MPP fees and funding

You’re thinking of applying. What’s next?

First, look at the figures: course fees and living costs.

Course fee

Annual fees for entry in 2023/24

Fee status Annual course fee
Home (UK, ROI, Channel Islands and Isle of Man) £49,080
Overseas (including EU) £49,080

What do course fees cover? Your teaching and other academic services and facilities provided to support your studies. They don’t cover accommodation or other living costs. Need more detail? The Graduate Admissions pages under 'Funding and Costs' has further information.

How much does it cost to live in Oxford?

You can get a good idea of living costs for a graduate student at Oxford on the University living costs pages. There may also be costs associated with the Summer Project, depending on the type and location you choose.

Can I work to fund my studies?

The MPP is an intensive, full-time programme and we encourage students not to take on any work commitments outside the course. Your budgeting should take this into account.

Can I bring my family to Oxford with me?

Yes! Oxford is a very family-friendly city, and many of our students have been accompanied by family members. 

Applying for funding

Below you’ll see the wide range of funding opportunities available.

  1. First, explore all funding opportunities available to you as early as possible, including through your own employer, governments, private sponsorship, external funding, and scholarship or bursary opportunities. Some scholarship schemes have deadlines before the MPP application deadline, so make sure you check. The Chevening deadline is normally in early November.
  2. University of Oxford funding. Many of our students have been successful in receiving University Scholarships such as Clarendon, Weidenfeld Hoffman, and Jardine awards. You will automatically be considered for the majority of University scholarships for which you are eligible when you apply.
  3. Funding from the Blavatnik School: We are hugely grateful to the many different donors who make it possible for us to offer a variety of scholarships and financial awards. Please note the Blavatnik School’s funding is limited and you should not rely on it as a main source of financial support. In order to be considered for awards managed by the Blavatnik School, if you are successful in getting a place, you will be required to complete and submit a Scholarship Questionnaire, usually within a week of receiving your offer. We do not collect this information at the point of application as it is important to us that we credibly signal that this does not influence our admissions process.
  4. Loans. Many students consider funding their studies, in part, through financial loans. The School has an arrangement to provide students with access to loans through loan provider Prodigy Finance, which we recommend students investigate alongside other options if they are considering taking out a loan.

The Blavatnik School blog features some posts and experiences from alumni that might help or inspire your search for the right financial support.

“The MPP was a formative and pivotal moment for me professionally and personally and I made deep connections and friendships. I still interact professionally with former fellow students and professors on a monthly basis. I would not have been able to do the MPP without the support of a Luksic Scholarship.”
Alexander Michie, Luksic Scholar, MPP Class of 2014

Scholarships in detail

University-wide scholarships

The University of Oxford offers a mixture of scholarships and awards, with a range of eligibility criteria often including the applicant’s country of origin. Many Oxford colleges also offer scholarship schemes and several have partnered with the Blavatnik School of Government specifically to support MPP students.

There are over 1,000 full scholarships available through the University for graduate courses in 2023/24. For most of these, your application is automatically considered as soon as you submit your general course application online. To find out which scholarships you are eligible for, including those that require additional applications, please visit the University of Oxford's fees and funding pages. Some of the scholarships MPP applicants are eligible for and which they have been successful in obtaining include the following:

The Beit-Blavatnik-Wadham Scholarship
  • Amount: Full fees and a set amount to cover living expenses
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be ordinarily resident in Zambia, Zimbabwe or Malawi, and they will be expected to show evidence of their intention to return to their home country on completion of their course.
  • Application process: On receipt of a conditional offer of a place on the MPP, applicants should apply directly to the Beit Trust via their website.
  • The Beit-Blavatnik-Wadham Scholarships are made possible thanks to the generosity of The Beit Trust, the Blavatnik School of Government and Wadham College donors. The scholarship aims to provide financial support to those with the greatest potential to become leaders, decision-makers and opinion-formers in their home countries of Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi.
Black Academic Futures Scholarship
  • Amount: Fees and a contribution towards living expenses
  • Eligibility: Up to 30 scholarships are available for applicants who are ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom, who are of Black or Mixed-Black ethnicity and who hold an offer for either a taught or research postgraduate degree, starting in the 2023–24 academic year who are applying to any full or part-time graduate course at Oxford.
  • Application process: To apply for the Black Academic Futures scholarships, all you have to do is submit your completed graduate course application, including ethnicity information, by the January deadline and you will automatically be considered. You do not need to submit any additional documents and there is no separate scholarship application form for these awards.

