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Funding top tips

These top tips aim to help you understand how to maximise your chances of securing funding for your studies, including specifically the process of applying for funding from 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. You need to ensure you have funding in place in good time to start your course.

  2. Look for funding from sources both inside and 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.

  3. Apply for your course by the January deadline. To be considered for the vast majority of Oxford scholarships you need to have submitted your application by the January deadline.

  4. We have over 1,000 full scholarships available for courses starting in 2019-20. The eligibility criteria for different scholarships vary, with some being open to the majority of new graduate students and others restricted by subject, or country of residence, for instance. 

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

  6. Applying for funding can be simple. For over two thirds of Oxford scholarships, nothing more than the standard course application is required. If you fulfil the eligibility criteria, you will be automatically considered. Where additional application material is needed this will be made clear within the scholarship information.

  7. Use the Fees, Funding and Scholarship Search. Use the Fees, Funding and Scholarship Search to help search for scholarships which require an additional application. You can narrow your search by ticking the box above the scholarship results entitled ‘Show only scholarships that require a separate application and/or additional materials’.

  8. Understand how college scholarships work. The vast majority of college scholarships do not require you to select that particular college as your preference on the graduate application form. They will consider all eligible applicants who apply by the relevant deadline. You can use the Fees, Funding and Scholarship Search and College websites 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 place to the relevant college.

  9. 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. 

  10. Do not assume 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.

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