Allan and Nesta Ferguson Scholarships

Key information

Deadline date
2x awards of £32,500

Scholarship overview

Two awards will be made by Allan and Nesta Ferguson, each have a total value of £32,500 which will be put towards tuition fees.

Please note that this award does not include maintenance support or accommodation costs. The costs of living in London will need to be considered by applicants before applying for this award.

The Allan and Nesta Ferguson scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit. Students offered an Allan and Nesta Ferguson Scholarship must take it up in the academic year 2024/25 and it cannot be deferred to a later year.

Eligible programmes

Any full-time Master’s programme in the College of Humanities excluding MA Buddhist Studies, MA Buddhist Studies with Intensive Language and MA Traditions of Yoga and Meditation. The College of Humanities includes the followings departments.

School of Arts

Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures

School of History, Religions & Philosophies

School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics 

Candidate criteria

Applicants should:

  • be a resident in low income or lower middle income countries (as defined by the World Bank) and preferably from low income households
  • hold an undergraduate degree at the first class level
  • new scholarship applicants must have applied to SOAS but are not required to have received an offer of admissions by the scholarship deadline. An offer will need to have been received by the time the relevant panel meets to discuss scholarship applications
  • applicants must meet the English language condition of their offer of admission to study at SOAS as soon as possible
  • please note that this scholarships do not cover funding or even allow for Pre-sessionals

Candidate assessment

  • Candidates will be assessed on academic merit.
  • The assessment of your application will be based on the information in your scholarship application. Selectors will be looking at the degree results and also at your personal statement and other relevant information.

Scholarship application deadline

  • Scholarship applications must be received no later than 12:00 PM (midday UK local time) on 8 March 2024.
  • You must also submit a complete online application to your programme. Please note that complete applications for admission can take up to 4 weeks to be considered by the Department, although this duration can vary depending on the time of year. You should be prepared to wait up to 6 weeks in busy periods.
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Notification of results

The scholarship shortlisting and awarding period is expected to be completed by the end of June 2024, at the earliest. Successful candidates will be contacted first and once all awards have been allocated, the unsuccessful candidates will be notified. 

Scholarship application procedures

You must follow two steps:

  • STEP 1: Apply for your programme

You must submit a completed online application for admission.

  • STEP 2: Apply for the scholarship by 12:00 PM (midday UK local time) on 8 March 2024. 

You must apply for this scholarship via the scholarship application form.

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