Undertaking the MSc can be a significant financial commitment; you will need to budget for the course fee and living expenses.

You will find a range of funding opportunities below, but we encourage you to be creative in your search for funding.

Fees

There are two types of expenses to budget for when calculating the cost of graduate study – the course fee and living costs.

Course fees

Annual fees for entry in 2023/24

Fee status Annual course fee
Home (UK, ROI, Channel Islands and Isle of Man) £38,900
Overseas (including EU) £38,900

Further details on the course fee can be found on the Graduate Admissions pages under ‘Funding and Costs’. Course fees cover your teaching, and other academic services and facilities provided to support your studies. They do not cover your accommodation or other living costs (see living costs below). You may have seen separate figures for tuition and college fees in the past. We have now combined these into a single figure.

Living costs

An indication of living costs for a graduate student at Oxford can be found on the University living costs pages.

Please note that due to the intensive nature of the MSc programme, we encourage students not to take on any work commitments outside the course, so your budget should take this into account.

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‘Without a scholarship, I would have had to give up the chance of studying at Oxford.'

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Manjit Nath

...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.

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Funding

We expect all applicants in need of financial aid to explore all funding opportunities available to them, including through their own governments, private sponsorship, and scholarship or bursary opportunities. You should investigate all possible funding routes available to you as early as possible. In fact, some scholarship schemes have deadlines before the MSc application deadline, so make sure you check.

Funding from the University

Many of our students have been successful in receiving University Scholarships such as the Clarendon Award. You will automatically be considered for the majority of University scholarships for which you are eligible.

Funding from the School

We are very grateful to the donors who make it possible for us to offer a variety of scholarships and financial awards. In order to be considered for awards managed by the Blavatnik School, you are required to complete and submit an MSc Scholarship Questionnaire, which is sent to all offer holders and is usually requested within a week of receiving your offer of a place. We do not follow other schools in collecting this information at the point of application as it is important to us that we credibly signal that this does not influence our admissions process.

External funding

There are many different external scholarship or funding schemes available to students, with a diverse variety of eligibility requirements.

Loans

Many students also consider funding their studies, in part, through financial loans. The School has an arrangement to provide students with access to loans through loan provider Prodigy Finance, which we recommend students investigate alongside other options if they are considering taking out a loan.

Below you will find a list of resources that will help you navigate your fundraising journey. In addition, the Blavatnik School blog features some posts and experiences that might help or inspire your search for the right financial support.

Scholarships

UNIVERSITY-WIDE SCHOLARSHIPS

The University of Oxford offers a mixture of scholarships and awards, with a range of eligibility criteria often including the applicant’s country of origin. Many Oxford colleges also offer scholarship schemes.

There are over 1,000 full scholarships available through the University for graduate courses in 2023/24. For most of these, your application is automatically considered as soon as you submit your general course application online. To find out which scholarships you are eligible for, including those that require additional applications, please visit the University of Oxford's fees and funding pages.

BLAVATNIK SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIPS

The Blavatnik School of Government works extremely hard to provide financial support for students from all regions of the world.

In order to be considered for a Blavatnik School of Government scholarship, you need to have received an offer to study the MSc. You will then be required to complete and submit a MSc Scholarship Questionnaire, usually within one week of receiving your offer letter.

EXTERNAL FUNDING AND SCHOLARSHIP OPTIONS

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding gives advice about applying for funding from charities and trusts, provides a searchable database of external funders, and advises on how to make a strong application. You may also want to check the University of Oxford external scholarships webpage for links to external funders.

View details of the available scholarships you may be eligible for below:

  • Black Academic Futures Scholarship
    Region/country: United Kingdom (UK)Europe
    Scholarship source: University of Oxford

    • Amount: Fees and a contribution towards living expenses
    • Eligibility: Up to 30 scholarships are available for applicants who are ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom, who are of Black or Mixed-Black ethnicity and who hold an offer for either a taught or research postgraduate degree, in the 2023–24 academic year, for any full or part-time graduate course at Oxford.
    • Application process: To apply for the Black Academic Futures scholarships, 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. You do not need to submit any additional documents and there is no separate scholarship application form for these awards.

    If you are eligible for these scholarships, you will be considered automatically regardless of which college (if any) you state as your preference on your graduate application form. However, some of these awards are only tenable at specific colleges and successful applicants will be transferred to the relevant college in order to take up the scholarship if applicable. Selection is expected to take place in May.

  • Chevening Scholarship
    Region/country: AfghanistanAlbaniaAlgeriaAngolaAnguillaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaAustraliaAzerbaijanBahamasBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBoliviaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBrazilBritish Virgin Islands (BVI)BruneiBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCabo VerdeCentral African Republic (CAR)ChadChileChinaColombiaComorosCook IslandsCosta RicaCote d'IvoireCubaDemocratic Republic of the CongoDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaSwazilandEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)FijiGabonGambiaGeorgiaGhanaGrenadaGuatemalaGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHondurasHong KongIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIranIraqIsraelJamaicaJapanJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKosovoKyrgyzstanLaosLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyaMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMarshall IslandsMauritaniaMauritiusMexicoMicronesiaMoldovaMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaMacedoniaPalestinePakistanPalauPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesRepublic of the CongoRussiaRwandaSaint HelenaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSao Tome and PrincipeSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth KoreaSouth SudanSri LankaSudanSurinameSyriaTaiwanTajikistanTanzaniaThailandTimor-LesteTogoTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuelaVietnamYemenZambiaZimbabweAfricaAsiaEuropeEurope (excluding UK)Latin America and the CaribbeanMiddle EastNorth AmericaOceaniaSouth America
    Scholarship source: External

    Chevening Scholarships is the UK government's international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders. Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations, Chevening offers two types of awards – Chevening Scholarships and Chevening Fellowships – the recipients of which are personally selected by British Embassies and High Commissions throughout the world. The deadline for Chevening in most countries is 1 November 2022.

    Read about Esther Soma's journey to the MPP as a Chevening Scholar

  • Clarendon Scholarship
    Region/country: AfricaAsiaEuropeEurope (excluding UK)Latin America and the CaribbeanNorth AmericaOceaniaSouth America
    Scholarship source: University of Oxford

  • Dulverton Scholarship
    Region/country: AfricaEuropeEurope (excluding UK)
    Scholarship source: University of Oxford

    • Amount: Full fees and a set amount to cover living expenses
    • Eligibility: Various countries in Eastern Europe and sub-Saharan Africa
    • Application process: No separate application process
    • The scholarships are funded by the Dulverton Trust, which is an independent, charitable, grant-making organisation established in 1949.
  • Exeter College: Amelia Jackson Senior Studentship
    Region/country: AfricaAsiaEuropeEurope (excluding UK)Latin America and the CaribbeanNorth AmericaOceaniaSouth America
    Scholarship source: University of Oxford

    • Amount: Full fees and a maintenance stipend
    • Eligibility: The Studentships are open to any person who is, or (in the case of awards for graduate study) has been, a student member of Exeter College, Oxford, and who, by the time of taking up a Studentship, shall have successfully completed a degree of the University, or who is currently studying for a postgraduate degree of the University.
    • Application process: via Exeter College’s application form. This scholarship is available every year. A call for applications is normally made towards the end of each calendar year, with a deadline in Hilary Term (around March). Application materials should be submitted to academic.office@exeter.ox.ac.uk. For further information and to download a copy of the application form, please visit Exeter College’s website.
    • These Studentships were generously endowed by the Will of Amelia Jackson (1842–1925), wife of the Revd W. W. Jackson, DD, (Rector 1887–1913).
  • Felix Scholarship
    Region/country: IndiaAfghanistanAngolaBangladeshBeninBhutanBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCentral African Republic (CAR)ChadComorosDemocratic Republic of the CongoDjiboutiEritreaEthiopiaGambiaGuineaGuinea-BissauHaitiKiribatiLaosLesothoLiberiaMadagascarMalawiMaliMauritaniaMozambiqueMyanmarNepalNigerRwandaSao Tome and PrincipeSenegalSierra LeoneSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth SudanSudanTanzaniaTimor-LesteTogoTuvaluUgandaYemenZambiaNorth KoreaSyriaAfricaAsiaLatin America and the Caribbean
    Scholarship source: University of Oxford

    • Amount: The scholarship will cover 100% of course fees, a grant for living costs and one return flight from India to the UK. Awards are made for the full duration of your fee liability for the agreed course.
    • Eligibility: The Felix Scholarship enables outstanding students from India to pursue graduate studies. One award is made each year to a non-Indian student who is ordinarily resident in a country (outside of India) which is categorised as Other Low Income Countries or Least Developed Countries on the DAC List of ODA Recipients. For full details of eligibility please see the Felix Scholarship website.
    • Application process: To be considered for this scholarship, submit your application for graduate study by the January deadline for MPP applications. Decisions are expected to be made by the end of May.
    • Felix has been supporting students at Oxford since 1991. The scholarships are administered by the three partner universities, with the support of the Felix Trustees. Please see the Felix Scholarship website for more information.
  • Jardine Scholarship
    Region/country: CambodiaChinaHong KongIndonesiaMalaysiaMyanmarPhilippinesSingaporeTaiwanThailandVietnamAsia
    Scholarship source: University of Oxford

    • Amount: Full fees and a set amount to cover living expenses
    • Eligibility: Residents of countries identified by the Jardine Matheson Group, and applicants to specific Oxford colleges
    • Application process: You can apply directly to the Foundation – applicants will also be considered through a separate strand automatically if applying to the MPP.
    • Up to five full scholarships are available for applicants who are ordinarily resident in Cambodia, mainland China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand or Vietnam. The scholarships have been made possible through the support of the Jardine Foundation, an educational trust supporting scholars who have the potential to become outstanding citizens with a high commitment to the community.
    • The scholarship is only tenable at one of the Foundation’s four link colleges: Exeter College, Oriel College, The Queen’s College and Trinity College. All eligible applicants will be considered for this scholarship, regardless of which college (if any) you state as your preference on the graduate application form. However, successful applicants will be transferred to one of the link colleges in order to take up the scholarship.
    • Read about Weijie Tan's experience on the MPP as a Jardine Scholar.
  • Mo Ibrahim Scholarship
    Region/country: SudanSouth SudanAfrica
    Scholarship source: Blavatnik School of Government

    • Amount: Variable; depending on need
    • Eligibility: Offer holders ordinarily resident in Sudan or South Sudan
    • Application process: The Blavatnik School of Government Scholarship Questionnaire (which will be sent to everyone who receives an offer)
    • The Mo Ibrahim Scholarship supports outstanding current or future Sudanese leaders undertaking one of the Blavatnik School of Government’s programmes, such as the MPP, MSc, or the Executive Public Leaders Programme. Recipients will hold the title of Mo Ibrahim Scholars.
  • National governments
    Region/country: AfricaAsiaEurope (excluding UK)Latin America and the CaribbeanNorth AmericaOceaniaSouth America
    Scholarship source: External

    Many national governments provide funds for their students to study overseas in the interest of fostering the skills and knowledge of their citizens.

    Many of our students have successfully been awarded funding to complete their studies. For example, previous students have been successful in securing scholarship support from the governments of Chile (through the BECAS Chile), India, Indonesia, Singapore, Mexico (through CONACyT), and Qatar.

  • Open Society Foundations
    Scholarship source: External

    The Open Society Foundations award grants, scholarships, and fellowships throughout the year.

  • Other Blavatnik School Scholarships MSc
    Region/country: AfricaAsiaEuropeEurope (excluding UK)Latin America and the CaribbeanNorth AmericaOceaniaSouth AmericaUnited Kingdom (UK)
    Scholarship source: Blavatnik School of Government

    • Amount: Variable
    • Eligibility: Merit of application and demonstrated financial need.
    • Application process: The Blavatnik School of Government Scholarship Questionnaire (which will be sent to everyone who receives an offer)

    Each year we work hard to secure funding with the intention of offering a variety of full and partial awards for students who display an outstanding ethos of public service and understand the importance of policy-orientated research in the development of effective policy solutions.

    These scholarships collect the gifts generously made available by some of our donors who wish to remain anonymous. Please contact the Admissions team if you have any questions relating to the Blavatnik School of Government Scholarships process. Please also be aware that due to other scholarship deadlines, the Blavatnik School of Government Scholarships Committee may not be able to make some decisions until late June.

  • Oxford Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Graduate Scholarship
    Region/country: AlgeriaBahrainComorosDjiboutiEgyptIraqJordanKuwaitLebanonLibyaMauritaniaMoroccoOmanPalestineQatarSaudi ArabiaSomaliaSudanSyriaTunisiaUnited Arab Emirates (UAE)YemenAfricaMiddle EastAsia
    Scholarship source: University of Oxford

    • Amount: Full fees and a set amount to cover living expenses
    • Eligibility: Applicants who are ordinarily resident in one of the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. You should be intending to return to one of the eligible countries on completion of your studies.
    • Application process: Via University of Oxford application form

    The scholarships have been jointly funded by the University and H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum through the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF) was established in 2007 to provide support for knowledge and development in the Arab region and beyond. The Foundation actively promotes education at all levels to enable individuals to make the best use of their abilities to benefit themselves and others.

  • Oxford-Reuben Israeli Scholarship
    Region/country: IsraelMiddle EastAsia
    Scholarship source: University of Oxford

    • Amount: Fees and a contribution towards living expenses
    • Eligibility: Students ordinarily resident in Israel
    • Application process: No separate application process
    • The scholarship is only tenable at Reuben College. All eligible applicants will be considered for this scholarship, regardless of which college (if any) you state as your preference on the graduate application form. However, successful applicants will be transferred to Reuben College in order to take up the scholarship.
  • Oxford-Reuben-Blavatnik School of Government Scholarship
    Region/country: AfricaAsiaEuropeEurope (excluding UK)Latin America and the CaribbeanNorth AmericaOceaniaSouth America
    Scholarship source: Blavatnik School of Government

    • Amount: Full fees and a set amount to cover living expenses (UKRI stipend equivalent)
    • Eligibility: Any applicant to the MPP, the MSc in Public Policy Research or the DPhil in Public Policy; preference will be given to those coming from under-represented socio-economic groups.
    • Application process: The Blavatnik School of Government Scholarship Questionnaire (which will be sent to everyone who receives an offer)

    The Oxford-Reuben Graduate Scholarships were created as part of the Reuben Foundation’s landmark £80m gift to the University, and in this endowing Reuben College. The Foundation is committed to the betterment of society in the UK and around the globe through focused charitable giving in the areas of education, health and the community. The University has supplemented the £15m hypothecated to Reuben College scholarships with £7.5m from the Graduate Endowment Matched Scholarships initiative. This aims to support students who have demonstrated excellent academic ability and potential, and who will go on to make a great impact in their future careers.

    Reuben College was founded in 2019 as the 39th college at the University of Oxford. To promote the ethos and practice of interdisciplinary interaction, there is an initial focus on four research clusters within the college, whose themes have been chosen for their wide reach across the University, their strongly interdisciplinary nature, Oxford’s existing and potential strengths in these areas, and their innovation and entrepreneurship potential. Each of the four areas is interpreted as broadly as possible, as the College is keen both to host students from all four of the University’s Academic Divisions (Medical Sciences, Maths, Physical & Life Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities) and to support the admission and progression of students from under-represented demographics.

  • Refugee Academic Futures Scholarships
    Region/country: AfricaAsiaEuropeEurope (excluding UK)Latin America and the CaribbeanNorth AmericaOceaniaSouth America
    Scholarship source: University of Oxford

    • Amount: Fees and a contribution towards living expenses
    • Eligibility: The Refugee Academic Futures Scholarship is available for applicants applying to any one year full-time master’s course, or two-year part-time master’s course, at Oxford. In order to be eligible for the award applicants must:
      • Hold an offer to commence a master’s degree at the University of Oxford in 2023–24 for a one-year full-time course or two-year part-time course.
      • Have been displaced within, or beyond, their home country due to conflict or violation of human rights, such as persecution. Further details will be published at the start of the application process for this scholarship.
      • Face barriers to progressing their education and have limitations on the financial support for their university studies.
      • Have not previously completed a degree at the same level (master’s) for which they are making an application.
    • Application process: To be considered for this scholarship, submit your application for graduate study by the December or January deadline (whichever is relevant to your course). Eligible applicants will then be invited to submit an application for the scholarship in April 2023. Only applicants who submit the scholarship application will be considered for the award. If you are eligible but did not complete the question on your course application about refugee/displaced status then you can still email us (via academic.futures@admin.ox.ac.uk) by 15 May 2023 to confirm that you wish to apply.
    • This scholarship is not open to applications from candidates who hold deferred offers for 2023–24.
    • The scholarship is funded by donations from students, colleges, external donors, and the central University. Awards will be made towards your course fees and will provide you with a grant for living expenses.
    • Eligible applicants will be considered regardless of which college (if any) you state as your preference on the graduate application form. However, it may be necessary to transfer successful applicants between colleges for the scholarship to be taken up.
  • Rhodes Scholarship
    Region/country: AustraliaBermudaCanadaChinaAnguillaAntigua and BarbudaBahamasBarbadosBelizeBritish Virgin Islands (BVI)Cayman IslandsDominicaGrenadaGuyanaMontserratSaint LuciaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesTrinidad and TobagoTurks and Caicos IslandsUgandaTanzaniaRwandaSouth SudanBurundiGermanyHong KongIndiaIsraelJamaicaKenyaMalaysiaNew ZealandPakistanSaudi ArabiaSingaporeSouth AfricaBotswanaLesothoMalawiNamibiaSwazilandSyriaJordanLebanonPalestineUnited Arab Emirates (UAE)United States of America (USA)BeninBurkina FasoCabo VerdeGambiaGhanaGuineaGuinea-BissauCote d'IvoireLiberiaMaliMauritaniaNigerNigeriaSaint HelenaSenegalSierra LeoneSao Tome and PrincipeTogoZambiaZimbabweAfricaAsiaEuropeEurope (excluding UK)North AmericaOceaniaSouth AmericaLatin America and the Caribbean
    Scholarship source: University of Oxford

