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Funding Offered by the Faculty

The deadline for all Faculty-based Funding opportunities will be the 4 January 2017. 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 may have to apply each year for the same funding along with other applicants. Details of continued funding will be provided in the offer letter.

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 email 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 2017.

Application deadline: 4 January 2017

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 ()

Japan and the World Graduate Scholarships

The awards are intended for promising, qualified students applying for the master's programme (both the Advanced Studies MPhil and the Research MPhil) and are open to UK, European and international students. Funding is intended to cover fees and potentially also maintenance and living costs, and will be awarded based on merit. 

Further information is here and initial enquiries may be directed to Professor Mickey Adolphson at the following e-mail address: ()

Application deadline: 4 January 2017

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 Professor Mickey Adolphson at the following e-mail address: ()

Application deadline: 4 January 2017

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 Professor Mickey Adolphson at the following e-mail address: ()

Application deadline: 4 January 2017

Soudavar Research Studentships in Persian Studies

The Soudavar Research Studentship in Persian Studies will expect to contribute up to £10,000 per annum towards the fees and maintenance costs of a full-time doctoral programme and will ideally be complemented by matching funds raised by the successful applicant(s). All aspects of Persian Studies in the Islamic period are encouraged, but particularly those closest to the research interests of the Persian section of the Department of Middle East Studies, for which supervision can best be provided.

 More than one grant may be available, depending on resources. The grant will be available for three years, but renewable annually by application, subject to satisfactory progress. 

The amount may be split between two equally qualified candidates.

Application deadline: 4 January 2017

For further information please contact: Dr Christine van Ruymbeke ()

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 2017-18.

For further information please contact: Dr Amira Bennison ()

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.

Purpose of the Fund is to provide a studentship for the encouragement of research in Persian studies.

Candidates must show in their applications (1) that they are a graduate of a University who has obtained honours in Persian or in Iranian, (2) that they intend to undertake research in some branch of study connected with the Persian or Iranian language, or with Persian or Iranian literature, or with the history or civilisation of Persian, and (3) that they have been admitted, or be seeking admission, as a registered graduate student of the University of Cambridge. Candidates should not normally have attained the age of twenty-nine years on 1 April in the year of candidature.

No applications for fees or maintenance will be considered unless the candidate has applied to theAHRC and/or the Cambridge Trusts, as is appropriate to their fee status. This applies to applications for renewal of awards as well as those for new ones.

Tenure of the Studentship shall be for one year but, provided that he or she satisfies the requirements of Regulation 4(d), the Student may apply for re-election for a second year and for a third year. Tenure shall be conditional upon the Student being a registered Graduate Student of the University; if a Student ceases to be a registered Graduate Student his or her tenure of the Studentship shall thereupon lapse.

Please ensure that you are eligible for this scholarship before making an application. For further information please refer to Statutes and Ordnances, http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/univ/so/2013/chapter12-section2.html#heading2-59

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: 4 January 2017

For further information please contact: Dr Christine van Ruymbeke ()

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: 4 January 2017

For further information please contact: Dr Eivind Kahrs ()

 

RA Nicholson Studentship (Arabic and Persian)

The Fund may be used by the Faculty Board of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies for purposes connected with the advancement of study or research in the University in Arabic or Persian, or in both those languages.

Application deadline: 4 January 2017

For further information please contact: Dr Amira Bennison ()