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Crankstart - Current Scholars

Since its inception in 2012, the Crankstart Scholarship has supported over 1,000 students from across the University, from all subject areas and colleges.

The Scholarship

The Crankstart Scholarship Programme (formally known as the Moritz-Heyman Scholarship) was established through a generous donation from Sir Michael Moritz and Ms Harriet Heyman, and combines financial support with tailored on-course assistance provided by the Crankstart Scholarship Team, Oxford Hub, and the University’s Careers Service. From 2019 the Programme will also provide additional support for care leavers and estranged students.

Scholars are encouraged to take advantage of the full breadth of the Programme’s additional benefits: funded internships, volunteering opportunities, social events, and being part of a unique community at Oxford.

Each year all Crankstart Scholars are asked to complete 25 hours of volunteering. This can either be in the form of access and outreach work as part of the university’s undergraduate admissions activities, or community volunteering.

The Scholarship is an absolutely fantastic programme. Being a scholar extended my horizons and allowed me to really make the most of my time at Oxford without financial worries.

Scholar studying Archaeology and Anthropology, Keble College 


UK resident students commencing their first undergraduate degree in 2019 with a household income of £16,000 or less will be offered a Crankstart Scholarship and will be eligible to receive an annual bursary of £3,700 towards living costs and an annual fee reduction of £3,000.

As an on course scholar, full details of the type and level of financial support available to you each year will be set out in your Scholarship letter.

If your annual household income increases above £25,000, your bursary amount will align with the household income criteria used for the Oxford Bursary. You will remain a Crankstart Scholar and retain access to the internship and volunteering support and to all events for Scholars. 

Care leavers and estranged undergraduates without family support

If you started your course before 2020 and have been in care for more than three months, or are estranged from your family, you will be eligible to apply for a non-repayable annual bursary of up to £1,500 towards financial shortfalls relating to your circumstances. You can apply for this support from the start of the academic year.


If you require further information on the Crankstart Scholarship Programme you can contact the Crankstart Scholarship team at