The Cultures of Resistance Network Foundation and the American Friends of SOAS (AFSOAS) are now offering postgraduate scholarships at SOAS, University of London. The scholarships will benefit people from countries that have been affected by wars and extreme poverty.

This scholarship embodies the values of the Cultures of Resistance Network Foundation, which seeks to empower and enrich communities – especially those that have been affected by armed conflict – through the promotion of human rights, justice for victims of war crimes and the enrichment of civil society and robust grassroots democracy.

Scholarship Value

Two Cultures of Resistance Scholarships will be available in 2015/16.

  • Each scholarship is valued at £15,000 in total.
  • Fees will be deducted from this amount and the remainder will be used toward maintenance.
  • In addition, each scholar will benefit from a 20% reduction in their tuition fees, from free accommodation at International Student House (ISH) and food vouchers to be spent in the ISH restaurant.

Eligible Programmes

The following full-time programmes are eligible:

  • MSc Development Studies with special reference to Central Asia
  • MSc Globalisation and Development
  • MSc Migration, Mobility and Development
  • MSc Violence, Conflict and Development
  • MSc Development Economics
  • MSc Political Economy of Development
  • MA International and Comparative Legal Studies
  • MA Dispute and Conflict Resolution
  • MA Environmental Law and Sustainable Development
  • MA Human Rights Law
  • MA International Law
  • MA Law, Development and Globalisation
  • LLM Dispute and Conflict Resolution
  • LLM Environmental Law
  • LLM Human Rights, Conflict and Justice
  • LLM International Law
  • Part-time programmes are not eligible.

Eligibility

  • Candidates must hold (or be expected to obtain) a good honours degree, preferably first class, from a UK institution or overseas equivalent.
  • Candidates should describe in their personal statement of their admission application:
    • how the political situation in your home country, especially violent conflict, war, poverty, and/or military occupation, has shaped your experiences and ambitions in life.
    • how these experiences have affected your interest in human rights, social justice, and grassroots democracy.
    • what academic and social issues you plan to explore during your studies at SOAS.
    • what you hope to do upon completion of your program at SOAS.
    • what the most pressing problems are in your home country and how the pursuit of education at SOAS in your chosen field would promote human rights, social justice, equality, and the enrichment of civil society in your home country.
  • Candidates must have an offer of admission to pursue a full time eligible programme by the scholarship closing date.
  • Applicants must meet the English language condition of their offer of admission to study at SOAS as soon as possible but no later than 1 June 2015.  If your offer is conditional on English, please arrange your English test and ensure you meet the English requirements as soon as possible.

Eligible Countries

Although priority will be given to students resident in Afghanistan, Burma/Myanmar, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Iraq, Kashmir, Kurdistan, the Palestinian Territories (West Bank and Gaza), Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tibet, Western Sahara, Yemen, West Papua and Papua, the scholarship programme is also open to students resident in the following countries/territories:

Algeria, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bir Tawil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Chechen Republic, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, East Timor, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Golan Heights, Georgia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Candidate Assessment

  • Candidates will be assessed on academic merit by an Advisory Panel, consisting of three academic members.
  • The assessment of your application will be based on the information provided in your scholarship application and in your on-line admission application for admission. Selectors will be looking at the degree results and also at academic references, statement and other relevant information.
  • On your intention to pursue careers that, among other things, promote universal human rights, international law, equal justice for all, and the enrichment of civil society and robust grassroots democracy.

Application Deadline: March 20, 2015

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