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Scholarships for postgraduate students

Postgraduate Scholarships at Oriel

Oriel currently offers 17 main types of postgraduate scholarships: some are awarded jointly with other funding bodies (e.g. RCUK), or for specific subjects, and others are offered in open competition.

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

Our Graduate Scholarships
Alec Bond DPhil Scholarship in Chemistry
  • Course: DPhil in Chemistry
  • Award: £3,400 /yr for College fees
  • Duration: up to 4 years
  • Eligibility: open to all
  • Status: Closed for applications (next award for Michaelmas Term 2024 entry).

Launched in 2020, the Alec Bond DPhil Scholarship in Chemistry is awarded every two years and provides funding to cover College fees (currently £3,400) for a 4-year DPhil candidate in the Department of Chemistry. The scholarship is intended to provide additional support for Chemistry DPhils who already have funding to cover their University fees and a stipend.

This scholarship does not include any additional dining rights or accommodation entitlement, but recipients will benefit from membership of Oriel’s MCR community and associated facilities. Applications for this scholarship are managed through the Department of Chemistry.

Basil Reeve DPhil Scholarship in Physical or Biomedical Sciences
  • Course: DPhil in Physical or Biomedical Sciences
  • Award: up to £40,000, paired with Clarendon Scholarship funds
  • Duration: usually 3 years
  • Eligibility: open to Clarendon Scholarship holders only
  • Status: Open for applications for Michaelmas Term 2023 entry

The Basil Reeve DPhil Scholarship in Physical or Biomedical Sciences provides contributions of up to £40k for Clarendon Scholars studying for a DPhil in the Physical or Biomedical Sciences. This scholarship is only available for students who have been offered and accepted a Clarendon Scholarship. The Clarendon administrators will match new scholars with suitable partnership awards. Students who receive the Basil Reeve DPhil Scholarship will be expected to relocate to Oriel College if originally accepted at another College.

Find out more about the Clarendon Scholarships.

Black Academic Futures DPhil Scholarship in History
  • Course: DPhil in History
  • Award: minimum £15,609/yr
  • Duration: TBC
  • Eligibility: postgraduate students of Black or Mixed Black ethnicity ordinarily resident in the UK
  • Status: Open for applications for Michaelmas Term 2023 entry

As part of Oxford University’s Black Academic Futures scholarship programme, Oriel offers a Black Academic Futures DPhil Scholarship in History for a talented postgraduate student of Black or Mixed Back ethnicity who is ordinarily resident in the UK. The scholarship covers University and College fees along with a stipend for living costs. In order to be considered for the scholarship, candidates should submit their application to the University as normal, providing the relevant ethnicity information. All eligible candidates will be automatically considered.

Find out more about the Black Academic Futures Scholarship programme.

David N. Lyon Graduate Scholarship in Politics: The Politics of Sex and Gender Equality in Diverse Societies
  • Course: MPhil, MSc or DPhil in Politics (open to current students on these courses too)
  • Award: £8,500/yr plus additional benefits
  • Duration: renewable annually
  • Eligibility: open to all
  • Status: Closed for applications (next award for Michaelmas Term 2024 entry)

The David N. Lyon Scholarship provides support for postgraduate students of any nationality who have applied to study for the MPhil, MSc or DPhil in Politics at the University of Oxford to undertake research into the politics of sex and gender equality in diverse societies. Current University of Oxford MPhil and DPhil students are also welcome to apply, and would be expected to migrate to Oriel College if successful in their application. This scholarship can be combined with other awards.

The scholarship includes a financial award of £8,500 per year, along with guaranteed College accommodation for the first year of the course, High Table dining rights at College Formal Hall once per week during term and a scholars’ gown paid for by the College.

Find out more about the David N. Lyon Scholarship and how to apply.

DPhil BAME Scholarship in Law – Oriel College & Faculty of Law
  • Course: DPhil in Law
  • Award: TBC
  • Duration: up to 3 years
  • Eligibility: Students from Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds ordinarily resident in the UK
  • Status: Closed for applications (next award for Michaelmas Term 2025 entry).

Provided jointly by the Faculty of Law and Oriel College, the DPhil BAME Scholarship in Law provides full fees and maintenance support (£25k per year for up to 3 years) for a student from a Black or Minority Ethnic (BAME) background to study for a DPhil in Law at the University of Oxford.

The faculty of Law and Oriel College are committed to attracting the very best candidates for research degrees, irrespective of their background or ability to pay. Students from Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds who are ordinarily resident in the UK have been under-represented in our doctoral programmes in recent years and this scholarship has been launched to help encourage future applications.

Find out more about the DPhil BAME scholarship in Law.

James Meade DPhil Scholarship in Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences
  • Course: DPhil in Mathematical, Physical or Life Sciences
  • Award: Full Home/ROI Fees and stipend at median value for living costs
  • Duration: up to 3 years
  • Eligibility: open to all
  • Status: Closed for applications (next award for Michaelmas Term 2025 entry).

The James Meade DPhil scholarship supports one Home/ROI postgraduate student undertake a DPhil in any subject offered at the College. However, candidates applying to study a DPhil in the Physical and Life Sciences are particularly encouraged. The scholarship, awarded on academic merit and financial need, covers full tuition fees and median living costs for up to three years, provided the recipient remains on course at Oriel.

