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These awards are not administered by SOAS. Please contact the external organisation directly for information on scholarships and application procedures.

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1st Formations Business Scholarship Offers awards of £500 for anyone studying a business related degree at an officially recognised UK Institution.
1st Art Gallery 1st Art Gallery offers one $1000 scholarship prize per academic year to Arts and Liberal Arts student. They are offering this opportunity to new and continuing students.
ACLS:The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies For PhD students and Postdoctoral Fellows for research on a wide range of topics relating to Buddhism.
AAUW American Fellowships  AAUW American Fellowships support women scholars who are pursuing full-time study to complete dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research full time, or preparing research for publication for eight consecutive weeks. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Ask Preeto For citizens residing within USA borders studying from the US via distance learning or online  
Aziz Foundation The Aziz Foundation is a family charitable foundation established in 2015, offering 100% tuition fee Masters scholarships to British Muslims committed to improving British society. The focus of their work is developing new leadership from within British Muslim communities, and enabling them to participate positively in wider society.
BAJS Postgraduate Studentships Open to Postgraduate or prospective Postgraduate students of all nationalities. Dissertation (or proposed dissertation) must be in the field of Japanese studies. For PhD students in particular, it will normally be expected that students will be using Japanese language materials in your research.
Bestway Foundation Open to students of Pakistani, Indian, Sri Lankan & Bangladeshi origin both home as well as overseas students for undergraduate or post-graduate programmes. Only considered for tuition fee support.
British Council Offers a range of grants aimed at overseas students interested in undertaking their studies in the UK.
British Federation of Women Graduates Offers a range of awards to female doctoral students.
The British Institute of Persian Studies Offers grants to scholars wishing to pursue research in various fields of Persian, Iranian and Wider Persian World studies.
Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund For students from Canada enrolled on postgraduate programmes in the UK.
Canada Memorial Foundation Scholarships For British students or graduates wishing to pursue a Postgraduate course at a university or other appropriate institution in Canada.
The Charles Wallace Trust The four Charles Wallace trusts (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Burma/Myanmar) support a number of fellowship schemes and aid for Postgraduate students.
Chevening Scholarships Chevening are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The Scholarships are awarded to outstanding scholars with leadership potential. Awards are typically for a one-year Master’s degree.
The Citadel Capital Scholarship Foundation Open to Egyptian nationals and those residing in Egypt wishing to study at Masters level.
Commonwealth Scholarships Open to citizens of a Commonwealth country other than the UK, seeking information about UK scholarships for full-time study at both Masters and doctoral level.
Commonwealth Scholarships for citizens from high income Commonwealth countries For full-time doctoral study. Eligible Commonwealth countries - Anguilla; Australia; Bahamas; Barbados
Bermuda; British Virgin Islands; Brunei Darussalam; Canada; Cayman Islands; Cyprus; Falkland Islands; Gibraltar; Malta; New Zealand; St Kitts and Nevis; Trinidad and Tobago; Turks and Caicos Islands
Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships

Applications are open for Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships for PhD candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries to spend 12 months at a UK university as part of their doctoral studies in their home country. The scholarships are for study starting in October 2023 and are aimed at high-quality graduates whose proposed research has a developmental focus and who have the potential to become influential teachers or researchers in their home countries.


Split-site Scholarships are delivered through an existing institutional or departmental link between the candidate's home university and proposed UK university.

