Grants, Scholarships and Prizes

The following are the grants, scholarships and prizes currently available:

Grants

Clough Travel Fund

A fund exists in the Faculty of Oriental Studies for the provision of travel grants for undergraduate or graduate students of Japanese in the University to enable them to visit Japan or Japan and Korea for the study of the language or literature. Applications should consist of the Trust Fund Small Grant application form, two references and a covering letter and be sent to the Trust Funds Administrator, Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane, Oxford, OX1 2LE or by email to trustfunds@orinst.ox.ac.uk. An application may be submitted at any time.

Dolabani Fund for Syriac Studies

The Board of Management of the Dolabani Fund invites applications for grants from the fund. The fund's purpose is the furtherance of Syriac Studies within the University, including the support of students from Syriac churches studying their own tradition in working for formal qualifications of the University. According to the decree governing the fund, grants shall be made for the following purposes: the provision of financial support to graduate students of the University from or originating from the Middle East or the region of the Indian State of Kerala, to assist them in meeting the cost of engaging in courses involving Syriac Studies in the University; the provision of grants for the purchase of Syriac manuscripts for the Bodleian Library and for the purchase of books in or concerning Syriac for the Bodleian Library and the Oriental Institute Library.

Applications should consist of the Trust Fund Small Grant application form, two references and a covering letter and be sent to Trust Funds Administrator, Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane, Oxford, OX1 2LE or by email to trustfunds@orinst.ox.ac.uk, no later than the end of Week 8 of Hilary Term. In the case of graduate students the name of the applicant's supervisor must be included.

Hebrew and Jewish Studies Unit

An award or awards may be made annually to an undergraduate or graduate student in the fields of Hebrew or Jewish Studies towards the cost of travel or other specific projects in connection with his or her studies. Applications, which should include a statement of the project for which the grant is requested, should be sent to the Hebrew or Jewish Studies Secretary, Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE, from whom application forms are available.

Nubar Pasha Scholarship Fund for the Encouragement of the Study of Armenian History and Literature

The Board of Management gives notice that it is prepared to make grants towards the cost of travelling and other expenses incidental to study or research in Armenian history, Literature, Language, and Archaeology, or in directly related fields. There is no closing date for applications, which may be made at any time by any member of the University (including the holder of the Nubar Pasha Scholarship).

Candidates should submit to the board a statement of their academic career and proposed course of research, together with details of their financial resources. Applications should be sent to the Secretary to the Board of Management of the Nubar Pasha Armenian Scholarship Fund, Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE or by email to trustfunds@orinst.ox.ac.uk.

Wardrop Fund for Georgian Studies

A Fund exists in the Faculty of Oriental Studies for the encouragement of the study of the language, literature and history of Georgia. Applications should consist of the Trust Fund Small Grant application form, two references and a covering letter and be sent to the Trust Funds Administrator Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane, Oxford, OX1 2LE or by email to trustfunds@orinst.ox.ac.uk.

 

Prizes

Abramson Prize for Modern Hebrew Literature

The examiners in the Honour School of Oriental Studies (and associated Joint Honour Schools) may award a Prize each year to the candidate who has performed best in Honour School papers in Modern Hebrew Literature. It will be at the discretion of the examiners whether this will be judged by essays or final results. The Faculty Board will determine the value of the Prize. No special application is required.

Arthur Lenman Memorial Prize

A prize will be awarded by the Faculty Board of Oriental Studies to any undergraduate member of the University who gains a distinction in Ancient Egyptian in the Moderations in Oriental Studies (Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies) or is placed in the First Class in Egyptology in the Honour School of Oriental Studies. No special application is required.

Boden Prize

The Boden Prize (for proficiency in the Sanskrit Language and Literature). The prize is of the value of £50 and is open to any undergraduate member of the University. Candidates must send their names to the Trust Funds Administrator, Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE, before 12 noon on Friday of the second week of Michaelmas Term. The examination will be held during Michaelmas Term.

Comparative Philology Prizes

The trustees of the Derby Fund, on the recommendation of the Craven Committee, have approved an annual grant for the following prizes:

(i) a prize of £50 to be awarded for performance in the Historical Linguistics and Comparative Philology paper in Honour Moderations in Classics;

(ii) a prize of £100 for performance in any of the Philology and Linguistics papers in the Honour School of Literae Humaniores, or in the same papers offered in the Honour Schools of Classics and English, and Classics and Modern Languages, or Oriental Studies (with Classics as an additional language). No special application is required.

