Postgraduate Scholarship in Islamic Studies at Oxford University

 (taken from


The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Scholarships (OCISS)



Launched in 2009, the OCIS – Oxford Scholarships support British Muslim students as well as those from developing countries in Asia and Africa to read for degrees at the University of Oxford. Under the programme, up to five scholarships each year are available for undergraduate students from Muslim communities in Britain. A further five scholarships are available for postgraduate students, at least two of whom will be UK students from Muslim communities, while the rest will be students from specified countries in Asia or Africa. The scholarships are available to students undertaking study in a range of fields relevant to the needs of Muslim societies.


Postgraduate Scholarships

Applications for OCIS – Oxford Postgraduate Scholarships for the academic year 2010-2011 are invited through the University`s normal admissions procedures. The scholarships cover University and college fees and a grant for living costs. An application for a scholarship is made at the time of completion of the Graduate Application Form. Further information is available from the University`s web site. Details of the `Scholarship Profile` for 2010 entry is now available.



British Muslim students. Students from the following developing countries in Asia and Africa: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Cote d`Ivoire, Egypt, Djibouti, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Indonesia, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Yemen Arab Republic.


Other criteria

You must be able to show how your intended course of study is of relevance to the Muslim world. UK students must also be Muslims.


Level of study

Graduate degrees



Full course duration



University and college fees and a grant for living expenses (£11,500 p/a in 2009/10)


Application procedure

Apply at the same time as you apply to Oxford by selecting Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Scholarships in the Funding Section of the University`s Graduate Application Form.


You must also complete and upload together with your graduate application form a Scholarship Supporting Statement setting out how your course of study is of relevance to the Muslim world. This can be downloaded from this webpage (see `Downloads` section).


Failure to apply in full by the deadline will mean that you will not be considered for the scholarship, even if you have selected OCISS on the Graduate Application Form.



We expect to notify most successful candidates by summer 2010, although it can take longer to fill all awards.


A notice will appear on the Student Funding website ( when decisions have been made. If you have not heard from us by the time this notice is posted, then your application to this scheme has been unsuccessful.


Other information

Scholars will be expected to write an annual report about their academic and social activities and achievements at the university. Receipt of the award in second and subsequent years is subject to satisfactory academic progress. About the donor The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies is a Recognised 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 a developing international network of academic contacts. For more information, please go to


2 thoughts on “Postgraduate Scholarship in Islamic Studies at Oxford University

  1. salam alaykum, iam a nigerian muslim and graduate of islamic and common law,i would to apply for this OCISS. pls guide me as to what and when and how to apply.thank

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