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University of Oxford Croucher Scholarships



The University of Oxford Croucher Scholarships fund academically excellent students who are permanent residents of Hong Kong to study a DPhil course in a subject linked to the natural sciences, technology or medicine at Oxford. The scheme is jointly funded by the Croucher Foundation and the University of Oxford.

The Croucher Foundation is a private trust set up by the late Noel Croucher, one of the founders of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and a British businessman who lived in Hong Kong for over 70 years. It is a private, independent foundation based in Hong Kong, without affiliation to any organisation, and derives direct income entirely from its own investments in different parts of the world.

The Foundation specialises in promoting the standard of natural science, technology and medicine in Hong Kong through awards and grants to scientists based in and serving Hong Kong. The work of the Foundation has been conducted with the support of panels of international experts invited to assess the scientific values of individual projects.

The scholarship will cover 100% of course fees and a grant for living costs (of at least £19,968). Awards are made for the full duration of your fee liability for the agreed course. The Croucher Foundation will also consider applications directly from scholarship recipients for the cost of airfares and conference attendance.

Scholarship outcomes

Decisions are expected to be made by the end of June 2024.  If you have not heard from us by this time, then please assume that your application has been unsuccessful.  Due to the volume of applications we receive, we regret that we are unable to contact unsuccessful applicants individually or provide feedback on applications.


You must be applying to start a new full-time DPhil course at Oxford in a subject linked to the natural sciences, technology or medicine within the University's Medical Sciences Division or Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division.

You must be ordinarily resident in Hong Kong, hold a Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card and intend to reside in Hong Kong once your course is completed.

You must hold an undergraduate degree with first class Honours (or equivalent) or a substantive postgraduate degree at master's level or above.

Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit.

Applicants who hold deferred offers to start in 2024-25 are not eligible to be considered for these scholarships.

How to apply

In order to be considered for this scholarship, you must submit your application for graduate study by the relevant January deadline for your course. See the relevant course page for the deadline applicable to your course.

You must also apply to the Croucher Foundation by their deadline, normally November. Full details of how to apply are available from the Funding page of the Croucher Foundation website.

To be eligible for consideration for this scholarship, applicants must be successful in being offered a place on their course after consideration of applications received by the relevant January deadline for the course. Course applications which are held over after the January deadline to be re-evaluated against applications received by the March deadline or course applications which have been put on a waiting list are not eligible for scholarship consideration.