Grants and Research Funding

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The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, an associated institution of the University, seeks to promote excellence in multidisciplinary research and advanced study of Islam and Muslim societies.

The centre encourages academic co-operation through international links with scholars, and its fellowships and scholarships are offered to support study in any area of the arts, humanities, or the social sciences. Fellows and scholars will be expected to devote their time to research and writing and to participate in the centre's academic and social activities.

Applications for the academic year 2002–3 are invited for the fellowships and scholarships described below.

Visiting Fellowships and Visiting Scholarships

These are offered to support study in any area of the arts, humanities, or the social sciences (particularly anthropology, economics, geography, history, international relations, law, literature, philosophy, politics, religion, and sociology) that has relevance to the study of Islam or the Muslim world.

Applicants would normally be scholars or writers at the postdoctoral or equivalent level. Senior and junior faculty members are eligible but an academic affiliation is not a necessary requirement.

The following Visiting Fellowships are currently available: Abdul Aziz Al-Mutawa Visiting Fellowship; Muhammad Bin-Ladin Visiting Fellowship; Chevening-OCIS Fellowship for the Study of the Islamic World.

Each fellowship carries a stipend of £4,000, which is intended as a supplementary award and may be held in conjunction with other research grants, stipends, or sabbatical salaries. Fellowships are tenable from 1 October 2002 for nine months, though shorter periods will be considered.

The following Visiting Scholarships are currently available:

Imam Bukhari Scholarship and Imam Tirmizi Scholarship. Applicants should be citizens of countries in Asia or Africa. Preference will be given to those studying classical Islamic sciences, although other areas in the humanities and social sciences will be considered. These scholarships carry a stipend of £3,000 and the holder is expected to spend a minimum of three months in Oxford.

Chevening-OCIS Scholarship. This scholarship is restricted to citizens of the Republic of Uzbekistan. The scholarship provides for living and travel expenses to enable the holder to spend an academic year in Oxford. The age limit for applicants is forty years.

Graduate Scholarships

The award of a graduate scholarship is conditional upon the applicant being accepted to read for a research degree at the University. Preference will be given to those applying to the Faculties of Modern History, Social Studies, or Oriental Studies, and to one of the following colleges: Corpus Christi, Lady Margaret Hall, Mansfield, Somerville, Wadham, and Worcester. These awards are not intended for those who have already commence a graduate course at Oxford.

The awards include the Saif bin Mohammad Al-Nahyan Scholarship, the Easa Saleh Al-Gurg Scholarship, and the Barclay Scholarship. The value of the award will be determined by the needs and circumstances of the applicant. A full award may cover the costs of maintenance, and university and college fees. Alternatively, an award my be given to meet the cost of university and/or college fees. Awards are tenable initially for a one-year period with the possibility of an extension for up to two further years subject to satisfactory academic progress.

Application procedure

Further details and application forms may be obtained from the Awards Secretary, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, George Street, Oxford OX1 2AR (telephone: Oxford (2)78730, fax: 248942), or from the centre's Web site,

Applications should include a curriculum vitae and a brief statement of proposed research. Two letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the centre. The closing date for all awards is 15 November.

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