Frost Scholarship Programme

Am I eligible? What does it cover? How do I apply? How will I know if I've been successful?

The new 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. Over the next five years, the Frost Scholarship Programme will offer ten scholarships each year. The first ten scholars will begin their studies in October 2014.

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.

“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

It’s our hope that this scholarship will enhance the already high-quality higher education our students receive, opening up new doors and experiences for them so that they can return to Florida and use what they’ve learned to further strengthen our state," said Frost, who sits on the State University System Board of Governors." Florida students can attend Oxford by becoming Frost Scholars, Miami Herald (USA), 26/11/2013, Kathleen McGrory

Oxford offers new scholarship for Florida students, Orlando Sentinel (USA), 27/11/2013, Denise-Marie Ordway

Oxford scholarship program created, The Gainesville Sun (USA), 25/11/2013, Jeff Schweers

Oxford University announces Frost Scholarships for talented Florida students, India Education Diary (India), 22/11/2013

Am I eligible?

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’ webpages).

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 Mathematics & Foundations of Computer Science
MSc Medical Anthropology MSc Nature, Society & Environmental Policy
MSc Neuroscience MSc Pharmacology
MSt Philosophy of Physics MSc Psychological Research
MSc Radiation Biology MSc Water Science, Policy & Management

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

You must be ordinarily resident in the state of Florida in the USA.

Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and potential. 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.

This scholarship is not open to candidates with deferred entry.

What does it cover?

100% of university and college fees and a grant for living costs (of at least £13,863). Awards are made for the full duration of a student's fee liability for the agreed course.

How do I apply?

In order to be considered for this scholarship, you are recommended to submit your application for graduate study by the relevant January deadline for your course (10 January 2014 for Medical Sciences, Philosophy and Computer Science; 24 January 2014 for all other subjects). Applications by the January deadlines will be prioritised.

There is no separate application process for this scholarship; all eligible applicants who apply to Oxford as outlined above will be considered.

Please note, if any applicants are accepted onto a different course from the one they originally applied for, they should contact us as soon as they are notified of the change in order to ensure that their application for a scholarship is maintained on their new course. A change of course may mean that applicants 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.

How will I know if I have been successful?

The Frost scholarship has now been awarded and successful candidates have been notified by email. If you have not heard from us by this time, then your application to this scheme has been unsuccessful. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to contact unsuccessful applicants individually or provide feedback on applications.

Further information

If you have any questions about this scholarship which are not answered above, please email us through the Ask a Question facility, selecting the Funding category.