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External funding

Alongside Oxford funding, there are many other funding options available. This page aims to provide a summary of the resources and external funding that may be available to you.

External scholarships

A summary of external scholarships and search facilities is provided below. These are managed by organisations external to Oxford, therefore various application processes and closing dates will apply. If you have any questions, please contact the relevant organisation directly.

Search Facilities

Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding - A database of funding opportunities, the University subscribes to the Guide to provide access for applicants and current students.

European Funding Guide - A search facility for scholarships and grants for European students.

The Grants Register 2019 (Hard copy only) - Information on a variety of scholarships, fellowships and research grants, professional and vocational grants. The University holds a reference copy and the British Council Office in your country may also keep a copy.

Oxford University Research Services - Offer a number of web-based resources for external research funding. Please note that some services are only accessible to current Oxford students.

ResearchProfessional - Most of the opportunities are for postdoctoral researchers and staff, but around 20% are for research students.

Scholarship Search - Aimed primarily at UK undergraduates and graduates, but there is also some information for international students.

Study UK - A search facility for scholarships and other financial support.

UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) - Provides advice about searching for funding.

Multiple Regions

Activia Training UK Scholarship - Offering a £1,000 annual scholarship for full-time and part-time college and university students in the UK.

Aga Khan Foundation - Scholarships (mainly master's but DPhils also considered) to nationals of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Mozambique, Pakistan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania and Uganda.

Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds - Offers 2-3 year DPhil fellowships to undertake research in biomedicine, including a monthly stipend and support for participation in conferences.

British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG) - Awards of between £1,000 and £6,000 for outstanding academic excellence to women doctoral students at British universities. 

Chevening Scholarships - Offered in over 150 countries and generally for one year master's courses. They enable the potential leaders of tomorrow to develop strong links with the UK and with each other in a global network. 

Claes Isacson Scholarship - Awarded annually to students from any country who are studying a subject related to the shipping industry and/or marine insurance business.  

Colt Foundation Fellowships - Funding for 3 years to support high quality research projects in the field of occupational and environmental health at a UK institution. 

Commonwealth Scholarship Commission - A number of scholarships for Commonwealth citizens to study in the UK.

Dan David Prize - Awards 20 scholarships of $15,000 USD to outstanding doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers who are studying topics related to the Prize's chosen fields. 

FINCAD Women in Finance Scholarship - Award of $20,000 USD available to females of any nationality, studying Finance in a graduate-level programme.

Funds for Women Graduates (FFWG) - Offer grants for female graduates in the final year of their DPhil study at a UK institution, and other awards such as emergency grants.

Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities - Support candidates with a disability who will be enrolled in a bachelor's, master's or DPhil course in a university in Europe and will be studying in computer science, computer engineering, informatics or a closely related technical field.

Grammarist.com Scholarship Programme - Open to all nationalities and undergraduate or postgraduate study, as long as it is being conducted in the English language.  

Interior-Deluxe Scholarship Program - A needs-based scholarship of $1,500 USD open to students from all countries.

Invensis Learning Young Blogger Scholarship - A prize for the best article received across all regions of USD 2000.

Islamic Development Bank (IDB) - Three-year DPhil scholarships in applied science and technology to applicants from IDB member countries. 

Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarships - Up to two years of master's study in a field related to development for applicants from a number of eligible developing countries. 

Leathersellers' Company - Awards grants of up to £5,000 per year to study for a full-time degree at any UK university. 

Linnean Society of London - Several awards and grants available in the study of biological sciences.

National Society of High School Scholars - Several academic scholarships and competitions annually to members (to join you must be a top academic achiever from high schools around the world).

Nestpick Scholarship - Awards of €2,500 to help pay for accommodation, to students who are leaders in their community.

Open Society Foundations - Offers grants, scholarships and fellowships throughout the year.

Pro Stock Hockey Student Athlete Scholarship - Aimed at students who are pursuing degrees in higher education and are on the hockey team for their university.

