papers, and a number of bursaries may be offered to assist them (subject to committee approval).

The BFE One-Day Conference is normally held in November. The call for papers invites proposals for presentations on a specific theme. Students are encouraged to attend and present their research.

The BFE/RMA Research Students’ Conference is held each year in early January and is jointly sponsored by the BFE and the Royal Musical Association. It offers students an opportunity to present their research and gain familiarity with the conference environment in a supportive atmosphere.

The BFE also offers a range of grants and prizes, including a fieldwork grant for doctoral students and a cash prize for an outstanding paper presented by a student at the BFE Annual Conference. For more information, please visit the BFE website.

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