Davis Prize

Prize in Chinese for FHS (£100) for best dissertation. Recommended by the Examiners to the Chairman of Examiners having been approved by the Davis Committee.

Dudbridge Prizes

Prizes may be awarded each year to the candidate who has performed the best in the papers in Classical Chinese in each of the First Public and Honour School Examinations in Oriental Studies or in any associated Joint Honour School examinations.

Junior prize for FPE (£50) for performance in the Classical Chinese paper – usually if they get a first in that paper. Recommended by examiners and approved by the Committee of Management for the Trust.

Senior prize for FHS (£100) for performance in the Classical Chinese paper – usually if they get a first in that paper. Recommended by examiners. (There is no Committee of Management as this trusts is for the prize only.)

James Mew Prizes

Junior prize for FPE (£50) for outstanding performance in Arabic language or Rabbinical Hebrew papers.  Recommended by the examiners and approved by the Committee of Management for the Trust.

Senior prize for FHS (£100) for outstanding performance in Arabic language or Rabbinical Hebrew papers. Recommended by the examiners and approved by the Committee of Management for the Trust.

Joseph Schacht Memorial Prize

Junior Prize for FPE (£50) or Senior Prize for FHS (£100) for performance in Arabic in the First Public Examination in Oriental Studies in Islamic religion, law or history in the Final Honour School of Oriental Studies. Recommended by examiners and approved by the Committee of Management for the Trust.

Mustafa Badawi Prize in Modern Arabic Literature

A prize will be awarded by the Faculty Board of Oriental Studies each year to the candidate who has written the best essay in English on some aspect of modern Arabic literature. Candidates for the Prize are free to choose their own subject for treatment. Essays must be typewritten and must not exceed 15,000 words in length (including footnotes, appendices and bibliographies). The essay must show sensitivity to modern Arabic literary texts as well as some originality and skill in critical analysis. The Faculty Board will determine the value of the Prize.

Nubar Pasha Armenian Prize

The Board of Management of the Nubar Pasha Armenian Scholarship Fund offers annually in Trinity Term a prize for studies in Classical Armenian. The value of the prize will be determined by the board of management.

Candidates for the prize shall be members of the University who have not exceeded twenty-one terms from the date of matriculation. No person is eligible for the prize whose vernacular language is Armenian.

Passages for translation into English will be set from the Classical Armenian text of the Gospel according to St Matthew, chapter 28, the Gospel according to St Mark, chapters 2 and 14, Eznik of Kolb, Against the Sects (De Deo), Book 4, ch. 1 and P`awstos Buzand, History, IV 54. These texts are contained in A. Meillet, Altarmenisches Elementarbuch, Heidelberg, 1913, pp. 144--64. The passage from Eznik also forms para. 358 in the edition by Maris and Mercier, Patrologia Orientalis, tome XXVIII, fasc. 3, Paris, 1959, pp. 514--17.

Questions to test grammatical knowledge will be set and, at the discretion of the examiners, a short unseen text. Candidates will be allowed three hours in which to answer the questions set.

Applications should be sent to the Trust Funds Administrator, Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE or by email to trustfunds@orinst.ox.ac.uk, on or before Week 8, Hilary Term.

Pusey and Ellerton Junior Prize

Two or more prizes will be awarded annually on the recommendation of the moderators in the Preliminary Examination in Theology, and two or more annually on the recommendation of the moderators in the Preliminary Examination in Oriental Studies, to those candidates whose performance in Biblical Hebrew the moderators judge to be of sufficient merit. The value of the prizes shall be £50. No special application is required.

Pusey and Ellerton Senior Prize

One or more prizes will be awarded annually on the recommendation of the examiners in the Final Honour School of Theology, and one or more annually on the recommendation of the examiners in the Final Honour School of Oriental Studies, to those candidates whose performance in Biblical Hebrew the examiners judge to be of sufficient merit. The value of the prizes shall be £100. No special application is required.

Segal Fund

An award will be made annually to a graduate student preparing for submission to the University a doctoral thesis in Hebrew or Jewish Studies. The award is likely to be in the region of £200--£400. Applications, which should include a statement of the project for which the grant is requested and the name of the applicant's supervisor, should be sent to the Trust Funds Administrator, Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE or by email to trustfunds@orinst.ox.ac.uk, no later than the end of Week 9, Hilary Term.