If you are eligible for these scholarships, you will be considered automatically regardless of which college (if any) you state as your preference on your graduate application form. However, some of these awards are only tenable at specific colleges and successful applicants will be transferred to the relevant college in order to take up the scholarship if applicable. Selection is expected to take place in May.

Care Leavers Academic Futures Scholarship
  • Amount: Fees and a contribution towards living expenses
  • Eligibility: Students who have experienced being in local authority care in the UK
  • Application process: more details to follow.
Clarendon Scholarship
Dulverton Scholarship
  • Amount: Full fees and a set amount to cover 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.
Felix Scholarship
  • Amount: The scholarship will cover 100% of course fees, a grant for living costs and one return flight from India to the UK. Awards are made for the full duration of your fee liability for the agreed course.
  • Eligibility: The Felix Scholarship enables outstanding students from India to pursue graduate studies. One award is made each year to a non-Indian student who is ordinarily resident in a country (outside of India) which is categorised as Other Low Income Countries or Least Developed Countries on the DAC List of ODA Recipients. For full details of eligibility please see the Felix Scholarship website.
  • Application process: To be considered for this scholarship, submit your application for graduate study by the January deadline for MPP applications. Decisions are expected to be made by the end of May.
  • Felix has been supporting students at Oxford since 1991. The scholarships are administered by the three partner universities, with the support of the Felix Trustees. Please see the Felix Scholarship website for more information.
Jardine Scholarship
  • Amount: Full fees and a set amount to cover 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 MPP.
  • 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.
  • Read about Weijie Tan's experience on the MPP as a Jardine Scholar.
Oxford-Creat Group Graduate Scholarship
  • Amount: Full fees and a set amount to cover living expenses
  • Eligibility: The Oxford-Creat Group Graduate scholarships are available for applicants who are ordinarily resident in the People's Republic of China (including the Hong Kong and Macau SARs) and who are applying for one of the following full-time courses: MBA; Master of Public Policy (MPP); MSc Financial Economics; and MSc Law and Finance. Preference for one award will be given an applicant to the MPP.
  • Application process: To be considered for this scholarship, submit your application for graduate study by the January deadline for MPP applications.
  • The scholarships have been jointly funded by the University and by the Creat Group of Beijing. The Creat Group is a leading investment company with a global portfolio and partnerships with leading financial institutions in the UK and Japan. The Creat Group intends that scholars will make a considerable contribution to the development of China’s economy over the course of their lifetime. Selection is expected to take place in April.
Oxford-Indira Gandhi graduate scholarship
  • Amount: The scholarship covers course fees and a grant for living costs. Awards are made for the duration of fee liability for the course.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be ordinarily resident in India or have previously studied at an Indian higher education institution.
  • Application process: Via University of Oxford application form. This award is only tenable at Somerville. All eligible candidates who have applied for graduate study by the January deadline will be considered, regardless of which college preference (if any) is included in the graduate application. Successful scholars will be transferred to Somerville. There is no separate application process, but shortlisted candidates will be asked to attend a video interview..

Find out more about the Oxford-Indira Gandhi Graduate Scholarship.

Oxford Pershing Square Graduate Scholarship
  • Amount: Full fees and a set amount to cover living expenses
  • Eligibility: Applicants to the 1+1 MBA
  • Application process: Please see the Saïd Business School’s website.
  • Every year, the Pershing Square Foundation awards up to six full scholarships to support outstanding students on the 1+1 MBA, covering both the master's degree and the MBA year. Pershing Square Scholars are exceptional individuals who can demonstrate the potential and commitment to finding scalable and sustainable solutions to world-scale social challenges. The scholarship is if you would like to pursue any of the partnering master’s degrees (including the MPP at the Blavatnik School) and combine it with Saïd Business School’s MBA. Please see the Saïd Business School website for further details on the scholarship and the 1+1 programme.
Oxford-Reuben Israeli Scholarships
  • Amount: Fees and a contribution towards living expenses
  • Eligibility: Students ordinarily resident in Israel
  • Application process: No separate application process
  • The scholarship is only tenable at Reuben 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 Reuben College in order to take up the scholarship.
Oxford Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Graduate Scholarship
  • Amount: Full fees and a set amount to cover living expenses
  • Eligibility: Applicants who are ordinarily resident in one of the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. You should be intending to return to one of the eligible countries on completion of your studies.
  • Application process: Via University of Oxford application form

The scholarships have been jointly funded by the University and H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum through the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF) was established in 2007 to provide support for knowledge and development in the Arab region and beyond. The Foundation actively promotes education at all levels to enable individuals to make the best use of their abilities to benefit themselves and others.

