April 1st, 2020


Exeter, United Kingdom 

(Partially Funded)


University of Exeter: Al-Qasimi PhD Studentships in Arab and Islamic Studies, Islamic Studies, Middle East Politics and Palestine Studies

The Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies provides up to three PhD studentships for excellent doctoral students (international and UK/EU) whose area of specialisation fits and complements the research interests of humanities and social sciences with reference to the Middle East and the Islamic world.

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  • The Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS) at Exeter is the leading centre of excellence for research in Middle East, Arab and Islamic Studies in the United Kingdom. It was founded in 1999 to consolidate existing strengths in the study of the Greater Middle East, the Muslim-majority world, and Islam.
  • Applicants with refugee status are especially welcome to apply
  • References should be submitted by the referees to the university directly in the form of a letter they must email to:  by 1st April 2020 from their institutional email accounts. We cannot accept references from personal/private email accounts, unless it is a scanned document on institutional headed paper and signed by the referee.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Political Science
  • International Relations
  • History
  • Anthropology
  • Literature
  • Islamic Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Archaeology

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Applicants with refugee status are especially welcome to apply.

Program Period

Up to four years.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • You should have or expect to achieve at least a 2:1 Honours degree, or International equivalent, in any relevant humanities or social sciences subject area.
  • Will ideally hold or currently be working towards a Masters degree at Merit level, or international equivalent, in a relevant humanities or social science subject.
  • Applicants must not already be enrolled on a PhD programme.
  • If English is not your first language you will need to meet the English language requirements and provide proof of proficiency. Click here for more information and a list of acceptable alternative tests.

Opportunity Cost

(Partially Funded)

The scholarship covers:

  • Tuition fees.
  • annual maintenance allowance at current Research Council rate of £15,000 per year.

How to Apply

First Step:  Click the “Apply now” button below to create an account on the website.

Second Step: You will be asked to submit some personal details and upload:

  • A detailed CVA covering letter outlining your academic interests, any prior research experience and reasons for wishing to do a PhD in the context of the research interests of the Institute.
  •  A research proposal (maximum 2,000 words, excluding bibliography). 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.
  • 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 proposal (it is not possible to upload separate documents)
  • Transcript of your highest qualification to date or an interim transcript if you are still studying.
  • Details of two academic referees.
  • A proof of your English language proficiency, by 1st April 2020.

Note: All application documents must be submitted in English. Certified translated copies of academic qualifications must also be provided

You must ensure that your referees email their references to by 1st April 2020.

Third Step: Interviews will be held at the Streatham Campus in early May 2020.

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