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Funding top tips

These top tips will help you understand the process of applying for funding at Oxford. You can also watch our video featuring top funding tips.

  1. Do not delay! Start thinking about your funding as soon as you decide to apply to Oxford. Do not wait until you have an offer of a place for your course.

  2. Apply for your course by the January deadline. The vast majority of Oxford scholarships are awarded to applicants who submit their course application by the January deadline. 

  3. Applying for funding can be simple. For over two thirds of Oxford scholarships, nothing more than the standard course application is usually required. If you fulfil the eligibility criteria, you will be automatically considered. 

  4. Use the Fees, Funding and Scholarship Search. Use the Fees, Funding and Scholarship Search to find out if you are eligible for any scholarships which require an additional application. You can narrow the field of results of your search by ticking the box above the scholarship results entitled ‘Show only scholarships that require a separate application and/or additional materials’.

  5. We have more scholarships than you might think. There are over 1,100 full graduate scholarships available for courses starting in 2018-19. The Clarendon Fund, for example, is open to new graduate students on any master's or DPhil course and currently fully funds around 400 scholars from more than 50 different countries.

  6. Understand how college scholarships work. The vast majority of college scholarships do not require you to select that college as your preference on the graduate application form. They will consider all eligible applicants who apply by the deadline. You can use the Fees, Funding and Scholarship Search to help identify the small number of cases where an additional application is required. If you are selected for a college scholarship, we will move your application to the relevant college. 

  7. Look for funding from sources outside Oxford. Receiving an offer of a place to study at Oxford does not necessarily mean that we can also offer you an Oxford scholarship. However, there are a range of other options open to our graduate students: take a look at external scholarships, loans and other funding sources

  8. Do not wait until you get here to sort out funding for future years. The vast majority of Oxford scholarships are open to new graduate students only. Funding options for on-course students are extremely limited. 

  9. Do not think you can earn your way through your studies. If you are a full-time student, there will not be much time to take on paid work, and if you are a part-time student, you will need to ensure that work does not impact on your studies. See our Policy on working whilst studying.

  10. Most of our scholarships provide full funding. This will cover your course fees, college fees and provide a grant for living costs.

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