Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Graduate Scholarships

Type: Master’s Degree, Ph.D. or Other Doctoral Degrees

Who: Arab students interested in Islamic Studies

What: Full tuition fees

When: 2021-2023

Where: Oxford University, the UK

Program Length: 2-3 years

Deadline to Apply: 01 January 2021

Citizenship: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

Destination Countries: UK

Academic Subject(s): Islamic Studies


The OCIS–Oxford Scholarships are full graduate scholarships at the University of Oxford, in the United Kingdom, established to benefit British Muslim students as well as those from developing countries in Asia and Africa. 

The scholarship will cover 100 percent of course fees and a grant for living costs of at least £15,009 ($19,385). Awards are made for the full duration of your fee liability for the agreed course. Awards may be offered in conjunction with other sources of funding, although this will be taken into account when determining the value of the award.

The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS) is a recognized independent centre of the University of Oxford. It was established in 1985 to encourage the scholarly study of Islam and the Islamic world. The centre provides a meeting point for the Western and Islamic worlds of learning. At Oxford, it contributes to the multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary study of the Islamic world. Beyond Oxford, its role is strengthened by an international network of academic contacts. For more information, please refer to the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies website. 

Deadline: In January, depending on the program


You must be applying to start a new full-time master’s or D.Phil. course at the University of Oxford.

You must be either:

– Ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom and from a Muslim community (with preference given to those from a financially disadvantaged household), or

– A national of, and ordinarily resident in, one of the countries in Asia and Africa listed under “Eligibility” on the OCIS Scholarships page

You should be intending to return to your country of ordinary residence once your course is completed.

Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit. 

You should be intending to undertake study in a field derived from or of relevance to the Islamic tradition, or which is of relevance and/or benefit to the Muslim world.

This scholarship is not open to candidates applying for postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma courses, part-time courses or non-matriculated courses.

Candidates who hold deferred offers to start in 2020–21 will not be considered for this scholarship.

How to apply

In order to be considered for this scholarship, you must complete the following steps:

– Tick the box for the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Scholarship in the University of Oxford Scholarships section of the university’s graduate application form;

– Submit your application for graduate study by the relevant January deadline. See the relevant course page for the deadline applicable to your course; and

– Complete an Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Scholarships Supporting Statement (see related documents on this page) and upload it, together with your graduate application form, by the deadline.For a definition of ordinary residency, and further details on how to complete this section of the graduate application form, please see the ‘Nationality and ordinary residence’ section of the graduate application form and the advice contained with the Application Guide.

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