Half-Fee Scholarship

Key information

Deadline date
Half the fee tuition fees for the PG Dip 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.


    Eligible course of study

    Three half-fee scholarships are available for the 2022/23 academic year, running from 03 October 2022 to 16 July 2023. Recipients of the scholarship will complete three modules over the course of the year, including Arts of IndiaArts of China and either Arts of Japan & Korea, Arts of the Buddhist World, or Asia's Art Histories (online).

    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 3rd July.
    • 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.
    • For international students, English language proficiency must be evidenced and must meet IELTS level 6.5 overall and for all sub-scores (or equivalent).


    Scholarship application procedure

    Please apply for the Half-Fee Scholarship by downloading the application form and returning a completed scanned copy to asianart@soas.ac.uk. You must also submit:

    • A personal statement
    • A seperate statement of financial need
    • 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. 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 five years.

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


    The deadline for applying for the scholarship for the 2022/23 academic year is 23.59 (UK time) on Sunday 17 July 2022. Scholarship applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications by Friday 5 August 2022.

      Get in touch


      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 at pm50@soas.ac.uk.

      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 two virtual open days scheduled for Tuesday 7 June at 15.30 (UK time) and Monday 13 June at 10.00 (UK time). 

      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 31st July 2022.

      Candidate assessment

      Candidates will be assessed by an Advisory Panel consisting of three members of SOAS staff.
      Selectors 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.


      • 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.