Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Scholarships


The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS) is offering up to five scholarships in the 2023-2024 academic year to allow graduates to pursue master’s and doctoral-level studies of benefit to the Muslim world.

The OCIS scholarship will cover 100% of course fees and a grant for living costs (at least £16,062). Awards are made for the full duration of your fee liability for the agreed course.

Awards may be offered in conjunction with other sources of funding, although this will be taken into account when determining the value of the award. 

Deadline: Various dates in December and January, depending on your course. See the relevant course page for the deadline applicable to your course.


You must be applying to start a new full-time master’s or D.Phil. course at Oxford.

You must be either:

– an ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom and from a Muslim community (with preference given to those from a financially disadvantaged household), or

– a national of, and ordinarily resident in, one of the countries in Asia and Africa listed under “Eligibility” on the OCIS Scholarships page

You should be intending to return to your country of ordinary residence once your course is completed.

Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit. 

You should be intending to undertake study in a field derived from or of relevance to the Islamic tradition, or which is of relevance and/or benefit to the Muslim world.

This scholarship is not open to candidates applying for postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma courses, part-time courses or non-matriculated courses.

Candidates who hold deferred offers to start in 2023-2024 will not be considered for this scholarship.

How to apply

In order to be considered for this scholarship, you must complete the following steps:

– Tick the box for the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Scholarship in the University of Oxford Scholarships section of the university’s graduate application form;

– Submit your application for graduate study by the relevant December/January deadline; and

– Complete an Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Scholarships Supporting Statement (see “Related Documents” on the scholarships’ webpage) and upload it, together with your graduate application form, by the relevant deadline.We will use the details you supply on the graduate application form to assess your nationality and country of ordinary residence. For a definition of ordinary residency, and further details on how to complete this section of the graduate application form, please see the ‘Nationality and ordinary residence’ section of the graduate application form and the advice contained with the Application Guide.

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