    • Amount: Full fees and a set amount to cover living expenses
    • Eligibility: Please see the Rhodes Trust website.
    • Application process: Separate application process through the Rhodes Trust – follow link for details
    • The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting exceptional students from around the world to study at the University of Oxford. Rhodes's vision in founding the Scholarship was to develop outstanding leaders who would be motivated to fight 'the world's fight' and to 'esteem the performance of public duties as their highest aim' and to promote international understanding and peace.
    • Read Rafiullah Kakar's experience on the MPP as a Rhodes Scholar.
  • The John Monash Scholarship
    Region/country: AustraliaOceania
    Scholarship source: External

    • Amount: Annual stipend of AUD $70,000 per year for up to a maximum of three years (AUD $210,000) for postgraduate study (depending on the length of the degree at a full-time study load). Support to travel to the location of your postgraduate study overseas from Australia.
    • Eligibility: Australians
    • Application process: Apply through their website between May and July 2022 for programmes starting in September 2023.
    • John Monash Scholarships recognise excellence and leadership and celebrate one of Australia’s finest leaders: General Sir John Monash. Scholarships are awarded annually to outstanding Australian graduates to support them with postgraduate study at the world’s best universities. Successful applicants have demonstrated excellence in their field, leadership potential, and are motivated to contribute to a better Australia.
  • Vicky Noon Education Foundation Oxford Scholarship
    Region/country: PakistanAsia
    Scholarship source: University of Oxford

    • Amount: The size and duration of awards vary according to each scholar's circumstances. The scholarship is jointly funded by the University and the Vicky Noon Educational Foundation.
    • Eligibility: Up to two full/partial scholarships are available for applicants who are ordinarily resident in Pakistan. You should be intending to return to Pakistan once your course is completed. If you have previously studied outside Pakistan you will not normally be considered unless there are exceptional circumstances which explain why you have studied abroad.
    • Application process: To be considered for this scholarship, submit your application for graduate study by the relevant January deadline. If you are eligible for this scholarship, you will be contacted by email in April and asked to submit a short statement setting out how you intend to contribute to Pakistan on your return, and how your studies in Oxford will help with this. Only applicants who submit the statement will be considered for the scholarship.
    • Selection is expected to take place in July.
    • Read about Batool Asadi's time as a Vicky Noon Scholar on the MPP.
  • World Bank Scholarship Program – for Japanese applicants
    Region/country: Japan
    Scholarship source: External

    • Amount: Tuition fees, subsistence allowance and airfare
    • Eligibility: Japanese offer holders
    • Application process: Please see the application guidelines available online
    • The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) provides scholarships for up to two years to a limited number of Japanese mid-career professionals who are dedicated to the alleviation of poverty and enhanced shared prosperity in developing countries, and who have been admitted to or are currently enrolled in a master’s or PhD graduate degree programme outside of Japan and in development-related fields.
    • After earning their degree, Japanese scholars are expected to advance their professional careers with a keen focus on the alleviation of poverty and enhanced shared prosperity in developing countries.
    • The next application window for Japanese candidates will open from 6 February to 20 April 2023 at noon Washington time.
    • For more details on eligibility and how to apply please see the World Bank website.
    • Please note: in order to apply to this scholarship candidates must meet their English language and transcript conditions as well as various other requirements prior to the application deadline in April and submit, with their application, a letter from the School confirming these requirements have been met. This can be a very tight turnaround given that offers from the School only go out in mid-March. Therefore, if you are hoping to apply for this scholarship we would advise you to make arrangements to meet your English language and transcript conditions in March – and you may need to make arrangements prior to outcome decisions. If you have any questions please email admissions@bsg.ox.ac.uk

In addition, we are aware that students from the US coming to the Blavatnik School would be eligible for the Fulbright Scholarship and Truman Scholarships.

This is not an exhaustive list – if you know of publicly funded scholarships for studying at the University of Oxford in your country, please let us know. You can find all types of scholarships on the International Scholarship website.

If you are in contact with an external funding body who would like to liaise with us directly please contact the Admissions team, who will be happy to give advice or provide a letter of support for an external funding application.