Council for British Research in the Levant Sponsors research throughout countries of the Levant (Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria).
Crown Prince's International Scholarship Program Offers grants to citizens of Bahrain.
Cumberland Lodge Scholarship The two-year Cumberland Lodge Scholarship programme offers doctoral students based at UK universities the opportunity to set themselves apart, by deepening their understanding of pressing social issues and developing new skills in communication, public engagement and interdisciplinary working.
Daesan Foundation Research Grants for Korean Literature For postgraduate students working on Korean literature at overseas institutions (i.e. outside of Korea).
The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
  • Daiwa Scholarships in Japanese Studies: The Daiwa Scholarship in Japanese Studies is a postgraduate Scholarship programme to fund UK graduates in Japanese Studies on postgraduate Japan-related courses in either Japan or the UK. Strong Japanese language ability will be a key selection criterion. The Daiwa Foundation is able to support up to six scholars at any one time.  Application deadline: last Thursday in January.
  • Daiwa Scholarships: The Daiwa Scholarship is a unique 19-month programme of language study, work placement and homestay in Japan, following a month of Japanese tuition in the UK. They offer young and talented UK citizens with strong leadership potential, the opportunity to acquire Japanese language skills, and to access expertise and knowledge relevant to their career goals. Japanese language knowledge is not required. 
Educations.com Scholarships €5000 scholarship open to students from any country who are planning to study a Master's degree at a European university.
The Toyota-Shi Trevelyan Trust Scholarships up to £5,000 per award to assist UK resident students pursue a course of study/work placement in Japan. Good knowledge of the Japanese language and pursuing a course in a related field essential. 
Spotcap Fintech Fellowship Each year, the Spotcap Fintech Fellowship programme provides £8,000 to one British student studying a one year master’s or MBA course in a Fintech related field (e.g. Finance, Business, Law).
Forty-Nine Thirteen Foundation Research Grant available to advance the education of the public through encouraging and/or conducting and/or making possible the conduct of research into the history of the Ottoman Empire and Islamic societies.
Fundacion Caja Madrid Scholarships Postgraduate scholarships to study at universities or research institutions of the awardee's choice in the United States, Canada or Europe (outside Spain). Subject areas: Social and Legal studies, Biomedical studies, Natural Sciences, Physics and Mathematics, and Music.
Fulbright Commission Scholarships For US applicants interested in studying in the UK and vice versa.
Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme This Scheme aims to recruit and support the best and brightest students in the world to pursue their PhD studies in Hong Kong for a period of three years. The Department of Chinese Language and Literature at the Chinese University of Hong Kong warmly welcomes postgraduate students interested in their PhD programme in Chinese Language and Literature to apply through this Scheme.
GVD Renovations GVD Renovations are aware of the hard efforts that students go through the academic year. Also, we know how hard it is for students to find a job covering their costs (tuition + living expenses) due to major university requirements. Therefore, to help students, we are awarding a $1,000 scholarship to one student to support his/her education.
Gerda Henkel Foundation Grants for research and PhD scholarships for German and foreign scholars in the fields of Historical Humanities.
Goodenough College Offer a range of accommodation scholarships to enable Masters and PhD students (Home/EU and International) to live in Goodenough
GyanDhan is offering a scholarship opportunity to students who aspire to study abroad. The scholarship programs are designed to help students achieve their academic goals.
Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Grants for those undertaking research in the fields of violence, aggression, and dominance.
Horowitz Foundation Grants for current PhD candidates in Social Sciences.
The Indian National Trust for Arts and Cultural Heritage INTACH-UK Trust offers travel scholarships to India for UK citizens.
Indonesia UK DIKTI Scholarship Programme For lecturers in Indonesia to study for their doctorate programme.
Inlaks Scholarships For Masters and PhD candidates. Open to all Indians who hold a good degree from a recognised university and are resident in India at the time of application. All applicants must have done their first degree in India. Candidates must be below 30 years of age on the first of July in the year of application. Preference will be given to candidates who have not yet studied abroad.
Ishibashi Foundation Scholarships The Ishibashi Foundation offers a scholarship through Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (JEES) to graduate students who are planning to conduct research in art history in one of the selected universities in Japan.
Japan Foundation Endowment Committee Provides small grants to support research in the academic field of Japanese Studies within degree-awarding institutions in the United Kingdom.
Joint/Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Programme (JJ/WGBSP) The program is open to women and men from developing countries with professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts. Eligibility: Be a national of a World Bank member developing country; Not hold dual citizenship of a developed country;Hold a Bachelor (or equivalent) degree earned at least 3 years prior to the Application Deadline date; Have 3 years or more of recent development-related experience after earning a Bachelor (or equivalent) degree; Be accepted unconditionally to enroll in the upcoming academic year in one of JJWBGSP preferred master programs by the Application Deadline date (At SOAS, the preferred programmes are the MSc Development Economics/MSc International Finance and Development, MSc Globalisation and Development, MA Human Rights Law, MSc Political Economic of Development); Not be a staff member (which includes consultants) or relative of a staff member of the World Bank Group.  
The Korean Foundation Graduate Studies Fellowships For foreign MA or PhD candidates currently enrolled on a graduate program and conducting research on topics related to Korea within the contexts of Humanities, Social Sciences or Arts and Culture Studies.
The Leverhulme Trust Study Abroad Studentships support an extended period of advanced study or research at a centre of learning in any overseas country, with the exception of the USA.
London Goodenough Association of Canada Supports Canadians undertaking graduate study in London.
MastersCompare Postgraduate Scholarship Offers a Postgraduate scholarship to help Masters students and prospective Masters students in the UK.
Marshall Scholarships Offers scholarships to American graduates interested in studying at Masters and Research level in the UK.
MBI Al Jaber Foundation Scholarships Open to all Arab residents of the Middle East who have an unconditional offer for a Master's programme.
MyUS Global Perspectives Scholarship The Global Perspective Scholarship is aimed at providing students studying abroad, as well as international students financial aid for developing an essay detailing why they chose an international program. 
OPEC Fund for International Development For students in developing countries.
Orient- Institut Istanbul Offers stipends to support PhD research visit to the Institut.
Prisoners of Conscience Appeal Fund Helps individual prisoners of conscience both in exile in the UK and overseas.
Rapid Formations Entrepreneur Scholarship Programme Applicants must have secured a place to study, have demonstrable entrepreneurial attitude and leadership skills and provide clear evidence of the need for additional financial support. 

