Research scholarships

Research scholarships


Country/ Nationality



Arts and Humanities Council (AHRC) - CHASE See RCUK residency criteria For research degree (MPhil/PhD) in the Arts and Humanities (New admissions and current students). Open
AHRC Research Training Support Grant not applicable For current AHRC Studentship award holders at SOAS (Current students only). Open
AHRC/CHASE Collaborative Doctoral Award PhD Studentship UK/International AHRC/CHASE Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDAs) are open to academic supervisors at CHASE's member institutions to develop a project in collaboration with an organisation outside of Higher Education.
PhD students will be able to apply for a successful CDA project from the beginning of March 2022. These will be advertised on the CHASE website. The PhD will commence in October 2022.
AHRC CDP Studentship UK New MPhil/PhD Project specific starting in January 2024 only. Covers tuition fees at UK/Home rate and a stipend at the UKRI Rate. Also includes a CDP Maintenance payment of £600 a year. Open
Centre for Global Finance (CGF) Scholarship 1 award for a UK student and 1 for an international (New Admissions only) For research degree (MPhil/PhD) in Finance and Management - September 2023 entry only who thesis topic focuses on the research programme of the CGF. Closed
Bloomsbury Colleges PhD Studentships UK/EU 

The Bloomsbury Colleges is a consortium of six University of London colleges. Two Mphil/PhD studentships of 3 year's duration (New admissions only) will be available for 2023/24 at SOAS for the following project:

**Please follow only the below links to apply for each studentship


Awards TBC
Brough Sanskrit Awards Any 3 awards of up to £1200 for SOAS postgraduate research and master's students who use Sanskrit in the work and will use the funds for fieldwork, conference or workshop attendance (Current students only). Closed
Doctoral School grants Any As part of Early Career Researcher development, SOAS offers funding to PhD students for language training, conference attendance, student-led initiatives and fieldwork (Current students only). Open
SOAS School of Arts UK & Overseas 2 full-time student a Doctoral scholarship for students of Chinese Art History on behalf of Tim Liang Closed
CSJR Postgraduate Student Bursary Any For full-time/Part-time Research Degree: Religions and Philosophies in JAPANESE RELIGIONS (Department of Religions and Philosophies, School of History, Religions and Philosophies) (New admissions only). Closed
UKRI Fellowship for a specific project within the Politics Department UK or Overseas 1 award for a full-time PhD Project covering: Pan-African frontiers and identities: the remaking of Africa in world politics Closed
Department of Politics & International Studies Any 2 Full-funded PhD Scholarship for September 2023 (New admissions only) Closed
Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) UBEL Studentships See RCUK residency criteria Research Degree (MPhil/PhD): in Anthropology & Sociology; Research Degree (MPhil/PhD): in International Development (Department of Development Studies); Research Degree (MPhil/PhD): in Development Economics (Department of Economics); Research Degree (MPhil/PhD): in Law; Research Degree (MPhil/PhD): in Gender Studies; Research Degree (MPhil/PhD): in Politics and International Studies; Research Degrees (MPhil/PhD): Linguistics. Open
Edgar Graham Prize Any For part-time or full-time MPhil/PhD Development Studies (new admissions only for September 2023) Open
Elisabeth Croll Scholarship for fieldwork in China Any For students currently enrolled in an MPhil/PhD degree programme at SOAS planning to undertake fieldwork in China, including mainland China and Taiwan (Current students only). Not available 
Felix Scholarships India For any full-time MPhil/PhD degree programme (New admissions only). Open
Felix Scholarship Non-Indian Priority to Nationals of Afghanistan, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Palestinian territories living in their country of origin Any full-time MPhil/PhD degree programme (New admissions only) Open

Fürer Haimendorf Fund for Anthropological Field Research


A Doctoral school grant for Field work or travels costs for current students studying Anthropology.

Jordan Travel Grant Any For currently enrolled research students in Religions and Philosophies at SOAS to help with travel expenses (Current students only). Closed
Kamran Djam Scholarships Any For full-time MPhil/PhD (New admissions only) in any of the following subject areas: Persian Language, Persian Literature and Iranian History. Closed
Kanji Swami MPhil/PhD Scholarship Any Full-time MPhil / PhD (new admissions only, starting in September 2023) in the following fields of Jaina Studies, i) Kanji Swami Studies, ii) Digambara Jaina Studies (with or without relevant languages), at the Department of History, Religions and Philosophies (Full-time, new admissions only). Closed
Leverhulme Research Leadership Award PhD studentship: The Social Life of Law in Authoritarian Contexts 2x Studentships for Home or Overseas The studentship is offered as part of the Leverhulme Research Leadership Award The Social Life of Law in Authoritarian Contexts. For full-time MPhil/PhD (New admissions only)  Open
Meiji Jingu Japanese Studies Research Scholarships Any In Japanese studies - Two scholarships are offered annually, either for existing PhD students at SOAS, or newly enrolling full-time MPhil students. Students may be registered in any department, and be of any nationality, but must be working on some aspect of Japanese Studies (Current students and New admissions). Closed
Neil Kreitman Scholarship Any For full-time MPhil/PhD students, which involves undertaking research in the field of  Buddhist art, architecture or archaeology of Gandhara or of another Northern Central Asian Buddhist Culture. Open
PhD Studentship in the Feminist Centre for Radical Justice UK Home/UK tuition fees and a stipend of £12,000. Any new full time MPhil/PhD Programme in Politics & International Studies Open
Saraswati Dalmia Scholarship Any For full-time or part-time Mphil/PhD which involves undertaking research in the field of Indian art from 1500 up to the present day. Preference will be given to those who undertake research in the field of modern and contemporary Indian art (Current first-year students and New admissions). Open
Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentships Any For any full-time research programme which focuses on any aspect of Japan (Current students and New admissions). Closed
Shapoorji Pallonji Scholarships Any Full-time MPhil PhD (new admissions only, starting in September 2022) in the following subject areas:i) Zoroastrianism, both ancient and modern ii) Zoroastrianism with Avestan, Pahlavi, Persian or Gujarati languages. Closed  
SOAS Research studentships Check specific eligibility criteria Full-time MPhil PhD (new admissions only, starting in September 2022).  Closed
Sochon Foundation Scholarship Any In Korean Studies (New admissions). Closed
Tibawi Trust Awards Palestinian For Palestinian postgraduate students currently enrolled on a programme at SOAS. Available for fieldwork and conferences (Current students only). Open