OCIS Master’s and PhD Scholarships for Students from Islamic Countries at the University of Oxford

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Opportunity Details

  • Degree MasterPH.D
  • Language Requirement TOEFLIELTSCambridge qualification
  • No. of Opportunity 5
  • Fields of study All
  • Opportunity Type : Partially Funded
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Opportunity ID 68132
  • Application Fee Required No
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Opportunity Description

Scholarship overview

The applications are currently open for the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies (OCIS) full-time masters and DPhil/PhD scholarships for the A.Y. of 2021/21. The scholarships have been designated by the OCIS to provide graduates with an opportunity to pursue an education of benefit to the Muslim world.  And, OCIS is a Recognized Independent Centre of the University of Oxford founded to encourage the scientific study of Islam and the Islamic world. At Oxford, the Center contributes to the multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary study of the Islamic world.

So, apply for these scholarships to study at the world’s No.1 University.


Application start: Last quarter of 2021

Application deadline: different course-related deadline until January 2022

Host Institution: Oxford Center for Islamic Studies, Oxford University

Country: UK

Degree levels: Mater’s and DPhil (Doctor of Philosophy)

Subjects: All

Number of awards: 4 to 5

Coverage: Partially-funded


The scholarship offers awards which cover:

  • 100% course fees, and
  • A stipend of £15,280 for living expenses.

Awards are allocated for the full duration of your fee liability for the agreed course. Moreover, awards may be offered in conjunction with other sources of funding


Candidates wishing to apply to study at OCIS must be either:

  • ordinarily living in the United Kingdom and from a Muslim community (with priority given to those from a financially underprivileged household), or
  • a citizen of, and ordinarily resident in, one of the below countries in Asia and Africa:
Afghanistan India Pakistan
Albania Indonesia Palestine
Algeria Iran Qatar
Azerbaijan Iraq Saudi Arabia
Bahrain Jordan Senegal
Bangladesh Kazakhstan Sierra Leone
Benin Kuwait Somalia
Brunei Darussalam Kyrgyzstan Sudan
Burkina Faso Lebanon Suriname
Cameroon Libya Syrian Arab Republic
Chad Malaysia Tajikistan
Comoros Maldives Togo
Côte d’Ivoire Mali Tunisia
Djibouti Mauritania Turkey
Egypt Morocco Turkmenistan
Gabon Mozambique Uganda
The Gambia Niger United Arab Emirates
Guinea Nigeria Uzbekistan
Guyana Oman Yemen
  • Scholars should intend to return to their home country after the completion of their studies.
  • Academic excellence is crucial to the applicant’s chance to win a scholarship.
  • Applicants should be planning to carry out the study in a field emanating from or of relevance to the Islamic tradition, or which is of importance and/or benefit to the Muslim world.
  • The scholarship is not for postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma courses, part-time courses, or non-matriculated courses.
  • To qualify for consideration for this scholarship, candidates must be successful in receiving an offer for a place on their course after consideration of applications obtained by the relevant January deadline.

Communication of decisions

Successful applicants will be contacted by June 2021, but individual feedback will not be provided due to the volume of the applications.

How to apply?

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 deadline. See the relevant course page for the deadline applicable to your course; and
  • Complete an OICS Scholarships Supporting Statements and upload it, together with your graduate application form, by the deadline.

Required documents

  • Official transcripts
  • Statement of purpose/research proposal
  • Written work

Other documents (may differ depending upon each course):

  • CV/résumé
  • English language test score report/certificate (TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) or C2 Proficiency (CPE)
  • Certificate of language proficiency
  • GRE certificate
  • Scholarship supporting statement
  • Portfolio
  • Admissions exercises

You must submit your supporting documentation by the deadline to which you are applying. Documents should be submitted as part of your application.

All of your required documents should meet the following criteria:

  • Be in PDF, .jpg or .png format;
  • Smaller than 4MB (to upload to your application form). ;
  • written in English, except otherwise allowed by the department;
  • Completely your own work, except where obviously indicated.
  • Readable and easy to understand.

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