Scholarship News

Oxford Wolfson Marriott & I.M.Pei Graduate Scholarship in Islamic Art and Architecture

The Khalili Research Centre is offering jointly with Wolfson College a fully-funded graduate scholarship at the University of Oxford from the beginning of the academic year 2014-2015 for a student undertaking either doctoral research or a combined four-year programme consisting of a Master's course continuing on to a DPhil. Applications are invited from suitably qualified graduates who are applying for entry to the Faculty of Oriental Studies to commence DPhil research in the field of Islamic art and architecture in October 2014. The Scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit and potential. The Scholarship will cover their full costs including the University composition fee, the College fee, and maintenance costs at the current UK Research Council rate. The successful scholar will become a member of Wolfson College and be offered a room in College accommodation (at the current rent) for the first year of their course (see here). Applicants should first consult the Further Particulars that may be consulted and downloaded here. Applicants, whether internal or external, should apply to the University under the standard procedures for graduate degrees for 2014-15. The University's application procedures are described at www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduate_courses/apply/. Applications should normally be made on-line (www.graduate.ox.ac.uk/applyonline) before 24 January 2014.

Bursary News

The UBS AG Bursary in Islamic Art

ubs logo 1895A generous benefaction to The Friends of the Khalili Research Centre (U.K. Registered Charity no. 1116434) from the Swiss global financial services company UBS AG will provide a bursary for a graduate student demonstrating exceptional academic merit who has been accepted by the Faculty of Oriental Studies in the University of Oxford to pursue research in any subject of Islamic art, architecture, or archaeology. Further details are available here.

The Khalili Research Centre is the University of Oxford's powerhouse for research and teaching of the art, architecture and archaeology of the Islamic societies of the Middle East and of their non-Muslim members and neighbours. The UBS AG bursary, which will run from 2013–2018, will provide for the fees of a student, who demonstrates exceptional academic merit and is working towards a doctorate in Islamic art.

In establishing the UBS AG bursary in Islamic Art, Mr Jakob Stott, CEO Wealth Management Europe said: "We are confident that the work of the KRC breaks down borders, and that its students will not only achieve personal success but will also leave Oxford as eloquent, impassioned and persuasive champions of Islamic art and of its importance as a medium for greater understanding and acceptance between different cultures as a force for change."

The Director of the KRC, Professor Jeremy Johns, said: "The visual language of Islamic art is universal. It transcends the linguistic, political and religious divisions that plague our world, not only in the contemporary Middle East, but also in Britain, Europe and North America. We at Oxford are immensely privileged to teach and to learn from brilliant and exciting young students who come to us from all over the world. We are delighted and immensely grateful to UBS AG for having joined those who support them."

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