The application form, used to apply for admissions to any graduate philosophy programme, will also be used for applications for funding, such as for the Clarendon fund, so you will not need to apply separately for these. Please note that you must tick the relevant scholarship boxes on the application form if you wish to be considered for an Ertegun scholarship (see Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities for details), AHRC scholarships or other University of Oxford scholarships (e.g. Weidenfeld-Hoffman Scholarships or Hill Foundation Scholarships); you will not be considered for these scholarships if you have not done so. Do ensure that you are indeed eligible for any particular source of funding before ticking the box.
Please see below for a list of the scholarships available that are currently known to the Faculty. It is possible that there will be some other joint faculty/college scholarships but, at this stage, 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 the 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.
Full information on university scholarships is available on the Scholarships A-Z Listing website. This list includes dates by which funding decisions will be made. The scholarships process is very competitive and success cannot be guaranteed. It is therefore advisable to explore all possible funding sources and you can find some tips on the Funding Top Tips website.
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 via their 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.
A summary of external scholarships and search facilities can be found on the External Scholarships webpage. These are managed by organisations external to Oxford, therefore various application processes and closing dates will apply. If you have any questions, please contact the relevant organisation directly.
New Postgraduate Loans for Master’s Degrees
Since 1 August 2016, if you plan to take a postgraduate master’s course, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to help with course fees and living costs.
You are eligible if you:
- Are under 60
- Ordinarily live in England
- Don’t already have a master’s degree or higher qualification
For more information, please visit the Postgraduate Loans page of the GOV.UK website.
Postgraduate Doctoral Loans for 2018 entrants
Postgraduate Doctoral Loans of up to £25,000 have been introduced by the UK government for English and EU (non-UK) students commencing study in 2018-19. Information currently available, including eligibility criteria, can be found on the government website and a new page has been created on the University website which will be updated when further details are known. Loan applications are due to open in summer 2018. The Welsh government have also confirmed they will introduce a doctoral loan for students from Wales commencing study in 2018-19. Specific details have not yet been confirmed but the loan is expected to be very similar to the loan available to English and EU students.
'Easy Scholarships to Get'
Applicants in the USA may find this webpage of interest. This article provides information about 'easy scholarships' to apply for, as well as a few tips on what to look for when you apply. Please visit the 'Easy Scholarships to Get' webpage for more information.