Studentships and Prizes

Studentships and Prizes

The Middle East Centre annually awards one doctoral studentship.

  • HADID (in Middle Eastern Studies)

The Hadid Doctoral Studentship

Applications are now open - please note that the deadline for the 2021 applications is Monday 17th May 2021. (For more information on how to apply please see

The 2020-2021 Hadid Doctoral Scholarship was awarded to Fuchsia Hart (St Antony's) for her work on Islamic art and architecture: Fath ‘Ali Shah’s patronage of Shi’i shrine.

The next competition will be announced at the beginning of Hilary term 2022. 

Raghid and Camillia El-Solh Travel Grant

Please note that the deadline for the 2019 applications was on 26 April 2019. The Committee informed the successful applicant by 27 May 2019.

The next competition will be announced at the beginning of Hilary Term 2021.

Azizeh Sheibani Essay Prize in Iranian and Persian-speaking World Studies

The Middle East Centre is pleased to invite submissions for the academic year 2020 to 2021.

All submissions should be sent as a PDF file by email to Dr Stephanie Cronin, 

Deadline for receipt of submissions: Awarded

The prize is open to two categories, graduate and undergraduate students, these categories will be judged separately; a prize will not necessarily be awarded in both categories; the prize(s) will be awarded to the best essay(s) in Iranian and Persian-speaking World Studies, in any discipline of the humanities or social sciences; essays may be on any chronological period, ancient, medieval or modern; essays should make use of primary sources and will be assessed on the basis of the strength and originality of the research or argumentation.

Essays should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words in length (including footnotes & references); applicants may choose the most suitable form of citation, though all submissions should be written to the highest academic standard.

The winner or winners will be invited to dine with judges at High Table in St Antony's College, and will receive an award of £250 or, should two winners be chosen, £125 each; and where appropriate, the judges may try to assist authors with the publication of the winning essay in a suitable journal.

The criterion for eligibility is that entrants must be currently registered for a degree at Oxford, or have been registered in the previous academic year. Essays must not have been published elsewhere, including online.

Previous winners of the Azizeh Sheibani essay prize

Walter Zander

This is the highest honour given for the M.Phil. in Modern Middle Eastern Studies.  The prize is awarded to the student who achieved the highest result in the final written examinations for the M.Phil.  The Prize was established through a generous gift from Dr Walter Zander, a former Senior Associate Member of the College.  The first prize was awarded in 1988. The 2020 award goes to Ms Hannah Cowdell (St Antony's College).