The SOAS-led consortium “Sustainable Funding for Language-based Area Studies”, funded by the HEFCE Postgraduate Support Scheme with match-funding from SOAS, has a scholarship fund of £460,000 to award in 2014-15.

These scholarships are available for 2-year full-time MA programmes dealing with the Arab World, China, Japan, Korea and South Asia.  One-year (£20,000) and two-year (£40,000) scholarships will be available.  The scholarships will cover fees at the Home/EU level plus a contribution to maintenance costs.  These awards, funded by the HEFCE Postgraduate Support Scheme, have been established to boost the skill set of UK graduates aiming to pursue high-level careers in business, government, NGOs, media, or academia with reference to a number of crucial areas in today’s world.

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply applicants must:

  • have a first class or 2:1 honours degree from a UK university or equivalent
  • apply for admission to pursue a relevant Master’s programme – please see the list of the eligible programmes
  • qualify for Home/EU fees status and be ordinarily resident in the UK or EU.

Language criteria:

  • Applicants for Arabic, Korean, and South Asian Studies (including Nepali) do not require prior knowledge of these languages, but previous experience in studying foreign languages is normally required.
  • Applicants for Chinese Studies must have at least intermediate-level proficiency in Mandarin (HSK Level 4).
  • Applicants for Japanese must have intermediate-level proficiency in Japanese (500 kanji, 220 study hours).

How to apply:

  • Apply for this scholarship via the on-line scholarship application form.
  • Applicants must also have submitted a complete on-line application for admission to a relevant 2-year programme.

Deadline:              14 July 2014

Learn more about these scholarships, and also the exciting new postgraduate programmes in MA Advanced Chinese Studies and MA Intensive South Asian Studies, available at SOAS, University of London.