Oxford Thai Foundation Graduate Scholarship
  • Amount: Full fees and a set amount to cover living expenses
  • Eligibility: Academic merit and potential
  • Application process: No separate application process
  • The Oxford Thai Foundation Graduate Scholarship is available for applicants who are ordinarily resident in Thailand and intending to return there after graduation. Preference will be given to applicants who are applying for the Master of Public Policy (MPP). The scholarship is jointly funded by the University and the Oxford Thai Foundation.

The Oxford Thai Foundation is a scholarship programme to help promising young professionals from Thailand in the broader field of public policy to pursue advanced degrees at the University of Oxford. The programme wishes to create a strong network of future thinkers and leaders, built on mutual respect and trust developed during their time at Oxford, as well as through activities organised by the Foundation upon their return to Thailand. The goal is a more cohesive and equitable society, built on an inclusive public policy development platform.

Oxford University College – Burma Graduate Scholarship
  • Amount: Full fees and a set amount to cover living expenses
  • Eligibility: Please see the Graduate Admission website.
  • Application process: No separate application process
  • The scholarship is jointly funded by the University and a syndicate of generous donors to University College. Preference is given to applicants to the MPP. Awards are made for the full duration of your fee liability for the agreed course. The scholarship is only tenable at University 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 University College in order to take up the scholarship. Selection is expected to take place in April.
Refugee Academic Futures Scholarships
  • Amount: Fees and a contribution towards living expenses
  • Eligibility: The Refugee Academic Futures Scholarship is available for applicants applying to any one year full-time master’s course, or two-year part-time master’s course, at Oxford. In order to be eligible for the award applicants must:
    • Hold an offer to commence a master’s degree at the University of Oxford in 2023/24 for a one-year full-time course or two-year part-time course.
    • Have been displaced within, or beyond, their home country due to conflict or violation of human rights, such as persecution. Further details will be published at the start of the application process for this scholarship.
    • Face barriers to progressing their education and have limitations on the financial support for their university studies.
    • Have not previously completed a degree at the same level (master’s) for which they are making an application.
  • Application process: To be considered for this scholarship, submit your application for graduate study by the December or January deadline (whichever is relevant to your course). Eligible applicants will then be invited to submit an application for the scholarship in April 2023. Only applicants who submit the scholarship application will be considered for the award. If you are eligible but did not complete the question on your course application about refugee/displaced status then you can still email us (via academic.futures@admin.ox.ac.uk) by 15th May 2023 to confirm that you wish to apply.
  • This scholarship is not open to applications from candidates who hold deferred offers for 2023-24. The scholarship is funded by donations from students, colleges, external donors, and the central University. Awards will be made towards your course fees and will provide you with a grant for living expenses. Eligible applicants will be considered regardless of which college (if any) you state as your preference on the graduate application form. However it may be necessary to transfer successful applicants between colleges for the scholarship to be taken up.
Rhodes Scholarship
  • Amount: Full fees and a set amount to cover living expenses
  • Eligibility: Please see the Rhodes Trust website.
  • 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.
  • Read Rafiullah Kakar's experience on the MPP as a Rhodes Scholar.
Vicky Noon Education Foundation Oxford Scholarship
  • Amount: The size and duration of awards vary according to each scholar's circumstances. The scholarship is jointly funded by the University and the Vicky Noon Educational Foundation.
  • Eligibility: Up to two full/partial scholarships are available for applicants who are ordinarily resident in Pakistan. You should be intending to return to Pakistan once your course is completed. If you have previously studied outside Pakistan you will not normally be considered unless there are exceptional circumstances which explain why you have studied abroad.
  • Application process: To be considered for this scholarship, submit your application for graduate study by the relevant January deadline. If you are eligible for this scholarship, you will be contacted by email in April and asked to submit a short statement setting out how you intend to contribute to Pakistan on your return, and how your studies in Oxford will help with this. Only applicants who submit the statement will be considered for the scholarship.
  • Selection is expected to take place in July.
  • Read about Batool Asadi's time as a Vicky Noon Scholar on the MPP.
Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarship and Leadership Programme
  • Amount: Full fees and a set amount to cover living expenses
  • Eligibility: Various by country residency
  • Application process: Via questionnaire and University of Oxford application form – follow link for details
  • The Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme cultivates the leaders of tomorrow by providing outstanding university graduates and professionals from developing and emerging economies with the opportunity to pursue fully-funded graduate studies at the University of Oxford, combined with a comprehensive programme of leadership development, long-term mentoring and networking. There are two scholarship schemes for which MPP applicants are eligible: the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarship and the Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld Scholarship.
  • Read about Rusudan Kemularia’s time as a Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholar
THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
  • Amount: Full fees and a set amount to cover living expenses
  • Eligibility: The scholarships are available for applicants who are ordinarily resident and have permanent residency in Hong Kong.
  • Application process: Via University of Oxford application form. Selection will be based on the following criteria: academic merit; evidence of outstanding leadership and team work; commitment to service and improving the lives of others; and strength of character, including truth, courage, devotion to duty, empathy, social awareness, and commitment to fairness and justice.
  • The Hong Kong Jockey scholarships are funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. Since 1998, the Trust has been awarding annual scholarships at the city's tertiary institutions to students who combine outstanding academic performance with a strong commitment to serving the community.

