There are four categories of scholarship opportunities available at Oxford:
1) Central - Oxford University Scholarships
For details on these scholarships please see the University's Graduate Scholarships webpage.
These scholarships are managed by the central Student Fees and Funding team. You can apply for many of these scholarships by ticking the relevant boxes on the application form under the University of Oxford Scholarships headings. For some scholarships you may need to make a separate application. The individual scholarship web pages will indicate what application material is required.
You should use the fees, funding and scholarship search which will help you to locate Oxford University scholarships that are specific to you. The search will also give further information on applying for the scholarship and the deadline by which decisions will be made. The School of Geography and the Environment is able to nominate (shortlist) candidates for some Oxford University scholarship and we will notify successful nominees at the beginning of March. Please note that a nomination (shortlist) for a scholarship does not imply that you will be successful. The University funding office will only be able to notify successful candidates - if you are unsuccessful you will not receive notification of the outcome of your scholarship application. If you do not receive a notification by the first week in March to say you are being nominated (shortlisted) for a scholarship, or by the advertised scholarship decision deadline, you will not have been successful.
If you have any queries relating to these scholarships you should read the Most Popular Question section of the University website and/or submit your query using the online Ask a Question facility.
Black Academic Futures Scholarships
Up to 30 scholarships are available for applicants who are ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom, who are of Black or Mixed-Black ethnicity and who hold an offer for either a taught or research postgraduate degree, starting in the 2023-24 academic year. This includes all full-time and part-time DPhil and master's courses.
Please see the Black Academic Futures webpage for more information.
Scholarships offered by the colleges of the University. You will need to look at individual college web pages for details of available scholarships and for information on how to apply. College Scholarships may also be included in the results of any fees, funding and scholarship search. In recent years we have been able to offer joint scholarships with the following colleges: Hertford, Linacre, St Anne's, St Antony's, and St Cross. Information on the availability of any joint college / departmental scholarships will be advertised on this webpage and the corresponding college websites.
3) UK Research Councils
Research Council studentships are open to both Home (UK) and International candidates. However, the University are limited to awarding a maximum of 30% of studentships per cohort to International students.
We will notify you if you have been nominated for an award and notify you of the final decision. Most decisions are finalised by late April each year.
The School of Geography and the Environment hopes to be able to offer research council scholarships each year for the following:
The Grand Union ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership
In order to be considered for a Grand Union DTP ESRC studentship, you must select 'ESRC Grand Union DTP Studentships in Social Sciences' in the University of Oxford scholarships section of the University's graduate application form. You must also complete a Grand Union DTP Application Form and upload it, together with your graduate application form.
Applicants applying for the MSc or MPhil who, after completion of their course intend to continue onto the DPhil, are eligible to apply for an ESRC scholarship on a 1+3 or 2+2 basis. Please note that this scholarship is not available for those applying for the MSc or MPhil courses only.
If you do not receive a notification by the first week in March to say you are being nominated (shortlisted) for a Grand Union DTP ESRC studentship, you will not have been successful.
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NERC (Natural Environmental Research Council)
This is available to DPhil students only. You do not apply directly to the School of Geography and the Environment but directly to the Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) through one of the three research streams.
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AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council)
The AHRC provides public funding in support of research into the arts and humanities, for approximately one quarter of the UK's research population. Oxford participates in the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership, providing a number of scholarships each year to students working on eligible subject areas across the Humanities and Social Sciences Divisions. Information about applying for AHRC scholarships at Oxford can be found on the DTP website.
If you do not receive a notification by the first week in March to say you are being nominated (shortlisted) for an AHRC scholarship, you will not have been successful.
You can find information on funding available from external organisations, trusts, and companies that provide support to graduate students on the University's Other funding sources and External scholarships webpages. These are managed by organisations external to Oxford, therefore various application processes and closing dates will apply. If you have any questions you should contact the relevant organisation directly.
In recent years our students have been successful with many awards offered by both the University and external organisations such as:
- Rhodes Scholarships
- Clarendon Awards
- Commonwealth Scholarships
- OSI/FCO Chevening Scholarships
- Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS) Scholarships
- Oxford-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme
- Hill Foundation Scholarships (Graduate)
- China Oxford Scholarship
- China Scholarship Council - University of Oxford Scholarships
- Felix Scholarships
- Oppenheimer Scholarship
- Fulbright Awards
- Marshall Scholarships
- CONACyT, Mexican Government Funding
- Frost Scholarship
- Oxford - Indira Gandhi Graduate Scholarship
- Oxford Kobe Scholarship
- St Antony's College: Swire/Cathy Pacific Scholarships (Hong, Kong, Japan and China)
- Trudeau Foundation Scholarship
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
- IJURR Foundation Scholarship