Call for Scholarships – Applications to Oxford University

Aziz Foundation Scholarship at the University of Oxford:
Developing Public Policy Practitioners from British Muslim Communities
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The Aziz Foundation is pleased to announce it is offering a Masters scholarship at Regent’s Park College, Oxford for the 2017-18 academic year.

The scholarship offers a unique opportunity for an exceptional student actively engaged in British Muslim communities and interested in how the needs of these communities may be met through public policy work. Further, the Foundation wishes to support students who would like to pursue a career in public policy not just to benefit Muslim communities, but all communities, in pursuit of their specific and common goals that will help create a more cohesive Britain.

The scholarship will cover tuition and living expenses for a year, up to a maximum of £25,000 in total. The range of courses to be supported covers: theology, philosophy, politics, economics, history, education, public health, urban policy, fine arts, and area and development studies (for a full list of courses please see below).

The selected individual will be provided a personal mentor to support and guide them during and after their study. They will further undertake two short placements with a community related or research organisation and a statutory sector agency respectively, to enable them to develop their skills and insights with regards to policy work from ‘both ends of the telescope’, the community and policy-making ends. These combined elements will ensure an excellent grounding for the policy and bridge building work expected to follow after the scholarship experience.

Criteria

Applicants should meet all of the following requirements:

  • Have or be expected to achieve an upper second class or equivalent undergraduate degree from a reputable, internationally recognised university, such that an offer from the University for postgraduate study is likely to be made.
  • Be active within a Muslim community and their wider community, and demonstrate a desire to develop intellectual skills within a multi-faith/secular environment.
  • Be able to demonstrate long-term commitment to community/societal development and working for good relations through effecting public policy.
  • Be eligible for Home/EU fee status at the University.
Application Process

If you meet the above criteria and would like to apply for this scholarship, please:

Step 1 – Choose a Course

Choose the course you wish to study from the list below. Please also refer to the list of courses available at the University of Oxford HERE.

Step 2 – Apply to the University for your Course
  • Complete a University/Department application form online by the deadline advertised on the page of the course for which you wish to apply. Among other materials, this will require a statement to be submitted. This statement should address why you should be accepted by your chosen Department. It should not focus so much on your community activities unless they are directly relevant to the course for which you are applying.
  • This application must nominate Regent’s Park College as your first choice of College, and you should enter the Aziz Foundation Scholarship in the section where you are asked to list the funding for which you have applied.
  • The scholarship is dependent upon your being accepted by the Department in question for the course of your choice.
  • It is also possible to make a separate application to Regent’s Park College if candidates have already submitted an application to the University without mention of the Aziz Foundation Scholarship
Step 3 – Apply to the College for the Scholarship

Submit:

Step 4 – Attend the Interview

If called, please attend the interview with the College and the Foundation. Travel expenses will be reimbursed on production of receipts. Interviews will be held around the middle of May 2017 and a decision made by the end of May 2017.

Please note that we will only contact you if you have been successful for short-listing. If you do not hear from us then please assume that in this instance your application has not been successful.

The Aziz Foundation welcomes informal enquiries from candidates considering an application. Enquiries should be made to [email protected].

More information here: http://azizfoundation.org.uk/call-for-scholarship-applications-to-oxford-university/


Call for Scholarship Applications to Masters in Arts Courses

Aziz Foundation Scholarship:
Developing Arts Management Professionals and Artists from British Muslim Communities

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The Aziz Foundation is an independent grant-making body dedicated to supporting the most disadvantaged communities in Britain. It strives to do this through supporting community empowerment and leadership development in these communities, and greater public engagement by them in wider society.

The Foundation is offering two Masters Scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year as described below. These scholarships offer a unique opportunity for exceptional students active in British Muslim communities and interested in how their needs may be met through the creative and expressive arts.

The Arts Management Scholarship – The objective of this scholarship is to help develop a pool of arts management professionals and practitioners who understand the role of arts policy and practice in promoting social inclusion and regeneration, and who are able to apply this to British Muslim communities in light of their understanding of these communities and their diverse and rich cultures.

The Artists Scholarship – The objective of this scholarship is to assist individual Muslim artists and to help develop a pool of creatives in British Muslim communities who contribute towards creating a vibrant British Muslim arts and culture scene.

The Aziz Foundation believes that communities rich in celebrating their arts and culture make confident communities – confident in their own identity and ready to reach out to contribute to society as a whole. The Foundation is keen, however, to support students who would like to pursue a career in the arts and culture domain not just to benefit Muslims, but all communities, in pursuit of their specific and common goals that will help create a more cohesive Britain.

The successful applicants will be selected through their application to and interview by the Aziz Foundation directly. The scholarship will cover tuition and living expenses for a year, up to a maximum of £25,000 in total. The courses to be funded under each scholarship are wide-ranging and listed below. The selected individuals will also be supported through a comprehensive personal development scheme offering pastoral, professional and career advice and development during and after their course of study.

Graduate courses are challenging, but hugely rewarding. If you possess the ability and the motivation to be admitted to a reputable institution, you can expect exhilarating intellectual satisfaction, being taught by and working with academics and practitioners who are leaders in their fields. You will also be supported by the Aziz Foundation to develop your knowledge, skills and ideas to enable you to play a part in leading communities towards greater integration in wider British society. The selected individuals will become alumni of their institutions and the Aziz Foundation’s Leadership Development Programme with their powerful networks of friendships and contacts, and their professional careers advisory services.

Criteria

Applicants should meet all of the following requirements:

  • Have or expect to have an offer on a Masters course from those listed below at a well-recognised and reputable institution.
  • Be active within their local and/or faith communities and demonstrate a desire to develop intellectual and artistic skills within a secular/multi-faith environment.
  • Be able to demonstrate long-term commitment to community/societal development and good relations work through arts and culture work.
  • Be eligible for Home/EU fee status at a relevant institution.
Application Process

If you meet the above criteria and would like to apply for this scholarship, please:

Step 1 – Choose a course and apply to a relevant institution

Choose the course you wish to study from the lists below and apply to relevant institutions for admission.

Step 2 – Apply for an Aziz Foundation Scholarship

Once you have an offer from a relevant institution, apply for an Aziz Foundation scholarship. This will require you to submit:

1. A short covering letter stating which course you are intending to study and which scholarship you are applying for;

2. A statement of no more than 1,000 words setting out how you meet the criteria above, why you are intending to study this course, and how you hope to use this scholarship opportunity for your future work;

3. A tailored CV detailing your qualifications and work history (no longer than 2 pages);

4. A copy of your course application (please keep a copy of this from when you submit the application);

5. Two references – one in relation to your academic and/or artistic ability, and the other in relation to your engagement in community work.

Your scholarship application should be sent to the Scholarships Project, Aziz Foundation, 16 Babmaes Street, London SW1Y 6HD, or emailed to [email protected], by 30 April 2017.

Step 3 – Attend the interview

If called, please attend the interview with the Aziz Foundation. Travel expenses will be reimbursed on production of receipts. Interviews will normally be held in May 2017.

Please note that we will only contact you if you have been successful for short-listing. If you do not hear from us then please assume that in this instance your application has not been successful.

Courses

Applicants can apply for Masters courses listed below (or similar ones) to be covered by the two scholarships respectively:

Arts Management Scholarships

  • Arts and Cultural Enterprise
  • Culture, Criticism and Curation
  • Curating & Collections
  • Design Management and Cultures

Artists Scholarship

  • Acting
  • Animation
  • Arts and Lifestyle Journalism
  • Design
  • Fashion
  • Film
  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration and Visual Media
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Publishing
  • Screenwriting
  • Sound Arts
  • Theatre Design
  • Visual Arts

The Aziz Foundation welcomes informal enquiries from candidates considering an application. Enquiries should be made to [email protected].

More information here: http://azizfoundation.org.uk/call-for-scholarship-applications-to-masters-in-arts-courses/