Scholarship Overview

Are you ready to embark on a study adventure in the UK? We have great news for you! The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS) Scholarships for 2024-2025 are now open for applications. In this comprehensive guide, we will provide you with all the details about the OCIS Scholarship, its outstanding benefits, and a step-by-step application process.

Host Institution(s)

The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS) is an esteemed Recognized Independent Centre of the University of Oxford. Established in 1985, its primary mission is to promote scholarly studies of Islam and the Islamic world. It serves as a vital hub for academic exchange and collaboration between the Western and Islamic realms of learning.


OCIS Scholarships offer exceptional opportunities for students at the Masters and PhD levels. These scholarships cover a wide range of full-time master's and DPhil courses at the University of Oxford, allowing scholars to explore fields derived from or relevant to the Islamic tradition. Additionally, eligible fields should demonstrate relevance and benefit to the Muslim world.

Scholarship Value

The OCIS Scholarships provide comprehensive financial support to awardees:

  • 100% of Course Fees: The scholarship covers the entire cost of course fees, ensuring that scholars can pursue their studies without financial constraints.

  • Living Costs Grant (Minimum £15,285): In addition to covering course fees, OCIS offers a generous grant for living costs, with a minimum of £15,285. This financial assistance ensures that scholars can comfortably support themselves while focusing on their academic pursuits.


To be eligible for the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Scholarships, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Language Proficiency: Proficiency in the English language is a requirement.

  • Eligible Countries: Applicants must fall into one of the following categories:

    1. Those ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom and from a Muslim community, with preference given to those from financially disadvantaged households.
    2. Nationals of, and ordinarily resident in, specific countries in Asia and Africa (see the list below).
  • New Full-Time Course: Applicants must be applying to start a new full-time master's or DPhil course at the University of Oxford.

  • Intent to Return: Scholars should have the intention to return to their country of ordinary residence upon completing their course.

  • Academic Merit: Scholarships will be awarded based on academic merit.

  • Relevance to Islamic Tradition: Applicants should intend to undertake study in a field derived from or relevant to the Islamic tradition or a field of relevance and benefit to the Muslim world.

  • Exclusions: This scholarship is not available for candidates applying for postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma courses, part-time courses, or non-matriculated courses. Additionally, candidates with deferred offers for the 2024-25 academic year are not eligible.

Application Instructions

To apply for the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Scholarships, follow these steps:

  1. Submit Your Course Application: Initiate your application for graduate study at the University of Oxford by the relevant January 2024 deadline. Choose your specific course from the provided list.

  2. Create an Account: Click on "apply full time," create a new account, and complete the necessary details.

  3. Provide Required Documents: Upload the OCIS Supporting Statement as part of your application.

  4. Review Specific Course Requirements: Keep in mind that each course may have its own statement of purpose form, language proficiency requirements (TOEFL iBT, IELTS Academic), and application deadline.

It's important to note that to be considered for this scholarship, applicants must successfully secure a place on their course after the evaluation of applications received by the relevant January deadline. Applications that are deferred or put on a waiting list are not eligible for scholarship consideration.

Embark on your academic journey with the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Scholarships and become part of a thriving scholarly community dedicated to advancing knowledge about Islam and the Islamic world.

For additional opportunities, don't miss the chance to explore other scholarships, such as the Chevening Scholarship and Rhodes Scholarship. Invest in your education and contribute to the enrichment of your academic journey.

Apply now, and take the first step toward an exciting future of academic excellence and cultural exchange!