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Apply for the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS) Scholarships

Brief Description

These scholarships have been established by the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies to allow graduates to pursue the study of benefit to the Muslim world.

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. At Oxford, it contributes to the multi-disciplinary 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. 

The scholarship will cover 100% of course fees and a grant for living costs (at least £15,009). 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.


You must be applying to start a new full-time master's or DPhil course at 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 following countries in Asia and Africa:

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.

Deadline is Relevant January deadline for your course

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