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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

 

The University and Faculty offer a wide range of studentships to support MPhil and PhD study. There is comprehensive information about University funding on the Graduate Admissions pages.

The University also provides a funding search, which includes the grants available to Faculty Students.

When using this search, please ensure that you choose either Middle Eastern Studies or East Asian Studies under 'Eligible department'.

If you indicate in your application that you wish to be considered for University funding, you will also automatically be considered for AMES studentships in your field of study. Some scholarships have separate application forms you must complete as indicated below.

 

University Funding

Source Course Eligibility Value Deadline
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) All PhD. Home and EU students only, new and continuing students. Home students, full fees and maintenance.

EU students please see the website.

 
Gates Scholarship All MPhil and PhD. Any non-UK citizens. Full scholarship. Varies by course.
Cambridge Commonwealth and Cambridge Overseas Trusts All MPhil and PhD. Must be about to begin a course, all nationalities. Varies by scholarship. Varies by course. 

 

Faculty Funding

Source MPhil/PhD? Eligibility Value Deadline Contact

EAST ASIAN STUDIES

The Department also offers research and travel stipends for students following the completion of the first year report. Students wishing to spend extended time abroad for research should first of all apply for external funding. For those focusing on Japan, the Department offers two three-month fellowships every year through the Aoi Foundation.

Cambridge Toshiba Japan and the World Graduate Scholarship PhD in Japanese Studies. Starting studies from October 2019.
Preference given to research which places Japan in the context of the world.
Tuition fees and a living costs. Not available in 2019-20. 
To be resumed from 2020-21.
Prof Barak Kushner
bk284@cam.ac.uk

Application form

 

Japan and the World Graduate Scholarships PhD or MPhil in Japanese Studies. Awarded based on merit. 1-3 years, ranging from full to partial scholarship. 5th December 2018. Prof Barak Kushner
bk284@cam.ac.uk

Application form

Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation Scholarships PhD or MPhil in Japanese Studies. Preference for UK or EU students £10,000 granted for one year, can be repeated for maximum of 3 years. 5th December 2018. Prof Barak Kushner
bk284@cam.ac.uk

Application form

Japanese Studies Scholarships PhD in Japanese Studies. Need and merit based. Dependent on available funds. 5th December 2018. Prof Barak Kushner
bk284@cam.ac.uk

Application form

MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES

Students are expected to apply to scholarships available both externally and within the University of Cambridge (see links below) to be considered for any of the following departmental funding.Students who wish to be considered for funding should apply to the University by 5 December 2018.

Funds permitting there may be a second round of applications for some scholarships, deadline 9 April 2019.

E. G. Browne Memorial Research Studentship A part-studentship for an MPhil or PhD in Middle Eastern Studies (Arabic, Persian).

Priority may be given to PhD applicants.

Must have graduated with honours in Persian or Iranian, and must be researching in the field. Candidates should not normally have reached the age of 29 on 1st April in the year of candidature. Varies, likely to cover home/EU tuition fees.

One year, re-application possible.

5th December 2018. Dr Christine van Ruymbeke
cv223@cam.ac.uk

Application form

 

RA Nicholson Studentship A part-studentship for an MPhil or PhD in Middle Eastern Studies (Arabic, Persian). None specified. Varies. 5th December 2018. Dr Amira Bennison
knb21@cam.ac.uk

Application form

Soudavar Research Studentships in Persian Studies A part or full studentship (Home/EU rate) for an MPhil or PhD in Persian Studies. All aspects of Persian Studies in the Islamic period are encouraged, particularly those which faculty members are currently researching. £10,000 per year. Renewable by application for 3 years. 5th December 2018. Dr Christine van Ruymbeke
cv223@cam.ac.uk

Application form

Wright Studentship A part-studentship for an MPhil or PhD in Arabic Studies. For those studying Arabic Language and Literature, and connected subjects. Varied, around £4,000 p/a. Re-application possible. 4th January 2018. Dr Amira Bennison
knb21@cam.ac.uk