 

Scholarships

ESRC MPhil-to-DPhil Studentships in MPhil Chinese Studies, MPhil Modern Middle Eastern and MPhil in South Asian Studies

The University of Oxford is one of 21 centres of postgraduate excellence accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as a Doctoral Training Centre.  The University is one of the major providers of social science research training in the UK, and has one of the largest and most diverse pools of academic social scientists producing internationally recognised research.  It is home to a number of outstanding departments, which are committed to research to develop a greater understanding of all aspects of society.

The Faculty of Oriental Studies invites applications for an MPhil-to-DPhil ESRC studentship, in the language-based Area Studies training pathway.

The ESRC studentship is not intended for taught Masters degrees on their own.  All applicants should envisage continuing to doctoral level study in one of the following departments at Oxford University: Anthropology, Development Studies, Economics, Geography, History, International Relations, Politics, Social Policy, and Sociology. Successful applicants’ upgrading to their chosen doctoral programmes is subject to the decision of the DPhil admission committee of the respective department and is based on the student’s performance in their Masters programme.

Before applying, all applicants must satisfy the ESRC’s citizenship and residence requirements and are advised to acquaint themselves with relevant ESRC sources of information which can be found here: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/skills-and-careers/studentships/prospective-students/

How to apply:

  1. Applicants should in the first instance apply to either the MPhil Chinese Studies, MPhil Modern Middle Eastern Studies or MPhil in South Asian Studies through the standard graduate on-line application form. 
  2. Application for the ESRC studentship is separate and should consist of a doctoral-level proposal (max 2000 words) containing a description of the project, the research puzzle to be addressed and the methods to be used, together with a brief timetable for the proposed research; and a curriculum vitae. Applications should be sent to graduate.admissions@orinst.ox.ac.uk. Applications will be considered until all studentships are awarded.

H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani Gradute Studentship in Contemporary Islamic Studies

The Graduate Studentship in Contemporary Islamic Studies is open to all applicants for postgraduate research in Contemporary Islamic Studies. The award is funded by the His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani Endowment Fund Programme for Islamic Studies, established at Oxford by a generous benefaction from His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. The studentship comprises the equivalent of the University tuition fees and college fees for up to four years and a maintenance grant following the University standard rate of approximately £14,000 per annum. The award is tenable from October 2017 for one year in the first instance, renewable for up to a maximum of three further years subject to receipt of a satisfactory report from the supervisor(s). The award is intended for any postgraduate student pursuing doctoral research in any field of Contemporary Islamic Studies. Candidates must have obtained a merit or distinction result or its equivalent in a master’s course in a relevant field of study. The award is tenable at any Oxford college, and may only be held in the Faculty of Oriental Studies.

How to apply:

  1. Applicants should in the first instance apply to the University of Oxford under the standard procedures for graduate degrees for 2017-18. Applications should be made by the late January deadline.
  2. Application for the studentship is separate and should consist of an application form, CV, a statement of research interests (of no more than 6 pages) including outline, research proposal, proposed supervisor, bibliography and the names of two referees who should be asked to supply confidential references to graduate.admissions@orinst.ox.ac.uk by 20th January 2017.

Applications for the studentship should be sent to graduate.admissions@orinst.ox.ac.uk by 20th January 2017 and will be considered on their merits by a panel of representatives from the Contemporary Islamic Studies Oxford Qatar (CISQQ) Management Committee.

Li & Fung Scholarships

The University of Oxford is the recipient of an extremely generous donation from the Victor & William Fung foundation to support travel and study in mainland China. The objective of the Foundation is to promote leadership development principally through student exchange programmes in universities. The donation from the Fung Foundation enables Oxford to provide fully-funded scholarships for the year abroad in China (consisting of both fees and a bursary), and it also provides funds for students to travel to China at the end of the third year to engage in language learning, pursue internships, or carry out charity work. Any undergraduate who receives a Fung Scholarship will be known as a “Fung Scholar”, and will be expected to demonstrate himself or herself as a good ambassador of the University, and to share with other students and the community at large the benefits gained from participating in the scheme.