Rhodes Scholarship - A prestigious international scholarship programme, enabling outstanding young people from around the world to study at the University of Oxford.

Rotary Scholarship programme - Funds graduates to study overseas, students must be on a course that fits under one of Rotary’s six Areas of Focus: peace and conflict prevention/resolution; disease prevention and treatment; water and sanitation; maternal and child health; literacy and basic education; economic and community development.

Royal Geographical Society with IBG - Grants to support undergraduate, master's and research students undertaking geographical fieldwork projects.

Scooters ‘N Chairs - Scholarship opportunity for students with mobility challenges.  

Single Parent Scholarships - Offer scholarships to single parents.  

Scholarship for Pioneers of Tomorrow - Available to 10 outstanding students. 

Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust - Grants of around £400–£1,000 for postgraduate students resident in the UK in any subject. 

Sleeknote Scholarship - Help two students each year, with the winners each receiving $1,000.

Thouron Award - Two years of support for graduates of the University of Pennsylvania to pursue any graduate course in the UK. Four to six awards are usually available each year.

Vincent's Club Scholarships - Up to £3,500 to Oxford students from any country who, in addition to their academic capacity, are talented sportspeople.

Women Techmakers Scholarships - Up to €7,000 to support female students taking a bachelor's, master's or DPhil course at an accredited university in computer science, computer engineering, informatics or a related technical field.

Students from the UK and the rest of Europe

Aker Scholarships - Awards to Norwegian nationals or those who have been resident in Norway for several years, and who have applied for a Master’s of DPhil course.

Anglo-Danish Society Scholarships - Partial scholarships for postgraduate studies/research with no limitation on subject. Open to individuals with a degree from a Danish university wishing to study in the UK. 

Club Financiero Espanol Scholarships - Partial scholarships to Spanish nationals who have been offered a place to study DPhil Economics at Oxford.

Cusanuswerk Scholarships - Financial support for studies as well as an interdisciplinary education programme which encourages discussion about science and belief, society and the church. 

Director IB Henrik’s Fund - Supports individuals who have a bachelor's degree from a Danish university.

Fundación del Pino - Offers a number of scholarships to Spanish students for postgraduate study at international universities.

Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) Scholarship - Sponsored by the Portuguese  Ministry for Science, Technology and Higher Education. It is available for Portuguese Nationals who are studying (fully or partially) in Portugal or abroad.

Jansons Scholarships - Funding for Norwegian students to finance study abroad for up to one year. 

Lånekassen - The Norwegian student loan and grant-awarding body which supports Norwegian students to study overseas. 

MoD Enhanced Learning Credits scheme - Financial support to members of the UK armed forces, once a certain level of service has been accumulated. 

Spotcap Fintech Fellowship programme - Provides £8,000 to one British student studying a one year master’s or MBA course in a Fintech related field (for example, engineering, finance and economics). 

St Mathhias Trust - scholarships of £10,000 towards study/research that will contribute to the of work of the Church of England

TALENTIA Fellowship Program - Managed by the Ministry of Economy, Innovation, Science and Employment in Spain, provides postgraduate scholarships to students from Andalusia to enable them to study abroad.

The James Pantyfedwen Foundation - Provides grants of up to £7000 for postgraduate students from Wales. 

The Luigi Einaudi Foundation - Awards a number of study grants for Italian students. 

World Wide Studies Grants - An educational initiative by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation to fund Ukrainian students to study for a master's course in the fields of agriculture, environment and ecology, law, public administration, aerospace engineering and alternative energies.

Students from Africa

Beit Trust Scholarships - Offered each year for graduate studies or research to graduates who are domiciled in and nationals of Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe. 

Canon Collins Trust - Provides scholarships to students from Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe who wish to pursue a graduate degree (mainly master's degrees of one or two years) in either the UK or South Africa.

