Undergraduate Research Awards

Key information

Deadline date
up to £571

Scholarship overview

A number of awards valued up to £571 each will be made available to support full time undergraduates with the costs of an Independent Study Project (ISP).

An ISP is a one unit value course assessed by a 10,000 word essay on an approved topic of the student's choice and may be based on original fieldwork (abroad or in the UK), the critical analysis of documents and/or statistical materials, or may be an original synthesis of material derived from secondary sources.

The research to be supported by this award must be conducted in the vacation - normally the summer vacation of the preceding year.

Students applying for an Undergraduate Vacation Research Award must normally be registered full-time at SOAS for an Undergraduate Degree. Applications may be considered from students finishing a compulsory year abroad who intend to undertake the research in the summer vacation before they return to SOAS in September 2020 and do their ISP in the year 2020/21.

The Advisory Panel on Undergraduate Vacation Research Awards is not normally prepared to meet the cost of travel to the home country of an overseas applicant and will do so only in exceptional circumstances.

Other conditions

Only available to full time undergraduates

After completion of the research project, the award recipients are required to submit a brief report to be countersigned by their ISP supervisor.

Only available to current students

Application deadline

The closing date for completed applications is 15:00 UK local time, 30 April 2020

Application procedures

Please apply via the online application form


A reference from your ISP supervisor is required.
The reference form is available for download from the download box at the top right.

Please forward the reference form to your ISP supervisor. Late references are not accepted. It is your responsibility to ensure that your referee emails the form by 15:00 UK local time, 30 April 2020 to scholarships@soas.ac.uk

For enquiries, please contact the Scholarships Department: