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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.

Scholarship search facilities

Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding is an external resource published independently by GradFunding which provides a database of alternative funding opportunities (for example, from charities and trusts) and advice on how to apply for them. The University has subscribed to the Guide and full details of how to access it can be found can be found on the Other funding sources page.


Silo is a platform that connects students with scholarships, grants and bursaries both from trusts and universities. At the same time they enable students to fundraise on their free, education-specific crowdfunding platform - connecting them not only with friends and family but organisations and individuals (such as alumni) interested in their research as well.

Education UK

The British Council’s Education UK website provides a search facility for scholarships and other financial support.

European Funding Guide

The European Funding Guide provides a search facility for scholarships and grants for European students. 

The Grants Register 2018

Published by Palgrave Macmillan Ltd in hardcover (£297), the Grants Register 2018 includes 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

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.


Current Oxford students with a University email account can utilise the ResearchProfessional funding database. Most of the opportunities are for postdoctoral researchers and staff, but around 20% are for research students. 


ScholarGeek is a global online search engine for universities and scholarships.

Scholarship Search 

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

UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)

UKCISA provides advice about searching for funding. 

Multiple regions

Activia Training UK Scholarship

Activia Training are offering a £1,000 annual scholarship for college and university students in the UK.  The awards are open to both full-time and part-time students.

Aga Khan Foundation

The Aga Khan Foundation provides a number of scholarships for graduate study (mainly for master's courses, but DPhils are also considered) to nationals of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Mozambique, Pakistan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania and Uganda.

The Anglo-Jewish Association

The Anglo-Jewish Association provides assistance to Jewish students in financial need.

Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds PhD Fellowships

The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds is a foundation based in Germany that promotes research in biomedicine. It offers two- to three-year DPhil fellowships to outstanding young scientists to undertake research in a leading laboratory in Europe. The fellowships include a monthly stipend and the foundation provides support for participation in conferences as well as non-monetary support. Apply by 1 February, 1 June or 1 October of each year.

British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG)

BFWG makes awards for outstanding academic excellence to women doctoral students at British universities. Awards are usually between £1,000 and £6,000. 

Chevening Scholarships

The Chevening Scholarships are funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) in the UK. Significant contributions are also made by partner organisations.

The scholarships are offered in over 150 countries and are generally awarded for one year master's courses. They enable talented graduates and young professionals who are identified as the potential leaders of tomorrow to develop strong links with the UK and with each other in a global network. 

The Claes Isacson Scholarship

The Claes Isacson Scholarship is 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 in Occupational/Environmental Health 

The Colt Foundation Fellowships in Occupational/Environmental Health consider applications for funding for high quality research projects in the field of occupational and environmental health at a UK institution. The fellowship is normally for three years. 

Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK

A number of scholarships are available for Commonwealth citizens to study in the UK. More information is available on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK website.

Dan David Prize

The 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

The FINCAD Women in Finance Scholarship is an award of $10,000 USD available to females of any nationality, studying Finance in a graduate-level programme.

Funds for Women Graduates (FFWG)

FFWG offer foundation grants for female graduates in the final year of their DPhil study at a UK institution. This educational charity also offers other awards, including emergency grants.

Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities

To be considered for a Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities, candidates must: have a disability; be enrolled in a bachelor's, master's or DPhil course (or equivalent); be currently enrolled in a university in Europe; be studying computer science, computer engineering, informatics or a closely related technical field; exemplify leadership and a passion for computer science and technology; and maintain a strong academic record. The scholarship is for €7,000.

Grammarist.com Scholarship Programme 

The Grammarist.com Scholarship Programme is open to individuals of all nationalities who are currently undertaking undergraduate or postgraduate study, or secondary school students at an officially-recognised higher learning institution anywhere around the world. The only criterion is that the studying is conducted in the English language.  

Interior-Deluxe Scholarship Program

The Interior-Deluxe Scholarship Program offers a needs-based scholarship of $1,500 USD and is open to students from all countries.

Invensis Learning Young Blogger Scholarship Award

Invensis Learning, a globally-accredited professional training solution provider is offering the ‘Invensis Learning Young Blogger Scholarship Award.’ The scholarship prize for the best article received across all regions is USD 2000.

Islamic Development Bank Merit Scholarship Programme for High Technology

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

Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship (JJ/WBGS) Program

The JJ/WBGS Program covers costs for up to two years of master's study in a field related to development for applicants from a number of eligible developing countries. 

The Leathersellers' Company

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

The Linnean Society of London

The Linnean Society of London aims to promote the study of biological sciences. The Society has several awards and grants available to acknowledge and encourage excellence in this field.

Marketing Results

Marketing Results offers a digital marketing scholarship of $2,000 AUD for full-time and part-time students.

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) Scholarships

The NSHSS offers 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

The Nestpick Scholarship offers awards of €2,500 to help pay for accommodation. Scholarships are awarded to students who are leaders in their community.

Open Society Foundations 

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

Pro Stock Hockey Student Athlete Scholarship

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

Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarship is a prestigious international scholarship programme, enabling outstanding young people from around the world to study at the University of Oxford. Please see website for more details and how to apply. Closing date varies according to country of applicant.

Rotary Scholarship programme

The Rotary Scholarship programme, awarded by the Rotary Foundation within Rotary International, funds graduate overseas studies. Students must be studying 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. Scholarships are only awarded for study in a different country and family members of Rotarians are not eligible to apply.

Royal Geographical Society with IBG

The Royal Geographical Society with IBG (Institute of British Geographers) provides grants to support undergraduate, master's and research students undertaking geographical fieldwork projects.

Scooters 'N Chairs Scholarship 

Scooters ‘N Chairs are offering a scholarship opportunity for students with mobility challenges.  

Single Parent Scholarships

The Custody X Change Giving Programme offers scholarships to single parents. For more information and how to apply please visit the Single Parent Scholarships webpages. 

Scholarship For Pioneers Of Tomorrow

idealo in partnership with the European Funding Guide are offering the Scholarship for Pioneers of Tomorrow to 10 outstanding students. 

The Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust

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

Sleeknote Scholarship

The Sleeknote Scholarship will help two students each year, with the winners each receiving $1,000.

The Thouron Award

The Thouron Award offers up to 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 and Bursaries

The Vincent's Club provides scholarships and bursaries of up to £3,500 to Oxford students from any country who, in addition to their academic capacity, are talented sportspeople.

Women Techmakers Scholar Program 

To be considered for a Women Techmakers Scholar Program (previously the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship), candidates must: be a female student enrolled or accepted onto a bachelor's, master's or DPhil course (or equivalent); be currently enrolled at an accredited university; be studying computer science, computer engineering, informatics or a related technical field; and maintain an excellent academic record. The scholarship is for €7,000.

Students from the UK and the rest of Europe

Aker Scholarship

The Aker Scholarship provides 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 at a number of universities, including Oxford.

Anglo-Danish Society Scholarships

The Anglo-Danish Society Scholarships offer partial scholarships for postgraduate studies/research with no limitation on subject. The scholarship is open to individuals with a degree from a Danish university wishing to study in the UK. 

Becas Talentia

The TALENTIA Fellowship Program is managed by the Ministry of Economy, Innovation, Science and Employment in Spain, and provides postgraduate scholarships to students from Andalusia to enable them to study abroad at selected institutions.

Club Financiero Espanol Scholarships

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

Cusanuswerk Scholarships

Cusanuswerk Scholarships offer 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

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

Fundación del Pino

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

His Werthén Fund

The His Werthén Fund offers scholarships to Swedish students in science, engineering, management, economics and law. 

Jansons Scholarships 

Jansons Scholarships offer funding for Norwegian students to finance study abroad for up to one year. 


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

The James Pantyfedwen Foundation Grants for postgraduate students 

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

The Luigi Einaudi Foundation

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

Spotcap Fintech Fellowship

Each year, the 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). 

UK Ministry of Defence Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme

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

UK Research Council awards

The seven UK Research Councils are publicly funded bodies that support research and studentships across a wide range of subject areas. More information can be found on the Research Council studentships page.

World Wide Studies Grants

The World Wide Studies Grants are 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

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

Canon Collins Trust

The 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.

Qalaa Holdings Scholarship Foundation

The Qalaa Holdings Scholarship Foundation, previously known as the Citadel Capital Scholarship Foundation, provides awards to Egyptian nationals residing in Egypt. The scholarships are available to those studying towards a Master's of DPhil and who intend to return to Egypt upon graduation.

Gordon Memorial College Trust Fund

The purpose of the Gordon Memorial College Trust Fund is to promote 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.

Mohamedali Karimjee Trust

The Mohamedali Karimjee Trust provides grants to African students for study in the UK. 

Students from Asia

Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) offer a number of 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

The Anglo–Thai Society offer a number of awards for educational excellence to Thai students studying in the UK. 

Bangkok Bank Scholarships 

Bangkok Bank offers scholarships to Thai students pursuing a masters’ program.

The British Lebanese Association

The British Lebanese Association awards scholarships to Lebanese graduate students and civil servants who wish to pursue postgraduate study, research and training in the UK.

The Charles Wallace Trusts

The 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

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

EDAAD Scholarship Programme

The EDAAD Scholarship Programme offers graduate scholarships for students from the United Arab Emirates.

Great Britain–China Educational Trust

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

The Oxford and Cambridge Society of India Scholarships

The Oxford and Cambridge Society of India Scholarships are part-cost awards for undergraduate, second undergraduate, graduate study and research in any subject available at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, UK.

