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Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme

The Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme supports exceptional scholars devoting their studies and professional careers to international development or environmental management and conservation. These studies encompass a number of subjects offered primarily within the University's School of Geography and the Environment and Department of International Development.

The scheme targets exceptional individuals from transition and emerging economies.

Financial support is generously provided by the Fondation Hoffmann, a Swiss-based grant making institution created in 2000. Its mission is to support the emergence and expansion of concrete projects which address global problems in today's societies. The Foundation is particularly committed to fostering research and encouraging talented students. To date the Foundation has supported the creation of four academic chairs and funded a number of scholarship schemes and research projects, with a particular focus on the environment and economics.

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

  • MPhil in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management
  • MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management
  • MPhil in Development Studies
  • MSc in Economics for Development
  • MPhil in Environmental Change and Management
  • MSc in Environmental Change and Management
  • DPhil in Geography and the Environment
  • MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy
  • DPhil in International Development
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • MSc in Migration Studies
  • MPhil Nature, Society and Environmental Governance
  • MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance
  • MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies
  • MPhil in Water Science, Policy and Management
  • MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management

Eligible countries

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.  Preference will be given to Master’s course applicants.  If you are applying for a DPhil you must be able to demonstrate how your DPhil studies will benefit your future career in leadership. 

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.