Gordon Memorial College Trust Fund - Promotes educational development in South Sudan and Sudan. The Trust supports students studying for a graduate course in the UK, who intend to return to South Sudan or Sudan at the end of their studies.

Qalaa Holdings Scholarship Foundation - Awards to Egyptian nationals residing in Egypt studying towards a Master's of DPhil and who intend to return to Egypt upon graduation.

Students from Asia

Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) - Scholarships for students from Singapore studying in the fields of biomedical sciences, and science and engineering, at selected universities overseas, including Oxford.

Anglo–Thai Society - Number of awards for educational excellence to Thai students studying in the UK. 

Bangkok Bank - Scholarships to Thai students pursuing a masters’ program.

British Lebanese Association - Awards for Lebanese graduate students and civil servants who wish to pursue postgraduate study, research and training in the UK.

Charles Wallace Trusts - For Bangladesh, Burma/Myanmar, India and Pakistan assist the nationals of these countries to obtain education and professional development in the UK.

Daiwa Anglo–Japanese Foundation - Awards grants to individuals, institutions and organisations to promote links between the UK and Japan.

Great Britain–China Educational Trust - Awards of up to £3,000 for Chinese students studying in the UK.  Candidates must have started the third year of their DPhil.

J.N. Tata Endowment awards - Predominantly loan scholarships, however selected scholars may also qualify for a gift award. Applicants should be Indian nationals and graduates of a recognised Indian university. 

King Abdullah Scholarships Program - Opportunities for Saudi citizens to pursue their undergraduate and graduate university education abroad.

Kwok Scholarships - Provide full funding for up to two exceptional students from Hong Kong and/or mainland China who intend to return to Hong Kong or China on completion of their studies to develop a career in public service for the benefit of the Hong Kong community and/or betterment of China. Preference will be given to applicants reading Master of Public Policy. Applicants to the following full-time courses will also be considered: MSc in Psychological Research; MSc in Environmental Change and Management; MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management; MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance; MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management; MPhil in International Relations; MPhil in Politics (Comparative Government); MPhil in Politics (Political Theory).

Lebanese International Finance Executives (LIFE) scholarships - Support to talented Lebanese students - or those of Lebanese descent - with financial needs, to pursue their academic aspirations in the field of finance. Provides a unique combination of financial support and mentorship by a LIFE Senior Member.

Lee Kuan Yew Scholarships - Awarded to Singaporean citizens studying a postgraduate course to develop their potential as leaders in their field. 

Narotam Sekhsaria Scholarships - Supports Indian students pursuing postgraduate studies in the fields of Pure Sciences, Applied Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities, Law, Architecture and Management. 

Oxford and Cambridge Society of India Scholarships - Partial funding for undergraduate, second undergraduate and graduate students who are ordinarily resident in India, for study and research in any subject offered at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford.

Regeneration Center of Thailand - A scholarship of $1,000 USD to the winner of an essay contest. Undergraduate and graduate students of ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) descent are eligible to apply. The ASEAN member states include: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Sakaguchi International Scholarship Foundation - A partial scholarship for Japanese DPhil students who aspire to work on the international stage in future. 

Singapore Ministry of Defence - Several scholarships for Singaporean students who wish to enter the military upon graduation. 

Singapore Public Service Commission - Number of scholarships to students who are Singaporean citizens who wish to enter different areas of public service upon graduation. 

Tan Kah Kee Foundation - Two postgraduate scholarships for Singaporean citizens pursuing a full-time PhD or Master's degrees.

Students from Australasia

Banking & Financial Services Law Association - Offering a scholarship to citizens and permanent residents of Australia & New Zealand studying post-graduate banking, financial services or insolvency law, or a related field of law.

General Sir John Monash Foundation - Scholarships for graduate study at a non-Australian university.

Governor Phillip Scholarship - Offers full funding towards postgraduate degrees at some of the world’s leading universities with the next generation of global leaders, innovators and academics.

