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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 Postgraduate 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 "Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies" under 'Eligible department', there is no Department-specific search option for our Faculty.

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

For Japanese Studies funding information please see the dedicated Japanese Studies Funding page

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.

Modern Hebrew Studies Scholarships A part or full studentship for a PhD in Modern Hebrew Studies. For those studying Modern Hebrew Literature and Israeli cinema, and connected subjects. Varies 3rd December 2020. Dr Yaron Peleg
yp240@cam.ac.uk
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.

3rd December 2020. Dr Christine van Ruymbeke
cv223@cam.ac.uk

 

 

RA Nicholson Studentship A part-studentship for an MPhil or PhD in Middle Eastern Studies (Arabic, Persian). None specified. Varies. 3rd December 2020. Dr Yaron Peleg
yp240@cam.ac.uk

 

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. 3rd December 2020. Dr Christine van Ruymbeke
cv223@cam.ac.uk
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. 3rd December 2020. Dr Yaron Peleg
yp240@cam.ac.uk
Hebrew Studies - Granted on the basis of need and availiability. Varies. - Professor Geoffrey Khan
gk101@ames.cam.ac.uk
Centre of Islamic Studies Studentships 1-3 part or full studentships for an MPhil or PhD. For those studying Muslims in the UK or Europe or other topics related to Islam in the global age. NB open to applicants from other Faculties in the University. Partial or full funding for fees and/or living costs 3rd December 2019 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. 3rd December 2020. Dr Vincenzo Vergiani
vv234@cam.ac.uk

 

Other Sources of Funding

Source Course Eligibility Value Deadline
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 2021.

Small Grant Sources 

For Japanese Studies funding information please see the dedicated Japanese Studies Funding page

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

 

Martin Hinds Travel Fund PhD. Supports travel and residence in the Islamic Middle East and North Africa. Around £100. Re-application possible. Ongoing. Dr Yaron Peleg
yp240@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.  
Smuts Memorial Fund PhD or MPhil. Commonwealth-related work. Varies. Ongoing.  

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