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Sochon Foundation Korean Studies Scholarships, SOAS, UK

Publish Date: Dec 21, 2015

Deadline: May 03, 2016

The Sochon Foundation has generously provided SOAS with scholarships for students undertaking a full-time post-graduate programmes in Korean Studies. The Sochon Foundation scholarship, valued at £7,000 in total is for tuition fees with the remainder, if any, for living costs.  

The scholarship is for one year only. For candidates undertaking an MPhil/PhD programme, the scholarship is not renewable.

The scholarship is open to UK/EU and overseas applicants.

The Sochon Foundation Scholarship may be held in conjunction with other scholarships.  However, please be aware that all financial support secured before 3 May 2016 must be declared in your application. Any awards held will be taken into consideration on assessment of financial need.

Eligible Programmes

Preference will be given to applicants on the following  FULL TIME programmes of study (new admissions, starting in September 2016):    

  • MA Korean Studies (one-year programme only)
  • MA Korean Literature (one-year programme only)
  • MA History of Art (students taking three units, including dissertation, in Korea-related subjects; one-year programme only)
  • MPhil/PhD Korean Studies Research (new admissions, starting in September 2016)

Applicants on the following programmes of study may also apply, but will not be given preference:

  • Current MPhil/PhD Korean Studies Research FULL TIME students at SOAS and 
  • Students undertaking any other FULL TIME post-graduate degree related to Korean Studies.

Two-year Masters programmes are not eligible.

Candidate Criteria

  • Open to UK/EU and overseas applicants.
  • Applicants must have an offer of admission to the degree programme by the scholarship application deadline.
  • Applicants must meet the English language condition of their offer of admission to study at SOAS as soon as possible but no later than 1 June 2016.  If your offer is conditional on English, please arrange your English test and ensure you meet the English requirements as soon as possible.

Candidate Assessment

  • Candidates will be assessed on a combination of financial need and academic merit by a selection panel consisting of three academic members from the Centre of Korean Studies

Scholarship Application Deadline

  • Scholarship applications must be received no later than 17:00 (UK local time) on 3 May 2016. 
  • New applicants only (new admissions, starting in September 2016): You must ALSO submit a complete online application to your programme as soon as possible and then submit an application for the scholarship.  Applicants applying for scholarships must also submit an application for admission well in advance.  Please note that complete applications for admission can take up to 4 weeks to be considered by the Department, although this duration can vary depending on the time of year.  You should be prepared to wait up to 6 weeks in busy periods.
  • Late or incomplete  applications will not be considered.

Number of applications normally received

8 applications

Notification of Results

Successful candidates will be notified by the end of July. If you have not heard from us by the end of July, you should assume that your application was unsuccessful.

Scholarship Application Procedures

Applicants should follow the following steps

  • STEP 1:  Applicants must apply for this scholarship via the on-line scholarship application form, which will be available here from 28 January 2016.

Current SOAS MPhil/PhD students only: In addition to the on-line scholarship application form, you will also need  two references. Please send the reference form to each of your referees together with a copy of your completed scholarship application form. The reference form may be downloaded from the box at the top right from 28 January 2016.

Applicants must have an offer of admission at SOAS by the scholarship application deadline.  A complete application for admission includes transcripts, an explanation of the grading system for any degrees obtained outside of the UK, two references, CV, and a personal statement.  (In addition to this, MPhil/PHD applicants must also submit a research proposal).  The panel will be considering your scholarship application TOGETHER with your online application for admission.  Please note that complete application for admission can take up to 4 weeks to be considered by the Department, although this duration can vary depending on the time of year.  You should be prepared to wait up to 6 weeks in busy periods.

For enquiries, please contact:

Scholarships Officer
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7074 5091/5094

Other information

If you have any questions about the scholarship application form and the scholarship application process, please contact the Scholarships Officer. For information about Korean Studies at SOAS, please contact Professor Jae Hoon Yeon ( or Dr Anders Karlsson ( in the Centre of Korean Studies.  Please do not contact these academics with questions related to the scholarship. 

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