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Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS) Scholarships

These scholarships have been established by the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies to allow graduates to pursue 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 University and college fees and a grant for living costs of £14,296. Awards are made for the full duration of your fee liability for the agreed course.

Scholarship outcomes

Decisions were made in mid June 2016 and successful applicants have been notified. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we regret that we are unable to contact unsuccessful applicants individually or provide feedback on applications.


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:
AzerbaijanIraqSaudi Arabia
BangladeshKazakhstanSierra Leone
Brunei DarussalamKyrgyzstanSudan
Burkina FasoLebanonSuriname
CameroonLibyaSyrian Arab Republic
Côte d’IvoireMaliTunisia
GambiaNigerUnited Arab Emirates

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, which is of relevance and/or benefit to the Muslim world.

Applicants who hold deferred offers to start in 2016-17 are not eligible to be considered for these scholarships.

There is a vibrant community of Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS) scholars at Oxford. On this page you can read about the experiences of some of the current and recent recipients of the scholarship.

'It has been extremely rewarding to create and be part of an intellectual community that responds to and shapes my intellectual curiosity.'

Hussein Omar, DPhil Modern History, Merton College, recent OCIS scholar

'Without doubt, the OCIS scholarship has enabled me to pursue my dream to become an expert in the field of biomedical engineering. Learning from and within the best academic community have proven invaluable academically, not to mention the positive impact they have had on my personal growth.'

Khair Razlan Othman, DPhil CDT in Healthcare Innovation, Wolfson College, recent OCIS scholar 


In order to be considered for this scholarship, you must select the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Scholarships in the University of Oxford Scholarships section of the University's graduate application form and submit your application for graduate study by the relevant January deadline for your course (8 or 22 January 2016). See the Courses page for the deadline applicable to your course).  

You must also complete an Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Scholarships Supporting Statement (see Related documents on this page) and upload it, together with your graduate application form, by the deadline.

We will use the details you insert in the 'Nationality and ordinary residence' section of the graduate application form to assess your nationality and country of ordinary residence. For a definition of ordinary residency and further details on how to complete this section of the graduate application form, please see the 'Nationality and ordinary residence' sections of the graduate application form and also the Technical Help.

To be eligible for consideration for this scholarship, applicants must be successful in being offered a place on their course after consideration of applications received by the relevant January deadline for the course. Course applications which are held over after the January deadline to be re-evaluated against applications received by the March deadline or course applications which have been put on a waiting list are not eligible for scholarship consideration.