MPP fees and funding

Fees

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

  • University tuition fee: Full details on the course and college fees for 2018/19 can be found on the Graduate Admissions pages under 'Funding and Costs'. If your application is successful, you will be asked to pay a deposit against your course fees at application stage as a condition of your offer. 
  • College fee: The college fee covers academic facilities and other services provided by your college. The annual 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.

There may also be costs associated with the Summer Project, depending on the type and location of the placement.

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

Please note that due to the intensive nature of the MPP programme, we encourage students not to take on any work commitments outside the course, so your budget should take this into account. 

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 MPP 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, Weidenfeld Hoffman, and Jardine awards. You will automatically be considered for the majority of University scholarships for which you are eligible.

Funding from the School

We are very grateful to the many different donors who make it possible for us to offer a variety of scholarships and financial awards. However, 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, you will be required to complete and submit a Scholarship Questionnaire, usually within two weeks of receiving your offer of a place. We do not follow other schools in collecting 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.

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 each year a significant number of our MPP students are successful in applying to some form of external scholarship or financial award.

Loans

Many students also 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.

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

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 2018/19. For most of these, your application is automatically considered as soon as you submit your general course application online. That’s why we strongly recommend that you submit your application early as possible, before the 19 January deadline. 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 Trust Wadham Scholarship
  • Amount: Fees and a contribution towards living expenses
  • Eligibility: Applicant should normally be resident in Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe, and they will be expected to show evidence of their intention to return to their home country on completion of their course.
  • Application process: Directly to The Beit Trust via their website.
  • The Beit Trust Wadham College Scholarships are made possible thanks to the generosity of both the College's donors and The Beit Trust, which 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.
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.
Oxford Thai Foundation
  • Amount: Fees and a contribution towards living expenses
  • Eligibility: Academic merit and potential
  • Application process: No separate application process
  • The Oxford Thai Foundation offers funding to contribute towards tuition costs for up to three students each year to pursue a Master's degree in the broader field of public policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and other departments at the University of Oxford. Applicants should be in the early stages of their career, aged 28-35, and have a strong desire to make a positive impact on Thailand over the course of their lives. For full details, please see the Oxford Thai Foundation website.
Jardine Scholarships
  • 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: Directly to the Foundation - note early deadline
  • The Jardine Foundation aims to assist scholars who have the potential to become outstanding citizens with a high commitment to the community. Consequently, the selection of candidates is based on a number of criteria, which include academic achievement, leadership qualities, and involvement in non-curricular activities and community affairs.
Jusoor-Oxford Scholarship for Syrian Students
  • Amount: Fees and a contribution towards living expenses
  • Eligibility: The scholarship is open to applicants who are Syrian citizens or Palestinian refugees in Syria (Palestinians with a Syrian Travel Document), who are currently living in Syria or abroad, and who have applied for a one-year full-time Master’s degree in any subject offered at St Antony’s College except the MBA (please see here for a full list). Preference will be given to students who have not already completed a Master's degree.
  • Application process: No separate application process
  • The Scholarship is a partnership between the Blavatnik School of Government, St Antony’s College, and Jusoor. Jusoor is an NGO of Syrian expatriates supporting the country’s development and helping Syrian youth realise their potential through various programmes and initiatives in the fields of Education, Career, and Global Community Engagement.
Oxford Kai Feng Scholarship
  • Amount: Fees and a contribution towards living expenses
  • Eligibility: Residents of the People's Republic of China (including the Hong Kong and Macau SARs) on selected courses, including the MPP
  • Application process: No separate application process
  • The first fully-endowed scholarships for Chinese students to study master programmes at Oxford, these are awarded to two students per year studying international relations, law, economics, finance, public policy and art history. Students from China applying to Oxford to study these courses will be automatically considered for these scholarships
Oxford Pershing Square Graduate Scholarships
  • Amount: Fees and a contribution towards living expenses
  • Eligibility: Applicants to the 1+1 MBA
  • Application process: In addition to the Master and MBA applications, you must submit an essay of no more than 500 words addressing this question 'How do you intend to change the world? What does this tell us about you as a person?’
  • Every year, the Pershing Square Foundation awards up to five 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 Said Business School’s MBA. Please see the SBS website for further details on the scholarship and the 1+1 programme.
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.
University College Burma Postgraduate Scholarship
  • Amount: Fees and a contribution towards living expenses
  • Eligibility: Residents of Burma
  • Application process: No separate application process
  • The scholarship is part of the University’s response to the request of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, during her visit to the University in 2012: she asked the University to help her to restore higher education in Burma, and particularly the University of Yangon, to its former status as one of the most highly regarded universities in Asia. As a part of this programme, University College has established a collaboration with the DASSK Trust and a number of individual and corporate donors to secure an endowed postgraduate scholarship, so that graduate students from Burma may come to Oxford for one year’s intensive study for the MPP degree at the Blavatnik School, with Univ’s central Oxford campus as their base for the year. The fund provides one scholarship per year, with the aim of building significant capacity in Burma over time and expanding the skills base of professionals from a wide range of fields.
Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme
  • Amount: Fees and a contribution towards 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.

Blavatnik School of Government scholarships

Every year, the Blavatnik School of Government works extremely hard to provide financial support for students from all regions of the world. We are 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 will be required to complete and submit a Scholarship Questionnaire, usually within two weeks of receiving your offer letter. These are the scholarships and awards managed by the Blavatnik School and available to MPP applicants:

Africa Initiative for Governance Scholarship (AIG)
  • Amount: Fees and a contribution towards living expenses
  • Eligibility: Students from Nigeria and Ghana (and other West African nations)
  • Application process: The Blavatnik School of Government Scholarship Questionnaire (which will be sent to everyone who receives an offer)
  • The Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) aims to improve governance and transform public sector performance by working with governments and other. There are five AIG Scholarships each year for students from Nigeria and Ghana (and other West African nations) to join the MPP together with classmates from across the globe. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of exceptional academic and leadership merit and/or potential. Applicants will usually hold an undergraduate degree from an African university. They should also intend to return to work in public service in the qualifying country for at least three years after completing their studies.
Blavatnik School of Government Public Service Scholarships
  • Amount: Fees and a contribution towards 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)
  • 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.
Duke of Cambridge Scholarship
  • Amount: Fees and a contribution towards 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.
Lemann Fellowships
  • Amount: Variable
  • Eligibility: Brazilian nationals
  • Application process: Additional application essay required - see below for details
  • Available to appropriately qualified Brazilian nationals (being ordinarily resident in Brazil) 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.  For the avoidance of doubt, Brazilian nationals currently living outside Brazil solely for the purpose of study shall be deemed to be ordinarily resident in Brazil. To apply candidates must attach a separate no more than 500 word statement detailing their commitment to social change in Brazil and append to the ‘Personal Statement’ component of the Oxford University online application form. Successful candidates will become part of the Lemann Fellows community based in Brazil.
Oxford-Poler Graduate Scholarship
  • Amount: Fees and a contribution towards living expenses
  • Eligibility: Students ordinarily resident in Africa
  • Application process: The Blavatnik School of Government Scholarship Questionnaire (which will be sent to everyone who receives an offer)
  • The Oxford-Poler Graduate Scholarship, made possible thanks to the generosity of the Poler Family Foundation, aims to support students who will bring the highest standards of ethics, efficiency and impact to national government and policy-making in their home country. One scholarship will be awarded to a student demonstrating significant personal leadership capability and/or potential, in particular those who have previously completed the African Leadership Academy's pre-University course. The African Leadership Academy (ALA) is a secondary institution for 15 to 18 year-olds that seeks to transform Africa by identifying, developing and connecting the next generation of African leaders.
Roma Education Fund Scholarship
  • Amount: Fees and a contribution towards 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.
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 Scholarships

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 award – Chevening Scholarships and Chevening Fellowships – the recipients of which are personally selected by British Embassies and High Commissions throughout the world.

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. 

Kwok Scholarship Programme

As part of the Kwok Scholarship Programme, 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.

Open Society Foundations

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

OFID Scholarship Award

OFID awards its scholarships to qualified applicants who have obtained or are on the verge of completing their undergraduate degree and who wish to study for a Master’s degree. Applicants must be from a developing country (except OFID Member Countries), and he/she must first obtain admission to pursue a Master’s degree studies in a relevant field of development, from any recognized university/college in the world. Through its scholarship scheme, OFID aims to help highly motivated, highly driven individuals overcome one of the biggest challenges to their careers – the cost of graduate studies.

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 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.

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.