Shapoorji Pallonji scholarships

Key information

Deadline date
Amount
A contribution towards fees and living costs

Scholarship overview

Thanks to the generosity of the Shapoorji Pallonji endowment for scholarships in Zoroastrian studies at SOAS there are a number of awards available for UK/EU and Overseas fee-paying students.

The Shapoorji Pallonji Scholarships will provide a contribution to fees and living costs calibrated according to merit and availability of funds. The MPhil/PhD scholarship is paid for 3 years. The MA is paid for one year (or over two years if part-time).

The SOAS Shapoorji Pallonji Institute of Zoroastrian Studies would like to spread the net widely and invites students who approach Zoroastrianism from different disciplinary backgrounds, for example, historical, linguistic, anthropological or from within the study of religions to apply.

Eligible programmes

  • 1-year full-time or 2-years part-time MA Iranian Studies, starting in 2024/25.
  • 1-year full-time or 2-years part-time MA Religion in Global Politics, starting in 2024/25.
  • 1-year full-time or 2-years part-time MA South Asian Area Studies, starting in 2024/25.
  • 1-year full-time or 2-years part-time MA Middle Eastern Studies, starting in 2024/25.
  • Full-time MPhil PhD (new admissions only, starting in September 2024) in the following subject areas: i) Zoroastrianism, both ancient and modern ii) Zoroastrianism with Avestan, Pahlavi, Persian or Gujarati languages.

Candidate criteria

  • Applicants for the MA Scholarships must possess or expect to be awarded a First Class Honours Degree or equivalent. Applicants with a non-UK master's degree must be in the top rank as evidenced by references and transcripts. Applicants with a 2.1 may also apply but will not be given preference.
  • Applicants for the MPhil/PhD scholarships must possess or expect to be awarded a master's degree with a mark of Distinction from a UK university. Applicants with a non-UK master's degree must be in the top rank as evidenced by references and transcripts. Applicants with a mark of merit may also apply but will not be given preference.
  • 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: i) Zoroastrianism, both ancient and modern ii) Zoroastrianism with Avestan, Pahlavi, Persian or Gujarati languages.
  • Applicants for the MA scholarship must complete the compulsory 60-credit dissertation in Zoroastrianism and the 30-credit module: Zoroastrianism, Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. In addition to this, applicants may wish to take one further 30-credit language module (eg, Avestan language module).
  • The scholarship is open to UK/EU and overseas fee-paying full-time students.
  • New scholarship applicants must have applied to SOAS but are not required to have received an offer of admissions by the scholarship deadline. An offer will need to have been received by the time the relevant panel meets to discuss scholarship applications.
  • Applicants must meet the English language condition of their offer of admission to study at SOAS as soon as possibleIf your offer is conditional on English, please arrange your English test and ensure you meet the English requirements as soon as possible.

Candidate assessment

  • Candidates will be assessed on academic merit by a Selection Panel
  • The assessment will be based on the information in your application. Selectors will be looking at degree results, academic references (if submitted with your application to study), statement of intent and full research proposal (for MPhil/PhD applicants), and other relevant information.

Notification of results

Please note that due to the competitive nature of the award only the successful candidates will be notified by the end of June 2024. If you have not heard from us by the end of June, you should assume that your application was unsuccessful.

Scholarship application deadline

  • Scholarship applications must be received no later than 12:00 PM (midday UK local time) on 30 April 2024.
  • In order to be considered for the MPhil/PhD and MA scholarships, 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

Applicants should follow the following steps:

Step 1: Apply for your programme

Please find guidance on how to apply for your programme and what makes a complete application;

Important: 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: i) Zoroastrianism, both ancient and modern ii) Zoroastrianism with Avestan, Pahlavi, Persian or Gujarati languages.

Step 2: Apply for the scholarship

You must apply for this scholarship by 12:00 PM (midday UK local time) on 30 April 2024 via the online scholarship application form.

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