Dr Heather Elgood international awards in UK

  • Master
  • Full tuition fees + allowance
  • 6 August 2021

SOAS Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art alumni, Gretchen Welch and Ida Chow, set up the Dr Heather Elgood Scholarship in 2018 to honour their teacher and friend, Dr Hettie Elgood, MBE, Founder and Director Emerita of the Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art. They hope that those who study under this scholarship will go on to contribute to the course by lecturing or tutoring in the future, or by promoting the study of Asian art through other platforms. This is the third year the Scholarship has been offered, which has been made possible by an anonymous further donation.

The scholarship is open to anyone, anywhere in the world who is not financially able to pursue the course without a full scholarship and stipend. We strongly encourage applicants who would not have considered the Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art programme without the opportunity afforded by this scholarship. We hope the scholarship will be a transformative opportunity, enabling the successful applicant to pursue a career related to Asian art, such as academia, curatorial or museum work, or a position in the commercial art world.


Eligible Course of Study

One Dr Heather Elgood Scholarship is available for the 2021/22 academic year running from 04 October 2021 to 17 July 2022. The year-long course includes three, 12-week modules including Indian Art, Chinese Art and either Islamic Art or Southeast Asian Art.

Candidate Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must possess or expect to be awarded an Upper Second-Class Honours Degree or above, an equivalent non-UK qualification, or equivalent professional experience. Students with a non-UK degree to be adjudged by their referees and transcript.
  • Applicants must provide a personal statement stating why they wish to take this programme and how this scholarship will make a difference to them.
  • Applicants must explain their eligibility in a separate statement of financial need.
  • For international students, English language proficiency must be evidenced and must meet IELTS level 6.5 overall and for all sub-scores (or equivalent).

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Full tuition fees for the Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art and an allowance to cover living costs during term time.


Please apply for the Dr Heather Elgood scholarship by downloading the application form and returning a completed scanned copy to asianart@soas.ac.uk. You must also submit:

  • A personal statement
  • A seperate statement of financial need
  • Transcripts from your undergraduate degree (and any further degrees)
  • Evidence of proficiency in English language (where applicable)
  • A recently submitted piece of academic work at least 1000 words in length, or equivalent piece of writing from a professional context (i.e. auction or museum catalogue essay). If you have not recently submitted a piece of academic work please produce a new piece of writing on an art historical topic of your choosing at approximately 1000 words in length.
  • A copy of the picture page of your passport
  • Two references providing an opinion on your suitability for this programme of study. Academic references are preferred, but one professional reference is acceptable. Two professional references can be provided if you have been out of academia for more than five years.

Referees can email references directly to Patrick Monger at asianart@soas.ac.uk

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