Call for Scholarship Applications for Masters in Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies

Aziz Foundation Masters Scholarships:
Developing Community Services Professionals from British Muslim Communities

Goldsmiths

The Foundation is offering two Masters scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year at Goldsmiths, University of London.

The scholarships offer a unique opportunity for exceptional individuals active in British Muslim communities and interested in how the needs of these communities may be met through community development and services. The aim of these scholarships is to help develop a pool of professionals and practitioners capable of addressing the social challenges facing British Muslim communities. The focus is on supporting the development of practical leadership in all areas of community service and at all levels. The objective is to improve the skills of imams and chaplains, community and youth workers, and teachers and counsellors working on the ground, addressing complex social problems, so that they can deliver inspiring solutions to the highest standards in community service. The Foundation is keen, however, to support students who would like to pursue a career in community work not just to benefit Muslims, but all communities, secular and religious, in pursuit of their specific and common goals that will help create a more cohesive Britain.

The scholarships will cover tuition and living expenses for a year, up to a maximum of £25,000 in total. The scholarships are funded through zakat contributions. The range of courses to be supported is listed below. The selected individuals will also be supported through a comprehensive development programme offering pastoral, professional and career advice, guidance and assistance during and after their study. This will include help in arranging practice work placements.

The successful applicants will be selected through Goldsmiths, University of London. Goldsmiths is renowned for its excellence in social, community and youth work courses. Its postgraduate courses are challenging, but hugely rewarding. If you have the ability and the motivation to be accepted, you can expect exhilarating intellectual satisfaction, being taught by and working with academics who are leaders in their fields. You will also be supported by Goldsmiths and the Aziz Foundation to develop your knowledge, understanding 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 Goldsmiths, University of London and the Aziz Foundation Leadership Development Programme, with their powerful networks of friendships and contacts, and their professional careers advisory services.

Criteria

Applicants should meet all 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 Goldsmiths for postgraduate study is likely to be made.
  • Be active within their local and/or faith 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 good relations work through effecting community service.
  • Be eligible for Home fee status at Goldsmiths.
Application Process

If you meet the above criteria and would like to apply for these scholarships, please:

Step 1 – Choose a Course

Choose the course you wish to study from the list below. Please refer to http://www.gold.ac.uk/stacs/ for more information on these courses.

Step 2 – Apply to Goldsmiths for a Course of Study

Complete an application form online for your chosen course of study by Friday 28th April 2017. This will usually require an interview and include a statement – this statement should address why you should be accepted onto your chosen course, and particularly your academic suitability for the course. Goldsmiths will normally have decided on whom to admit by 2nd June 2017. The decision-making process for admission to a course of study at Goldsmiths will be independent of the scholarship application.

Step 3 – Apply to Goldsmiths for an Aziz Foundation Scholarship

This is a separate application to the above, and requires you to additionally submit:

  1. A short covering letter setting out which course you are intending to apply for;
  1. A statement of no more than 1,000 words setting out why you are applying for this course, how you meet the criteria above, and how you hope to use this scholarship opportunity for your future work;
  1. A tailored CV detailing your qualifications and work history (no longer than 2 pages).

Your scholarship application should be sent to Shoshana Jackson, Scholarships Coordinator,

Goldsmiths, University of London via email to [email protected] by Friday 23rd June 2017.  You MUST put your student reference number (found on your application in MyGoldsmiths) and ‘Aziz Foundation Scholarship’ in the subject line of your email.

Step 4 – Attend the Aziz Foundation Scholarship Interview

If called, please attend the interview with Goldsmiths and the Aziz Foundation. Travel expenses will be reimbursed on production of receipts. Interviews will normally be held by early July 2017.

Courses

The following Masters courses are covered under this Scholarship funding:

  • MA Applied Anthropology and Community Development
  • MA Applied Anthropology and Community & Youth Work
  • MA Applied Anthropology and Community Arts
  • MA Understanding Domestic Violence and Abuse
  • MA Counselling

 

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