J.N. Tata Endowment 

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

The King Abdullah Scholarships Program provides opportunities for Saudi citizens to pursue their undergraduate and graduate university education abroad.

Kwok Scholarships

Established by the Kwok Scholars Association (founded by Dr. Walter Kwok), each year the Kwok Scholarships will 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. Funding is available for two MPP scholarships at the University of Oxford, annually.

Lebanese International Finance Executives (LIFE) scholarship 

Lebanese International Finance Executives (LIFE) scholarships provide support to talented Lebanese students - or those of Lebanese descent - with financial needs, to pursue their academic aspirations in the field of finance. The scholarship provides a unique combination of financial support and mentorship opportunity by a LIFE Senior Member, who will provide guidance and advice to the scholars on their professional objectives.

Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship

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

Narotam Sekhsaria Scholarships

Narotam Sekhsaria Scholarships are awarded to Indian students pursuing postgraduate studies in the fields of Pure Sciences, Applied Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities, Law, Architecture and Management at prestigious international universities. 

OCSI Scholarships

The Oxford and Cambridge Society of India Scholarships offer 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

The Regeneration Center of Thailand offers a scholarship of $500 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 

Sakaguchi International Scholarship Foundation offers a partial scholarship for Japanese DPhil students who aspire to work in an international organisation in future. 

Singapore Ministry of Defence

The Singapore Ministry of Defence offers several scholarships for Singaporean students who wish to enter the military upon graduation. 

Singapore Public Service Commission 

The Singapore Public Service Commission offers a number of scholarships to students who are Singaporean citizens who wish to enter different areas of public service upon graduation. 

Tan Kah Kee Foundation

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

Students from Australasia

Australian Bicentennial Scholarships and Fellowships

Australian Bicentennial Scholarships and Fellowships are awards of up to £4,000 for Australians studying any subject in the UK.

Banking & Financial Services Law Association Scholarship

The Banking & Financial Services Law Association is 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 Scholarships

The General Sir John Monash Foundation offers scholarships for graduate study at a non-Australian university.

Gowrie Scholarships

Gowrie Scholarships, managed by the Australian National University, are 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

The Oxford Australia Scholarship Fund is open to Australian nationals who are ordinarily resident in Australia and who have not previously studied outside of Australia. Scholarship selection is on merit, requiring a minimum of a First Class Honours Bachelor's degree from an Australian university and applications are open to all disciplines (graduate courses or a second BA). Applicants must apply directly to the Oxford Australia Scholarship Committee and have already applied to Oxford University by the relevant deadline for their course.

Roberta Sykes Scholarship

The Roberta Sykes Scholarship provides financial assistance to Indigenous Australians undertaking postgraduate studies overseas. 

University of Sydney Travelling Scholarships

The 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 (AFIT)

The Air Force Institute of Technology is based in the US and offers funding to US Air Force staff so that they are able to complete further education.

Becas MOB

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

Canadian Bureau for International Education

The Canadian Bureau for International Education offers scholarships for Canadian citizens and residents who wish to study abroad.

Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund

The Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund offers awards of £2,000 to £5,000 for Canadian citizens for academic and artistic study in the UK.


CONACyT awards scholarships for Mexican students wishing to study abroad.

Fulbright Awards

Fulbright Awards are offered to US graduate students across a number of disciplines.


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

The Law Foundation of British Columbia

The Law Foundation of British Columbia provides 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.

The WL Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarships

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

Marshall Scholarships

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

Mexican Embassy

The 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)

Each year the 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)

The SSHRC offers graduate scholarships for citizens and permanent residents of Canada who wish to undertake study in the field of humanities or social sciences.

Students from South America

BEC.AR UK Scholarship Programme (Argentina)

The BEC.AR UK scholarship programme offers up to 15 scholarships to Argentinian students studying STEM related subjects at a UK university. Candidates must apply by 16 January 2018 for courses starting from September 2018/19. Scholarships are awarded for one year, with the possibility of extension for further years of the course. 

Ciência sem Fronteiras - Reino Unido

Ciência sem Fronteiras - Reino Unido (CsF) is a Brazilian government programme offering scholarships to Brazilian students in the area of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and creative industries. Phase 1 of the CsF programme (2011-2015) offered two routes for postgraduate students to study in the UK; a full PhD scholarship, or, for students already enrolled on a PhD programme at a Brazilian University, funding to spend 4-12 months at a UK university as part of a 'sandwich PhD' year. Following the end of phase 1 of the scheme, there are currently no new CsF calls planned. Current CsF PhD scholars in the UK can contact Universities UK if they have any queries. 

Fundação Estudar

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

Instituto Ling

The Instituto Ling offers partial scholarships to Brazilian MBA students studying at a leading European institution. Grant levels vary.

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