Shapoorji Pallonji Scholarships
Deadline: 2 April 2020
Thanks to the generosity of the Shapoorji Pallonji endowment for scholarships In Zoroastrian studies at SOAS there are a number of awards available for UK/EU and Overseas fee-paying students. The Shapoorji Pallonji Scholarships will provide a contribution to fees and living costs calibrated according to merit and availability of funds.
The MPhil/PhD scholarship is paid for 3 years. The MA is paid for one year (or over two years if part-time). There are no Undergraduate scholarships for 2020-21.
The SOAS Shapoorji Pallonji Institute of Zoroastrian Studies would like to spread the net widely and invites students who approach Zoroastrianism from different disciplinary backgrounds, for example, historical, linguistic, anthropological or from within the study of religions to apply.
- One-year full-time MA Religions of Asia and Africa pathway: ‘Zoroastrianism’, starting in 2020-21.
- Two-year part-time MA Religions of Asia and Africa pathway: ‘Zoroastrianism’, starting in 2020-21.
- Full-time MPhil PhD (new admissions only, starting in September 2020) in the following subject areas: i) Zoroastrianism, both ancient and modern ii) Zoroastrianism with Avestan, Pahlavi, Persian or Gujarati languages.
- Applicants for the MA Scholarships must possess or expect to be awarded a First Class Honours Degree or equivalent. Applicants with a non UK masters degree must be in the top rank as evidenced by references and transcripts. Applicants with a 2.1 may also apply but will not be given preference.
- Applicants for the MPhil/PhD scholarships must possess or expect to be awarded a masters degree with a mark of Distinction from a UK university. Applicants with a non UK masters degree must be in the top rank as evidenced by references and transcripts. Applicants with a mark of merit may also apply but will not be given preference.
- Applicants for the MPhil/PhD scholarships must have demonstrated in the research proposal of their application for admission that their research is in one of the following subject areas: i) Zoroastrianism, both ancient and modern ii) Zoroastrianism with Avestan, Pahlavi, Persian or Gujarati languages.
- Applicants for the MA scholarship must complete the compulsory 60 credit dissertation in Zoroastrianism and the 30-credit module: Zoroastrianism, Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. In addition to this, applicants may wish to take one further 30-credit language module (e.g. Avestan language module).
- The scholarship is open to UK/EU and overseas fee-paying full time students.
- In order to be considered for the MPhil/PhD & MA scholarships, applicants must have an offer of admission to a Research programme or to the MA Religions of Asia and Africa: Zoroastrianism at SOAS by 2 April 2020. It is expected that the selection will start at the end of May.
- 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 2020. If your offer is conditional on English, please arrange your English test and ensure you meet the English requirements as soon as possible.
- Candidates will be assessed on academic merit by a Selection Panel consisting of three academic members.
- The assessment will be based on the information in your application. Selectors will be looking at degree results, academic references, statement of intent and full research proposal (for MPhil/PhD applicants), and other relevant information.
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.
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