Gowrie Scholarships - Managed by the Australian National University, open to Australian citizens who are graduates of an Australian university. Preference is given to past and present members of the Australian Armed Forces and their lineal descendants. 

Oxford Australia Scholarship Fund - Open to Australian nationals who are ordinarily resident in Australia and who have not previously studied outside of Australia. Applicants must apply directly to the Oxford Australia Scholarship Committee and have already applied to Oxford University by the relevant deadline for their course.

The Oxford Australia Scholarship Fund also offers a number of separate awards in partnership with the Clarendon Fund. These joint scholarships cover course fees and provide a grant for living costs. Awards are made for the full duration of fee liability for the agreed course. Only applicants selected for a Clarendon Fund Scholarship will be considered for these partnership awards.

Roberta Sykes Scholarship - Provides financial assistance to Indigenous Australians undertaking postgraduate studies overseas. 

University of Sydney Travelling Scholarships - Fund University of Sydney graduates to undertake study at overseas institutions.

Students from North America

Air Force Institute of Technology - Offers funding to US Air Force staff so that they are able to complete further education.

Becas MOB - Scholarships for Mexican students to study one-year master's courses in the UK.

Canadian Bureau for International Education - Scholarships for Canadian citizens and residents who wish to study abroad.

Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund - Awards of £3,000 to £5,000 for Canadian citizens for academic and artistic study in the UK.

CONACyT - Scholarships for Mexican students wishing to study abroad.

Fulbright Awards - Offered to US graduate students across a number of disciplines.

FUNED - Financial assistance for Mexican students to study full-time master's courses at top universities.

Law Foundation of British Columbia - Up to four graduate fellowships of around $15,000 CAD on an annual basis to students pursuing full-time graduate studies in law or a law-related area. Applicants must either be a resident of British Columbia, a graduate of a British Columbia law school or a member of the British Columbia Bar.

Marshall Scholarships - Finance Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the UK. Up to 40 scholars are selected each year in any field of study.

Mexican Embassy - Publishes information on scholarships open to Mexican students, including funding offered by the Mexican Academy of Sciences and the Fund for Human Resources Development (Bank of Mexico). 

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) - Offers a number of graduate scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships for tenure at universities outside Canada.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) - Graduate scholarships for citizens and permanent residents of Canada who wish to undertake study in the field of humanities or social sciences.

The WL Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarships - Open to graduates of any Canadian university for full-time graduate studies in Canada or elsewhere, in any field.

Students from South America

Fundação Estudar - A non-profit organization that invests in the development of high-potential young people who will transform Brazil through work in various sectors. Estudar offers a variety of educational programs in three main areas: Inspiration, Leadership and Career.

Instituto Ling - Partial scholarships to Brazilian MBA students studying at a leading European institution. Grant levels vary.

Charities and the voluntary sector

Many hundreds of charities make awards to current and prospective graduate students. However, they can be hard to find and may require a specific and specialised approach.

A useful source of information for exploring funding opportunities from charities and voluntary organisations is the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding. This award-winning guide by GradFunding is written by two UK-based former PhD students, who between them won over £50,000 from 50 different charity awards. It provides a database of alternative funding opportunities and advice about how to apply to them, including model personal and financial statements. The University has subscribed to the Guide, which can be accessed free of charge.

Applicants who do not yet have a University email account should complete our online form to receive the PIN. Once the form has been submitted, you will receive an email containing the Alternative Guide pin, which will enable you to register for access to the Guide.

Current Oxford students and staff can use their University email address to register online for access to the Guide.

US Department of Veterans Affairs funding

The University is able to process applications for US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) funding (also known as the GI Bill or Post 9/11 Bill) and can complete and submit certificates of enrolment to the VA.

The University can certify enrolment for most courses which are matriculated, i.e. you are a full member of the University. Please note that solely distance or online learning courses are not eligible for VA funding at universities outside the US.

