Dr Hettie Elgood Scholarship

Key information

Deadline date
Department of History of Art and Archaeology

Scholarship overview

SOAS-Alphawood 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 SOAS-Alphawood 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 fifth year the scholarship has been offered, which has been made possible by further alumni donations.

The scholarship covers full tuition fees for the in-person pathway of the SOAS-Alphawood 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 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 2024/25 academic year running from 30 September 2024 to 23 July 2025. Recipients of the scholarship will complete three in-person modules over the course of the year, including Arts of India, Arts of China and either Arts of Japan & Korea or Arts of the Buddhist World, as well as our two supporting courses, Analysing and Exploring the Arts and the Independent Study Project in Asian Art History.

This scholarship does not support distance learning study via any of our online modules.

Candidate eligibility criteria

  • Applicants must already hold an offer of a place on the SOAS-Alphawood 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 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 Programme Manager Patrick Monger at: asianart@soas.ac.uk.


The deadline for applying for the scholarship for the 2024/25 academic year is 23.59 (BST) on Wednesday 12 June 2024. Scholarship applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 28 June 2023.

Applicants must already hold an offer for the SOAS-Alphawood 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 2 June.

Contact us

If you have any queries about the application process, eligibility requirements, or any other aspects of the programme, 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 eight weeks prior to the start of the programme

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
  • The scholarship is specifically to support in-person study in London and online modules cannot be taken as part of the programme for the scholarship holder
  • 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 Thursday 2 May at both 10:00am and 16:00pm (UK time).

Find out more and register.