Application form

Hebrew Studies - Granted on the basis of need and availiability. Varies. - Professor Geoffrey Khan
gk101@ames.cam.ac.uk

Application form

Centre of Islamic Studies Studentships 1-2 part or full studentships for an MPhil or PhD in contemporary Islamic Studies. Also open to
applicants to other Faculties and Departments within the University.
Varies   See Centre for Islamic Studies for more details
Rapson Scholarship PhD and MPhil, Indian and Iranian Studies. Preference given to applicants who use Sanskrit, Pali or Avestan sources. Varies. Maximum award equivalent to University and College fees at the home/EU rate for up to three years. 5th December 2018. Dr Vincenzo Vergiani
vv234@cam.ac.uk

Application form

 

Other Sources of Funding

Source Course Eligibility Value Deadline
CIS Graduate Studentships PhD and MPhil. Research connected to the theme of contemporary Islam in the global age. Likely to be in the range of £4,500 to £14,000. October 2018.
Daiwa Foundation PhD and MPhil. British citizens with a degree in Japanese Studies. Fees and living costs. January 2019.
Louis Cha Scholarship PhD and MPhil, Chinese Studies. St John’s College only. Research in the literature, history and culture of early and dynastic China. Varies, generally fees and living costs. Automatic consideration upon offer from St John’s.
Soon-Young Kim Award PhD. Korean Studies, Japanese Studies, Chinese Studies. Those in the first year of a Post Doctoral Research Fellowship, first year PhD students. Must be studying the history of science and technology. Varies. Potential for renewal for PhD students. February 2019.

Small Grant Sources 

Source Course Eligibility Value Deadline Contact
Bursaries for Researcher Development Training PhD and MPhil. Not for language study. Varies. Ongoing. Dr Christine van Ruymbeke
cv223@cam.ac.uk

 

Conference and Workshop Grants PhD and MPhil. For organising conferences and workshops. Varies. Ongoing. School of Arts and Humanities.
Mr Ben Warn
ben.warn@admin.cam.ac.uk

 

Conference Bursaries for Chinese Linguistics and Language Acquisition PhD and MPhil. For travel expenses, must be related to Chinese linguistics/Chinese language acquisition and research. Up to £500 p/a. Ongoing. Dr. Boping Yuan
by10001@cam.ac.uk
Application Form

 

Research and Conference Travel Bursaries for Japanese Studies PhD and MPhil. For travel expenses, must be related to Japanese studies and research. Up to £500 p/a. Ongoing. Dr John Nilsson Wright
jhs22@cam.ac.uk
Application form

 

Japanese Studies Scholarships Provided by the Aoi Foundation of Japan PhD Japanese Studies. Must have passed first year progress exams. 500,000 yen. October 2018. Dr Barak Kushner
bk284@cam.ac.uk

 

Martin Hinds Travel Fund PhD. Supports travel and residence in the Islamic Middle East and North Africa. Around £100. Re-application possible. Ongoing. Dr Amira Bennison
knb21@cam.ac.uk
Application form

 

A.H. Morton Scholarship for Doctoral Research in Classical Persian Studies PhD, Classical Persian Studies. Supports study of Classical Persian and associated subjects. Maximum £3,000, can be applied for up to fina; year. 30th April to start following academic year.
Gibb Memorial Trust PhD Middle Eastern Studies. Must be at an advanced stage in Doctoral Study. Up to £2000 anually. 30th April to start following academic year.  
Japan Foundation Endowment Committee PhD Japanese Studies. Supports research travel. Varies. 15th April, 15th October in any given year.  
Smuts Memorial Fund PhD or MPhil. Commonwealth-related work. Varies. Ongoing.  

The Faculty also holds a large number of small funds to support current graduate students, for example for language acquisition, fieldwork and research travel. Please contact the Graduate Administrator for more information.