The Bhagavan Mahavira PhD Scholarship

Academic year 2024


The Centre of Jaina Studies is offering one 3-year PhD Scholarship in Jaina Studies for entry in September 2024. 

Applicants from a broad range of disciplines and approaches to Jaina Studies are encouraged to apply, e.g. historical, philosophical, anthropological, from within the study of religions.

For the first year of this award in 2024-25, the total scholarship provided will be £41,652. This amount will cover tuition fees, with the remaining funds to be paid directly to the scholar as a stipend. Funding in subsequent years will have an uplift to support increased tuition fee charges.

The Bhagavan Mahavira PhD Scholarship is generously supported by Drs. Jasvant N. Modi and Meera Modi and family. 

Eligible programmes

  • Full-time PhD programme focused on Jaina Studies (new admissions only, starting in September 2024).

  • Part-time programmes are not eligible.

Candidate criteria

  • Applicants must possess or expect to be awarded a master’s degree with distinction mark or equivalent. Applicants with a non-UK master’s degree must be in the top rank of their cohort as evidenced by references and transcripts.

  • Applicants must have demonstrated in the research proposal of their application for admission that their research is focused on Jaina studies.

  • The scholarship is open to UK/EU and overseas applicants.

  • Candidates must have submitted a complete application for admission by the scholarship application deadline of 12:00 PM (midday, GMT) on 31st May 2024.

  • Candidates must have an offer of admission by the time the SOAS Scholarship Panel meets.

  • If your offer is conditional on English, please arrange your English test and ensure you meet the English requirements as soon as possible.

Scholarship application deadline

  • Applications must be submitted no later than 12:00 PM (midday, GMT) on 31st May 2024.


Application will close on 31 May 2024


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