Blavatnik School of Government scholarships

We work hard to provide financial support for students from all regions of the world. And we’re constantly developing new ways of supporting students financially. By asking our supporters to donate precious funds, we make it possible to assist the very best future public leaders from countries across the world to study with us.

In order to be considered for a Blavatnik School of Government scholarship you need to have received an offer to study the MPP. You will then be required to complete and submit a Scholarship Questionnaire, usually within one week of receiving your offer letter. These are the scholarships and awards managed by the Blavatnik School and available to MPP applicants:

 

The Aig-Imoukhuede Foundation (AIG) Scholarship
  • Amount: Full fees and a set amount to cover living expenses
  • Eligibility: Applicants who are ordinarily resident in Nigeria, currently employed in the Nigerian public service and with a clear commitment to continuing in public service in Nigeria.
  • Application process: Firstly, applicants for the scholarship must complete the AIG application process (visit the AIG website for more information). Secondly, applicants must complete the Blavatnik School of Government scholarship questionnaire (which will be sent to everyone who receives an MPP offer).
  • There are three AIG Scholarships each year for students from Nigeria to join the MPP. AIG’s pioneering initiative brings proven private sector innovation, leadership and funding in a private-public partnership to attract, inspire and support future leaders of the public sector. These future leaders will drive best practice standards of governance across Africa, ensuring sustainable economic growth and social justice.

Visit the AIG website for more information on the scholarship.
Further information on the partnership with AIG.

The Brasenose-Blavatnik-Marshall Commission Scholarship
  • Amount: Full fees and a set amount to cover living expenses
  • Eligibility: Americans of high ability that wish to study the Master of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. Applicants must have applied for and be in receipt of a Marshall Scholarship (see below). Please note the deadline for applications is typically mid-late September of the year preceding tenure.
  • Application process: Firstly, applicants for the scholarship must complete the Marshall Commission application process (visit the Marshall Scholarships website for more information). Secondly, applicants must apply and be offered a place at the Blavatnik School of Government (to study the MPP). Where there is more than one Marshall Scholar offered a place on the MPP, decisions will be made informed by the Blavatnik School of Government Scholarship questionnaire (which will be sent to everyone who receives an offer) in collaboration with Brasenose College.
  • There is one Brasenose-Blavatnik-Marshall Commission Scholarship each year for students from America to join the MPP. As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Brasenose-Blavatnik-Marshall Scholars will strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments, and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth
Blavatnik School of Government Public Service Scholarship
  • Amount: Variable, often half or full fees
  • Eligibility: Any applicant to the MPP
  • Application process: The Blavatnik School of Government Scholarship Questionnaire (which will be sent to everyone who receives an offer)
  • So many of our applicants demonstrate real and positive commitment to serving their communities. They share our vision of a world better served, better led, and better governed. Everyone who is offered a place on the MPP has impressed us as a change-maker who wants to make a lasting contribution through public policy. The Blavatnik School of Government Public Service Scholarships provide full funding to top candidates in recognition of their unwavering dedication to public service, shown through their exceptional academic and professional record. Recipients will hold the title of Blavatnik School of Government Public Service Scholar.
  • Read about Wasif Rehman's time on the MPP as a Blavatnik School of Government Public Service Scholar.
Carl and Caroline Dawson Scholarship
  • Amount: Partial award
  • Eligibility: UK, Northern Irish, South African and US residents, first-generation university students or those who have faced adversity.
  • Application process: The Blavatnik School of Government Scholarship Questionnaire (which will be sent to everyone who receives an offer).
  • Carl and Caroline are advocates for social mobility, particularly for those who have faced adversity in the past – for example, those that have been in care or suffered early bereavement. Carl has worked serving the education and workforce development sector for over 18 years. As the co-founder of Construct, Carl has been embedded directly with universities around the world to ensure the delivery of high-quality learning content. His professional career outside education in the government, nuclear, and cloud networks sectors have still largely been focused on bridging the gap between higher education and employment.
Duke of Cambridge Scholarship
  • Amount: Full fees and a set amount to cover living expenses
  • Eligibility: Applicants ordinarily resident in the UK
  • Application process: The Blavatnik School of Government Scholarship Questionnaire (which will be sent to everyone who receives an offer)
  • The Duke of Cambridge Scholarship at the University of Oxford presents an opportunity for future British leaders from all backgrounds. It has been made possible by the generosity of Leonard Blavatnik, donors to University College, and the University of Oxford. This scholarship will be awarded to a candidate ordinarily resident in the UK who shows extraordinary academic merit or potential.
  • Read about Stephanie Ifayemi's time as a Duke of Cambridge Scholar on the MPP.
  • Read about Medha Bhasin's time as a Duke of Cambridge Scholar on the MPP.
Lemann Fellowship
  • Amount: Variable
  • Eligibility: Offer holders who are ordinarily resident in Brazil.
  • Application process: The Blavatnik School of Government scholarship questionnaire (which will be sent to everyone who receives an offer)
  • The School would like to receive applications from as wide and diverse a group as possible, and works very hard at every stage in the admissions and scholarship process to support, as far as possible, a spread of many different nationalities, similar numbers of men and women, and students from a range of socioeconomic contexts. Many of our students receive full financial support to study here, and finance should not be a barrier to applying. Funded by the Lemann Foundation, this scholarship is an opportunity available to appropriately qualified Brazilians demonstrating exceptional academic merit and intending to return to Brazil on completion of their studies. Candidates should have a demonstrated interest in social change in Brazil and intend to use their studies at the University to further those interests. The Blavatnik School and the Lemann Foundation are committed to opening this opportunity to students from a range of socio-economic contexts, and to ensure that financial circumstances should not be a barrier to applying. To apply candidates will be asked to supply details of their commitment to social change in Brazil, and invited to include any personal experience of socio-economic or other obstacles to social mobility. Successful candidates will become part of the Lemann Fellows community based in Brazil.
  • Read about João Francisco Maria’s time as a Lemann Scholar.
Lord Browne Scholarship in Public Service
  • Amount: Full fees and a set amount to contribute to living expenses.
  • Eligibility: Any applicant to the MPP.
  • Application process: The Blavatnik School of Government Scholarship Questionnaire (which will be sent to everyone who receives an offer).
