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Scholarships for postgraduate students

Postgraduate Scholarships at Oriel

Oriel offers a range of 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

Our main scholarships are listed below (please note that some scholarships only run in certain years).

our scholarships
David N. Lyon Scholarship in Politics: The Politics of Sex and Gender Equality in Diverse Societies

Status: Currently filled (not currently open for applications).

The David N. Lyon Scholarship provides support for postgraduate students of any nationality who are studying for (or have applied to study for) the MPhil, MSc or DPhil in Politics at the University of Oxford. The scholarship provides:

  • 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.

This scholarship was founded by Orielensis David N. Lyon and is an opportunity to explore the connection between political theory, practice, and policy.

More information about this scholarship.

Mellon Graduate Scholarship in Longevity Science

Status: Currently filled (not open for applications).

Based within Professor Lynne Cox’s lab, this scholarship is intended to support a DPhil candidate in the area of longevity science and healthy ageing. The scholarship covers the full costs of a DPhil, including residence at Oriel, UK/Home fees and an allowance for lab consumables.

The recipient becomes a member of Oriel College, the Cox lab, the Oxford Ageing Network (co-run by Professor Cox), and the University-wide ARCH initiative (Ageing Research Collaborative Hub) that brings together researchers from all academic divisions including the Humanities, Social Sciences, Medical Sciences and Mathematical, Physical, Engineering and Life Sciences to promote and support interdisciplinary research in ageing.

Oriel Graduate Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence

Status: Currently filled (not open for applications).

Following a generous gift from an Orielensis, we are able to offer a scholarship to support one postgraduate student focused on artificial intelligence research as part of a DPhil course in either Engineering Science or Computer Science. The Oriel Graduate Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence provides an annual award of £5,000 for up to three years, provided the recipient remains on course at Oriel.

More information about the scholarship can be found here.

Graduate Scholarship in Engineering Science

Status: Currently filled (not open for applications).

This scholarship is available for DPhil studies at Oriel in any discipline of Engineering, with a preference for Environmental Engineering. The award provides 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.

More information about the scholarship can be found here.

Keith Hawkins Scholarship in English or American Legal History at Oriel College

Status: Currently filled (not open for applications).

The Keith Hawkins Scholarship is open to candidates of any nationality pursuing a postgraduate research degree in legal history at the University of Oxford. Current University of Oxford MPhil and DPhil students are also welcome to apply for this scholarship, and would be expected to migrate to Oriel College if successful in their application. The scholarship includes a financial award of £5,000 per year (equivalent to 58% of the total annual Home/ROI student DPhil Law course fee in 2021-22).

More information about the scholarship can be found here.

Sir Walter Raleigh Scholarship

Status: Open for Applications.

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.

Thomas F. Torrance Graduate Scholarship in Theology

Status: Currently filled (not open for applications).

The Thomas F. Torrance Graduate Scholarship in Theology is a £3,400 scholarship that is awarded annually for up to three years to a DPhil student in Theology at Oriel College, subject to satisfactory academic progress.

More information about the scholarship can be found here.

Oriel College Graduate Scholarship in Science and Religion: Bridging the Gap between Scientific Knowledge and Christian Theology

Status: Currently filled (not open for applications).

This £3,400 scholarship is awarded annually for up to three years to a postgraduate student whose research focuses on the intersection of Christian theology and scientific thought. Students from all disciplines (including those outside of Theology) are eligible. Candidates from other colleges will be considered provided that they migrate to Oriel when they accept the scholarship. New postgraduate students who have applied to Oriel are also eligible.

More information about the scholarship can be found here.

Yalda Hakim Foundation Scholarship for a Female Student from Afghanistan
Status: Currently filled (not open for applications).
Oriel has partnered with the Yalda Hakim Foundation to offer a fully-funded scholarship, awarded on the basis of academic merit and potential, for a woman from Afghanistan to complete a one-year Master’s course in any subject at the University of Oxford.

It is intended that the scholarship, for the 2022-23 academic year, will benefit a student from an economically and socially disadvantaged background.

More information about the scholarship can be found here.

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