Call for Scholarship Applications to Oxford University

Aziz Foundation Scholarship at the University of Oxford: 
Developing Public Policy Practitioners from British Muslim Communities

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The Aziz Foundation is pleased to announce it is offering a Masters scholarship at Regent’s Park College, Oxford for the 2017-18 academic year.

The scholarship offers a unique opportunity for an exceptional student actively engaged in British Muslim communities and interested in how the needs of these communities may be met through public policy work. Further, the Foundation wishes to support students who would like to pursue a career in public policy not just to benefit Muslim communities, but all communities, 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 range of courses to be supported covers: theology, philosophy, politics, economics, history, education, public health, urban policy, fine arts, and area and development studies (for a full list of courses please see below).

The selected individual will be provided a personal mentor 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, to enable them to develop their skills and insights with regards to policy work from ‘both ends of the telescope’, the community and policy-making ends. These combined elements will ensure an excellent grounding for the policy and bridge building work expected to follow after the scholarship experience.

Criteria

Applicants should meet all of the following requirements:

  • Have or be expected to achieve an upper second class or equivalent undergraduate degree from a reputable, internationally recognised university, such that an offer from the University for postgraduate study is likely to be made.
  • Be active within a Muslim community and their wider community, and demonstrate a desire to develop intellectual skills within a multi-faith/secular environment.
  • Be able to demonstrate long-term commitment to community/societal development and working for good relations through effecting public policy.
  • Be eligible for Home/EU fee status at the University.
Application Process

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

Step 1 – Choose a Course

Choose the course you wish to study from the list below. Please also refer to the list of courses available at the University of Oxford HERE.

Step 2 – Apply to the University for your Course
  • Complete a University/Department application form online by the deadline advertised on the page of the course for which you wish to apply. Among other materials, this will require a statement to be submitted. This statement should address why you should be accepted by your chosen Department. It should not focus so much on your community activities unless they are directly relevant to the course for which you are applying.
  • This application must nominate Regent’s Park College as your first choice of College, and you should enter the Aziz Foundation Scholarship in the section where you are asked to list the funding for which you have applied.
  • The scholarship is dependent upon your being accepted by the Department in question for the course of your choice.
  • It is also possible to make a separate application to Regent’s Park College if candidates have already submitted an application to the University without mention of the Aziz Foundation Scholarship
Step 3 – Apply to the College for the Scholarship

Submit:

  • A statement of no more than 1,000 words setting out how you meet the criteria above – particularly with regards to your community engagement and involvement, addressing also how you hope to use this scholarship for your future work.

  •  A tailored CV detailing your qualifications and work history (no longer than 2 pages).

  • A short covering letter setting out which course you are intending to apply for, and if relevant, the focus/specialism of the course.

  • A copy of your University application (referred to at Step 2 – it is possible to download this once completed).

    to The Admissions Office, Regent’s Park College, Pusey Street, Oxford, OX1 2LB; or by email to enquiries@regents.ox.ac.uk by Thursday 6 April 2017

Step 4 – Attend the Interview

If called, please attend the interview with the College and the Foundation. Travel expenses will be reimbursed on production of receipts. Interviews will be held around the middle of May 2017 and a decision made by the end of May 2017.  

Please note that we will only contact you if you have been successful for short-listing. If you do not hear from us then 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 grants@azizfoundation.org.uk.
COURSES

Applicants can apply for the courses below to be covered by the Scholarship: 

  • British and European History
  • Classics
  • Development Studies
  • Economics
  • Economic and Social History
  • Education
  • English Studies
  • Environmental Change and Management
  • Fine Art
  • Global and Imperial History
  • Global Governance and Diplomacy
  • History of Art and Visual Culture
  • Historical Studies
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Relations
  • Islamic Art and Archaeology
  • Islamic Studies and History;
  • Nature, Society and Environmental Governance
  • Philosophy;
  • Philosophical Theology
  • Politics (Comparative Government)
  • Politics (European Politics and Society)
  • Politics (Political theory);
  • Politics Research
  • Social Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Study of Religion
  • Theology
  • Women’s Studies
  • World Literatures in English

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