Scholarship Overview

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Scholarship Type: Merit-based
  • Institutions: Oxford University
  • Funded by: Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies
  • Tuition Type: Full tuition
  • Degree Program: Master’s and DPhil courses
  • Scholarship Amount: Full tuition  and a living grant of at least £18,622
  • Separate Application Required?: Yes
  • Deadline: December/January (Annually)

Scholarship Benefits

The scholarship provides full coverage of the course fees along with a living costs grant, which is a minimum of £18,622. The awards extend across the entire period of your fee responsibility for the agreed-upon course. It’s possible to combine these awards with other funding sources; however, any additional funding will be considered when calculating the total value of the award.


Eligibility for the OCIS Scholarships is determined by the following guidelines:

  • Language Requirement: Proficiency in English is a must.
  • Country of Residence and Nationality: Applicants should either be:
  • Habitually living in the UK, belonging to a Muslim community, with a preference for applicants from economically disadvantaged families, or

Citizens and habitual residents of certain Asian and African countries, specifically: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, The Gambia, Guinea, Guyana, India, Indonesia, 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, Yemen.

  • Enrollment: You must be seeking admission for a new, full-time master’s or DPhil program at the University of Oxford.
  • Intention After Graduation: Post-study, you should plan to return to your home country.
  • Selection Criteria: Awards are granted based on academic excellence.
  • Field of Study: Your proposed field of study should be inspired by, or pertinent to, Islamic traditions, or it should benefit the Muslim community in some way.

This scholarship is not available for those applying to postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma courses, part-time or non-degree courses.

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How to apply

To apply for graduate study at Oxford and be considered for the OCIS Scholarships, follow these steps:

Step 1:

Select your intended course from the list of available options here.

Step 2: 

Initiate your application by clicking on the “apply” link for the full-time option.

Step 3

Create a new user account to start the application process.

Step 4: 

Gather and prepare all necessary documents for submission.

Step 5: 

Upload your OCIS Supporting Statement at the designated upload section here.

Additional Information

The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies serves as a hub for higher learning about Islam and societies in the Muslim realm. This Centre acts as a nexus connecting Western and Islamic scholarly traditions. Within Oxford, it enhances the multi- and cross-disciplinary examination of the Muslim sphere. Its global academic connections further amplify its influence beyond Oxford.

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