Half-Fee Scholarship

Key information

Deadline date
Half the tuition fees for the Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art
Department of History of Art and Archaeology

Scholarship overview

This scholarship covers half the tuition fees for the Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art (three modules taken over the course of one academic year).

The scholarship is open to anyone, anywhere in the world who is not financially able to pursue the course without financial assistance. We strongly encourage applicants who would not have considered the Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art programme without the opportunity afforded by this scholarship.


    Eligible course of study

    A half-fee 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 (conditional or unconditional) for the Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art. We would therefore recommend applying for the programme at your earliest opportunity and no later than Sunday 18 June.
    • Applicants must possess or expect to be awarded a Lower 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.


    Scholarship application procedure

    Please apply for the Half-Fee 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 (UK time) on Sunday 2 July 2023. Scholarship applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications by Friday 14 July 2023.

    Applicants must already hold an offer for the Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art (conditional or unconditional) prior to submitting a scholarship application. We would therefore recommend submitting your application for the programme at your earliest opportunity and no later than Sunday 18 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 Patrick Monger: 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 by 14th August 2023.

      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 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.
      • Successful applicants must be able to make the remaining half-fee payment four weeks in advance of each module’s start date.

      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 23rd May at both 10:00am and 4:00pm (UK time).

      Please register to join.