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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.

The Grants Register 2016

Published by Palgrave Macmillan Ltd in hardcover (£280) and eBook (£224) formats, the Grants Register 2016 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 general advice about searching for funding and also provides a list of trusts and charities that offer grants. 

Multiple regions

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 students from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar and Mozambique.

The Anglo-Jewish Association

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

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)

The ACU administer a number of scholarships for Commonwealth citizens and permanent residents to study in the UK.

Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds PhD Fellowships

The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds is a public foundation based in Germany that promotes research in biomedicine. It offers two- to three-year PhD fellowships to outstanding young scientists (aged 27 or under) to undertake research in a leading laboratory in Europe. The fellowships comprise a monthly stipend and the foundation provides support for participation in scientific conferences as well as non-monetary support (eg personal support networks). Apply by 1 February, 1 June or 1 October of each year.

British Federation of Women Graduates

The British Federation of Women Graduates offers scholarships to female graduates who will be entering their third year of doctoral studies, and who are studying in England, Wales or Scotland.

Chevening Scholarships

The Chevening Scholarships are funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) in the UK. Significant contributions are also made by UK universities, the private sector, other government departments and devolved administrations.

The scholarships are offered in over 130 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, at the same time as becoming familiar with the UK. 

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. 

Dan David Prize

The three Dan David Prize laureates provide scholarships to outstanding graduate students working in their respective fields. The three laureates each have $100,000 USD to award to graduate students as scholarships. The selected fields for 2016 are social history, combating poverty and nanoscience.

Funds for Women Graduates (FFWG)

Funds for Women Graduates 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 Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship

To be considered for a 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 enrolled in full-time study at a university in Europe; be studying computer science, computer engineering, informatics or a related technical field; and maintain an excellent academic record. The scholarship is for €7,000.

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 full-time bachelor's, master's or DPhil course (or equivalent); be 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 an excellent academic record. The scholarship is for €7,000.

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.

Islamic Development Bank Merit Scholarship Programme for High Technology

The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) offers three-year fully-funded DPhil scholarships in applied science and technology to applicants from IDB member countries. Applicants must meet the IDB's eligibility criteria (published on their website). Application forms must be submitted to your home country's Office of the IDB Governor/IDB designated office by 31 December of the year before you wish to start graduate study at Oxford. 

The Leathersellers' Company

The Leathersellers' Company awards grants of up to £4,000 per year to study for a full-time degree at any UK university. The deadline for completed submissions is usually in June. 

Lighting55 Scholarship Program

The Lighting55 Scholarship Program offers a needs-based scholarship of $1,250 USD and is open to students from all countries.

The Linnean Society of London

The Linnean Society of London aims to promote the study of all aspects of the biological sciences, with particular emphasis on evolution, taxonomy, biodiversity and sustainability. The Society has several awards and grants available to acknowledge and encourage excellence in these fields.

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).

Open Society Foundations 

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

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.

The Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust

The Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust provide grants of around £400–£1,200 for postgraduate students from all fields of study. Applications are welcome from students beginning their first year of study, as well as from those who have already started their degree course.

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 Awards

The Vincent's Club Awards scheme provides four means-tested scholarships and bursaries of up to £2,500 to Oxford students from any country who, in addition to their academic capacity, are talented sportspeople.

Students from the UK and the rest of Europe

Becas Talentia

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

Clore Graduate Scholarship

The Clore Graduate Scholarship, funded by the Clore Duffield Foundation, supports postgraduate humanities study at the University of Oxford. The scholarship, which covers tuition fees and provides a living allowance, is open to individuals who are ordinarily resident in the UK and who have not previously studied at the University of 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. 


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

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 agricultural studies, environment and ecology, public law, public administration, aerospace engineering and alternative energies. The scholarships will fund up to 60% of the total cost of study (up to a maximum of $50,000 USD).

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 Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe (the beneficial area). The duration of the scholarships is normally up to three years.

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.

Gordon Memorial College Trust Fund

The purpose of the Gordon Memorial College Trust Fund is to promote educational development in Sudan. The Trust supports Sudanese students studying for a graduate course in the UK, who intend to return to 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. These are open to final-year DPhil students and include an award of £300. The awards are presented each November and the closing date for applications is in July.

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 Pakistan, Bangladesh and Burma/Myanmar assist the nationals of these countries to obtain education and professional development in the UK.

The Charles Wallace India Trust 

The Charles Wallace India Trust offer four types of grant to Indian students: fully-funded awards in the arts and heritage conservation; fully-funded visiting fellowships of two to three months' duration; grants towards the costs of short research or professional visits; and grants towards the cost of the penultimate or final year of doctoral study at a UK university.

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.

Indonesia–UK DIKTI Scholarship Programme

The Indonesia–UK DIKTI Scholarship Programme funds lecturers from Indonesia who wish to study for their doctorate at universities in the UK. A small number of master's scholarships are also available. 

Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program covers costs for up to two years of master's study in a field related to development. 

King Abdullah Scholarships Program

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

Regeneration Center of Thailand

The Regeneration Center of Thailand offers a scholarship of $1,500 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.

Students from Australasia

Australian Bicentennial Scholarships & Fellowships

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

General Sir John Monash Awards

The General Sir John Monash Foundation offers a minimum of ten scholarships per year for graduate study at a non-Australian university. The scholarships provide $60,000 AUD per year for a maximum of three years.

Menzies Foundation

The Menzies Foundation provides postgraduate scholarships for Australian citizens in the fields of law, engineering and medicine for study in the UK.

Students from North America

British Council Mexico

The British Council Mexico provides details of funding opportunities for Mexican students wishing to study 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 £1,000 to £5,000 for Canadian citizens for academic and artistic study in the UK.


CONACyT awards scholarships for Mexican students wishing to study abroad.


FIDERH awards scholarships for Mexican students wishing to study abroad.

Fulbright Awards

Fulbright Awards are awards for 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 six 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.

Magdalena O Vda de Brockmann 

Magdalena O Vda de Brockmann provides scholarships for Mexican students to study one-year master's courses in the UK.

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

Ciência sem Fronteiras - Reino Unido

Ciência sem Fronteiras - Reino Unido is a Brazilian government programme offering scholarships to Brazilian students in the area of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and creative industries. Please see our Ciência sem Fronteiras - Reino Unido page for more information about the scheme at Oxford.