Apply Now: David N. Lyon Scholarship in Politics – The Politics of Sex and Gender Equality in Diverse Societies at Oriel College

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1 October, 2020

Following a generous benefaction from Orielensis David N. Lyon, Oriel College is offering a new scholarship to support one postgraduate student to undertake research into the politics of sex and gender equality in diverse societies. It is hoped that the first scholar will join the college in October 2021.

For the duration of the scholarship, Oriel’s Fellow in Politics, Teresa M. Bejan, will serve as Academic Mentor. It is envisioned that this scholarship will encourage its holder to explore the connection between political theory, practice, and policy.

Oriel’s longstanding position in historical and theological study, as well as its commitment to progressive research, makes it the perfect environment for a postgraduate scholarship dedicated to this under-explored intersection between politics, sex and gender, religion, and cultural traditions. This is the first scholarship within the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford to focus specifically on sex and gender, and presents an exciting opportunity for the successful applicant to undertake novel research in this area.

The David N. Lyon Scholarship will be open to candidates of any nationality for the MPhil, MSc or DPhil in Politics at the University of Oxford and the successful candidate will receive the following benefits:

  • Financial award of £8,500 per year (equivalent to 65% of the total annual Home student DPhil Politics course fee in 2020/21)
  • Guaranteed College accommodation for at least the first year of their course
  • High Table dining rights at College Formal Hall once per week during term
  • A scholars’ gown paid for by the College

How to Apply

Applicants should make a direct application to the Department of Politics, following the University’s admissions procedures. Applicants should list Oriel College as their first-choice college and list the David N. Lyon Scholarship on their application form.

In addition, applicants to the scholarship should send their CV and research proposal, outlining their intended area of study and suitability for the scholarship to: Joseph Cole, Academic Registrar, Oriel College, Oxford, OX1 4EW

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Academic Registrar, Joseph Cole ( for more information.

Deadline for applications to Oriel: 31st December 2020