Postgraduate Support

Postgraduate students are an integral part of the Oriel community, and the College seeks to provide financial support and teaching opportunities to help students achieve their goals.


Oriel offers several postgraduate scholarships on an annual basis: some are awarded jointly with other funding bodies (e.g. RCUK), or for specific subjects, and others are offered in open competition. 

Benefits of being a postgraduate scholar:

  • Stipend
  • High Table dining rights
  • Entitlement to College accommodation

David N. Lyon Scholarship in Politics – The Politics of Sex and Gender Equality in Diverse Societies

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. Applications for this scholarship are open until 31st December 2020. More information can be found here.

Graduate Scholarship in Engineering Science

This scholarship is available for DPhil studies at Oriel in any discipline of Engineering, with a preference for Environmental Engineering. The award will provide a scholarship of £3,400 for each of the three years of the DPhil course and may be combined with other awards in order to provide an overall funding package. The deadline for applications for this scholarship is 22nd January 2021. We look forward to welcoming the recipient of this scholarship in Michaelmas Term 2021. More information about the scholarship and how to apply can be found here.

Sir Walter Raleigh Scholarship

The Sir Walter Raleigh Scholarship is an award of £4,000 and is tenable in Oriel College by one student reading for the degree of Master of Science in Environmental Change and Management at the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) in the University of Oxford. The Scholarship is usually awarded annually. More information about the scholarship and how to apply can be found here.

Graduate Teaching and Research Scholarships

Every year the College appoints postgraduate students to Scholarships which have a substantial teaching element. The Scholarships are open to DPhil students from any Oxford College. In addition to payment for teaching, the postholder is entitled to the usual benefits of postgraduate scholarships. 

Travel Grants

Postgraduate students can apply to the College's Travel Grants Fund for financial support that will enable them to undertake travel related to their studies. Students often apply for funding to attend and present papers at academic conferences, to do research outside of Oxford, and to take part in training opportunities that will enhance their understanding of their fields.  Further information is available on the Travel Grants page, including examples of recent awards.

Financial Assistance Funds

The College is able to assist students who run into unexpected financial difficulty via the Financial Assistance Funds. In particular, support is available to assist graduates to complete their degree after their core funding period has ended. Applications can be made termly, and current students can find out more by contacting the Treasurer's Assistant.

Other Funding Opportunities

Current students can find funding opportunities on the College WebLearn site noticeboard.