Aziz Foundation Scholarship:
Facilitate Community Development and Improve Representation and Advocacy

Preferred Partner Scheme 

SOAS, University of London is one of the Aziz Foundation’s preferred partners. These institutions:

  • actively promote Widening Participation at the postgraduate level
  • are aware of concerns of unconscious bias and address the BME attainment gap
  • provide specific cultural and social support to BME students
  • are committed to adopting the working definition of Islamophobia within a reasonable timeframe

The Aziz Foundation is awarding 100% tuition fee MA Masters scholarships to fifteen exceptional British Muslims lacking the financial means to complete postgraduate degrees, at SOAS, University of London for the 2021-2022 academic year. These scholarships aim to empower British Muslims to bring positive change to their communities and beyond. Thus, they are aimed at those who:

  • aspire to make a positive contribution to society – people who want to help others
  • view themselves as future British Muslim leaders – change makers

The successful applicants will be selected through an interview process run by the Aziz Foundation. The scholarship will cover tuition fees only at SOAS, University of London Applicants do not need to hold an offer prior to applying. However, please note that admission to the programme will depend on SOAS’s separate admissions process.  


Applicants should meet all of the following requirements:

  • 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/societal development;
  • Be eligible for Home fees status at the University.
Application Process

Applications are submitted online, under the category ‘SOAS, University of London’. The application form includes questions about financial means, a vision statement of no more than 1,000 words and the names of two referees.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for a 30 minute interview to explore questions around:

  • challenges facing British Muslims;
  • vision and hopes for change;
  • personal qualities needed to succeed;
  • means test – financial barriers faced (student debt, financial commitments).

Successful applicants will show how the Masters course they wish to study increases their effectiveness in one of the following areas relating to British Muslims:
Representation and Advocacy: increase representation and contribution of Muslims to civil society
Community Development: raise aspirations and standards within British Muslim communities

Successful applicants will be supported through:

1. Leadership Support Scheme (LSS) – The LSS will offer training days and career mentors that further increase the chances of the scholars starting successful careers.

2. Aziz Scholars Association (ASA) – The ASA comprises of current scholars and alumni. It enables the scholars to synergise as well as coordinate induction and training days.

The following programmes are not covered by this scheme:
  • PGDip/PGCert
Applications will open in January 2021
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