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Other Small Grant Sources

Small Grants for Current Students at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Bursaries for Researcher Development Training (formally Transferable Skills Training)

For the academic year 2016-17, the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies will have limited funds to offer small bursaries to help its graduate students to attend subject related methodology, text-reading or foreign language courses.

Please note: these funds cannot be used for languages taught within the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies or those taught at The Language Centre. Researcher Development Activity (formally called Transferable Skills Training) is intended to help research students successfully complete their studies in a timely manner and to help them to gather valuable skills sets during their study such as IT skills and methodological training

For further information and applications, please contact the Secretary of the Degree Committee, Dr Christine van Ruymbeke ()

Conference and Workshop Grants

The School of Arts and Humanities offers bursaries for graduate students to help assist them with the organisation of conferences and workshops.

For further information please contact: Dr Ben Warn ()

Research and Conference Travel Bursaries for Japanese Studies

Graduate students at the Faculty who are studying Japanese Studies may receive up to £500 per annum to help cover their travel expenses for research or conferences. After completing nine terms of residence in Cambridge (including time spent abroad for fieldwork) graduate students are no longer eligible even if they have not completed their PhD thesis.

Graduate students must apply in advance and provide full financial details of their costs and any grants which they have received from their Colleges or other funding bodies.

Their travel must be related to Japanese Studies and to their dissertation research.

Initial enquiries may be directed to Prof Mickey Adolpshson ). 

Application forms can be downloaded from the website given below. Application forms should be submitted to Prof Mickey Adolphson ().

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 deadline is 15 October 2017.

For further information please contact Dr Barak Kushner ()

Martin Hinds Travel Fund (Middle Eastern Studies)

The Martin Hinds Travel Fund supports the cost of travel and residence in the Islamic Middle East and North Africa for those graduate students who wish to pursue the study of the languages, cultures or history of their chosen area of research.

Grants are normally not more than £100. It is possible to apply to this fund more than once.

For further information please contact: Dr Amira Bennison ()

Other Small Grants – Offered from Other Sources

A.H. Morton Scholarship for Doctoral Research in Classical Persian Studies

The Gibb Memorial Trust is pleased to announce an Annual Scholarship in memory of Alexander (Sandy) Morton for doctoral research in the area of classical Persian Studies. The award is for a maximum of £3,000 and can be applied to any year up to the final completion of a course of doctoral study at a British university, including for an approved period of study abroad; it will be paid at the start of the academic year in question, up to the submission of the dissertation.

Further Information

Gibb Memorial Trust (Middle Eastern Studies)

The Gibb Memorial Trust invites applications for the Gibb Centenary Scholarship, which awards up to £2,000 annually. Postgraduate students at an advanced stage in their doctoral research in any area of Middle Eastern Studies (7th century to 1918) and who are studying in a British University, are eligible to apply.

Application deadline: 30 April in each given year.

Contact and Further information:

Secretary to the Trustees: P R Bligh FCA

Address: 2 Penarth Place, Cambridge CB3 9LU, United Kingdom


Japan Foundation Endowment Committee (Japanese Studies)

The Japan Foundation Endowment Committee supports research travel from PhD students who are studying Japanese Studies.

Application deadline: 15 April and 15 October in any given year.

For further information please contact:

Smuts Memorial Fund (South Asian Studies)

The Managers of the Smuts Memorial Fund make a number of awards to Cambridge graduate students to help assist them in Commonwealth-related work, which covers most South Asian countries. These funds usually take the form of assistance to help towards the costs of travel, fieldwork or audio-visual fieldwork equipment.

For further information please contact: