Fees & Funding

Every year around 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 possibly need to allow for fieldwork expenses where the thesis topic requires it and where fieldwork can be approved within UK and local fieldwork-site coronavirus restrictions. 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 eight 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 and  https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/fees-and-funding/fees-and-other... this will be updated as and when further information becomes available.

Funding & studentships

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

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

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.

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).  For the MSc in Economics for Development, a GRE certificate must be submitted by all applicants. These items can arrive after the deadline.

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.

Black Academic Futures Scholarships

These scholarships are available to applicants who are ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom, who are of Black or Mixed-Black ethnicity and who hold an offer for any of our degrees, starting in the 2022-23 academic year academic year.

To apply, all you have to do is submit your completed graduate course application, including ethnicity information, by the January deadline and you will automatically be considered. No separate application is required. 

Each scholarship covers course fees and a grant for living costs. Further information is available here.

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.

Find out more.

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.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship

Applicants for the MSc in Economics for Development only who are from least developed and lower middle income Commonwealth countries and who complete a separate application form available from the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships website. Only those who submit the application by the deadline advertised on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission’s website can be considered for the Commonwealth Shared scholarship.  Find out more.

ECB Women in Economics Scholarship

These scholarships from the European Central Bank (ECB) offer grants of €10,000 to women who are EU citizens (including UK citizens) who are planning to enrol on a master’s in economics at a university or business school in Europe.

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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 more than one candidate. 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 ESRC is the UK’s largest organisation for funding research on social and economic issues. The University, in collaboration with Brunel University and the Open University, hosts the Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership – one of 14 Doctoral Training Partnerships accredited by the ESRC as part of a Doctoral Training Network.

In order to be considered for a Grand Union DTP ESRC studentship, you must select ‘ESRC Grand Union DTP Studentships in Social Sciences’ in the University of Oxford scholarships section of the University's graduate application form. You must also complete a Grand Union DTP Application Form and upload it, together with your graduate application form, by the relevant January deadline for your course.

Information about ESRC studentships at Oxford can be found on the Grand Union DTP website. Please ensure you have read all of the guidance available on the website before completing the Grand Union DTP Application Form. Questions can be directed to the Grand Union DTP Office.

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

In all cases, you must apply for the studentship at the same time as you apply for your degree, and if there are several application deadlines, you should apply no later than the January deadline.

Most of the information you will need about these studentships, for example whether you are eligible and how to apply, can be found on the DTP website. Questions can be directed to the Grand Union DTP Office.

For those applying for a studentship through the Migration Pathway, applicants must also email andrea.smith@qeh.ox.ac.uk after they have applied to flag up that they wish to be considered for a studentship.

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.

Find out more.

Rotary Scholarships

The Rotary Foundation offers scholarships for graduates and professionals to study peace and conflict resolution. Find out more from their website: https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/scholarships. Individual Rotary Clubs offer scholarships for graduate study – check with your local Club.

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