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Oxford-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme

The Oxford-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme was established in 2015 thanks to generous donations from multiple donors to mark the 95th birthday of Lord Weidenfeld.  

This scholarship is part of the Oxford Graduate Scholarships, which were established through a ground-breaking new matched funding initiative to enable the creation of fully-funded scholarships for graduate students of the highest calibre from across the world. The University contributes 40% of the funds for these scholarships, together with 60% from generous donations provided by supporters of the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust, including Fondation Hoffmann. Fondation Hoffmann is a Swiss-based grant making institution supporting the emergence and expansion of concrete projects which address global problems in today's societies.

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 £14,553). Awards are made for the full duration of your fee liability for the agreed course.

In June 2017, our Chairman André Hoffmann pledged an additional donation of £9m to the Trust which, thanks to matched funding of £6m from Oxford University, will double the size of the Oxford-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme.'

Scholarship outcomes

Decisions are expected to be made by the end of May 2018.  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)
  • MSc in Comparative Social Policy
  • MSc in Computer Science
  • MSc in Contemporary Chinese Studies
  • MSc in Economics for Development
  • MSc in Environmental Change and Management
  • 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
  • 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
  • MSc in Migration Studies
  • MSc in Modern South Asian Studies
  • MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance
  • 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
  • MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management 

Eligible countries

  • Afghanistan                               
  • Albania                        
  • Algeria                         
  • Angola                         
  • Antigua and Barbuda                             
  • Argentina                   
  • Armenia   
  • Australia                        
  • Azerbaijan                      
  • Bahamas                     
  • Bahrain                        
  • Bangladesh                
  • Barbados                    
  • Belarus                        
  • Belize                           
  • Benin                           
  • Bhutan                        
  • Bolivia                          
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina                       
  • Botswana                   
  • Brazil                            
  • Brunei                          
  • Bulgaria                       
  • 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)                     
  • Costa Rica                   
  • Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)                  
  • Croatia                         
  • Cuba                             
  • Czech Republic                         
  • Djibouti                       
  • Dominica                    
  • Dominican Republic               
  • Ecuador                       
  • Egypt                            
  • El Salvador                 
  • Equatorial Guinea                   
  • Eritrea                          
  • Estonia                        
  • Ethiopia                       
  • Federated States of Micronesia                       
  • Fiji                 
  • French Guiana                          
  • Gabon                         
  • Gambia, The                             
  • Georgia                       
  • Ghana                          
  • Grenada                     
  • Guatemala                 
  • Guinea                        
  • Guinea-Bissau                          
  • Guyana                       
  • Haiti                              
  • Honduras                   
  • Hungary                      
  • India                             
  • Indonesia                   
  • Iran                               
  • Iraq                               
  • Israel                            
  • Jamaica                       
  • Jordan                         
  • Kazakhstan                
  • Kenya                          
  • Kiribati                         
  • Korea (North)                           
  • Korea (South)                           
  • Kosovo                        
  • Kuwait                         
  • Kyrgyzstan                 
  • Lao PDR                       
  • Latvia                           
  • Lebanon                     
  • Lesotho                       
  • Liberia                          
  • Libya                             
  • Lithuania
  • FYR Macedonia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • New Zealand 
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Palestine
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Rwanda
  • Samoa
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Syria
  • Taiwan (Republic of China)
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste (East Timor)
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • 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. 

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. 

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 2018-19.

See some of our current scholars talking about their experiences, including life in Oxford, being part of the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann scholarship community and advice and information on how to apply. You can either watch all eight clips back to back below, or select specific parts from the playlist by clicking on the icon in the top left hand corner of the video.

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 (8 or 19 January 2018). See the Courses page for the deadline applicable to your course.  

You must also complete a Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships Statement  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 2018.