The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS) offers up to five scholarships for graduate study at the University of Oxford in fields of relevance or benefit to the Muslim world. Students from all Arab countries are eligible to apply. The scholarship covers recipients’ full study and living costs during their chosen master’s degree or doctoral studies.
OCIS Scholars may study any full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Oxford related to Islamic studies or of benefit to the Muslim world, subject to the centre’s approval. Use the university’s A–Z guide and search tool to explore all of Oxford’s graduate courses.
The scholarship is open only to students who are newly applying to a full-time master’s or D.Phil. course at the University of Oxford. It is not open to candidates who hold deferred offers to start in 2024–25, or to candidates who are applying for certificate, diploma, part-time, or non-matriculated courses.
The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies 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 and contributes to the multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary study of the Islamic world.
December or January, depending on the chosen course.
- Full tuition course fees
- A grant for living costs (at least £18,622)
- Be applying to start a new full-time master’s or D.Phil. course at Oxford.
- Be resident in the United Kingdom and from a Muslim community (with preference given to those from a financially disadvantaged household), or be a national of and ordinarily resident in an OCIS-eligible country. (See a list under “eligibility” on the scholarship’s main page.)
- Intend to return to your country of ordinary residence once your course is completed.
- Demonstrate academic excellence and financial need in your Oxford application.
- Intend 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.
How to Apply
In your application for admission to a graduate programme at the University of Oxford, please complete the following steps:
- Tick the box for the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Scholarship in the application form.
- Submit your application by the relevant December or January deadline for your chosen course.
- Complete an Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Scholarships Supporting Statement (see “related documents” on the scholarship’s main page) and upload it, together with your graduate application form, by the deadline.