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Graduate Funding

The application form, used to apply for admissions to any graduate philosophy programme, will also be used for applications for funding, such as the AHRC, Clarendon, Ertegun and Hanfling funds. Anyone offered a place on any of our graduate philosophy programmes will also be automatically considered for these scholarships, irrespective of the college choice made on their application form or the college that is ultimately allocated to them. It should, however, be noted that applicants for the Ertegun scholarship are required to tick the ‘Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities’ box on the scholarship page of the application form, and fill in an extra section of the application form, otherwise they are not allowed to be considered for this funding source. Applicants should first check that they are indeed eligible for the particular source of funding before ticking the box.

The MSt in Philosophy of Physics is an eligible course for the Frost Scholarship Programme (Florida and Israel) at the University of Oxford. The Frost Scholarship Programme provides full scholarships to graduates from the State University System of Florida (known as ‘SUSF’ - a list of constituent institutions is available from http://www.flbog.edu/aboutsus/universities/), and to current students of Israeli universities to study at Oxford. Full eligibility criteria and other details about the scholarship are available from the Frost Scholarship Programme (Florida) and Frost Scholarship Programme (Israel) web pages.

UK and EU applicants who are offered a place on our MSt in Philosophy of Physics or MSt in Ancient Philosophy are eligible for the HEFCE supported Oxford Graduate Scholarships. Please check Oxford Graduate Scholarships, supported by HEFCE webpage for full details of the scholarship, including its eligibility criteria and information on how and when to apply.

The Faculty, in conjunction with Wolfson College, is offering a full scholarship which will cover living costs and all fees for the full duration of fee liability for one successful applicant who is ordinarily resident in the EEA or Switzerland who will commence their studies in October 2016. All applicants who are offered a place to start on the DPhil in October 2016 will automatically be considered for this scholarship, and there is no separate application form or application process for this. It should be noted that, although the scholarship is held at Wolfson College, applicants will not be required to put Wolfson College as their preferred college on their application. However, the applicant who is offered the scholarship will be required to switch their college association to Wolfson College (if another college has already offered them a place) to enable them to take up this Philosophy Faculty / Oxford Wolfson Marriot Graduate Scholarship

The Faculty, in conjunction with University College, is offering a full scholarship which will cover living costs and all fees for the full duration of fee liability for one successful BPhil in Philosophy applicant who will commence their studies in October 2016. All applicants who are offered a place to start on the BPhil in October 2016 will automatically be considered for this scholarship, and there is no separate application form or application process for this. It should be noted that, although the scholarship is held at University College, applicants will not be required to put University College as their preferred college on their application. However, the applicant who is offered the scholarship will be required to switch their college association to University College (if another college has already offered them a place) to enable them to take up this Philosophy Faculty / University College joint scholarship.

Trinity College is offering a full scholarship which will cover living costs and all fees for the full duration of fee liability for one successful DPhil in Philosophy applicant who is ordinarily resident in the EEA or Switzerland who will commence their studies in October 2016.  All applicants who are offered a place to start on the DPhil in Philosophy in October 2016 will automatically be considered for this scholarship, and there is no separate application form or application process for this.  It should be noted that, although the scholarship in held at Trinity College, applicants will not be required to put Trinity College as their preferred college on their application.  However, the applicant who is offered the scholarship will be required to switch their college association to Trinity College (if another college has already offered them a place) to enable them to take up this Oxford-Cecil Lubbock Graduate Scholarship.  For further details about graduate studies at Trinity College, please see the College's website.  

Hertford College is offering a full scholarship which will cover living costs and all fees for the full duration of fee liability for one successful DPhil in Philosophy or DPhil in Computer Science applicant whose research project is on the cross-over between philosophy and computer science and who will commence their studies on either DPhil in October 2016.  All applicants who are offered a place to start on the DPhil in Philosophy or DPhil in Computer Science in October 2016, and who propose a research project on the cross-over between philosophy and computer science, will automatically be considered for this scholarship, and there is no separate application form or application process for this.  Although the scholarship is held at Hertford College, applicants will not be required to put Hertford College as their preferred college on their application form, although this is preferred.  If the applicant who is offered the scholarship has not put Hertford College as their preferred college, then they will be required to switch their college association to Hertford College (if another college has already offered them a place) to enable them to take up this Oxford Mary Jane Grefenstette Graduate Scholarship.  For further details about this scholarship tenable at Hertford College, please see the Graduate Admissions website and Hertford College's website.

St Cross College invites applications for the Paula Soans O'Brian Scholarship from students who will begin studying at the University of Oxford in the academic year 2016-2017 for a DPhil research degree in any of the arts and humanities disciplines. Applicants must list St Cross College as their first choice college on their Graduate Admissions application form in order to be eligible to apply for this partial scholarship.  For further details, including an application form to apply for this partial scholarship, please go to the St Cross College Funding Webpage.

St Cross College invites applications for two MPhil Scholarships in the Humanities and Social Sciences from students who will begin studying at the University of Oxford in the academic year 2016-2017 for a BPhil degree in Philosophy. Applicants must list St Cross College as their first choice college on their Graduate Admissions application form in order to be eligible to apply for these partial scholarships. For further details, including an application form to apply for this partial scholarship, please go to the St Cross College Funding Webpage.  


The Trudeau Foundation provides scholarships for doctoral students from Canada who have achieved academic excellence and who demonstrate an interest in public policy and a willingness to learn in a multidisciplinary setting. For further details, including information on eligibility and how to apply, please refer to the Trudeau Foundation scholarship webpage.

It is possible that there will be some other joint faculty/college scholarships but, currently, it is not known if these will be available and if so, how many and for what amount.

Across the university, there are over a thousand scholarships available, as witnessed by our Oxford Graduate Scholarships website, and hence applicants may be eligible for other scholarships not specifically mentioned on this website. To check what advertised university and college funding opportunities you are eligible for, do consult the online graduate funding search tool. For some of these scholarships (eg Oxford Kobe, Raffy Manoukian, Weidenfeld) you are required to tick the relevant box on the scholarship page of the application form to be considered for this source of funding, but do first check if you are eligible before you tick the box.

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding is an external resource providing advice to graduates on applying for funding from sources such as charities and trusts. It is particularly useful for graduate applicants or current graduate students who are struggling to find funding from more traditional sources. Features include a searchable database of funding opportunities, together with help on writing personal statements and a grants manager to help students keep track of their funding applications. Current Oxford students and staff can use their University email address to register for access to the Guide at www.postgraduate-funding.com/gateway (or use the ‘Login automatically from campus’ option).  Non-Oxford graduate applicants are able to submit their details via the online request form to receive a pin number, which they can then use to register for access to the Guide.

Full details of external scholarships are available on the External Scholarships webpage.

British Society for the Philosophy of Sciene Doctral Scholarship competition 2016: The British Society for the Philosophy of Science (BSPS) plans to offer one or more scholarships for doctoral work in the philosophy of science at a UK university, subject to candidates of sufficient merit presenting themselves. Further information, including on how to apply for 2016 entry should become available on the BSPS website.

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