€20,000 SOAS University of London 2022 Margaret Busby New Daughters of Africa Award for African Women

Written by David on May 1, 2022

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

    Creative Writing
  • Country of the Scholarship

    United Kingdom
  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Bachelor's scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    > 12000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

  • Scholarship Contact Details

    Email: [email protected] Telephone: +44 (0)20 7074 5106  

The publication of Margaret Busby’s historic new anthology, New Daughters of Africa, published by Myriad, will be commemorated by the awarding of a £20,000 scholarship to a black female student from Africa who is habitually resident in Africa and wishes to study at SOAS University of London. The work of more than 200 women writers of African origin from throughout the world is showcased in New Daughters of Africa, which also contains contributions by internationally known authors Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Zadie Smith.

Daughters of Africa, a trailblazing anthology edited by Margaret Busby that was first published 25 years ago, brought to light the’silent, overlooked, and underestimated voices of African women’ (The Washington Post). It was lauded as ‘an incredible body of achievement… an important chronicle of forgotten history’ when it was first published to widespread international acclaim (The Sunday Times). The Margaret Busby New Daughters of Africa Award will make it feasible to pursue a programme of study without having to worry about financial obligations. Margaret Busby, in conjunction with the publisher, will make a contribution to the fund from a portion of her income from the anthology.

Field(s) of Research:

  • MA in African Studies (Full-Time)
  • MA Comparative Literature is a full-time program.
  • MA Translation is a full-time position (in African Languages)
  • With the goal of encouraging and supporting a new generation of African female writers, this award is given to a student who has a particular interest in African literature.
  • Part-time programs are not eligible for financial aid.
  • Only new candidates will be considered (new admissions, starting in September 2021)


About the Scholarship:

One of the world’s foremost centers for the study of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, SOAS is located in London. For a genuinely global view, go no farther than the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). We at SOAS have a unique opportunity to contribute to the current discussion on global economic, political, cultural, security, religious, and societal issues because of the depth of our expertise in each of these areas. Situated on the University of London’s south bank, the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) was established in 1916 and is home to some of the world’s most esteemed professors in a wide range of disciplines. All students are eligible to learn one of their non-European languages, regardless of the topic they pick. Students at SOAS University of London, which is located in the heart of central London, are urged to challenge conventional wisdom. Situated in London, SOAS has long been regarded as one of the world’s leading institutions for education in the humanities, social sciences and the humanities in the context of a global viewpoint. In addition to a wide range of undergraduate and doctoral degrees, the university offers courses in anthropology, development, languages, finance and law.


At least one year spent studying abroad is required for nearly four out of every five bachelor’s degrees awarded nowadays. More than a quarter of undergraduates take language classes and choose to spend their third year at one of SOAS’ many international partner universities in the region. With 1.5 million books, journals, and other resources in 400 languages, SOAS’ world-famous library is one of the UK’s five National Research Library institutions. There are more than 1.3 million printed books in our library, which attracts scholars from around the world, but we also have a sizable assortment of archives, manuscripts, and rare books. Students at SOAS get free use of the University of London Library in Senate House. 


The direction your life takes could be greatly influenced by where you go to school. At SOAS, you’ll be able to design your own course of study. As a member of a global school, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with students from over 135 different countries, gaining new perspectives on the issues we confront on a global scale as well as a fresh sense of purpose. SOAS has one of the highest proportions of international students in the world, with over 6,000 students — five times the UK national average. SOAS makes studying abroad as enjoyable as possible despite the fact that it might be nerve-wracking for some. A special welcome day for international students is held at the start of the autumn semester, and assistance is available from the moment you arrive. In addition to financial aid and other benefits, students can get free, impartial guidance about immigration and visas.


 Additional support is available through Student Advice and Wellbeing and the Students’ Union’s International Officer. International students can also join International Students House for free, which offers a gathering place, events, and activities for students from all cultural backgrounds. SOAS also offers pre-sessional English for Academic Purpose courses, which run for four to twelve weeks before the start of term, as well as in-sessional English language support, for students who do not yet have the required level of English. SOAS has a variety of lodging options, ranging from 2 minutes to 45 minutes away from the SOAS campus, all of which are near to amenities and transportation. The SOAS portfolio includes halls of residence with 24-hour security and rooms in shared flats or houses, with a variety of options to meet different budgets and needs, such as twin, single, double rooms, studios, and flats, as well as adapted, couples, and family housing. SOAS also provides ensuite and non-ensuite, self-catered and catered housing, as well as the option for students to live with host families. The main campus of SOAS (Russell Square) is in Bloomsbury, a central London neighborhood notable for its variety of gardened squares and literary ties.


Scholarship Sponsor(s):  SOAS University of London

Scholarship Country: United Kingdom

Scholarship Worth: €20,000

Study Level: College School

Nationality: International Students


Scholarship Offer:

The Margaret Busby New Daughters of Africa scholarship will have a total value of at least £20,000, according to the organization. The sum will be reduced by the amount of tuition fees paid, with any remaining funds being utilized for maintenance.


Eligibility for Scholarship.

  • Open to any black female student who is ordinarily based in Africa and who wishes to apply.
  • The grant will be given to a student enrolled in an MA in African Studies, an MA in Comparative Literature, or an MA Translation (in African Languages) at SOAS University of London in the UK. This award is given to a student who has a particular interest in African literature, with the goal of supporting a new generation of female writers from the continent of Africa.
  • By the deadline for applying for the scholarships, applicants must have been offered a place in purpose one of an approved degree program at SOAS.
  • To be considered for admission to SOAS, applicants must meet the English language requirement of their offer of admission as soon as practicable, but no later than the 1st June 2022. If your offer is conditional on your ability to communicate in English, please schedule an English test as soon as possible to guarantee that you meet the English requirement. Please keep in mind that most scholarships do not cover the cost of tuition or even allow for pre-sessional enrollment. It is important to check the wording of your scholarship offer to see whether you are eligible for a Pre-sessional course or whether you must obtain SOAS direct entry scores by the deadline indicated in your scholarship terms and conditions before proceeding.
  • Candidates for the Margaret Busby New Daughters of Africa Award will be evaluated on the basis of their academic merit by a Selection Panel comprised of three academic members. The panel will determine the date, process, and location of the interview.
  • Your application will be evaluated based on the information provided in your academic references, degree result, CV, personal statement, and any other relevant material included in your application.
  • The deadline for submitting an application is
  • The date is May 2, 2022.

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The SOAS University of London 2022 Margaret Busby New Daughters of Africa Award for African Women is open to all International Students



Application Procedure

  • Interested in learning more and being qualified? To submit an application, go to SOAS University of London on docs.google.com.
  • Fill out an application for your program.
  • How to Apply provides detailed instructions on how to apply for Postgraduate Admissions as well as information on what constitutes a successful application.
  • STEP 2: Submit an application for the scholarship by midnight (UK local time) on May 2, 2022.
  • You must submit your application for this scholarship online using the application form.


Application Deadline

The application deadline  for  SOAS University of London 2022 Margaret Busby New Daughters of Africa Award for African Women is  May 2, 2022

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