The Richard Bonney Literary Fund

The Richard Bonney Literary Fund provides small grants annually for individual researchers.
Rueben Singh Scholarship For undergraduates at a UK university.
Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Fellowship and grant competitions in Buddhist Studies
The Society of for Architectural Historians in Great Britain Postgraduate Research Bursaries Supports students undertaking research in the discipline of Architectural History.
Saïd Foundation Scholarships A number of fully-funded Master’s scholarships are available for outstanding individuals from the Levant region to study at partner universities in the UK. 
Snowdon Masters Scholarships Offered by the Global Disability Innovation Hub and Snowdon Trust. This scholarship aims to accelerate disabled leaders through post-graduate study, the scholarships will invest in inspirational disabled leaders funding up to £15,000 for a UK Masters course and a £15,000 stipend while studying.
StepsTogether Steps Together Group introduces a scholarship program for young and bright students. Steps Together Group is committed to helping people reclaim control over their life against the devastating effects of alcohol or drug addiction. Our scholarship program will financially help people give a new direction to their life. We hope you make the most of the opportunity. Carve your future with a little financial help from us.
The Thouron Award Graduates of British universities receive support for up to two years for a graduate (post-graduate) degree program at the University of Pennsylvania. It offers a wide range of postgraduate courses – in the Schools of Arts & Sciences, Architecture & Regional Planning, Law amongst others.
Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships For Canadian citizens applying to a doctoral program in the disciplines of Social Sciences and Humanities, or for those studying full-time in the first or second year of such a program at a foreign university. Each university will have its own deadlines to select the students whose files will be forwarded to the Foundation before the final deadline. At SOAS, applicants are required to submit their applications 4 weeks before the Foundation final deadline.
Turkiye Scholarships For students interested in undertaking research in Turkey.
UK Study Online 1 x £1,000 & 2 x £500 Towards Your Tuition Fees
University of London Care Leavers & Estranged Student Scholarship

The University of London is offering up to three scholarships for care leavers and estranged students commencing their studies in 2023/24. The University of London will provide a standard single study bedroom at Nutford House or an en-suite room at College Hall, for one calendar year. 

Visas For Future Annual Scholarship

The Visas for Future Annual Scholarship program promotes environmental sustainability and education and offers an award of $1,000.
WeMakeScholars Search engine designed for Indian students to search relevant awards 

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