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Call for “The President Abdullah Gül Chevening Award”

The British Embassy in Ankara, in cooperation with President Gül’s office, are looking for expressions of interest

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Chevening Scholarship
Chevening Scholarship

The British Embassy in Ankara, in cooperation with President Gül’s office, are looking for expressions of interest from senior people from government, business or academia in the Islamic world who would be interested in being a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS) for a period of 3-6 months.

The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, as a Recognised Independent Centre of Oxford University, is dedicated to the promotion of those academic activities which encourage a more informed understanding of the culture and civilisation of Islam and contemporary Muslim societies.

OCIS aims to cultivate contacts with senior people or people with leadership potential to strengthen and encourage dialogue and cooperation between civilisations. For more information about the aims of OCIS – please see below.

The eligibility criteria drawn up for the nominee profile is as follows:

The recipients of the award should be highly influential people who are well established in their fields. They should be people who would benefit from meeting people from other Islamic world countries, and who would welcome the opportunity to undertake independent study and research; develop contacts with relevant individuals; and discuss issues relating to the Islamic world - a broad field covering anything from Islamic finance and inter-faith issues to Islamic calligraphy and Sharia law, and many things in between.

For OCIS an essential requirement is that award-holders should be engaged in study or research relevant to encouraging a better understanding of Muslim societies and the promotion of inter-civilisation dialogue and partnership. Time Frame

The award will cover a 3-6 month period of study at OCIS, which has to be completed by the end of March 2014. Therefore, any nominations would need to be made by the end of October 2013.


The nominees should meet the minimum Chevening criteria which is to

  • Fulfil the minimum English language requirement ( IELTS:6.5, TOEFL IBT: 79)
  • Be a Turkish citizen who will return to Turkey at the end of the period of study.
  • Hold at least a University degree.

For nominations, please send an e-mail with a CV and a covering letter to e-mail address with the “OCIS” subject line, lately by the end of October 2013.

Point of Contact: Hande Coskunlar Celikel | Chevening Officer | British Embassy Ankara | Turkey
Tel: +90 312 455 3256

More Information about OCIS;

The OCIS aims are:

  • To establish a sustained programme that makes a real and lasting impact on the UK’s relationship with Islamic countries and Muslim societies around the world.
  • To promote academic dialogue and exchange focussed on contemporary Muslim societies in their global context.
  • To enrich Oxford’s intellectual life by bringing scholars and senior people from public life to participate in its academic programmes.
  • To encourage a multi-disciplinary and inclusive approach to academic work, drawing together scholars and opinion-formers from East and West.

These academic activities are multi-disciplinary in scope and global in outreach. The work of OCIS derives great benefit from the links it is developing with individuals and institutions in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Its Visiting Fellowships Programme plays a vital role in sustaining this inter-civilisation dialogue.

For further information please see

For more information about the Chevening Award scheme

Published 11 October 2013