DPhil fees and funding

Fees

There are three types of expense to budget for each year when calculating the cost of your graduate study:

  • University tuition fee: The annual fee for the DPhil in Public Policy in 2018/19 can be found on the Graduate Admissions pages under 'Funding and Costs'.
  • College fee: The college fee covers academic facilities and other services provided by your college. The college fee does not include accommodation or meal charges and is payable in addition to the University tuition fee. 
  • Living costs: the 2018/19 estimated living costs for a graduate student at Oxford can be found on the University living costs pages.

More information is available on Graduate Admissions and Funding fees and funding page.

There are a lot of ways to meet your financial needs - some of them more direct, some others more creative.

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 DPhil application deadline, so make sure you check.

Funding from the University

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

External funding

There are many different external scholarship or funding schemes available to students, with a diverse variety of eligibility requirements. We are proud to say that a significant number of our students have been successful in applying to some form of external scholarship or financial award.

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 IN DETAIL

EXTERNAL FUNDING AND SCHOLARSHIP OPTIONS

There are many scholarships, bursaries and grants that might support your studies. These could be from a charity, individual sponsor, research council, employer, the European Union or other professional associations. Many external scholarships are only eligible to applicants of a doctorate degree, so start searching for funding opportunities as early as possible. 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. Some of the major external funding bodies include:

Commonwealth Scholarships

Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study in the UK are offered for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), with the aim of contributing to the UK’s international development aims and wider overseas interests, supporting excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth.

Open Society Foundations

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

Newton Fund - Newton PhD Programme

The Newton Fund is promotes the economic development and welfare of poor people in partnering countries through science and innovation partnerships. The Newton PhD Programme offers funding for individual partner country students to undertake full PhD studies in the UK, or vice versa.

The Wellcome Trust Doctoral Studentships

The Wellcome Trust Doctoral Studentships provide funding for researchers to undertake humanities or social science doctoral degrees in any area of plant or human health.

National governments

Many national governments provide funds for their students to study overseas in the interest of fostering the skills and knowledge of its citizens. Many of our students have successfully been awarded funding to complete their DPhil. For example, the governments below offer financial support for its citizens to pursue doctoral studies in the United Kingdom: Chile, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and Colombia.

In addition, we are aware that students from the US coming to the DPhil would be eligible for the Fulbright Scholarship, the Marshall Scholarships 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.

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.

University-wide scholarships

There are over 1,000 full scholarships available through the University for graduate courses in 2017/18. For most of these, your application is automatically considered as soon as you submit your general course application online. That's part of the reason we strongly recommend that you submit your application early as possible, before the 19 January deadline.

To search which scholarships you are eligible for, including those that require additional applications, please visit the University of Oxford's webpages for graduate students about fees, funding and scholarships. Some of the scholarships Blavatnik School applicants are eligible for and which they have been successful in obtaining include:

Clarendon Scholarships
  • Amount: Fees and a contribution towards living expenses
  • Eligibility: Academic merit and potential
  • Application process: No separate application process
  • Clarendon Scholarships aim to give the most academically-able students not only the life-changing opportunity to study at Oxford, but also the chance to form lasting social, academic and professional networks.
Dulverton Scholarships
  • Amount: Fees and a contribution towards 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.
Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Scholarships
  • Amount: Fees and a contribution towards living expenses
  • Eligibility: Various countries with Muslim communities
  • Application process: Attachment of OCIS Scholarships Supporting Statement to university application
  • These scholarships have been established by the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies to allow graduates to pursue study of benefit to the Muslim world.
Rhodes Scholarships
  • Amount: Fees and a contribution towards living expenses
  • Eligibility: Outstanding candidates with citizenship in one of the Rhodes constituent countries and, since 2018, there are now also two Global Rhodes Scholarships available to outstanding candidates from any country not already with an existing Rhodes scholarship.
  • 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.

Blavatnik School of Government funding

At the Blavatnik School we are committed to ensuring that the financial burden of undertaking the DPhil does not discourage the brightest and best applicants from applying to our programmes. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we are able to offer a limited amount of support for DPhil students. However, applicants should not rely on the Blavatnik School as a main source of funding.

There are also a number of scholarships available through specific colleges. Use the Graduate fees and Funding search to see which awards you are eligible for.