Felix Scholarships for Indians 2022

Felix Scholarships for Indians 2022

Thanks to the generosity of the Felix Scholarship Trust, several Felix Scholarships will be available to Indian nationals with first-class degrees to pursue graduate studies at SOAS, University of London.

There will be one Ph.D. scholarship for entry in September 2020 and several scholarships for Taught Masters programs for entry in September 2022.

The Felix scholarship covers the full cost of tuition fees; living costs (£16,082 in 2022, the rate for 2020-21 will be confirmed in August), and return airfare.

Two Master’s scholarships are shared with the International Students House, which provides free accommodation and breakfast. For these awards, the accommodation cost will be deducted from the living cost of £16,082.

Eligible Programme Felix Scholarships for Indians 2022

  • Any full-time Ph.D. program or Taught Masters’s programs.
  • Part-time programs are not eligible.

Candidate Criteria for Felix Scholarships for Indians 2022

  • Must be Indian nationals and not currently living or studying outside of India.
  • Must not have previously studied for one year or more outside India.
  • Felix Master’s Alumni who have obtained a distinction at Masters may apply for a Ph.D. Felix scholarship.
  • Candidates must have at least a first-class Bachelor’s degree from an Indian University or comparable institution. We may give priority to applicants with a higher first-class Bachelor’s degree
  • Exceptionally those with an upper second-class degree at the Bachelor’s level may be considered for Ph.D. if they hold a first-class degree at the Master’s level.
  • Those who already hold degrees from Universities outside India are not eligible to apply
  •  Those who already hold a Master’s degree cannot apply for a Master’s degree scholarship.
  • Those who already hold a Ph.D. cannot apply for a Ph.D. scholarship.
  • Those who have already taken up a scholarship to pursue Ph.D. studies at an Indian University are not eligible for a Felix scholarship.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Graduates are expected to return to work in their home country.
  • Candidates must have submitted a complete application for admission by the scholarship application deadline of 31 May 2022.
  • Candidates must have an offer of admission by the time shortlisting takes place in early March 2022.   
  • 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 2022. If your offer is conditional on English, please arrange your English test and ensure you meet the English requirements as soon as possible.
  • Please note that most scholarships do not cover funding or even allow for Pre-sessionals. Please check the wording of your scholarship offer carefully to see if you are eligible for a Pre-sessional course or whether you need to achieve SOAS direct entry scores by the deadline specified in your scholarship terms and conditions.

Candidate Assessment

  • Candidates will be assessed on academic merit. Financial needs will also be taken into consideration.
  • Only those who have been accepted for admission will be considered for shortlisting by the SOAS Selection Panel.  Shortlisting at SOAS will take place in early March 2021.

Notification of Results


In April, the Scholarships Office will notify those who have been shortlisted by the SOAS Panel. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview in India between April and May 2022.

Successful candidates will be notified of the outcome in June 2020. If you have not had a response to your application by July, you should assume that your application was unsuccessful.

Scholarship Application Procedures

You must follow two steps:

STEP 1:  Apply for your program by 31 January 2022
Applicants must submit a COMPLETE online application for admission.

Applicants must have submitted a complete admission to a Research degree or a Master’s program at SOAS by the scholarship application deadline, 31 January 2020. A complete application for admission includes transcripts, an explanation of the grading system for any degrees obtained outside of the UK, two references, a CV, a research proposal (for a Ph.D.), and a personal statement. The panel will be considering your scholarship application TOGETHER with your online application for admission.  Please note that a complete application for admission can take up to 4 weeks to be considered by the Department, although this duration can vary depending on the time of year.  You should be prepared to wait up to 6 weeks in busy periods.

STEP 2:  Apply for the scholarship by 15:00 GMT (UK local time) on 31 January 2022
You must apply for this scholarship via the online Felix Scholarship application form.

About the donor

The donor for the Felix Scholarship wishes to remain anonymous.  The administration of the Scholarship is conducted by the three partner universities (SOAS-University of London, the University of Oxford, and the University of Reading), with the support of the Felix Trustees and their agents in London.

The Felix Scholarships Trust now has its website, which provides information on the Scholarships, and allows Felix alumni to stay in touch.

For inquiries, please contact the Scholarships department:
Email: scholarships@soas.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7074 5094/5091

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