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.

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.  For some of these scholarships (e.g. 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.

All candidates offered a place on any of our graduate philosophy programmes are automatically considered for an AHRC award.  

The British Society for the Philosophy of Science (BSPS) is offering a doctoral scholarship for doctoral work in philosophy of science at a UK university, subject to a candidate of sufficient merit presenting themselves.  Further information on this BSPS Doctoral Scholarship, including what is covered by the scholarship and how to apply for it, is available on the BSPS Doctoral Scholarship webpage. 

Clarendon Scholarships aim to give the most academically-able students not only the life-changing opportunity to study at Oxford, but also the chance to form lasting social, academic and professional networks.  Across the University this unique scheme offers around 140 new, fully-funded scholarships each year to academically outstanding graduate students, as well as providing a lively and stimulating community of scholars.

Whilst there are no quotas by course type, the majority of Clarendon scholars are working towards a DPhil.  Scholarships are also awarded for two-year graduate degrees (such as the MPhil or BPhil) or one-year degrees (such as the MSc, MSt, MBA or MFE).  All candidates offered a place on any of our graduate philosophy programmes are automatically considered for a Clarendon Scholarship. 

For more information, please visit the Clarendon Scholarships webpage. 

For 2018-19 Trinity College is offering a scholarships for any of our three Masters’ courses, which is intended to be combined with the University’s Clarendon funding to cover all university and college fees and a maintenance grant. For more information please see Trinity College’s funding webpage.

The Ertegun Scholarship programme aims to bring together the world's top graduate students in the humanities with one another and with Oxford's exceptional community of scholars in a unique setting that fosters dialogue across academic disciplines, across cultures and across generations.

An Ertegun Scholarship covers 100% of university and college fees, and provides a grant for living costs. Ertegun scholars also enjoy dedicated use of Ertegun House, which provides space for each Scholar for writing and research, as well as opportunities to participate in social occasions, lively lectures, performances and other activities developed expressly for the Scholars.  Awards are made for the full duration of a student's fee liability for the agreed course.

Candidates apply for the scholarship by selecting “Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Graduate Scholarships in the Humanities” in the Funding Section of the University's Graduate Application Form.   Applicants must also complete a supporting statement and upload it as a pdf document together with the Graduate Application Form.  The statement requires you to answer three questions (in no more than 500 words each) that relate to the aims and mission of the Ertegun Scholarship programme.  The Selection Committee will consider your supporting statement in conjunction with your course application. 

All candidates offered a place on any of our graduate philosophy programmes are automatically considered for nomination for an Ertegun Scholarship.

For more information please visit the Ertegun 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 able to apply for the HEFCE supported Oxford Graduate Scholarships. 

This ground-breaking scheme is designed to promote access to taught postgraduate education for UK and other EU students. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial circumstances and socio-economic data in addition to academic merit as assessed through the admissions process.

Please see the HEFCE supported Oxford Graduate Scholarships webpage for full details of the scholarship, including its eligibility criteria and information on how and when to apply.

The MSt in Philosophy of Physics is a course that is eligible 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 and to current students of Israeli universities to study at Oxford.  Full eligibility criteria and other details about the scholarships are available from the Frost Scholarship Programme (Florida) and Frost Scholarship Programme (Israel) web pages.

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 2018-2019 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.  

Regent’s Park College is offering the Pamela Sue Anderson Studentship for the Encouragement of the Place of Women in Philosophy worth up to £4000 for a student who is currently engaged in, or has been accepted for, postgraduate study at the University of Oxford. 

Reflecting the distinguished contribution to scholarship of the late Professor Anderson (1955-2017), preference will be given to applicants in the fields of feminist philosophy or feminist philosophy of religion, or, failing that and as an absolute requirement, to a person working on philosophy of a kind that encourages the place of women in philosophy.  The studentship will be tenable for as long as the selection committee deems appropriate, subject to the condition that it shall not be tenable beyond the duration of the student’s postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford.  The holder of the scholarship is required to be, or to become, a member of Regent’s Park College, Oxford. 

For more information please see Regent's Park College's funding webpage.

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 2018-2019 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 scholarship. For further details, including an application form to apply for this scholarship, please go to the St Cross College funding webpage.

The Swiss Study Foundation offers two annual scholarships for students studying or conducting research abroad for a period of one or two years.  Only students who have successfully passed the selection procedure for admission to the Swiss Study Foundation are allowed to submit grant proposals.  For more information on the scholarships and the Swiss Study Foundation, please see their website

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 webpage.

External Resources

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.

External Scholarships

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.

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