SOAS University of London

SOAS South Asia Institute

SOAS Charles Wallace Pakistan Fellowship 2021-22

Who is the fellowship for?

One fellowship is awarded annually by the Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust to a Pakistani scholar whose research and career would particularly benefit from the opportunity of spending 3 months at SOAS. The 3 month placement, located within the SSAI, is ordinarily taken up between January and May 2022. 

Who is eligible?
  1. Applicants must be Pakistani nationals and be residing in Pakistan at the time the application is submitted.
  2. Applicants must have completed a PhD and must be working in the fields of ‘Pakistan Studies’ (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) which are supported at SOAS.
  3. Applications would be particularly welcomed from applicants whose research focuses on modern and contemporary Pakistan in one of the SSAI’s thematic areas: Resources Under Pressure; Citizenship, Rights and Inequality; The Politics of Culture and Religion; Interactions and Interventions in the Arts; Lineages of Knowledge and Power.
  4. Applicants may not hold the Fellowship for the purpose of, or in conjunction with, enrolment in any Higher Educational Institution in the United Kingdom (including SOAS).
  5. Applicants must be in the early to middle stage of their academic careers.
  6. Candidates must demonstrate sufficient English language ability, both written and spoken, to participate in discussions and use resource materials.
  7. Applicants must state if they are in receipt of any other grant, or are awaiting results of other applications. Failure to do so may result in the fellowship being withdrawn.

The 3 month visiting fellowship is intended: 

  1. To contribute actively to the Institute’s research environment;
  2. To provide SSAI members and research students with the opportunity to work with leading academics from outside SOAS;
  3. To develop and promote links with academic institutions in Pakistan; and
  4. To offer academics from Pakistan the opportunity to collaborate in joint research with SSAI colleagues.
Visitor contribution

Visitors are expected to give a talk in the Institute’s seminar series and take part in the general intellectual life of the School (e.g. active participation in seminars). They may also be asked to contribute to one or more of the following Institute's activities:

  1. Give a talk in a Departmental seminar series, or a paper in a conference;
  2. Collaborate on a research project with a member, or members, of the Institute;
  3. Provide an article for the Institute’s working papers series;
  4. Develop a research proposal to apply for an external funding award through the Institute; and
  5. Contribute to the SSAI’s network of contacts (academic, practitioner, policy-making and/or media).

Application Procedure

Closing date for applications: 17 September 2021

A complete application will comprise:

1. The application form duly filled in (including Section 12, list of your Publications and Section 16, a Description of your Proposed Research including an explanation of why SOAS in particular is an appropriate venue for you to pursue this research).

2. Two letters of recommendation.

All material must be submitted electronically via this googleform link. Please contact for further query.

The School may wish to interview the top three shortlisted candidates online.  Further details will be sent to the shortlisted candidates after the closing date.

Successful candidate will receive a contribution of £900 towards visa fees and fares, and a monthly stipend of £1500. The successful candidate will be obliged to find his/her own accommodation in London

Notification of competition result

All applicants will be notified by e-mail regarding the outcome of their application, generally by June. Applicants who submit an ineligible or incomplete application will not be contacted.

The School is authorised to release the names of successful fellows and their research topics as it deems fit.

Charles Wallace Trust

The four Charles Wallace trusts support a number of other fellowship schemes and aid for postgraduate students. You can find further information and guidance by visiting their website which will give you access to information on the individual trusts.