  • The Lord Browne Scholarship in Public Service provides full funding to an outstanding candidate who is committed to public service. Recipients will hold the title of Lord Browne Public Service Scholars.
Luksic Scholarship
  • Amount: Full fees and a set amount to cover living expenses
  • Eligibility: Offer holders ordinarily resident in Chile
  • Application process: The Blavatnik School of Government scholarship questionnaire (which will be sent to everyone who receives an offer). Admissions and aid decisions are made exclusively and independently by the Blavatnik School of Government.
  • Funded by the Luksic Scholars Foundation, this scholarship is an opportunity available to highly motivated and highly driven Chilean nationals, appropriately qualified and proven to have exceptional academic merit. Candidates should have a demonstrated interest in social and public policy challenges in Chile, and a strong commitment to public service.
  • There are up to three scholarships available each year.
  • Awardees have the opportunity to join the Luksic Scholars Network, an international community that provides scholars with the chance to collaborate and shape lasting academic, social and professional networks.
  • Read about Francisco Carrillo Magna’s time as a Luksic Scholar.
Mo Ibrahim Scholarship
  • Amount: Variable; depending on need
  • Eligibility: Offer holders ordinarily resident in Sudan or South Sudan
  • Application process: The Blavatnik School of Government Scholarship Questionnaire (which will be sent to everyone who receives an offer)
  • The Mo Ibrahim Scholarship supports outstanding current or future Sudanese leaders undertaking one of the Blavatnik School of Government’s programmes, such as the MPP, MSc, or the Executive Public Leaders Programme. Recipients will hold the title of Mo Ibrahim Scholars.
The Oxford Lebanon Master of Public Policy Graduate Scholarship
  • Amount: Full fees and a set amount to cover living expenses.
  • Eligibility: Those ordinarily resident in Lebanon will be considered. Candidates must demonstrate a clear commitment to returning to and supporting Lebanon.
  • Application process: Firstly, applicants for the scholarship must complete the MPP course application by the January deadline and those that meet the criteria must complete the Blavatnik School of Government scholarship questionnaire (which will be sent to everyone eligible who receives an MPP offer).
  • There is one scholarship available each year.
Poler Family Oxford Scholarship
  • Amount: Full fees and a contribution towards living expenses
  • Eligibility: Outstanding candidates ordinarily resident in Africa
  • Application process: No separate application process
  • The Poler Family Oxford Scholarship is a postgraduate award for candidates ordinarily resident in Africa applying for the Master of Public Policy. It will support the top student from Africa who has demonstrated a commitment to serving others, to learning, and to contributing to the continent through public service. Candidates will demonstrate significant personal leadership potential and the highest standards of ethics, efficiency, integrity and vision. The award is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Poler Family Foundation.
Political Leadership Scholarship
  • Amount: Full fees and a set amount to cover living expenses
  • Eligibility: Applicants ordinarily resident in the Republic of Ireland or the UK who have received an offer to study the MPP and are politically motivated to seek elected office in the near future
  • Application process: The Blavatnik School of Government Scholarship Questionnaire (which will be sent to everyone who receives an offer)
  • The Political Leadership Scholarship aims at improving the diversity, calibre and training of public leaders from all backgrounds in the UK and Ireland. There are up to three scholarships available each year and distributed between applicants resident in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and mainland UK or Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales). Candidates will need to demonstrate exceptional academic merit and potential, as well as being active in party politics and having a desire to play a part in shaping future governments; they will also have a goal of contributing to government through actively seeking elected office at a local or national level within five years from graduation.
  • Read about Keir Mather's time on the MPP as a Political Leadership Scholar.
Roma Education Fund Scholarship
  • Amount: Full fees and a set amount to cover living expenses
  • Eligibility: Applicants that identify as Roma
  • Application process: The Blavatnik School of Government Scholarship Questionnaire (which will be sent to everyone who receives an offer)
  • The Roma Education Fund Scholarship is a partnership between the Blavatnik School of Government with the Roma Education Fund. The Scholarship is available to those that identify as Roma, and are ordinarily resident in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey, or Ukraine. Applicants must have achieved an academic standing sufficiently advanced to ensure admission to Oxford and the MPP programme. This means a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in any discipline. Applicants must also have a strong commitment to public service and an intention to work in their country's public sector after their studies.
  • Read about Benjamin Ignac's time on the MPP as a Roma Education Fund Scholar.
Other Blavatnik School Scholarships
  • Amount: Variable; depending on need
  • Eligibility: Any applicant with financial need
  • Application process: The Blavatnik School of Government Scholarship Questionnaire (which will be sent to everyone who receives an offer)
  • These scholarships collect the gifts generously made available by some of our donors who wish to remain anonymous. Please contact the Admissions team if you have any questions relating to the Blavatnik School of Government Scholarships process. Please also be aware that due to other scholarship deadlines, the Blavatnik School of Government Scholarships Committee may not be able to make some decisions until late June.

