Graduate funding

General information

Scholarships covering fees, living expenses, or fees plus living expenses, are available to outstanding graduate applicants subject to eligibility.


To be considered for funding, candidates applying to start a course from October must have submitted their University application(s) for the course(s) for which they wish to be considered by the relevant January deadline. 

How to apply:

Candidates applying for admission to a graduate course by the January deadline will automatically be considered for their eligibility for funding from a number of sources including, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC); the Clarendon Fund; Oxford Colleges; and Benefactors and Trust Funds.

Candidates wishing to be considered for an Ertegun Graduate Scholarship must indicate that they wish to be considered for this scholarship on their University course application form, and must also submit a supporting statement.

Sources of funding 

The University, Division, Faculties and Colleges all have sources of funding available to graduate students. Major funding schemes include:  


If you apply for a full- or part-time master's or DPhil course at Oxford by the January deadline for your course, you will automatically be considered for a Clarendon Scholarship.

Applications for entry in 2018-19 can be submitted from 1 September 2017. If you wish to be considered for Clarendon, you must apply before the January deadline for your course. You can find the deadlines for your chosen course on the relevant Course page.



To be considered for an Ertegun Graduate Scholarship candidates need to submit a supporting statement in addition to indicating that they wish to be considered for this particular scholarship on their University application. 

The Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme in the Humanities was established in 2012. The programme makes available a number of scholarships each year. Candidates apply for scholarships at the same time as they apply for a graduate course at Oxford.

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The Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Russian, Slavonic and East European languages and culture is a consortium of the University of Oxford, University College London (UCL) and the universities of Cambridge and Manchester, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

For more information, including how to apply for studentships, see

The Centre for East European Language-Based Area Studies (CEELBAS) is a major collaboration between the universities of Bath, Birmingham, Cambridge, Kent, Manchester, Oxford, Sheffield, Warwick, the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and UCL. The main objectives of the Centre are to realise the UK's strategic commitment to the study of Central and Eastern Europe and Russia, to help set the research agenda for the study of the region and to inform policy, nationally and internationally.

For further information, see


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.

For further information, see


Postgraduate Master's Loans for 2018 entrants

The UK government launched a new loans scheme for full-time and part-time master’s courses. Information currently available can be found on the University website.


Postgraduate Doctoral Loans for 2018 entrants

Postgraduate Doctoral Loans of up to £25,000 have been introduced by the UK government for English and EU (non-UK) students commencing study in 2018-19. Information currently available, including eligibility criteria, can be found on the government website and on the University website, which will be updated when further details are known. Loan applications are due to open in summer 2018. The Welsh government have also confirmed they will introduce a doctoral loan for students from Wales commencing study in 2018-19. Specific details have not yet been confirmed but the loan is expected to be very similar to loan available to English and EU students.



Further Information

Please contact the Graduate Admissions and Funding Office if you have questions about applying to Oxford for graduate study:

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