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The Vice-Chancellor (Andrew Hamilton) congratulates a newly garuated DPhil student
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The Vice-Chancellors’ Fund

The Vice-Chancellors’ Fund provides awards of up to £3,000 to students in the final stages of their DPhil. 

Making an application

Applications for the 2016/17 academic year are due to open in January 2017. The application form and guidance will be available from this page.

The Fund has been established through donations by members of the Chancellor’s Court of Benefactors in honour of three recent Vice-Chancellors, Lord Neill of Bladen, Sir Richard Southwood and Sir Peter North.

The Vice-Chancellors' Fund is incredibly competitive, with over 100 applications received most years and a success rate of approximately 13%.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Students should be planning to submit their thesis between 1 September 2017 and 31 March 2018
  • Students must have applied for confirmation of status by 31 January 2017 and this must be achieved by 30 April 2017
  • Students must be able to demonstrate that they are in need of financial assistance
  • Students must be able to demonstrate that they are academically outstanding
  • Students should not be beyond their fourth year of study at the time of application

How to apply and when is the application deadline?

The application form and guidance notes will be available to download from the right-hand side of this page. Complete applications must be received by a student's college by 12 noon on Friday 3 February 2017. Colleges must then submit complete applications to Student Fees and Funding as soon as possible and by 12 noon on Friday 10 February 2017. Late or incomplete applications cannot be accepted under any circumstances.

Students with complete applications will receive confirmation of receipt from Student Fees and Funding by Friday 17 February 2017.

How are students notified of the outcome?

Applications will be considered by the University Hardship Committee in Week 4 of Trinity term. Students will be informed of the Committee’s decision by the end of June 2017.