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Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme

The Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme supports outstanding postgraduate students from developing and emerging economies throughout Africa, Asia and South America.

The Louis Dreyfus Foundation aims to promote sustainable agriculture, food security and self-sufficiency, particularly through education and direct support to farmers, with a specific focus on developing countries in the above-mentioned regions.

One of the Foundation's goals is to address the challenge facing humanity to double global food production in a sustainable way in order to feed a rapidly growing population.

This scholarship forms part of the wider Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme, managed by the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust.  For more information, including details of the leadership programme, please see the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme web page.

The scholarship will cover 100% of University and college fees and a grant for living costs (of at least £14,296). Awards are made for the full duration of your fee liability for the agreed course.

Scholarship outcomes

Decisions are expected to be made by the end of May 2017.  If you have not heard from us by this time, then please assume that your application has been unsuccessful.  Due to the volume of applications we receive, we regret that we are unable to contact unsuccessful applicants individually or provide feedback on applications.

You must be applying to start a new graduate course at Oxford.

Please review the information below to see the complete list of eligible courses. You must also be ordinarily resident in one of the eligible countries listed.

Eligible courses

  • MSc in African Studies
  • Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) 
  • MPhil in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management
  • MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management 
  • MPhil in Comparative Social Policy 
  • MSc in Comparative Social Policy
  • MSc in Computer Science 
  • MSc in Contemporary Chinese Studies
  • MPhil in Development Studies 
  • MPhil in Economics 
  • MSc in Economics for Development 
  • MPhil in Environmental Change and Management
  • MSc in Environmental Change and Management
  • MPhil in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation
  • MSc in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation 
  • MSc in Financial Economics  
  • MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy 
  • MSc in Global Health Science 
  • MSc in International Health and Tropical Medicine
  • MPhil in International Relations 
  • MPhil in Latin American Studies 
  • MSc in Latin American Studies 
  • MSc in Law and Finance 
  • Magister Juris (MJur)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • MSc in Mathematical and Computational Finance
  • MSc in Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing
  • MSc in Mathematics and Foundations of Computer Science
  • MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies
  • MSc Modern South Asian Studies
  • MPhil in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance
  • MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance
  • MPhil in Politics (Comparative Government)
  • MPhil in Politics (Political Theory)
  • MSc in Politics Research
  • Master of Public Policy (MPP)
  • MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies
  • MSc in Social Science of the Internet
  • MSc in Statistical Science
  • MPhil in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies
  • MPhil in Traditional East Asia
  • MPhil in Water Science, Policy and Management
  • MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management

Eligible countries

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Bangladesh
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China
  • China Tibet
  • China, Hong Kong SAR
  • China, Macau SAR
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo, Dem. Rep. (Kinshasa)
  • Congo, Rep. (Brazzaville)
  • Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
  • Djibouti
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • French Guiana
  • Gabon
  • Gambia, The
  • Ghana 
  • Guinea 
  • Guinea-Bissau 
  • Guyana 
  • India 
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq 
  • Kenya 
  • Korea (North) 
  • Korea (South) 
  • Lao PDR 
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia 
  • Libya 
  • Madagascar 
  • Malawi 
  • Malaysia 
  • Maldives 
  • Mali 
  • Mauritania 
  • Mauritius 
  • Mexico 
  • Mongolia 
  • Morocco 
  • Mozambique 
  • Myanmar (Burma)  
  • Namibia 
  • Nepal
  • Niger 
  • Nigeria 
  • Pakistan 
  • Paraguay 
  • Peru 
  • Philippines 
  • Rwanda 
  • São Tomé and Príncipe 
  • Senegal 
  • Seychelles 
  • Sierra Leone 
  • Somalia 
  • South Africa 
  • South Sudan 
  • Sri Lanka 
  • Sudan 
  • Suriname 
  • Swaziland 
  • Taiwan (Republic of China) 
  • Tajikistan 
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand 
  • Timor-Leste (East Timor) 
  • Togo
  • Tunisia 
  • Uganda 
  • Uruguay 
  • Venezuela 
  • Vietnam 
  • Western Sahara 
  • Yemen 
  • Zambia 
  • Zimbabwe 

You should be intending to return to your country of ordinary residence once your course is completed. Students currently at Oxford are not eligible to apply unless they are already Weidenfeld-Hoffmann scholars.  

The Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld Scholarships and Leadership Programme targets future leaders pursuing diverse careers with a focus on improving food security and sustainability. Successful applicants must demonstrate that, following their academic studies at Oxford, they are committed to serving the global community through their chosen field of work, including but not limited to: the agricultural industry, development areas, politics and/or law related to food security and/or sustainable agriculture, health care, environmental and water management, economic, public and foreign policy.

You should be able to demonstrate a connection between your subject of study and your longer-term career objectives, explaining how you see your professional work contributing to the improvement of public life in your country of origin or at a wider regional or international level. This scholarship seeks to support individuals who, following completion of their supported studies, will go on to actively engage in the chosen fields listed above. 