Lingyin Graduate Scholarship in Buddhist Studies

The Faculty of Oriental Studies is pleased to offer, beginning in Michaelmas Term 2016, up to three graduate scholarships for £8000 for Master’s or DPhil students whose study or research focuses on Buddhist Studies (including all areas, historical periods, and aspects of this field). The scholarships have been established thanks to a generous donation of the Lingyin Temple (Lingyin si), an ancient and important Buddhist temple in Hangzhou, China.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals who are applying to a Master’s or DPhil course at the Faculty of Oriental Studies for entry in October 2016, or current students studying for a Master’s or DPhil at the Faculty of Oriental Studies. This scholarship may be held in conjunction with other partial awards, but the total value of your scholarships should not exceed the cost of tuition and college fees in full and a grant for living costs at a rate agreed with Graduate Admissions and Funding.

Applicants applying for a new course (this includes current students who are applying for re-admission) for entry in October 2016, and who submit their application to the University by the January 2016 deadline at the latest, will be automatically considered. On-course students should submit an application form to Gemma Forster (graduate.admissions@orinst.ox.ac.uk) by 22nd January 2016 at the latest. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and potential. If there are more than two equally qualified applications, preference will be given to students with a research interest in Chinese Buddhism, or in Chinese Buddhist sources.

The scholarship is open to UK, EU, or Overseas students and will be tenable only for one year at a time. Students holding the scholarship who would wish to reapply for it for the following year would be required to submit a new application for that year, which would be considered competitively alongside other applications for that year.

St Cross MPhil Scholarships in the Humanities and Social Sciences

St Cross College invites applications for two MPhil Scholarships from students who will begin studying at the University of Oxford in the academic year 2017-2018 for an MPhil degree in any of the humanities and social science disciplines or for the BPhil degree in Philosophy. Applicants must list St Cross College as their first choice college on their Graduate Admissions application in order to be eligible to apply for these Scholarships. Further information can be found on the St Cross website.

The Harun Ur Rashid Memorial Scholarship

St Cross College is pleased to offer the Harun Ur Rashid Memorial Scholarship for the academic year 2017-18 for applicants who are normally resident in Bangladesh. This scholarship, worth £3,000 per annum, is intended to provide financial assistance to an academically meritorious graduate student normally resident in Bangladesh, who has been accepted into both an accredited two-year Master's (MPhil) course at the University of Oxford and St Cross College and who is unable to secure funding elsewhere. The successful scholar will be guaranteed to have a room in College accommodation (at the standard rent) for the first year of their course. Further information, including the application criteria, can be found on the St Cross website.

Wai Seng Senior Research Scholarship

St Antony's College proposes to elect a Wai Seng Senior Research Scholar in Asia-Pacific Studies with effect from Michaelmas Term 2016.  It is tenable at St Antony’s College for two years and is open to all matriculated students of Oxford University working for a Doctor of Philosophy degree in fields such as modern history, social sciences (e.g. politics, international relations, economics, sociology, social anthropology, education and human geography) and whose research involves the study of the Asia-Pacific.  Students who expect to be accepted for D.Phil. research by the beginning of Trinity Term 2016 may also apply.  Preference will be given to candidates whose research interests are focused on China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan or on comparative Asian studies involving one of these territories.

Further information is available on the St Antony's College website

 

Further Sources of Funding

 

Jill Hart Fund for Indo-Iranian Philology

The Jill Hart Fund for Indo-Iranian Philology at the University of Oxford supports elementary language teaching and learning, and philological teaching and study, of Vedic Sanskrit and of the languages belonging to the Iranian branch of Indo-European at their earliest attested stages.

The Committee of Management invites all members of the University who plan to undertake activities falling into this domain to apply for funding. There is no application deadline and applications will be considered throughout the year. Decisions about grants of up to £500 can normally be made within less than one month.

Applications should include a detailed outline of the project to be supported. They should be addressed, preferably by e-mail, to the Chairman of the Committee of Management for the Jill Hart Fund for Indo-Iranian Philology, Professor Andreas Willi, Diebold Professor of Comparative Philology, Worcester College, Oxford OX1 2HB (e-mail: andreas.willi@classics.ox.ac.uk).

 


Further information on funding opportunities can be found in the 'Fees and expenses' section of the University of Oxford's website or by searching the 'Scholarships, Prizes and Awards' supplement of the current year's University Gazette.