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Clarendon Scholarships aim to give the most academically-able students not only the life-changing opportunity to study at Oxford, but also the chance to form lasting social, academic and professional networks.
Oxford is proud to be able to offer a very high number of fully-funded scholarships each year, with around 900 on offer in 2015-16. Clarendon is one of the biggest of the University’s scholarship schemes, offering around 140 new scholarships each year. Clarendon scholarships are competitive, prestigious and highly sought-after. Like all fully-funded University scholarships, they cover all tuition and college fees, and offer a generous grant for living expenses; however Clarendon’s additional appeal lies in its unique community of scholars.
In 2014-15, there are around 350 Clarendon scholars at Oxford representing more than fifty different countries.
Whilst there are no quotas by course type, the majority of Clarendon scholars are working towards a DPhil (Oxford's name for a PhD). Scholarships are also awarded for two-year graduate degrees (such as the MPhil or BPhil) or one-year degrees (such as the MSc, MSt, MBA or MFE).
The University has one goal in mind when selecting Clarendon scholars: to choose the best students worldwide, as decided by experts in each student's field. While scholars are selected solely on academic criteria, Oxford believes that by selecting and nurturing the best and brightest minds in any given field the advancement of their study at Oxford will, by its very nature, produce leaders in that field. Furthermore, the process of selection means that the Clarendon community is composed of students from across the University's four academic divisions, as well as students from the Department for Continuing Education; this diversity provides great opportunities for interdisciplinary interaction amongst the scholars.
As well as providing for fees and living expenses Clarendon aims to enhance the Oxford experience, and the Clarendon community is going from strength to strength. The Scholars' Association is extremely active in providing events which range from the academic and educational, via the careers-oriented, to the cultural and social. You'll be able to find out more via the Community pages and especially the Clarendon Chronicle, the scholars' newsletter.