Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Scholarship

This scholarship has been established by the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies to provide funding for UK students from Muslim communities. The Centre 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.

Am I eligible?

Nationality and Residency: Applicants must be ordinarily resident in the UK and from a Muslim community.
Level of study:Undergraduate
Year of study:New students
Subject: All subjects in the course listing, except medicine and PGCE
College:All colleges
Other criteria: 

Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need.

Applications will not be considered from those applying for a second undergraduate degree.

To be considered for this scholarship, you must be ordinarily resident in the UK. The scholarship covers course fees at the Home rate only.

What does it cover?

Duration: 3 or 4 years depending on course length 
Value:Course fees (at the Home rate) and a grant for living costs of at least £6,050 
Number: Up to 5

How do I apply?

  • You must make an application to the University of Oxford for an undergraduate course through UCAS by 15 October 2023, and be successful in gaining a place.
  • If you have been offered a place at the University of Oxford for an undergraduate course for 2024 entry, you should apply online by 12 noon (UK time) on 7 February 2024. Please note that the application deadline for 2024 entry has now passed. 
  • For 2024 entry applicants who apply by the scholarship deadline, the selection process will be undertaken in April 2024. 
  • Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application in June 2024. 

Further information

  • All applicants will be asked to make a loan application to Student Finance to ensure that they have sufficient access to funding to support their studies at Oxford in the event that their scholarship application is unsuccessful. If an applicant does not wish to make an application to Student Finance they should state the reason for this at the time of request. If an applicant is successful in their scholarship application it is their responsibility to cancel their Student Finance tuition fee loans. Please note that if you wish to be considered for a Crankstart or Oxford bursary an SLC income assessment will still be required. 
  • Scholars will be expected to write a report at the end of their first Michaelmas Term as well as an annual report about their academic and social activities, and achievements at the University.
  • Receipt of the award in subsequent years is subject to satisfactory academic progress which will be monitored through your termly tutorial reports.
  • Scholars are permitted to hold a scholarship award in conjunction with Oxford’s Bursary or Crankstart (formerly Moritz-Heyman) support. 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.
  • If you hold an offer for deferred entry for an undergraduate course at Oxford, and you’d like to apply for a scholarship, please apply for the scholarship in January of the year you will start your Oxford course (eg in January 2024 if you hold an offer to start in October 2024). We can only consider applications for undergraduate scholarships once.
  • If you are applying for Oxford’s Astrophoria Foundation Year Programme and you’d like to apply for this scholarship to support your undergraduate degree course (after the completion of your Foundation Year), please apply for the scholarship in January of the year you will start your undergraduate degree course (eg in January 2025 if you intend to progress in October 2025).  We will contact all students when enrolled on their Foundation Year to confirm for which scholarships they can apply for their undergraduate course. We can only consider applications for undergraduate scholarships once.