This scholarship has been established with a donation by Saraswati Dalmia's daughter Yashodhara Dalmia, an art historian and an independent curator based in New Delhi. She has written widely on art and her several publications include Amrita Sher-Gil – A Life (Penguin/Viking, 2006), which is a comprehensive account of the life of one of India’s first modern artists. Her book The Making of Modern Indian Art: The Progressives (Oxford University Press, 2001), is regarded as the definitive account of a seminal phase of Indian art history.
There is one Saraswati Dalmia Scholarship. The scholarship provides a contribution towards fees up to a maximum of £5,353. The scholarship is for one year only.
Saraswati Dalmia Scholarships 2022 is available to undertake Mphil, PhD level programs at University of London.
Following subject are available to study under this scholarship program.
The SOAS University of London will provide an award up to a maximum of £5,353 to the eligible students.
Full-time OR part-time MPhil/PhD (new admissions, starting in September 2022), which involves undertaking research in the field of Indian art from 1500 up to the present day. Preference will be given to those who undertake research in the field of modern and contemporary Indian art.
Applicants currently enrolled on the first year of the full-time (or part-time equivalent) MPhil/PhD will also be considered but preference will be given to new admissions, starting in September 2022, and to applicants who have not previously received the scholarship.
Open to full and part-time programmes.
Open to Home/EU and overseas applicants.
Applicants are expected to have an outstanding academic record, usually a 2.1 or first in their undergraduate degree and must normally possess or expect to be awarded a Merit or Distinction in their Masters Degree.
New applicants to the MPhil/PhD programme (new admissions, starting in September 2022), must
Have received a firm offer to study by the time the Scholarship Panel meets to discuss applications.
Have demonstrated in the research proposal of their application for admission that their research is in the field of Indian art from 1500 up to the present day. Preference will be given to those who undertake research in the field of modern and contemporary Indian art.
Meet the English language condition of their offer of admission to study at SOAS as soon as possible but no later than 2 June 2022. If your offer is conditional on English, please arrange your English test and ensure you meet the English requirements as soon as possible.
Please note that most scholarships do not cover funding or even allow for Pre-sessionals. Please check the wording of your scholarship offer carefully to see if you are eligible for a Pre-sessional course or whether you need to achieve SOAS direct entry scores by the deadline specified in your scholarship terms and conditions.
Candidates will be assessed on academic merit by a Selection Panel consisting of three academic members.
The assessment of your application will be based on the information in your application and in your on-line application for admission. Selectors will be looking at the degree results and also at academic references, statement and other relevant information.
New applicants only (new admissions, starting in September 2022): You must submit a complete online application to your programme as soon as possible and then submit an application for the scholarship, in order to be considered. Please note that complete applications for admission can take up to 4 weeks to be considered by the Department, although this duration can vary depending on the time of year. You should be prepared to wait up to 6 weeks in busy periods.
Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Notification of Results
The successful candidate will be notified by e-mail by the end of July. If you have not heard from us by the end of July, you should assume that your application was unsuccessful.
Scholarship Application Procedures
Further information about PhDs at SOAS University of London is available from: [email protected]
There is a two-step procedure:
STEP 1: Apply for your programme to study
Guidance for applying to Research Programmes and information on what makes an application can be found here for How to Apply
STEP 2: Apply for the scholarship by 23:59 (UK local time) on 2 May 2022
Current SOAS MPhil/PhD students only: You will need two references, one should be from your supervisor. Please send the reference form to each of your referees. The reference form may be downloaded from the box at the top right