Al-Qasimi PhD Studentships in Arab and Islamic Studies Ref: 3062

About the award

• One prestigious award in the form of studentship in humanities and social sciences with reference to the Middle East and the Islamic world. It covers political science, history, Gulf studies, security and military studies, anthropology, literatures, Islamic studies, gender studies, archeology, and other relevant fields

• Direct payment of tuition fees for 3 years

• The offer will cover Tuition fees, maintenance allowance for accommodation and living expenses of £14,777 per annum for three years.

• The award is payable in equal monthly instalments on enrolment and continued payment of the studentship is subject to satisfactory annual progression in the context of the research project to which the studentship is linked.

• It is not a requirement of this award that successful award holder undertakes teaching for her/his department. Teaching may be available and if the award holder is paid for teaching it will be in addition to the maintenance allowance.

• The award holder will be required to be actively engaged in research activities of the IAIS and of any relevant research centre.


Application deadline:10th April 2018
Number of awards:1
Value:£14,777 for 3 yrs
Duration of award:per year
Contact: PGR Admissions - College of Social Science and International

How to apply

In order to apply you will need to complete an online web form where you must submit some personal details and upload the following documents by 11.59pm on the 10th April 2018.

• In the application process you will be asked to upload several documents.
• A detailed CV
• Covering letter - outlining your academic interests, any prior research experience and reasons for wishing to do PhD in the context of the research interests of the
• A statement outlining (maximum 1500-2000 words, excluding bibliography) what you see as the particular opportunities and challenges of this PhD research project. Please note that you are expected to illustrate your knowledge and understanding of the issues and/or the research process and explain why you are suitable, given your skills and disciplinary background, to achieve this research project within three years. Please upload in the research proposal section in one document together with your research paper (it is not possible to upload separate documents)
• One research paper of your choice (e.g. your BA or MA dissertation, a seminar paper) that demonstrates your methodological skills - please upload in the research proposal section in one document together with your research statement (it is not possible to upload separate documents).
• Names of two referees familiar with your academic work. You are not required to obtain references yourself. We will request references directly from your referees if you are shortlisted.
• Transcript of your highest qualification to date or an interim transcript if you are still studying

Entry Requirements

Applicants for this studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of science or technology. 

If English is not your first language you will need to have achieved at least 7.0  in IELTS and no less than 6.5 in any section by the start of the project.  Alternative tests may be acceptable (see

• The studentship is open to home/EU and International students.
• First-year doctoral students are encouraged to apply.
• Potential applicants and international students with refugee status are especially welcomed to apply.
• We do not expect the funding to be used for students who have already completed a substantial proportion of a PhD.


Short-listed applicants will be invited for an interview in person (in Exeter at the University’s Streatham Campus) or by Skype. The interviews will be scheduled for 8th May 2018.

For informal enquiries and further information on the application please contact Dr Clémence Scalbert Yücel