DPhil fees and funding


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

Course fee

Annual fees for entry in 2019/20
Full-time study
Fee status Annual course fee
Home/EU (including Islands) £22,600
Overseas £22,600
Part-time study
Fee status Annual course fee
Home/EU (including Islands) £11,300
Overseas £11,300

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 in the past for tuition fees and college fees. We have now combined these into a single figure.

Living costs

The 2019/20 estimated living costs for a graduate student at Oxford can be found on the University living costs pages.


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

Blavatnik School of Government scholarships

Through the generous support of our funding partners the Blavatnik School of Government is pleased to be able to offer a limited number of scholarships.

ERC-funded doctoral scholarships on the post-crisis politics of financial regulation (Banklash)

The Blavatnik School of Government is pleased to announce up to two scholarships to work under the supervision of Professor Pepper Culpepper on the politics and political economy of financial regulation since 2008. The scholarships cover full tuition fees, a stipend for living expenses, and costs of travel/research for three years for students of any nationality enrolled in the DPhil programme at the Blavatnik School. The funding is made possible by an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council to Professor Culpepper to study popular backlash against banks, media coverage, and the regulation of financial institutions.

The project

The Banklash project asks the following question: when do democracies with powerful banks succeed in imposing significant new regulation on those banks? The project aims to test the links between the prevalence of various frames in the national media environment, changes in public opinion, and the process of policymaking in six countries – Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States – since the financial crisis.

The research programme envisions two doctoral projects, each of which is eligible for a scholarship. One will investigate post-crisis politics in the three liberal market economies of the project: Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. Comparisons with other relevant economies, such as Australia, could also be envisioned. The second project will compare developments in three economies of continental Europe: France, Germany and Switzerland. These projects will necessarily involve some qualitative research and process-tracing of successful and failed reform episodes, but the exact scope and methods of the doctoral projects will depend on the capacities and intellectual approach of the DPhil student. Within the broad outlines of the Banklash project, students will have substantial autonomy to craft the exact character of the question posed in the DPhil. Creativity is encouraged, including at the stage of submitting the research proposal for the DPhil project.

The overall Banklash project consists of three separate but related components: one examines trends in national media coverage, using computational techniques; one examines trends in public opinion, involving surveys and survey experiments; and a third explores the trajectories of reform in post-crisis regulation through comparative case analysis. This third case analysis component, which will form the basis of the doctoral projects to be funded, could include study of various forms of policy intervention including (but not limited to) crisis bailouts and their legacies, post-crisis structural reform and/or capital requirements, and criminal and civil prosecution and the revision of laws on criminal responsibility for fraud.

The Candidate

Applicants will be assessed through the regular DPhil application process of the Blavatnik School. Please make clear in your application that you wish to be considered for a Banklash scholarship. We welcome brilliant applicants from any relevant field of social science, including but not limited to political science, public policy, management, sociology, law or organisational behaviour. Students are ordinarily only accepted to the Blavatnik School DPhil programme if they already possess a research master’s degree or equivalent training. For any questions, please contact admissions@bsg.ox.ac.uk. The deadline for application is 25 January 2019.

Scholarship information PDF

Blavatnik School of Government-Nuffield College Joint Graduate Scholarship in Public Policy

The Blavatnik School of Government-Nuffield scholarship is designed to help the University and Nuffield College attract and recruit outstanding graduate students in Public Policy. All applicants for the Blavatnik School DPhil will automatically be considered for this scholarship. For more information please see the Nuffield College website.

Please note that other scholarships linked with other colleges may also be available. For this reason, unless you already have funding secured, we recommend you submit an open college application.


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.
Future of Humanity Institute Scholarships
  • Amount: Fees and a generous stipend for living expenses
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be starting a full- or part- time DPhil programme in the 2019/2020 academic year in a relevant discipline. Scholars whose research aims to answer crucial questions for improving the long-term prospects of humanity. See the full description of the scholarships on the FHI website. You can be either a Home/EU or an overseas student
  • Application process: No separate application process (eligible candidates will be shortlisted and contacted to complete a further application)
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.

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.