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Frost Scholarship Programme

The Frost Scholarship Programme funds current students of the State University System of Florida (SUSF) to study one-year, full-time master’s courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (‘STEM’ subjects) at the University of Oxford.

The Programme is supported by the generosity of the Phillip and Patricia Frost Philanthropic Foundation. The first Frost scholars will begin their studies in October 2014 and over the next four years, the Frost Scholarship Programme will continue to offer ten scholarships each year. 

Frost scholars will also take part in an exclusive week-long orientation programme at one of Oxford’s oldest colleges, Exeter College, to introduce them to academic life at Oxford just before the start of their course.

The scholarship will cover 100% of University and college fees and grant for living costs of £14,057. Awards are made for the full duration of your fee liability for the agreed course.  

“We are delighted to enter into this exciting partnership with Phillip and Patricia Frost to help realise their goal of enabling excellent students from Florida to come to study at Oxford. We look forward to welcoming Frost scholars of the highest academic potential to Oxford to pursue their academic goals, regardless of their financial circumstances.” 

Professor Andrew Hamilton, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford

Frost Scholarship in the media

USF to Oxford: Digging for knowledge, The Oracle (USA), 23/06/2014, Quincy J. Walters

Oxford University announces the first ten Florida Students to receive a Frost Scholarship, India Education Diary (India), 22/06/2014

Student to pursue immunology studies at Oxford, FIU News (USA), 21/05/2014, Evelyn Perez

2 FSU grads off to Oxford,  Tallahassee Democrat (USA), 16/05/2014

Two New College Students Awarded Full Scholarships to Oxford, New College of Floriday NCF stories (USA)

Scholarship outcomes

The current status of the scholarship application process is summarised under Scholarship status on this page. During the application process, this will be updated from green (open for applications), to yellow (applications closing soon), to red (applications are closed and the selection process is underway) and finally to blue (the selection is complete and successful applicants have been informed).

Decisions are expected to be made around April 2015. If you have not heard from us by the time this page is updated to say that successful applicants have been notified, 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 should be a current student of the State University System of Florida (a list of eligible institutions is available on the SUSF Board of Governors website). You must also be ordinarily resident in the state of Florida in the USA.

You should be applying to start a new, one-year, full-time master’s course at Oxford. The complete list of eligible courses is below:

MSc Applied Statistics
MSc Archaeological Science
MSt Archaeological Science
MSc Biodiversity, Conservation & Management
MSc Clinical Embryology
MSc Computer Science
MSc Endovascular Neurosurgery
MSc Environmental Change & Management
MSc Global Health Science
MSc History of Science, Medicine & Technology
MSc Integrated Immunology
MSc Mathematical & Computational Finance
MSc Mathematical Modelling & Scientific Computing
MSc Mathematical and Theoretical Physics
MSc Mathematics & Foundations of Computer Science
MSc Medical Anthropology
MSc Nature, Society & Environmental Governance
MSc Neuroscience
MSc Pharmacology
MSt Philosophy of Physics
MSc Psychological Research
MSc Radiation Biology
MSc Water Science, Policy & Management

Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit. The programme aims to have one graduate from each of the SUSF universities represented in each annual cohort of scholars and preference shall be given to applicants in order to achieve this aim. However, if this is not possible, scholarships may be awarded to additional eligible applicants from the SUSF universities from which a scholar has already been selected.

In selecting the annual cohort of scholars, priority will be given to applicants in order to fulfil the aim of representing a range of subject areas.

Please ensure that you meet the selection criteria for your course (see the Courses page for more information).

This scholarship is not open to applications from candidates who hold deferred offers to start in 2015-16.

There is no separate application process for this scholarship: in order to be considered, you are recommended to submit your application for graduate study by the relevant January deadline for your course (9 January or 23 January 2015. See the Courses page for the deadline applicable to your course). Applications by the January deadlines will be prioritised.

We will use the details you insert in the ‘About your qualifications and existing fields of study’ section of the graduate application form to determine your previous education institutions. For further details on how to complete this section of the graduate application form, please see the ‘About your qualifications and existing fields of study’ section of the graduate application form and also the Application guide

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 will not be eligible for scholarship consideration unless scholarships are still available after the decisions have been made regarding applications received by the January deadline.

Please note, if you are accepted onto a different course from the one you originally applied for, you should contact us as soon as you are notified of the change in order to ensure that your application for a scholarship is maintained on your new course. A change of course may mean that you are no longer eligible for this scholarship.

College preference

All graduate students at the University of Oxford benefit from membership not only of their department, but also of one of our multi-disciplinary colleges. Applicants may select a preferred college as part of their application or leave the allocation of a college to the University. Applicants are particularly encouraged to consider making Exeter College their preferred college, as this is where the pre-course orientation programme will be held. However, if Exeter College does not accept students for your course, or if you have another college preference, then specifying any other preferred college, or none, will not affect your chances of being offered a place on your course or being awarded a Frost Scholarship.