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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.

MSt in Philosophy of Physics applicants are eligible for the Frost Scholarship Programme 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 to study at Oxford. Ten scholarships are available each year for the next five years and the first scholars begin their studies in October 2014. The full eligibility criteria and other details about the scholarship are available from the Frost Scholarship Programme website.

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.

St Cross College invites applications for the Paula Soans O'Brian Scholarship in the Arts and Humanities. Please check St Cross College Funding webpage for more details.

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.

The Faculty, in conjunction with Merton College, is offering a full scholarship covering all fees and living expenses for the full duration of fee liability for one successful BPhil in Philosophy or DPhil in Philosophy applicant who will commence their studies in October 2015. All applicants who are offered a place to start on the BPhil or DPhil in October 2015 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 Merton College (if another college has already offered them a place) to enable them to take up this Philosophy Faculty / Merton College joint scholarship.

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 (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 SCIENCE DOCTORAL SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION 2015: 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. Last year the competition was open both to Home/EU and to international students. The scholarships covered UK/EU fees at Research Council rates. International fees covered in part or in whole on a case by case basis, but covered at least up to UK/EU levels. The scholarships also included a maintenance grant of £13,726 (£15,726 in London). A Scholarships were awarded for a period equal to the institutional norm for PhD study at the student's institution minus any time already spent on the PhD. (For example, applicants in their first year of postgraduate study at institutions that follow a 2+2 (Masters + PhD) model may apply for three years of funding to begin in the second year of their masters degree.) Applicants must apply for all other sources of funding for which they are eligible. The scholarship is conditional on being accepted onto an appropriate doctoral programme in philosophy of science at a UK university in time for the start of the 2014-15 academic year. The closing date for applications last year was 1 March 2014. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that complete applications, including references, arrived by the deadline. The timing of the announcement of awards may be constrained by the timing of decisions by other funding bodies. Applicants with offers of funding from US institutions who require information prior to 15 April are encouraged to contact the BSPS at that time to enquire about the provisional outcome of their application. Further information, including on how to apply for 2015 entry should become available available from the BSPS website.

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