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 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.
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.
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.