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The SOAS-Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Scholarship for Master's Study on Urban Population Growth in Somaliland
Deadline: 1700 hrs (UK local time), 1 June 2017


We are pleased to announce that through a collaboration between SOAS and the Royal Geographical (with IBG) Society, one full scholarship will be awarded for a candidate studying for a full-time MSc in Development Studies at SOAS in the academic session 2017/18.

This Scholarship is part of the Migrants on the Margins Field Research Programme supported by the RGS (with IBG), with additional funding from the Economic and Social Research Council/DFID and Arts and Humanities Research Council. The research programme examines the experiences of people moving from rural areas into cities in four cities: Hargeisa (Somaliland), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Dhaka (Bangladesh) and Harare (Zimbabwe). This Scholarship is in support of the Hargeisa research component. (For more information about the Migrants on the Margins Project see: ww.rgs.org/MigrantsOnTheMargins

The scholarship is valued at £16,500, including a 50% SOAS tuition fee waiver. Free accommodation will be provided by SOAS’s partner, International Students’ House.

Eligible Programmes

• MSc Development Studies
• MSc Violence, Conflict and Development
• MSc Migration, Mobility and Development
• MSc Environment, Politics and Development
• MSc Globalisation and Development
• MSc Labour and Social Movements
• MSc Research for International Development

Part-time study is not eligible

Candidate Criteria
• Candidates must possess a good honours degree, preferably first-class, from a UK institution or overseas equivalent
• Candidates must be able to speak and read Somali to a very high standard.
Preference will be given to candidates who are either ordinarily resident in Somaliland or have spent a significant time living and studying there
• Applicants must choose a dissertation topic related to urban population growth in Somaliland, connected to the Royal Geographical Society’s Migrants on the Margins research project (see above). When applying for your Master's programme, please include evidence of this in your personal statement.
• Applicants must have an offer of admission to pursue a full-time MSc in Development Studies at SOAS by the scholarship application deadline. Priority may be given to applicants with unconditional offers.
• Applicants must meet the English language condition of their offer of admission to study at SOAS as soon as possible but no later than 1 July 2017. If your offer is conditional on proving English language proficiency, please arrange your English test and ensure you meet the English requirements as soon as possible.
Candidate Assessment
• Candidates will be assessed on academic merit by a Selection Panel consisting of three academic members, chaired by Dr Laura Hammond, Dept of Development Studies, as well as one representative from the research programme’s Somaliland partner, the Observatory for Conflict and Violence Prevention at the University of Hargeisa.
• The assessment of your application will be based on the information in your application. Selectors will be looking at the degree results and also at academic references, statement and other relevant information
• A list of nominees will be selected by the Selection Panel and their applications submitted to the donor for final decision. The following criteria will be taken into account: applicant's motivation and commitment to their chosen programme, evidence of their interest in contributing to the research being carried out as a part of the Migrants on the Margins research project, knowledge of the Somaliland urban context and command of the Somali language.
Scholarship Application Deadline
• Scholarship applications must be received in full no later than 1700 hrs (UK local time) on 1 June 2017. This includes all references, transcripts and test certificates.
• You must submit a complete online application to your programme as soon as possible and then submit an application for the scholarship. Applicants applying for scholarships must also submit an application for admission well in advance. Please note that complete applications for admission can take up to four weeks to be considered by the Department, although this duration can vary depending on the time of year, so you should not wait to receive a decision concerning admission to the programme before applying for the scholarship. You should be prepared to wait up to six weeks in busy periods.
• Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Notification of Results
Successful candidates will be notified by the beginning of July. If you have not heard from us by then, you should assume that your application was unsuccessful.
How to Apply
You must follow two steps:

STEP 1: Apply for your programme
You must submit a COMPLETE on-line application for admission. (see https://www.soas.ac.uk/admissions/pg/howtoapply/)

Applicants must have applied for admission to pursue a full-time masters programme at SOAS by the scholarship application deadline. A complete application for admission includes transcripts, an explanation of the grading system for any degrees obtained outside of the UK, two references, CV and a personal statement. The panel will be considering your scholarship application TOGETHER with your on-line application for admission. Please note that complete applications for admission can take up to four weeks to be considered by the Department, although this duration can vary depending on the time of the year. You should be prepared to wait up to six weeks in busy periods. It is recommended to apply for the programme as soon as possible.

STEP 2: Apply for the scholarship by 17:00 (UK local time) on 1 June 2017
You must apply for this scholarship via this on-line scholarship application form.

For enquiries, please contact Dr Laura Hammond, laura.hammond@soas.ac.uk .
All candidates must complete this section:
Surname/Family Name
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First Name/Forename
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Application ID/SOAS ID
The Application ID is your unique number generated when you submit your on-line application for admission. Only current SOAS MPhil/ PhD and current two-year MA candidates should provide their six digit SOAS ID number.
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Email address:
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MSc Programme Applied to:
Undergraduate Qualification (degree and subject)
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Year Attained
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University granting the degree
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Relevant Professional Experience
Please provide any information on relevant professional experience that you wish to be considered in support of your application.
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Proposed Dissertation Topic Description
Provide a short paragraph (maximum 100 words or 750 characters) describing your proposed research topic. While it is expected that topics may shift somewhat during the year of study, we are interested in topics that complement the programme of research being undertaken by the Migrants on the Margins project (see ww.rgs.org/MigrantsOnTheMargins)
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Somali Language Fluency - Reading
Somali Language Fluency - Writing
Somali Lanugage Fluency - Speaking
Declaration
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References
Please submit two reference letters in support of your application. At least one of the letters should be from someone who knows of your academic work (one may be either academic or professional). Please note that letters should be submitted on official letterhead of the institution that the individual is employed by (if applicable). Reference letters should be received by 1 June 2017.
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