External funding and scholarship options

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 with which our students have had success include:

Chevening Scholarship

Chevening Scholarships is the UK government's international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders. Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations, Chevening offers two types of awards – Chevening Scholarships and Chevening Fellowships – the recipients of which are personally selected by British Embassies and High Commissions throughout the world. The deadline for Chevening in most countries is 1 November 2022.

Read about Esther Soma's journey to the MPP as a Chevening Scholar

Commonwealth Scholarship

Commonwealth Scholarships for master's and PhD study in the UK are offered to applicants from developing Commonwealth countries. These scholarships are funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office 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.

To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must apply directly to the Commonwealth Scholarship using their online application form; the deadline is normally in December.

For the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships entry requirements, please visit the CSC website.

Read about Umar Nadeem's experience as a Commonwealth Scholar on the MPP.

Eisenhower Global Scholars Program

The Eisenhower Global Scholars Program provides all-expenses-paid scholarships for four outstanding American university graduates to study overseas for a full academic year leading to a Master of Public Policy degree at the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government or a Master in International Relations degree at the School of Global and Public Affairs at IE University in Madrid. Sponsored by Eisenhower Fellowships, the Global Scholars will meet with Eisenhower Fellows in Europe during and after their year of study, setting the stage for a lifelong connection to an influential global network of like-minded leaders intent on bettering their societies. After completion of their studies, Global Scholars will be offered optional three-month professional internships in collaboration with Eisenhower Fellows.

The Eisenhower Global Scholars Program will select academically high-performing recent college graduates admitted to Oxford and IE who have demonstrated a commitment to public service or to fostering entrepreneurship. For further information on the program and how to apply, please visit the Eisenhower Global Scholars website.

Read about Naomi Ducat's experience as an Eisenhower Global Scholar on the MPP.

The John Monash Scholarship
  • Amount: Annual stipend of AUD $70,000 per year for up to a maximum of three years (AUD $210,000) for postgraduate study (depending on the length of the degree at a full-time study load). Support to travel to the location of your postgraduate study overseas from Australia.
  • Eligibility: Australians
  • Application process: Apply through their website between May and July 2022 for programmes starting in September 2023.
  • John Monash Scholarships recognise excellence and leadership and celebrate one of Australia’s finest leaders: General Sir John Monash. Scholarships are awarded annually to outstanding Australian graduates to support them with postgraduate study at the world’s best universities. Successful applicants have demonstrated excellence in their field, leadership potential, and are motivated to contribute to a better Australia.
The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program
  • The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) is open to applicants from certain developing countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries' development efforts who are applying to a master's degree programme in a development-related topic.
  • The Master of Public Policy is a Participating Programme accepting applications under Window 2 of the scheme – open from 29 March 2022 to 27 May 2022. Those who receive an offer for the MPP in mid-March 2022 can apply to the Programme when they have met all of their non-financial conditions.
  • After earning their degree, developing country scholars commit to return to their home country to use their new skills and contribute to their countries social and economic development.
  • For more details on eligibility and how to apply please see the World Bank website.
Kwok Scholarship Programme

As part of the Kwok Scholarship Programme, up to two scholarships are available each academic year for MPP candidates with exceptional merit. The funding will be accessible to Chinese students from Hong Kong or mainland China who have been offered a place to study for the MPP.

Watch an interview with Thomas Hale about what makes the Oxford MPP programme unique, the classes he teaches and how the Blavatnik School of Government prepares Hong Kong students for a career in public policy.

For further information, please visit the Kwok Scholarship Programme website.

Read Qingling Kong's experience as a Kwok Scholar on the MPP.

Open Society Foundations

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

National governments

Many national governments provide funds for their students to study overseas in the interest of fostering the skills and knowledge of their citizens.

Many of our students have successfully been awarded funding to complete their MPP. For example, previous students have been successful in securing scholarship support from the governments of Chile (through the BECAS Chile), India, Indonesia, Singapore, Mexico (through CONACyT), and Qatar.

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

“Having a fully funded scholarship has meant I can focus my energies on the MPP programme. Without it I don’t think I would be here.”
Nikunj Agarwal, Chevening Scholar, MPP Class of 2021

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. You can find all types of scholarships on the International Scholarship website.

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.