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Funding Offered by the Faculty

The deadline for all Faculty-based Funding opportunities will be the 6 January 2016. The Faculty Trust Funds offered by the Faculty are listed below with instruction on how to apply. All Faculty Trust Fund applications should be sent to the Faculty Administrator at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.

PhD applicants should note that if they are successful in receiving Faculty Trust Funding in their first year that they usually have to apply each year for the same funding along with other applicants.

Most grants are offered at the Home/EU rate but International students are eligible to apply.

For further information about any of the Faculty-based funding opportunities, please e-mail the person whose contact details are given underneath each funding source.

The Application Process

All applications received are reviewed and either accepted or rejected. All accepted applications are considered for funding on the proviso that they have not secured funding from another source i.e. outside funding. The most outstanding applications received are nominated for the relevant Faculty Trust Fund.

PhD funding is normally given for three years, unless stated otherwise. Funding for PhD students in their second and third years is pending a satisfactory performance in their studies.

Faculty Trust Fund Application form

Please find below the application form (available as a PDF or Word document) which is to be used for all of the Faculty Trust Fund opportunities offered by the Faculty:

Download for the Faculty Trust Fund Application Form

PhD Studentship in Azeri

The Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies may offer one PhD studentship in the field of Azeri Studies for three years, beginning October 2016.

Application deadline: 6 January 2016

For further information please contact Professor Geoffrey Khan ()

Hebrew Studies

Grants are normally offered for postgraduate research in Hebrew language and literature.

Awards are given based on need and availability.

For further information please contact Professor Geoffrey Khan ()

Japanese Studies Scholarships

Graduate students in Japanese can apply for Japanese Studies Scholarships of £10,000 per annum for a maximum period of three years towards fees and maintenance.

Initial enquiries may be directed to Dr Brigitte Steger at the following e-mail address: ()

Application deadline: 6 February 2016

Japanese Studies Studentships from the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation

Like other Japanese Studies UK Institutions, the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies can nominate three graduate students for MA/PhD studentships offered by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation from 2014-2015 onwards. The studentships are £10,000 and are offered annually. Studentships are granted only for one year but students can re-apply for up to three years. Students are eligible regardless of nationality and residential status.

For further information please contact Dr Brigitte Steger ()

Application deadline: 6 February 2016

Japanese Studies Scholarships provided by the Aoi Foundation of Japan

The Aoi Global Research Award, initiated in 2014, is generously provided by the Aoi Foundation of JapanEach year we will be able to offer ¥500,000 to one postgraduate student in Japanese Studies. The scholarship is intended to support travel and research in Japan and can be used anytime during the academic year. The scholarship comes with an affiliation to Keio University, however the award does not require that research be conducted in Tokyo and students conducting research within any field in Japanese studies (modern or pre-modern) are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility: Postgraduate students enrolled in the Japanese Studies Section of this Faculty. Only those who have passed their first year progress exams are eligible to apply. Students who have submitted or are about to submit their dissertation but have not yet passed their viva at the time of application are also eligible to apply.

Application materials will be posted online in early October for early November submission.

For further information please contact Dr Barak Kushner ()

Soudavar Research Studentships in Persian Studies

Grants are offered for postgraduate research in any field of Persian Studies in the Islamic period. The fund will contribute up to £10,000 per annum towards the fees and maintenance costs of a full-time doctoral programme for a maximum of three years.

The amount may be split between two equally qualified candidates.

Application deadline: 6 January 2016

For further information please contact: Professor Charles Melville ()

Wright Studentship (Arabic Language and Literature)

The object of the Wright Studentship is the encouragement of the study of the Arabic language and literature and of subjects closely connected therewith. The successful candidate will receive a stipend determined by the Electors after taking into account any other financial resources that the candidate may have available. Average awards are around £4,000 per annum. Please note that this studentship can only be promised for one year, but re-application is possible (up to three years in total).

The Wright Studentship is not being offered for 2016-17.

For further information please contact: Professor James Montgomery ()

E. G. Browne Memorial Research Studentship (Persian Studies)

This studentship is available for the study of Persian or Iranian languages, literatures and history of civilisation.

The maximum fee awarded is likely to cover Home/EU University tuition fees. Candidates should not normally have reached the age of twenty-nine years old on 1 April in the year of application. Priority will be given to PhD candidates but MPhil candidates will also be considered.

Application Deadline: 6 January 2016

For further information please contact: Professor Charles Melville (cpm1000@cam.ac.uk)

Rapson Scholarship in Indian and Iranian Studies

Grants are offered for postgraduate research in Indian and Iranian Studies, but preference is given to applicants who use Sanskrit, Pali or Avestan sources for their research. The value of this scholarship will be determined by the Electors after taking account of any other financial resources available to the applicant. The maximum award is equivalent to University and College fees at the Home/EU rate for up to three years. Both MPhil and PhD applicants will be considered.

Application deadline: 6 January 2016

For further information please contact: Dr Eivind Kahrs ()