Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies is a Recognized Independent Centre of the University of Oxford, established in 1985 and incorporated by Royal Charter. Its Patron is HRH The Prince of Wales. The Centre encourages a better understanding of the culture and civilization of Islam and of all aspects of contemporary Muslim societies in their global context.

It has many years of experience, through its scholarship and fellowship programmes, of hosting visiting scholars and assisting them in making the most of all that the wider academic life of Oxford has to offer.

Chevening and OCIS

The Centre has worked with Chevening for almost ten years now and this has enabled many visiting fellows from around the Muslim world to spend time productively in Oxford and to build up lasting academic links and partnerships.

The Chevening/OCIS Fellowship Awards offer financial support to individuals who are dedicated to the promotion of academic activities which encourage a more informed understanding of the culture and civilisation of Islam and contemporary Muslim societies to undertake independent study and research at the OCIS.

OCIS says: 'A key priority of the Centre is to bring outstanding visiting fellows to Oxford to enrich its academic life and contribute to the Centre’s wider objectives of fostering dialogue and understanding in an atmosphere of mutual respect. Chevening has the prestige and global reach to be a most valuable partner in this effort.'

Who do OCIS support?

This year, Chevening/OCIS Fellowship Awards are available to applicants from:

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bangladesh
  • Brunei
  • Burma
  • Egypt
  • Indonesia
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mauritania
  • Morocco
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Palestine
  • Philippines
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan

To be considered for this opportunity applicants must submit an application specifically for the Chevening/OCIS Fellowship