The British Association for Islamic Studies and the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations have taken the decision to postpone the BRAIS 2020 Conference in response to the escalation of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.  
Many of our delegates are facing increasingly stringent travel restrictions and the situation is developing very quickly. As disappointed as we are to be postponing this much-anticipated conference, continuing would not be in the best interests of our delegates and we feel the decision to postpone is therefore unavoidable.

The British Association for Islamic Studies will be offering five bursaries for doctoral students whose papers have been accepted as part of the 2020 Annual Conference programme.

Bursaries include full conference fees and a £150 contribution towards travel and accommodation.

If you are a UK-based doctoral student and your abstract has been accepted for BRAIS 2020, you might be eligible to apply for a conference bursary. To apply, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be in their second year or higher of their PhD programme
  • Applicants must be based at a UK or Republic of Ireland institution during the time of the conference
  • Applicants should provide a formal statement of support from their supervisor
  • Applicants’ papers must have been accepted for the BRAIS 2020 conference

If you would like to apply for a student bursary, please download the application form by clicking HERE.

Please submit your form by Monday 17th February 2020. Completed forms should be emailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Applications will be considered by the BRAIS Conference Committee and bursaries will be awarded based on the excellence of the abstract, quality and originality of the research and the potential for subsequent research.

If you have any questions about conference bursaries, please do not hesitate to contact us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..