SOAS Leverhulme Research Leadership Award PhD Studentship in London 2022

The School of Oriental and African Studies, SOAS is accepting applications for a PhD studentship in London in 2022 as part of the SOAS Leverhulme Research Leadership Award.

SOAS Leverhulme Research Leadership Award PhD Studentship

The project aspires to offer a ground-breaking, comprehensive, and contextualized knowledge of the written and intellectual traditions of Islamic South East Asia in the 18th and 19th centuries, using archives gathered through the colonial-era collection and those still in situ in Sumatra. It will examine the surviving manuscripts as books entrenched in libraries as part of a certain social and intellectual environment, rather than as separate texts.

Three case studies are the subject of this project:

  • The British plundered the Palembang royal library in 1812, and the Dutch seized it in 1821, scattering its contents among institutional collections in numerous nations;
  • Endangered Archives Programme (EAP) 144 digitized religious school libraries in the Minangkabau highlands; and EAP 144 digitized personal libraries from Aceh (EAP 329).

Worth of Scholarship

  • Two fully financed MPhil/PhD scholarships are available via the initiative.

Requirements for the SOAS Leverhulme Research Leadership Award PhD Studentship

The proposed PhD study must concentrate on an in-depth investigation of material from at least one of the case studies listed above, as well as contribute to the project’s broader goals.

The following are the minimum entrance requirements:

  • An excellent Master’s degree (or its equivalent in another country) in a relevant area (for example, literary, historical, cultural, philological, or Islamic studies of insular Southeast Asia);
  • Advanced Malay/Indonesian language skills (other related languages, such as Arabic, Acehnese, Minangkabau, or Javanese, are also appreciated);
  • Experience with archive material, particularly Jawi manuscripts, and digital humanities approaches to archives, or a desire to learn more about these topics;
  • A desire to collaborate as part of a bigger research team and contribute to the project’s overall goals.

How to Apply for the SOAS Leverhulme Research Leadership Award PhD Studentship

The online application for the SOAS Leverhulme Research Leadership Award may be found here.

Deadline: Scholarship applications must be submitted no later than April 30, 2022, at 23:59 (GMT).

For more information and to apply, go here.

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