UK : Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS) Scholarships

These scholarships have been established by the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies to allow graduates to pursue study of benefit to the Muslim world.

The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies is a Recognized Independent Centre of the University of Oxford. It was established in 1985 to encourage the scholarly study of Islam and the Islamic world. The Centre provides a meeting point for the Western and Islamic worlds of learning. At Oxford, it contributes to the multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary study of the Islamic world. Beyond Oxford, its role is strengthened by an international network of academic contacts. For more information, please refer to the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies website.

The scholarship will cover 100% of University and college fees and a grant for living costs (of at least £13,863). Awards are made for the full duration of your fee liability for the agreed course.

Eligibility

You should be applying to start a new graduate course at Oxford.

You must be either:

  • ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom and from a Muslim community (with preference given to those from a financially disadvantaged household), or
  • a national of, and ordinarily resident in, one of the following countries in Asia and Africa:
Afghanistan India Pakistan
Albania Indonesia Palestine
Algeria Iran Qatar
Azerbaijan Iraq Saudi Arabia
Bahrain Jordan Senegal
Bangladesh Kazakhstan Sierra Leone
Benin Kuwait Somalia
Brunei Darussalam Kyrgyzstan Sudan
Burkina Faso Lebanon Suriname
Cameroon Libya Syrian Arab Republic
Chad Malaysia Tajikistan
Comoros Maldives Togo
Côte d’Ivoire Mali Tunisia
Egypt Mauritania Turkey
Djibouti Morocco Turkmenistan
Gabon Mozambique Uganda
Gambia Niger United Arab Emirates
Guinea Nigeria Uzbekistan
Guyana Oman Yemen

You should be intending to return to your country of ordinary residence once your course is completed.  

Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit. 

You should be intending to undertake study in a field derived from or of relevance to the Islamic tradition, which is of relevance and/or benefit to the Muslim world.

Please ensure that you meet the selection criteria for your course (see the Courses page for more information).

This scholarship is not open to candidates applying for postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma courses, part-time courses or non-matriculated courses. This scholarship is also not open to applications from candidates who hold deferred offers to start in 2015-16. 

If your scholarship is offered for a course lasting more than one year, the continuation of your scholarship each year is subject to an annual renewal process based upon satisfactory academic progress.

How to Apply

In order to be considered for this scholarship, you must select the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Scholarships in the Funding section of the University’s graduate application form and submit your application for graduate study by the relevant January deadline for your course (9 January or 23 January 2015. See the Courses page for the deadline applicable to your course).  

You must also complete an Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Scholarships Supporting Statement (see Related documents on this page) and upload it, together with your graduate application form, by the deadline, in order for your application to be complete.

If you do not apply in full by the deadline, you will not be considered for this scholarship, even if you have selected the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Scholarships on the graduate application form.

We will use the details you insert in the ‘Nationality and ordinary residence’ section of the graduate application form to assess your nationality and country of ordinary residence. For a definition of ordinary residency and further details on how to complete this section of the graduate application form, please see the ‘Nationality and ordinary residence’ section of the graduate application form and also the Application guide.

To be eligible for consideration for this scholarship, applicants must be successful in being offered a place on their course after consideration of applications received by the relevant January deadline for the course. Course applications which are held over after the January deadline to be re-evaluated against applications received by the March deadline or course applications which have been put on a waiting list are not eligible for scholarship consideration. 

Please note, if you are accepted onto a different course from the one you originally applied for, you should contact us as soon as you are notified of the change in order to ensure that your application for a scholarship is maintained on your new course.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 9 January 2015

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