Sochon Foundation Scholarship

Key information

Deadline date
up to £3,000 (Home/EU student) for fees, up to £6,000 (Overseas student) for fees

Scholarship overview

The Sochon Foundation has generously provided SOAS with scholarships for students undertaking a full-time post-graduate programmes in Korean Studies. The value of each bursary is up to £6,000 for students classified as Overseas for fee purposes and up to £3,000 for students classified as Home/EU for fee purposes.

MPhil/PhD candidates and two-year MA programme applicants

The scholarship is for one year only. For candidates undertaking an MPhil/PhD programme or a two-year MA programme, the scholarship is not renewable.

The Sochon Foundation Scholarship may be held in conjunction with other scholarships. However, please be aware that all financial support secured before 2 May 2022 must be declared in your application. Any awards held will be taken into consideration on assessment of financial need.

Eligible programmes

Below are the eligible full time programmes (new admissions, starting in 2023/24):

  • MA Korean Studies and Intensive Language (Korean)
  • MA History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia and Intensive Language (Korean). N.B. 90 credits (ie, 60 credit dissertation plus 30 others, of the non-language component) should be in Korea-related subjects.
  • MA History of Art and Archaeology (Korean). N.B. 75 credits (ie, 60 credit dissertation plus 15 credits on Korean art history)
  • MA History and Intensive Language (Korean). N.B. 90 credits (ie, 60 credit dissertation plus 30 others, of the non-language component) should be in Korea-related subjects.
  • MA Korean Studies
  • Research Degrees (MPhil/PhD) in Japanese and Korean Studies
  • Part-time programmes are not eligible

Candidate criteria

  • Open to UK/EU and overseas applicants.  Priority will be given to Overseas applicants.
  • 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 possible.  If 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 a combination of financial need and academic merit by a selection panel consisting of three academic members from the Centre of Korean Studies

Scholarship application deadline

  • Scholarship applications must be received no later than 12:00 (UK local time) on 28 April 2023.
  • New applicants only (new admissions, starting in September 2023/24): You must also submit a complete online application to your programme as soon as possible and then submit an application for the scholarship. Applicants applying for scholarships must also submit an application for admission well in advance 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.
  • You will need to have a firm offer for your programme by the time the Scholarship panel meet. 
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

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 July 2023. If you have not heard from us by the end of July, you should assume that your application was unsuccessful.

Scholarship application procedures

There is a two-step procedure:

Step 1: Apply or your programme

For guidance to apply for postgraduate admissions and information on what makes an application, please visit how to apply (PG).

Step 2: Apply for the scholarship by 12:00 (UK local time) on 28 April 2023

You must apply for this scholarship via the online application form.


Phone: +44 (0)20 7074 5090

Scholarship queries

If you have any questions about the scholarship application form and the scholarship application process, please contact the Scholarships Officer.

Queries about Korean Studies only

For information about Korean Studies at SOAS, please contact Dr Grace Koh (email:, Professor Jae Hoon Yeon ( or Dr Anders Karlsson (email: in the Centre of Korean Studies. Please do not contact these academics with questions related to the scholarship.