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 2021/22
Full-time study
Fee status Annual course fee
Home (UK, ROI, Channel Islands and Isle of Man) £24,450
Overseas (including EU) £24,450
Part-time study
Fee status Annual course fee
Home (UK, ROI, Channel Islands and Isle of Man) £12,223
Overseas (including EU) £12,223

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 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.

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.


The Blavatnik School of Government is pleased to announce a scholarship to work under the supervision of Dr Clare Leaver, Dr Martin J. Williams, and/or other Blavatnik School faculty members on the topic of personnel management and performance in governments worldwide. The scholarship 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 linked to the School’s People Lab, an international centre for excellence in original research and knowledge-to-practice in the area of people management.


Across the world governments are failing – not because they lack good policies, but because they lack the people to frame and to implement them. Recruiting, motivating and retaining brilliant, determined, and entrepreneurial people in the public service is an urgent but difficult challenge faced by countries across the world.

The People Lab – created by the Blavatnik School of Government, in partnership with Fundação BRAVA – aims to improve the motivation, responsiveness and effectiveness of people working in government, through collaborative research, direct engagement with the public and private sectors, and teaching.

The research programme envisions that the successful candidate will undertake research linked to the People Lab’s main goals and activities, ideally in close partnership with one or more governments. This research could either be designed and executed by the student alone, co-designed and implemented through one of the People Lab’s government collaborations, or a combination of these. This research could include quantitative and/or qualitative methods, and examples of projects could include designing and experimentally evaluating personnel management policies in partnership with a government, undertaking qualitative analysis of large-scale civil service reforms, analysing administrative data to provide insight into the effects of career development or performance management structures, or exploring innovative solutions to improve people in government motivation and effectiveness.

Although it is anticipated that at least part of the DPhil will involve direct engagement in People Lab research, students will have substantial autonomy to craft the exact character of the questions posed in the DPhil within the broad outlines of the People Lab. Creativity is encouraged, including at the stage of submitting the research proposal for the DPhil project.


Applicants will be assessed through the regular DPhil application process of the Blavatnik School. Please make clear in your DPhil application that you wish to be considered for the People Lab scholarship. We welcome brilliant applicants from any relevant field of social science, including but not limited to political science, economics, public policy, management, sociology, law, behavioural science 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 the admissions team. The deadline for application is Friday 8 January 2021.



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 2019/20. 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 first 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.
Future of Humanity Institute Scholarships
  • Amount: Fees and a £19,000 stipend for living expenses
  • Eligibility: The scholarships will be open to those beginning a DPhil at the University of Oxford whose research aims to answer crucial questions for improving the long-term prospects of humanity. To be eligible for a Future of Humanity Institute scholarship you must be starting a full- or part-time DPhil programme in the 2020/2021 academic year in a relevant discipline. You can be either a Home/EU or an overseas student. Your supervisor does not need to be attached to the Future of Humanity Institute (FHI). See the full description of the scholarships on the FHI website.
  • Application process: Applicants need to apply to an Oxford department by the relevant January deadline to be considered for the scholarship. In early February, FHI will open applications to the scholarship programme. Candidates will be asked to submit a cover letter, CV and the research proposal submitted for their DPhil application. Decisions will be made by early April.
Jardine Scholarship
  • Amount: Fees and a contribution towards 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 when they apply to the DPhil.
  • 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. Selection is expected to take place by May 2020.
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.