The above qualities will be assessed during the selection process, including using your graduate application form, your Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships Questionnaire and (if relevant) your interview.

This scholarship is not open to applications from candidates who hold deferred offers to start in 2017-18.

What do you think of the scholarship?

'The people I got to meet through the programme have astounding profiles and being able to sit with them, converse and discuss was an experience that has imbued in me more confidence and belief in my abilities. It has not only boosted my confidence but also improved immensely my communication skills. Meeting so many wonderful people through the programme has given me a boost to make a bigger impact alongside teaching me much about humility.'

Poojan Shrestha, MSc International Health and Tropical Medicine, St Hilda's College, Oxford-Weidenfeld Scholar 2015-16

'Coming to Oxford was a very overwhelming experience – in a good way – because I come from a very different cultural context. The fact that most of the scholars were from the same international background as I was gave me a lot of inspiration to build new friendships. It’s been great to have them around as a constant source of support.'

Payaswini Tailor, MPhil Politics (Political Theory), St Cross College, Oxford-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann-Rausing/Abraham Scholar 2015-17 

What is the leadership programme like?

'I found the moral philosophy seminars and the practical skills training both extremely useful and interesting. The moral philosophy seminars provide the space to disengage with the particulars of our academic programs and engage with some of the big questions of leadership. They proved highly influential in how I think about leadership. The practical skills training was very useful in terms of offering sensible, hands-on advice on skills that are required in any professional path one pursues.'

Aban Haq, MPhil Development Studies, Pembroke College, Oxford-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholar 2015-17

'In my opinion, the practical skills training has been the most valuable activity so far. In this seminar, we had the opportunity to learn and practice how to behave in an interview, how to improve our writing and communication skills. This information is relevant and useful for all of us, regardless our professional background or nationality. In addition, the Weidenfeld community is priceless. The organization team and the scholars have been supportive since the beginning. This makes life in Oxford enjoyable and much easier.'

Gabriela Carbajal Castro, MPhil Development Studies, St Antony's College, Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld Scholar 2015-17

'Though all the activities associated with the program were highly valuable, I found the workshop at Cumberland Lodge specially remarkable. It allowed WHT fellows to come together under one roof to interact and debate on several contemporary policy issues, whilst also offering them a unique opportunity to strengthen their kinship. More importantly, the event allowed us to participate in a range of personal development activities choreographed by experts. Particularly, the workshop on communication techniques on overcoming self-consciousness was found very effective by all scholars.' 

Birendra Rana, MSc Water Science, Policy and Management, St Anne's College, Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld Scholar 2015-16

'The leadership programme was extremely helpful in terms of helping me adjust to Oxford. I really enjoyed spending an entire week with continuing scholars who had a lot of experience in navigating this place.'

Mastewal Taddese Terefe, Master of Public Policy, Oriel College, Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld 2015-16

What is the mentoring scheme like?

'I thought the mentoring scheme was very helpful. At the beginning of the year, being able to chat with someone who has gone through the same program as me eased a lot of the anxieties I was having about my course. It also made me aware of some important details that helped me guide my way through the course more smoothly.  My mentor reached out to me many times through email and answered many of my questions during the welcome dinner at the beginning of the year. She also checked up on me during exams to make sure that everything was okay.'

Siying (Leanne) Zhang, MPhil Economics, Trinity College, Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld Scholar 2015-17

What do our scholars do after graduation?

'I’m planning to move back to Dubai to be involved in the sustainability sector there and apply what I’ve learned here to lead change in a society that has a vision for Sustainable Development.'

Maheen Iqbal, MSc Environmental Change and Management, St Anne's College, Oxford-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholar 2015-16

'I am looking for a position at an international public health organization which would ideally involve leading a team for a very pertinent healthcare intervention or research.'

Poojan Shrestha, MSc International Health and Tropical Medicine, St Hilda's College, Oxford-Weidenfeld Scholar 2015-16 

In order to be considered for this scholarship, you must select the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme in the University of Oxford Scholarships section of the University's graduate application form and submit your application for graduate study by the relevant January deadline for your course (6 or 20 January 2017). See the Courses page for the deadline applicable to your course.   

You must also complete a Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships Questionnaire (see Related documents on this page) and upload it, together with your graduate application form, by the deadline.

We will use the details you insert in the ‘Nationality and ordinary residence’ section of the graduate application form to assess your country of ordinary residence. For a definition of ordinary residency and further details on how to complete this section of the graduate application form, please see the Nationality and Ordinary residence sections of the graduate application form and also the Technical Help.

To be eligible for consideration for this scholarship, applicants must be successful in being offered a place on their course after consideration of applications received by the relevant January deadline for the course. Course applications which are held over after the January deadline to be re-evaluated against applications received by the March deadline or course applications which have been put on a waiting list are not eligible for scholarship consideration. 

If you are shortlisted for the scholarship, you will be required to participate in an interview, which is likely to be held via Skype in April 2017.