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Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS) Fellowships at University of Oxford

Application Deadline: 6th November 2018

Applications are currently ongoing for the Chevening/Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS) Fellowships at University of Oxford. Interested students should see the details below.

Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS) Fellowships at University of Oxford

Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Fellowships Details and FAQs

Fellows undertake a period of self-directed research and study at OCIS based on the culture and civilisation of Islam, and of all aspects of contemporary Muslim societies in the global context. The Chevening OCIS Abdullah Gül Fellowship is only open to applicants from Turkey.

Fellows will benefit from meeting a multi-disciplinary group of scholars focusing on the Islamic world, and have the opportunity to develop contacts with relevant individuals, discuss issues relating to the Islamic world, including Islamic history, classical Islamic sciences, economics and Islamic finance, and the study of Muslims in the West. Fellows will contribute to the Centre’s objective to encourage and promote sustained dialogue and collaboration within the global academic community of the culture and civilisation of Islam, and contemporary Muslim societies.

The Chevening-OCIS Fellowship Award offers financial support to individuals to undertake a period of independent study and research at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies.

The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Scholarship (OCISS) was established to allow muslim scholars undertake independent studies of benefit to the Muslim community. OCISS was established in 1985 to encourage the scholarly study of Islam and the Islamic world.

When is the application deadline?

6th November 2018

Is the scholarship/opportunity offered annually?


Eligible Countries

Applications are invited from individuals from the following African countries: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Tunisia.

Other Countries:

Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Brunei, Burma, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Nigeria, The Occupied Palestinian Territories, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.

In which host country will the awardees be studying?


What is the category of this opportunity?


How do I know if I’m eligible for the scholarship?

To be eligible for a Chevening/OCIS Fellowship, candidate must:

  • Demonstrate the potential to rise to positions of leadership and influence.
  • Demonstrate that they possess the personal, intellectual and interpersonal attributes reflecting this potential.
  • Be a citizen of one of the above listed countries, who will return to your home country at the end of the period of fellowship.
  • A postgraduate (PG) level qualification (or equivalent professional training or experience in a relevant area) at the time of application;
  • Significant professional and/or academic research experience (5+ years);
  • Applicants who have previously received financial benefit from an HMG funded scholarship or fellowship are eligible to apply after a period of five years following the completion of their first HMG  funded award and are required to demonstrate their career progression from that point;
  • Provide evidence of meeting at least the minimum English language abilities for Chevening Awards
  • Not hold dual nationality where one nationality is British (other than for nationals exempt from this requirement listed in the Chevening Guidance for Applicants).
  • Not be employees, employees’ relatives (or former employees who have left employment less than two years before) of Her Majesty’s Government including the FCO (including FCO posts), the British Council, DFID, MOD, BIS, UKTI and UKBA, the Association of Commonwealth Universities or OCIS or any of their wholly-owned subsidiaries.

Duration of Fellowship:

The fellowship starts in October 2019 for a six month period of research at OCIS.

What are the benefits of the award?

  • 6 month period of research at OCIS
  • Living expenses for the duration of the Fellowship
  • Return economy airfare from their home country to the UK
  • Allowance package for study related activities

How many scholarship awards are available?

Up to five awards are normally available annually

How to Apply for the Programme

Application Portal 

Find out more about the application process, and apply, via the eligible country page links in the Fellowship webpage (Link below).

Fellowship Webpage

About University of Oxford

The University of Oxford (informally Oxford University or simply Oxford) is a collegiate research university located in Oxford, England. It has no known date of foundation, but there is evidence of teaching as far back as 1096, making it the oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world’s second-oldest university in continuous operation. It grew rapidly from 1167 when Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris. After disputes between students and Oxford townsfolk in 1209, some academics fled north-east to Cambridge where they established what became the University of Cambridge. The two “ancient universities” are frequently jointly referred to as “Oxbridge”.

The university is made up of a variety of institutions, including 38 constituent colleges and a full range of academic departments which are organised into four divisions. All the colleges are self-governing institutions within the university, each controlling its own membership and with its own internal structure and activities. Being a city university, it does not have a main campus and instead its buildings and facilities are scattered throughout the city centre. Most undergraduate teaching at Oxford is organised around weekly tutorials at the colleges and halls, supported by classes, lectures and laboratory work provided by university faculties and departments.

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