Donors and supporters

Our work is possible thanks to the generous support of over 70 donors and funders, including our original donor, Sir Leonard Blavatnik. We retain absolute academic independence from all our supporters.

Around 85% of our students receive some financial assistance, allowing us to educate individuals from all backgrounds and from all over the world. We continue to fundraise towards our vision of ensuring that finance is no barrier to anyone offered a place on our MPP programme.

Donations, grants and other forms of support also allow us to undertake applied research into the most pressing challenges facing governments and societies, and to pursue other initiatives core to our mission.

Contact us at development@bsg.ox.ac.uk to discuss ways of supporting the School or go straight to the giving page on the University website to make a donation.

Funding and support

Individuals, organisations and foundations have made vital contributions to our vision by providing scholarships or bursaries for our students, funding academic posts, funding research, and supporting partnerships.

Our professors and researchers, many of them leaders in their fields, are examining how to transform education systems, combat corruption, create successful public-private partnerships, diversify economies, and more. Funding for research programmes and academic posts makes this possible.

Governments need brilliant people from all walks of life, and we are determined to find the most talented people and bring them to study here, regardless of financial circumstances. Again, donors and foundations are essential to this vision.

Our supporters range widely, from our original donor Len Blavatnik to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Amersi Foundation, the Inamori Foundation, the Africa Initiative for Governance, the Lemann Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, the Wellcome Trust and many more.

MPP students

MPP students in the Blavatnik School lecture theatre.

Picture by Bright Lens

‘For many people like me, it is a dream to study here … The scholarship from the Blavatnik School was an important reason for deciding on Oxford. Funding, particularly for those from low and middle income countries, is a very big factor.’ - Manjit Nath, India, MPP class of 2013

‘Without a scholarship, I would have had to give up the chance of studying at Oxford.’ - Qingling Kong, China, MPP class of 2013

‘It’s only because of this support that I was able to take up my place at the School, and I’m excited to return to Brazil to utilise the lessons I’ve learnt on the MPP.’ - Joao Francisco Maria, Brazil, MPP class of 2015

‘I could not afford to study here had it not been for the scholarship. It’s a privilege nobody can take for granted. Whatever I take away from this course, I’ll owe it to the Blavatnik School of Government and the people who made it possible for me.’ - Wasif Rehman, Pakistan, MPP class of 2017

Len Blavatnik

Len BlavatnikSir Leonard Blavatnik is a major American and British industrialist, with global interests in natural resources and chemicals, media and telecommunications, venture capital and real estate. He is the founder and chairman of Access Industries, a privately held industrial group with strategic investments throughout the world.

In 2010, Sir Leonard made a visionary gift of £75 million that enabled the University of Oxford to establish the Blavatnik School of Government. He is personally committed to the success of the School while always respecting our academic independence.

An American citizen since 1984 and a UK citizen since 2010, he has advanced degrees from Columbia and Harvard Universities, and sits on boards at Harvard and Tel Aviv Universities.

The many other academic and educational institutions that have benefitted from Sir Leonard’s philanthropy include the University of Cambridge, Yale University, Harvard University, Columbia University, Tel Aviv University, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the New York Academy of Sciences.

British cultural institutions he has donated to include the Tate, the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal Opera House, the British Museum and the Royal Academy of Arts.

He has also donated to numerous other charitable causes throughout the world.

In 2017 Sir Leonard was knighted for services to philanthropy.

How you can help

Join the many individuals and organisations helping to realise our vision. As well as financial contributions, gifts in kind such as time and expertise can support our mission.

Contact us at development@bsg.ox.ac.uk to discuss ways of supporting the School or go straight to the giving page on the University website to make a donation.