Call for Scholarship Applications to Masters In Educational Research

Aziz Foundation Scolarship:
Developing Muslim Educational Researchers and Leaders from British Muslim Communities

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The Foundation is offering a Masters scholarship for the 2018-19 academic year for an exceptional student actively engaged in British Muslim education and interested in researching the needs of Muslim learners, and how these may be met. The key objective of this scholarship is to help develop a pool of Muslim educational researchers and leaders capable of addressing the educational challenges facing British Muslim communities through empirical research which supports the understanding of Muslim educational experiences and/or theoretical research on Islamic educational philosophies, curricula and pedagogical practices. The Foundation seeks to support teachers and educational leaders working on the ground to address complex educational problems so that they can deliver inspiring and creative educational solutions. The scholarship’s wider aim is to support students who would like to pursue a career in educational research not just to benefit Muslims, but all communities, secular and religious, in pursuit of their specific and common goals that will help create a more cohesive Britain.

The scholarship will cover tuition and living expenses for a year, up to a maximum of £25,000 in total. The successful applicant will be selected through an application and interview process managed by  the Aziz Foundation.

Further Support

Students will additionally be supported through the Aziz Foundation’s Leadership Support Scheme (LSS), which will assist in developing their knowledge-base, personal qualities, leadership skills and professional networks. They will be matched with mentors to support and guide them during and after their study. They will further undertake two short placements with a community related or research organisation and a statutory sector agency respectively.


Applicants should meet all of the following requirements:

  • Possess, or be expected to achieve, an upper second class or equivalent undergraduate degree from a reputable, internationally recognised university;
  • Have the understanding and ability to undertake a research based Masters course;
  • Be active within their local and/or Muslim faith community and demonstrate a desire to develop intellectual skills within a secular/multi-faith environment;
  • Be able to demonstrate long-term commitment to community and societal development, and good relations work through effective educational practice;
  • Be eligible for Home fees status at the University.
Application Process:

If you meet the above criteria and would like to apply for this scholarship, please submit the following documents:

  • An offer letter for a post-graduate masters course in educational research from a Russell Group university;
  • A research proposal of no more than 1500 words.
  • A completed Aziz Foundation scholarship application form (which includes a statement of no more than 1,000 words setting out how you meet the criteria above, why you are intending to study this course, and how you hope to use this scholarship opportunity for your future work)
  • Your CV
  • A copy of your course application (please keep a copy of this from when you submit the application).

Download application form

Download research proposal guidelines

Privacy Policy

Your scholarship application should be emailed to by Monday 2 July 2018.

If called, please attend the interview with the Foundation. Reasonable travel expenses for standard return train fare can be reimbursed on production of receipts. Interviews will be held in July 2018.

Please note that we will only contact you if you have been short-listed. If you do not hear from us, please assume that in this instance your application has not been successful.

The Aziz Foundation welcomes informal enquiries from candidates considering an application. Enquiries should be made to

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