How to apply

In order to apply for VA funding at Oxford you must first make an application directly to the VA. Please visit the US Department of Veterans Affairs website and consult their information for foreign schools.

You must then contact the US loans team once you have done the following:

  • Made your application to the VA and received a response
  • Met the academic and financial conditions of your offer to study at Oxford

The US loans team will then complete the necessary certification of enrolment forms and submit these to the VA. When emailing, please include the name of your course as we will need to check if it is approved for VA funding. Please note, we may need to request course approval before we can certify your enrolment.

Please be aware that the University may be required to share your academic and financial school records with the VA and by asking us to confirm your enrolment you are consenting to this.

Receiving VA funding

It can take a long time to receive the funds and VA do not share their calculations with Oxford, therefore we cannot predict how much money you will receive. You should not rely on VA benefits to fund a course deposit, or fees and living expenses early on in your course.

You may consider using other funding, such as a US federal or private education loan to cover the financial declaration and expenses early on in your course, and then use the VA funding to repay the loan when it arrives.

Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship

VA also offers the Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship for students training in high demand STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields.

Recipients will receive up to nine months of additional Post-9/11 GI Bill entitlement or a maximum of $30,000. Eligible Post-9/11 GI Bill students must have either exhausted their entitlement or will exhaust their entitlement within 180 days. Eligibility for the scholarship has two paths:

  • A student enrolled in a STEM program leading to an undergraduate degree who has completed 60 credit hours of their program and requires at least 120 semester (or 180 quarter) credit hours to graduate.
  • A student who has earned a STEM undergraduate degree and has enrolled in a teaching certification program.

For additional information, please visit the Rogers STEM Scholarship website.

Employment

Any employment during study must adhere to the University's Paid work guidelines. Within these guidelines, the following may be possible:

  • Teaching opportunities: departments and colleges are sometimes able to offer teaching work. Some departments have graduate teaching schemes in place; please contact your department or faculty for more information.
  • Demonstrator opportunities: in the experimental sciences, demonstrators are sometimes required for practical classes.
  • Research Assistantships: these roles are sometimes available in departments and faculties.
  • Junior Deans: these positions involve providing pastoral care to other students and being on-call day and night several times a week. Junior Deans normally receive free college accommodation, free meals and a small stipend. These positions are normally advertised on college websites and the college vacancies section of the Conference of Colleges website.

Ad-hoc work can sometimes be found by advertising your skills locally as a tutor, translator or proof-reader. Part-time or seasonal work for the University and colleges may also be available, for example, invigilating examinations, administrative work or working in one of Oxford’s many libraries.

A good source of part-time and temporary vacancies in Oxford is the Career Service’s online resource, CareerConnect. There are also several local job websites that provide details of vacancies in Oxford.

Other possibilities

If you have recent work experience, it may be worth contacting one of your past or present employers to find out whether they would be able to offer you support. You could also consider approaching a potential employer of the future. Investigate companies or organisations working in your research area, particularly those with corporate social responsibility (CSR) aims and target them.

Think creatively and strategically about other bodies you may be able to proactively approach for funding. They might not necessarily advertise scholarships or bursaries, but could you make a convincing case for them to support you? Are there any foundations in your local or home community that would be willing to support you?

Consider the following when approaching an employer or other potential funding body:

  • Your initial approach, especially if the organisation does not appear to provide support for graduate students, needs to be concise, memorable and tailored to the needs and aims of the body you are contacting. Take the time to get a contact name in the organisation rather than sending a generic, open letter to the CEO.
  • Enclose a short version of your research proposal or statement of purpose. Remember that you may need to make it more user-friendly for non-specialists.
  • Be specific - how much funding do you need? Could any of this come from in-kind support (equipment/use of research facilities/work experience etc), and what will you use the funds for?

Think about what you can offer a potential sponsor. Could you undertake some research for them, give them free publicity, give a lecture/presentation, write a report etc?

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