Chevening Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS) Fellowship 2018-19

Chevening Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS) Fellowship 2018-19

Deadline: November 7, 2017

Applications are open for the Chevening Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS) Fellowship 2018. The Chevening OCIS Fellowship is aimed at mid-career academics or professionals who are dedicated to the promotion of academic activities which encourage a more informed understanding of the culture and civilisation of Islam and contemporary Muslim societies. OCIS Fellowship is a collaboration between the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and OCIS.

The OCIS Fellowship offer financial support for individuals to undertake a period of independent, self-driven research at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. Fellows will undertake a period of self-directed research focussing on their own project on the culture and civilisation of Islam and contemporary Muslim societies in a global context.

The fellowship starts in October 2018 for a six-month period of independent, self-driven research at OCIS. Fellows will need to develop their own research-project to focus on during their fellowship prior to arriving in the UK.


The Chevening OCIS Fellowship includes:

  • 6 month period of research at OCIS
  • Monthly stipend for living expenses for the duration of the Fellowship
  • Return economy airfare from their home country to the UK
  • Allowance package for study related activities


Applications are invited from individuals from the following countries:

  • Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan
  • Bangladesh, Brunei, Burma
  • Egypt
  • Indonesia
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan
  • Lebanon, Libya
  • Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Morocco
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • The Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Philippines
  • Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria
  • Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan

To be eligible for a Chevening OCIS Fellowship, you must:

  • Demonstrate the potential to rise to a position of leadership and influence.
  • Demonstrate the personal, intellectual and interpersonal attributes reflecting this potential.
  • Be a citizen of one of the above listed countries, who will return to your home country at the end of the period of fellowship.
  • A postgraduate (PG) level qualification (or equivalent professional training or experience in a relevant area) at the time of application;
  • Significant professional and/or academic research experience (5+ years);
  • Applicants who have previously received financial benefit from an HMG funded scholarship or fellowship are eligible to apply after a period of five years following the completion of their first HMG  funded award and are required to demonstrate their career progression from that point;
  • Provide evidence of meeting at least the minimum English language abilities for Chevening Awards
  • Not hold dual nationality where one nationality is British (other than for nationals exempt from this requirement listed in the Chevening Guidance for Applicants).
  • Not be employees, employees’ relatives (or former employees who have left employment less than two years before) of Her Majesty’s Government including the FCO (including FCO posts), the British Council, DFID, MOD, BIS, UKTI and UKBA, the Association of Commonwealth Universities or OCIS or any of their wholly-owned subsidiaries.

How to Apply

Applicants should be prepared to outline a short proposal on the area of academic research they would like to conduct at the time of application submission. The proposal should include a main research question and how the applicant intends to conduct this research while in residence at the Centre.

Apply for the OCIS Fellowship.

For more information, visit Chevening OCIS Fellowship.