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American Friends of SOAS (AFSOAS)


The John Loiello AFSOAS Scholarship

The John Loiello AFSOAS Scholarship was set up by the American Friends of SOAS in order to give an American student the chance to study a full-time taught Master's Program at SOAS in London.

This year's Scholarship will be a $17,500 award towards the Scholar's tuition fees.

Named after John Loiello - a founding board member and benefactor of AFSOAS who sadly passed away earlier this year - it will be a scholarship for deserving American student funded entirely by AFSOAS and all alumni living in America.

Scholarship Applications

Scholarship qualifications:

  1. Applicants must have a current conditional or unconditional offer of admission for a full-time taught SOAS Master's program.
  2. Demonstrates “financial need” as determined by the data submitted on the 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  3. Is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

 A complete application consists of the following:

  1. A copy of your 2015-2016 FAFSA OR your 2015-2016 Student Aid Report (SAR).  This can be obtained by following the directions on the Department of Education website: www.fafsa.ed.gov.
  2. A copy of your parents AND your most recent federal tax return (2013 OR 2014 only).  If you do not file a federal tax return, provide a written explanation. If you are financially independent from your parents, we ask that you send your parents' tax return(s) and note that you are financially independent in your cover email.
  3. A copy of your resume/CV listing your GPA, employment and key activities, transcripts for any post-secondary studies you have completed (scanned copies are sufficient), and the personal statement you submitted when applying to SOAS.
  4. An essay, between 500 - 700 words, describing your candidacy for this scholarship including information on: a) extenuating financial circumstances that will affect you and/or your family’s ability to support your educational expenses; b) your goals for your time at SOAS and beyond; c) the impact that receiving this scholarship will have for you; and d) how you would plan to give back to SOAS as a student and alumnus if you received the scholarship.

Please submit all the above application material to:

Brooke Beardslee
American Friends of SOAS (AFSOAS)

Electronically to:


Or via Mail to:

Brooke Beardslee
136 East 64th Street
New York City, NY 10065

For more information on scholarships, please visit www.soas.ac.uk/registry/scholarships. 

Application Deadline

All application material must be submitted no later than Friday, March 20, 2015.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please note successful candidates will be invited for a phone or Skype interview.