SOAS University of London

SOAS South Asia Institute

Scholarships

There are a number of scholarships available to SOAS students who research focuses on South Asia.  These include:

SSAI Scholarships

*New* The Michael Palin Scholarship

Thanks to the generosity of SOAS Honorary Fellow Michael Palin, there will be one scholarship available for a post-graduate student taking the two-year MA in Intensive South Asian Studies on a full-time basis. The scholarship is valued at £47,625 and will cover the full cost of tuition fees for both years of the programme.
The deadline closed on 31 March.

Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust

One fellowship is awarded bi-annually by the Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust and the Centre for the Study of Pakistan (located within the SOAS South Asia Institute) to a Pakistani scholar who has had no, or little opportunity, to conduct research outside Pakistan.  The 3 month placement at SOAS is normally taken up between March and June.
Deadline: 1 September 2017

Charles Wallace India Trust

One fellowship is awarded annually by the Charles Wallace India Trust and the SOAS South Asia Institute to an Indian academic who has had no, or little opportunity, to conduct research outside India.  The 3 month placement at SOAS is normally taken up between March and June.
Deadline: 15 September  2017

Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Trust

The Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Trust is a UK trust established in the memory of Noor Inayat Khan, a descendant of the legendary Tipu Sultan and a secret agent in the Second World War. Established to promote the message of peace, non-violence and religious and racial harmony, the Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Trust funds an MA dissertation prize through the SSAI for an outstanding MA dissertation written by a SOAS MA student in the fields of History, Gender Studies and South Asian Studies.
The 2015 competition is now closed. Please contact ssai@soas.ac.uk for further information. 

SOAS Scholarships

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships

The Shared Scholarship Scheme is a joint initiative between the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission with funding from UK Department of International Development (DFID), and UK universities, to support scholarships for students from developing Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the United Kingdom. There are three Commonwealth Shared Scholarships available at SOAS. 
The 2016 competition is now closed. Please visit the link above for further information.

Felix Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of the Felix Scholarship Trust, 4 Felix Scholarships will be available to Indian nationals with first class degrees to pursue graduate studies at SOAS, University of London. There will be one PhD scholarship for entry in September 2016 and three scholarships for Taught Masters programmes for entry in September 2016.
The 2016 competition is now closed. Please visit the link above for further information.

External Scholarships

ICCR/Association of Commonwealth Universities

As part of the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP), the Government of India offers two scholarships annually to UK citizens wishing to study in India. Candidates must meet the eligibility requirements of the course and institution at which they intend to study and may not take courses in medicine or dentistry. Priority is given to candidates who have not previously studied in India.

INLAKS scholarships

INLAKS Scholarships provide the opportunity to young people with exceptional talent in any field to broaden their vision abroad and improve their skills to operate in society. The scholarships are of two types: university courses and specific programs. Scholarships are open to all Indian citizens who are resident in India. The Foundation has a joint scholarship schemes with SOAS.

INTACH (Indian National Trust for Arts and Cultural Heritage)

INTACH offers scholarships to UK citizens to enable them to travel to India and to follow in India any course of study of research which is beneficial to either or both countries. Most grants are awarded to professionals in the early stages of their careers, or to students who might wish to study in India.

OFID Scholarship Award for Students from Developing Countries, 2016-17

The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) invites qualified applicants to apply for the OFID Scholarship 2016/17. OFID Scholarships will be awarded to four students or candidates who have obtained or are on the verge of completing their undergraduate degree and who wish to study for a Master's degree. The funds will be spread over a maximum of one year, towards the completion of a Master's degree, or its equivalent, at an accredited educational institution, starting in the autumn of the academic year 2016/17. Please visit the link above to see a list of eligible countries and application procedure. 
Deadline: 1 May 2016