Research at the Centre is currently focused within the following broad areas:
- Classical Islamic sciences
- Muslim societies past and present
- Identity and citizenship (with special reference to Muslims in the West)
- Islamic finance and economic and human development
Applications are decided on the merits of the particular research the applicant is proposing to do or to complete, and scholars working in other areas are encouraged to apply.
Visiting Fellowships and Visiting Research Fellowships
Applications for both Visiting Fellowships and Visiting Research Fellowships are now CLOSED for the academic year 2022–23. Applications for Visiting Fellowships and Visiting Research Fellowships will re-open again in September 2022 for academic year 2023-24.
The Abdul Aziz Al-Mutawa and the Muhammad Bin-Ladin Visiting Fellowships
These two stipendiary Visiting Fellowships are awarded annually to support an extended period of independent study and research at Oxford. They carry an annual stipend of £5000.
The Imam Bukhari and the Imam Tirmizi Visiting Research Fellowship
These two stipendiary Visiting Research Fellowships are open to citizens of countries in Asia or Africa and are intended to encourage interaction among academics from different traditions of learning. They carry an annual stipend of £4000.
The Centre welcomes applications for a limited number of non-stipendiary Scholar-in-Residence awards.
Applications are now CLOSED for the academic year 2022–23 and will re-open again in March 2023 for 2023-24.
Chevening Visiting Fellowships
The Chevening Visiting Fellowships Programme is run in partnership with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Chevening Fellows normally spend two terms of self-directed research at the Centre.
For October 2023 entry, up to four fully funded OCIS-Chevening Visiting Fellowships are available. These Fellowships are restricted to applicants from:
Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Malaysia, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.
The Abdullah Gül Chevening Fellowship is restricted to applicants from Turkey.
Applications are submitted online via the Chevening website and the application window is now OPEN. The deadline for submissions is 1 November 2022.
SC–OCIS Visiting Fellowship
Applications for the SC–OCIS Visiting Fellowship in Islamic Finance for 2022-23 are now CLOSED.
To view the SC-OCIS Visiting Fellowship in Islamic Finance information leaflet click here.
Other Fellowships are advertised periodically. These are awarded either to complement the Centre’s own current research programmes or to support research in other areas. Vacancies for such positions are advertised .