With a huge range of funding opportunities and a number of competitive scholarships available, studying for a Master of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government need not be out of reach for applicants.
As we approach the deadline for admissions, applicants (or potential applicants) will be wondering how they will be able to cover the expenses involved with a year of study away from home, often in a foreign country.
We, at the Blavatnik School, are aware of this, and the good news is that we are more committed than ever to ensuring that the financial demands of undertaking the MPP do not discourage the brightest and best applicants from applying to our programme. Thanks to the support of a number of donors, the Blavatnik School is able to offer a range of scholarships and financial awards to talented students from around the world.
The Public Service Scholarships are dedicated to applicants who can demonstrate outstanding commitment to public service – this year’s Public Service Scholars, Brianna and Wasif, can serve as inspiration to anyone who’s considering applying.
In addition to these, our Duke of Cambridge Scholarship was set up on occasion of our official opening, and is dedicated to candidates resident in the UK, to support applicants who are likely to join the British government and UK Civil Service – read about Medha, this year’s recipient.
From scholarships that focus on specific countries or regions, like the schemes run in collaboration with Lemann, Africa Initiative for Governance (read about this year’s scholars), and Oxford-Poler, to the most recent addition to support individuals of Roma ethnicity, the Roma Education Fund Scholarship – we are keen to make it possible for future public servants and leaders from across the world to study with us.
Because the School is part of the University of Oxford, you will also be considered for a range of additional scholarships that the University administers. There are now over 1,000 University of Oxford scholarships which many of our students benefit from – just take a look at this page. As you complete your application, please remember that while you will automatically be considered for the majority of University scholarships you are eligible for, some, such as the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme, require you to complete a separate application. So please make sure you check all the information carefully!
In addition to these opportunities, many of our students also secure funding from external sources including Chevening, Commonwealth, various government schemes and from other employers. Please check this page for some more links and advice.
Of course, you should remember that scholarships are competitive and not everyone will win one, but all who apply are eligible for a huge range of awards. And we are proud to say that the majority of our MPP students do receive funding for their studies with us here at Oxford.
Admissions close in just over seven weeks (19 January 2018), so we encourage you to look widely at your options and get going with your application.
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