Dr Hettie Elgood Scholarship

Key information

Deadline date
Department of History of Art and Archaeology

Scholarship overview

SOAS Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art alumni, Gretchen Welch and Ida Chow, set up the Dr Hettie Elgood Scholarship in 2018 to honour their teacher and friend, Dr Hettie Elgood, MBE, Founder and Director Emerita of the Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art

They hope that those who study under this scholarship will go on to contribute to the course by lecturing or tutoring in the future, or by promoting the study of Asian art through other platforms. This is the fourth year the scholarship has been offered, which has been made possible by further alumni donations.

The scholarship covers full tuition fees for the Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art and an allowance to cover living costs during term time. The scholarship is open to anyone, anywhere in the world who is not financially able to pursue the course without a full scholarship and stipend.

We strongly encourage applicants who would not have considered the Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art programme without the opportunity afforded by this scholarship. We hope the scholarship will be a transformative opportunity, enabling the successful applicant to pursue a career related to Asian art, such as academia, curatorial or museum work, or a position in the commercial art world.


Eligible course of study

One Dr Hettie Elgood Scholarship is available for the 2023/24 academic year running from 2nd October 2023 to 10 July 2024. Recipients of the scholarship will complete three modules over the course of the year, including Arts of India, Arts of China and either Arts of the Islamic World or Arts of Southeast Asia, as well as our two supporting courses, Analysing and Exploring the Arts and the Independent Study Project in Asian Art History.

Candidate eligibility criteria

  • Applicants must already hold an offer of a place on the Asia's Art Histories module of the Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art.
  • Applicants must possess or expect to be awarded an Upper Second-Class Honours Degree or above, an equivalent non-UK qualification, or equivalent professional experience. Students with a non-UK degree to be adjudged by their referees and transcript.
  • Applicants must provide a personal statement stating why they wish to take this programme and how this scholarship will make a difference to them.
  • Applicants must explain their eligibility in a separate statement of financial need.
  • International students must evidence that they meet SOAS' English language requirements.


Please apply for the Dr Hettie Elgood scholarship by downloading the Application Form (PDF) and returning a completed scanned copy to asianart@soas.ac.uk. You must also submit:

  • A recently submitted piece of academic work at least 1000 words in length, or equivalent piece of writing from a professional context (i.e. auction or museum catalogue essay). If you have not recently submitted a piece of academic work please produce a new piece of writing on an art historical topic of your choosing at approximately 1000 words in length.
  • Two references providing an opinion on your suitability for this programme of study as a scholarship student. Academic references are preferred, but one professional reference is acceptable. Two professional references can be provided if you have been out of academia for more than 5 years.

Referees can email references directly to Patrick Monger at asianart@soas.ac.uk.


The deadline for applying for the scholarship for the 2023/24 academic year is 23.59 (BST) on Sunday 11 June 2023. Scholarship applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 28 June 2023.

Applicants must already hold an offer for the Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art (conditional or unconditional) prior to submitting a scholarship application. Therefore, we recommend submitting your application for the programme no later than Sunday 4 June.

Contact us

If you have any queries on the application process, eligibility requirements or any other aspects of the Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art course, please contact asianart@soas.ac.uk.

    Terms and Conditions

    Language requirement

    • Where an applicant’s offer of admission to the SOAS Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art includes an English language condition, any scholarship award will be conditional on having met that condition at least six weeks prior to the start of the module

    Candidate assessment

    • Candidates will be assessed by an Advisory Panel consisting of three members of SOAS staff
    • The panel will be looking at the applicants’ degree results, references, professional experience, supporting statement, writing sample, and other relevant information
    • The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of a combination of academic potential, financial need, and impact of the scholarship on the applicant’s academic and professional development


    • The scholarship cannot be held along with any other major scholarship.
    • It is expected that the successful candidate dedicates themselves to the course full-time and will not undertake any further form of work or study during term-time
    • The successful candidate is expected to attend all teaching sessions
    • Continuation of the award will be conditional on satisfactory attendance and contribution, which will be assessed at the end of every term as well as monitored throughout
    • London residency during term-time is a requirement. There is a stipend of £18,490 to cover accommodation and living costs, paid in three installments over the course of the year. We are happy to offer assistance in arranging accommodation for the scholarship recipient

    Virtual Open Day

    Join us for a virtual open day (via Zoom) to meet our Programme Director, Dr Malcolm McNeill, and hear more about our programme and the scholarship as well as ask any questions you may have ahead of the deadline.

    We have virtual open days scheduled on Tuesday 23 May at both 10:00am and 16:00pm (UK time).