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Oxford bursaries and scholarships for 2021-entry

The following page contains information about Oxford's non-repayable bursaries and scholarship programmes for students starting in October 2021, along with external scholarships that may be available.

Crankstart Scholarships for UK students

If you are a UK-resident studying for your first undergraduate degree and your annual household income is £27,500 or less, we will offer you a Crankstart Scholarship. This includes a non-repayable bursary worth up to £5,000 per year towards study and living costs. The Crankstart Scholarship also provides access to funded internships to develop employability skills, volunteering opportunities and social and community building events. For full details of the scholarship visit the Crankstart Scholarship pages.

Oxford Bursaries for UK and Republic of Ireland (ROI) students

If you are a UK student, or an ROI national living in the UK or Ireland, from a lower-income household studying for your first undergraduate degree (or Graduate Entry Medicine) and are not eligible for, or do not take up, a Crankstart Scholarship you will be eligible to receive an annual non-repayable Oxford Bursary to help with the costs of studying and living in Oxford. The bursary amount will depend on your annual household income:

Receiving the bursary enables me to pursue my academic and sporting goals without the burden of financial anxiety. The financial security provided by the bursary is incredibly comforting as it lets me access the full Oxford experience and allows me to dedicate myself to my degree to fulfil my academic potential, as well as contribute to other aspects of university life.

Current Oxford Bursary holder

Annual household incomeAnnual Bursary
£16,000 or less£3,200
£16,001 - £20,000£3,000
£20,001 - £22,500£2,750
£22,501 - £25,000£2,500
£25,001 - £30,000£2,000
£30,001 - £35,000£1,500
£35,001 - £37,500£1,000
£37,501 - £40,000£800
£40,001 - c. £42,875£500

There is no separate application process for the Oxford Bursary or Crankstart Scholarship as these are based on the household income assessment carried out by your regional funding agency. You just need to ensure both you and those you who live with are financially assessed when you apply for UK government funding.

If you are eligible for an Oxford Bursary or Crankstart Scholarship and are starting your course in 2021, you will be notified of your entitlement from mid to late September 2021. You must have your financial assessment completed by May 2022 to be considered.

EU students should refer to our dedicated webpage for information on the impact of the UK leaving European Union membership.

Oxford Travel Supplement for UK bursary holders 

If you are studying for your first undergraduate degree and live more than 80 miles from Oxford, we will help with your travel costs between your stated home address and Oxford. If you are a Crankstart Scholar or an Oxford Bursary recipient, you will automatically receive a non-repayable annual Oxford Travel Supplement of £200 if you live between 80 and 150 miles from Oxford. If you live more than 150 miles from Oxford, you will receive an annual Oxford Travel Supplement of £500. Distance is measured as the direct distance in miles (sometimes termed 'as the crow flies'). If eligible you will be notified of this additional funding shortly after being contacted about your bursary funding from Oxford.

UK care experienced and UK estranged undergraduates studying without family support

If you have ever been in care for more than three months or are estranged from your family, we will provide you with a non-repayable annual bursary of up to £3,000 so that you have additional funding to help with costs, including during the vacations. You can apply for this support during your course. If you are also holding a Crankstart Scholarship, you would be eligible for a total maximum annual bursary of £7,200.

UK students requiring financial assistance to meet funding shortfalls

Our Student Support Fund is available to assist UK students who may require financial assistance in a range of circumstances. If you have a shortfall in your finances or need to meet additional exceptional costs once you have started your course, you will be able to apply for non-repayable supplementary funding.

Other Oxford scholarships

There are a small number of other centrally administered scholarships available for undergraduates and these are summarised below. For further details of each scheme, click on the name of the scholarship.

ScholarshipEligibilityAwardApplication deadline
Hill Foundation ScholarshipStudents must be nationals of and ordinarily resident in the Russian Federation wishing to study for a second undergraduate degree.Course fees and an annual grant towards living costs.12 noon (UK time) on 10 February 2021
The Bright Oceans Corporation ScholarshipStudent must be ordinarily resident in China (excluding the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau), and studying an undergraduate course in the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division. Course fees and an annual grant towards living costs12 noon (UK time) on 10 February 2021
Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies ScholarshipUK residents from Muslim communities.Course fees and an annual grant towards living costs.To be confirmed for 2021 entry
Palgrave Brown Scholarship

Students must be ordinarily resident in and/or educated in the following countries:

Albania; Armenia; Azerbaijan; Belarus; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; Czech Republic; Estonia; Georgia; Hungary; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyz Rep.; Latvia; Lithuania; Macedonia;  Moldova; Montenegro; Poland; Romania; Russia; Serbia; Slovakia; Slovenia; Tajikistan; Turkmenistan; Ukraine; Uzbekistan.

Annual grant towards living costs.12 noon (UK time) on 10 February 2021
Palgrave Brown UK ScholarshipStudents who have been resident or educated in Norfolk or Suffolk.Annual grant towards living costs.12 noon (UK time) on 10 February 2021
Reach Oxford ScholarshipStudents from low-income countries.Course fees, annual grant towards living costs and one return air fare per year.12 noon (UK time) on 10 February 2021
Lloyds Scholars ProgrammeUK residents from households with incomes of £25,000 or less.Additional bursary towards living costs and performance- related awards.To be confirmed for 2021 entry
Simon and June Li Undergraduate Scholarship

Applicants must be ordinarily resident in one of the following countries:

Bahrain; Bangladesh; Brunei Darussalam; China; Hong Kong SAR; India; Indonesia; Iran; Iraq; Israel; Jordan; Kuwait; Lebanon; Malaysia; Myanmar; Nepal; Oman; Papua New Guinea; Pakistan; Philippines; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Singapore; South Korea; Sri Lanka; Syria; Taiwan; Thailand; Turkey; United Arab Emirates; Vietnam; Yemen

Course fees and a grant towards living costs. 

12 noon (UK time) on 10 February 2021

Oxford-Arlan Hamilton & Earline Butler Sims Scholarship

UK residents of Black African or Black Caribbean heritage, who are from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Course fees and a grant towards living costs. An internship grant of up to £3,000 will also be available during the scholar's course.

12 noon (UK time) on 17 June 2021

Fees, funding and scholarship search

The Fees, funding and scholarship search provides a comprehensive list of awards being offered by the colleges, departments and faculties.

External Scholarships

For information on a number of scholarships and funding search tools administered externally to Oxford, please refer to our external scholarships page. Various application processes and closing dates apply.

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