Kanji Swami MPhil/PhD Scholarship

Key information

Deadline date
Fees and living costs

Scholarship overview

The Centre of Jaina Studies offers one partially funded MPhil/PhD scholarship a contribution to tuition fees and living costs in the study of the Digambara Jaina Tradition with focus on Kanji Swami.

The scholarship is generously funded by the Kanji Swami society. The Kanji Swami MPhil/PhD Scholarship will contribute to fees and living costs and is paid for 3 years. The Centre of Jaina Studies would like to cast the net widely and invites students who approach Jaina Studies from different disciplinary backgrounds, for example, historical, philosophical, anthropological or from within the study of religions to apply.

For more information on the Kanji Swami project please visit the Centre of Jaina Studies.

Eligible programmes

Full-time MPhil / PhD (new admissions only, starting in September 2023) in the following fields of Jaina Studies:

  • Kanji Swami Studies
  • Digambara Jaina Studies (with or without relevant languages), at the Department of History, Religions and Philosophies.

Candidate criteria

  • Applicants for the MPhil/PhD scholarships must possess or expect to be awarded a masters degree with Distinction mark or equivalent. Applicants with a non-UK masters degree must be in the top rank of their cohort as evidenced by references and transcripts.
  • Applicants for the MPhil/PhD scholarships must have demonstrated in the research proposal of their application for admission that their research is in one of the following subject areas:
    • Digambara Jaina Studies
    • Jaina Philosophy
  • The scholarship is open to UK, EU and overseas full-time students.
  • In order to be considered for the MPhil/PhD scholarship, applicants must submit a complete application of your programme as soon as possible and then submit an application for this scholarship, in order to be considered. 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.
  • Applicants must meet the English language condition of their offer of admission to study at SOAS as soon as possible. If your offer is conditional on English, please arrange your English test and ensure you meet the English requirements as soon as possible.
  • Applicants will need to have a firm offer for their programme of study by the time the Scholarship Panel meets.
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Candidate assessment

  • Candidates will be assessed on academic merit by a Selection Panel consisting academic members of the Centre of Jaina Studies at SOAS.
  • The assessment will be based on the information in your application. Selectors will be looking at degree results, academic references, statement of intent and full research proposal, and other relevant information.

Notification of results

Due to the competitive nature of the scholarship only the successful candidates will be notified of the award by July 2023. If you have not heard from us by the end of May then please assume you have been unsuccessful. 

Scholarship application deadline

  • Scholarship applications must be received no later than 12:00pm (GMT) on 14 July 2023.
  • In order to be considered for the MPhil/PhD scholarship, you must ALSO submit a complete online application to your programme by the scholarship deadline.
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Scholarship application procedures

Further information about PhDs at SOAS University of London is available from doctoralschool@soas.ac.uk. Applicants should follow the following steps:

Step 1: Apply for your programme

For guidance on applying to a Research Programme and Information on what makes an application, please visit how to apply (research).


Applicants for the MPhil/PhD scholarships must have demonstrated in the research proposal of their application for admission that their research is in one of the following subject areas:

  • Kanji Swami
  • Digambara Jainism

Step 2: Apply for the scholarship

You must apply for this scholarship via the online application form and follow the steps outlined below:

  • a copy of the unconditional offer received from SOAS admissions office
  • CV (please include your email address)
  • two pages max statement outlining knowledge and interest in governance-related issues
  • your research proposal (as sent to the SOAS Admissions Office)
  • two academic references (to be emailed directly by referee to pf8@soas.ac.uk)
  • please note that CoJS reserves the right not to award scholarships and will only award them where there are applicants judged to meet sufficiently high academic standards and with demonstrable interests in fields relevant to the objectives of the Kanji Swami Scholarship


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