Fees & Funding

Every year at least a third of students in the department are successful in securing funding for their study. Find out more about the support available.


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You can find information about fees on the Oxford University Fees and Funding webpages. You will need to ensure you have enough funds to cover your fees and expenses for the whole period of study, and MPhil and doctoral students will need to allow for fieldwork expenses where the thesis topic requires it too. Unfortunately, opportunities to raise funding through teaching or research assistantships are not available within the department. All our courses are full time and have a heavy workload, so you will be only be able to take on up to four hours per week of paid employment during term time.

Information about the implications of Brexit for fees and funding for EU students can be found on the University website http://www.ox.ac.uk/students/oxford-and-the-eu; this will be updated as and when further information becomes available.

Funding & studentships

Below is a list of awards that are available for students applying to all or some of our courses.

Please note that you MUST include all supporting materials required for your intended course. English language certificates must be submitted by any applicant whose first language is not English (who has not successfully completed a degree course in the UK), and for the MSc in Economics for Development, the GRE certificate must be submitted by all applicants.

The January deadline is the latest deadline for the vast majority of Oxford's scholarships. You should ensure that your complete application has been submitted together with all required supporting materials before this deadline.

For two-thirds of Oxford scholarships, nothing more than the standard course application, made in time for the January deadline, is usually required. If you fulfill the eligibility criteria, you will automatically be considered. There are some scholarships for which you specifically apply, and they may use different deadlines. Check the deadlines and other instructions through the Fees, Funding and Scholarship Search.

Departmental Awards

We offer a number of full scholarships (covering University and college fees, plus an amount towards maintenance), which are available to students on any of our courses.

The criteria for selection will normally be outstanding academic ability and citizenship of (and normal residence in) a developing country as defined by the United Nations, with a preference for candidates from Sub-Saharan Africa. Continuation of scholarships in the case of multi-year courses (MPhil and DPhil) will be conditional upon a high standard of academic performance.

No separate application is required. All eligible candidates who are offered a place on the course will be considered.

Clarendon Scholarships

Clarendon Scholarships are awarded to academically excellent students with the best proven and future potential. They cover tuition and college fees in full, along with a generous grant for living expenses.

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Commonwealth Scholarships

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC) awards over 800 scholarships and fellowships for postgraduate study and professional development to Commonwealth citizens each year.

Find out more.

Economics Department Scholarships

The Economics Department provides a scholarship worth up to £20,000 to be allocated to any successful candidate offered a place on the MSc in Economics for Development. The scholarship is open to any candidate for the course, irrespective of nationality or background; all applications will be considered on merit only. In the event of multiple strong candidates applying, some with partial funding from other sources, the department will share the award between two candidates, to the value of £10,000 each. No separate application is required. All eligible candidates who are offered a place on the course will be considered. Successful candidates will be notified by the second half of May.

Eni Scholarships

St Antony’s College, in partnership with the international integrated energy company Eni, offers students from African universities the opportunity of fully funded scholarships, including fees and living expenses, to undertake postgraduate study at the master's level at Oxford.

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ESRC Studentships

The University of Oxford is one of 14 centres of postgraduate excellence accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as a Doctoral Training Partnership. A number of ESRC studentships are available to applicants for master’s-to-DPhil or DPhil programmes for courses starting in October 2018. 

Please note that the studentships are not intended for taught master’s degrees on their own – all applications should envisage the applicant continuing with a doctorate.

In all cases, you must apply by the January 2018 deadline.

Find out more about Migration Pathway studentships here.

Find out more about the Development Pathway studentships here.

Felix Scholarships

The Felix Scholarship enables outstanding students from India to pursue graduate studies in any subject. It covers 100 per cent of University and college fees, a grant for living costs and one return flight from India to the UK.

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George Walford International Essay Prize

The George Walford International Essay Prize is an annual essay competition. The subject of the essay is systematic ideology and the prize is £3,500 for the winner to spend at the college and on the course of the winner’s choice.

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The Harun Ur Rashid Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is offered by St Cross College for the academic year 2018-19 for applicants who are normally resident in Bangladesh.

This scholarship, worth £3,000 per annum, is intended to provide financial assistance to an academically meritorious graduate student normally resident in Bangladesh, who has been accepted into both an accredited two-year Master's (MPhil) course at the University of Oxford and St Cross College and who is unable to secure funding elsewhere.

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Oxford-Indira Gandhi Scholarships

Somerville College and the University of Oxford have established the Indira Gandhi Scholarships with the generous support of the Government of India. The scholarships are available to candidates ordinarily resident in India or graduates of universities in India who demonstrate exceptional academic merit and who have been accepted to study at the University of Oxford in areas broadly related to sustainable development.

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Rotary Scholarships

Rotary District 1090, which represents the Rotary Clubs in the Thames Valley area, offers one postgraduate scholarship of USD30,000 to applicants from outside the UK, from low- to middle-income countries, who plan to study in 2018-19 under one of the Rotary's two Areas of Focus:

  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
  • Economic and community development

The deadline for applications is 5 pm on Friday 23 March 2018. Find out more.

St Cross College MPhil Scholarships in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Applicants for the MPhil in Development Studies are eligible to apply for St Cross College MPhil Scholarships in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The scholarships are open to students who will begin studying at the University of Oxford in the academic year 2018-19.

Applicants must list St Cross College as their first-choice college on their Graduate Admissions application in order to be eligible to apply for these scholarships and they are tenable at St Cross College only.

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Weidenfeld Scholarships

The Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme cultivates the leaders of tomorrow by providing outstanding university graduates and professionals from developing and emerging economies with the opportunity to pursue fully funded graduate studies at the University of Oxford, combined with a comprehensive programme of leadership development, long-term mentoring and networking.

Find out more.

Other Funding Opportunities

A range of other scholarships are available, for example through the British Council, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Fulbright Trust, the Rhodes Trust, Harvey Fellowships and University bursaries and college awards. Separate application may be required and students are advised to consult the University's Fees & Funding webpage for further information or contact the Student Funding Office for help: student.funding@admin.ox.ac.uk.

Without financial support, access to a place like Oxford would have been impossible... My scholarship continuously reminds me of my duty to commit back to society, in whatever form.

Nelson Oppong, DPhil in International Development, completed 2016