Vicky Noon Educational Foundation Oxford Scholarships

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

The Vicky Noon Educational Foundation was established in 1992 by Lady Viqarunnissa Noon to support scholars from Pakistan to study at leading universities in the United Kingdom. The scholarships at Oxford are funded by the Foundation, the University and a number of  generous partners.

Am I eligible?

You should be applying to start a new course at Oxford.  Please ensure that you meet the selection criteria for your course (see the Course Guide for more information). This scholarship is not open to candidates applying for Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma courses, part-time courses, non-matriculated courses or to students with deferred entry.

Applicants should be Pakistani nationals, ordinarily resident in Pakistan. Candidates who have previously studied outside of Pakistan will not normally be considered. Applicants must be planning to return to Pakistan after completing their studies.

Awards are made based on the following key criteria:

  • Academic merit
  • Financial need
  • The potential social contribution made by the applicant on their return to Pakistan

What does it cover?

The size and duration of awards vary according to each scholar's circumstances. In recent years these have ranged from partial awards (e.g. £3000) to fully funded scholarships (all fees and living costs). If your scholarship is offered for a course lasting more than one year, the continuation of your scholarship each year is subject to an annual renewal process based upon satisfactory academic progress.

How do I apply?


Apply at the same time as you apply to Oxford by selecting Vicky Noon Educational Foundation in the Funding section of the University's graduate application form.

In order to be considered for this scholarship, you must submit your application for graduate study by the relevant January deadline for your course (10 January 2014 for Medical Sciences, Philosophy, Politics & International Relations and Computer Science; 24 January 2014 for all other subjects). 

You must also attach a short statement with your application setting out (in not more than 200 words) how you intend to contribute to Pakistan on your return, and how your studies in Oxford will help with this.

If you do not apply as detailed above by the deadline, you will not be considered for this scholarship, even if you have selected the Vicky Noon Educational Foundation on the graduate application form.

Additional points for graduates to note when applying for this scholarship

If, following the assessment of the January deadline applications, your department places your application on a waiting list or decides to re-evaluate it against the applications received for the next deadline (14 March 2014), then you will no longer be eligible for this scholarship.

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 the new course. However, please note that such a change of course may mean that you are no longer eligible for this scholarship. 


You must apply to UCAS and Oxford as described on the Undergraduate Admissions webpage by 15 October 2013.

You must also complete the Application Form for Undergraduate Scholarships (UND_1415) (see ’Downloads’ on the top right-hand corner of this webpage), which will be available to download from this page at the end of 2013. The deadline for submitting the Application Form for Undergraduate Scholarships will be confirmed shortly.

How will I know if I have been successful?

The Vicky Noon Educational Foundation Oxford Scholarship has now been awarded and the successful candidate has 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.