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Fees and funding

MSc/MPhil in Water Science, Policy and Management (WSPM) students have benefitted from a wide range of scholarship and funding schemes. Details of funding opportunities available to you can be found on the University's Fees and funding webpage. More information is also provided on our main Graduate fees and funding webpage.

Academic Futures is a series of University of Oxford scholarship programmes that address under-representation and help improve equality, diversity and inclusion in our graduate student body.

For the majority of Oxford scholarships, all you need to do is submit your graduate application by the deadline for your course. In addition, many colleges offer full or partial scholarships for graduate study. College scholarships are quite difficult to find out about, but if you use the following search link, you should get a list of links to the relevant information for each college.

There are many funding opportunities open to home and international students from which current and past postgraduates at Oxford have benefited. These include:

  • Allen and Nesta Ferguson Scholarship
  • British Hydrological Society support for UK students
  • Chevening Fund Bursaries
  • Commonwealth Scholarships
  • Frost Scholarship Programme (Florida)
  • Frost Scholarship Programme (Israel)
  • Government of China, Ministry of Education
  • Karim Rida Said Foundation
  • Lloyd African/ DFID Shared Scholarship Scheme
  • Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld Scholarships
  • Oxford-Islamic Development Bank International Scholarships
  • Oxford Qatar Thatcher Scholarship
  • Oxford-Mary de Zouche Graduate Scholarship
  • Rhodes Scholarships
  • Rotary International
  • St Antony's College: Swire Scholarships
  • St Antony's College: Swire and Oxford & Cambridge Society of Kenya Scholarship
  • Water Conservators Scholarship

You can find an A to Z listing of graduate scholarships on the University's website.

Current opportunities

  • Commonwealth Scholarships

    Applicants for the MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management from low and middle income Commonwealth countries may be eligible to apply for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship. Applications must be submitted via the Commonwealth Scholarships Commonwealth Scholarships portal.

June Samo

"The course has been a game changer for me as it has really grown my expertise on global water challenges, possible solutions, and good research design. More importantly, it has allowed me to expand my network as I have met other gifted individuals from around the world who have a passion for solving the intractable problems of water supply. It might seem daunting to apply to one of the best water programs globally in one of the world's leading universities, especially if you come from the global South. However, if you are brilliant, have a strong work ethic and a passion to resolve water challenges then there is a place for you in the WSPM course.

"I remember frequenting the Water Science, Policy and Management (WSPM) website after completing my undergraduate degree in Water Engineering in Kenya. It was exactly what I was interested in pursuing for my MSc degree. Since I was not too sure how to go about applying, I shelved it for a while and decided to work for a few years in the Kenyan Water Sector. While working, I met two colleagues who had completed the WSPM Masters who encouraged me to apply for the course. I also had more confidence, having gathered practical expertise for three years in Kenya.

"Once I made the decision to apply, I gave myself ample time for preparation before the course and scholarship deadlines. I had six months to draft the 2000-word essay and the motivational statement required as part of the course application. The time also allowed me to thoroughly research the scholarships that I could apply to for funding. I recall having a folder with around six different scholarships and their respective deadlines. These included the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust Scholarship Program, Chevening, the Commonwealth Shared Program, OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), the Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJWBGSP) and the Rotary International Scholarship Fund."
June Samo, WSPM student