Made possible thanks to a generous gift from an Orielensis and his wife, the scholarship is named in honour of James Meade (1907–1995), who earned an outstanding first-class degree from Oriel in 1930 and was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1977 for his contributions to twentieth-century economic theory.

Find out more about the James Meade scholarship.

James Mellon DPhil Scholarship in Longevity Research
  • Course: Any DPhil course with a research focus on Ageing and Cell senescence
  • Award: Covers full fees and stipend in line with RCUK rate.
  • Duration: up to 3 years
  • Eligibility: Must have a research focus on Longevity, Ageing or Cell senescence
  • Status: TBC

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.

Keith Hawkins Graduate Research Scholarship in English or American Legal History
  • Course: Graduate Research Degree in Legal History (MPhil or DPhil)
  • Award: £5,000/yr and guaranteed accommodation in first year
  • Duration: 1 year with potential to renew
  • Eligibility: open to new applicants or existing students of any nationality
  • Status: Open for applications for Michaelmas Term 2023 entry

The Keith Hawkins Graduate Research Scholarship in English or American Legal History, named following a benefaction in honour of Emeritus Professor Keith Hawkins, provides financial support for a student undertaking a graduate research degree in the field of English or American Legal History at the University of Oxford. The scholarship is open to candidates of any nationality.

The scholarship includes a financial award of £5,000 per year and guaranteed College accommodation for at least the first year of their course. 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.

All new applicants will also be considered for University funding, in addition to the scholarship.

Find out more about the Keith Hawkins scholarship.

Oriel and Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) Graduate Scholarship
  • Course: DPhil candidate affiliated with INET
  • Award: £5,000/yr for fees or living costs
  • Duration: up to 3 years
  • Eligibility: Must be studying on a graduate course affiliated with INET
  • Status: Open for applications for Michaelmas Term 2023 entry.

First awarded in 2018, the Oriel and INET Graduate Scholarship provides financial support of £5,000 per year towards fees or living costs for a DPhil student affiliated with the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET). This scholarship is awarded in collaboration with INET, who are responsible for nominating suitable candidates for consideration. Each award lasts for a period of three years providing the recipient remains at Oriel and continues their affiliation with INET.

Find out more about INET.

Oriel DPhil Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence
  • Course: DPhil in Engineering or Computer Science with an AI research focus
  • Award: up to £5,000/yr
  • Duration: up to 3 years
  • Eligibility: open to new applicants of any nationality
  • Status: Closed for applications (next award for Michaelmas Term 2025 entry).

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.

Find out more about the Oriel DPhil Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence.

Oriel DPhil Scholarship in Engineering Science
  • Course: DPhil in Engineering Science
  • Award: £3,400/yr
  • Duration: up to 3 years
  • Eligibility: Preference for Environmental Engineering. Applicants must list Oriel as their College preference.
  • Status: Open for applications for Michaelmas Term 2023 entry.

Following a generous benefaction by an Orielensis and their family, we are able to offer the Oriel DPhil Scholarship in Engineering Science, which is open to candidates applying to study 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.

Oriel has a lively community in Engineering Science with 24 undergraduate and around 10 graduate students in residence. Opportunities to engage in and gain experience of undergraduate teaching in the tutorial system may also be available to suitably qualified candidates.

Find out more about the Oriel DPhil Scholarship in Engineering Science.

Oriel Graduate Scholarship in Science and Religion
  • Course: Any discipline with a research focus on the intersection between Christian theology and scientific thought.
  • Award: £3,400/yr
  • Duration: up to 3 years
  • Eligibility: open to new applicants of any nationality
  • Status: TBC

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 upon acceptance of the scholarship. New postgraduate students who have applied to Oriel are also eligible.

In the event that no applicants in a given year have such a focus, the scholarship may be awarded to another postgraduate student in a related field at the discretion of the College’s selection committee.

Find out more about the Oriel Graduate Scholarship in Science and Religion.

Oriel Graduate Student Scholarships for Academic Merit
  • Course: Any current Oriel graduate student
  • Award: £3,205 plus High Table dining rights once per week during term time. Accommodation (subject to availability).
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Eligibility: Current graduate students on research degrees of at least 1 year in duration who have shown academic merit.
  • Status: Open for applications for Michaelmas Term 2023 entry. Deadline to apply is 12 noon on Thursday 16th March 2023.

The College offers 3-4 of these Oriel Graduate Scholarships for Academic Merit each year. An Oriel Graduate Scholarship entitles the recipient must be a graduate student on a research degree of at least 1 year in duration.

Oriel Graduate Scholarship for Sub-Saharan African Scholars
  • Course: Any graduate course (taught or research)
  • Award: £1,500/yr
  • Duration: TBC
  • Eligibility: Open to applicants normally resident in a Sub-Saharan African country (as defined by NATO).
  • Status: Open for applications for Michaelmas Term 2023 entry.

The Oriel Graduate Scholarship for Sub-Saharan African Scholars was launched in 2022 and is open to all Oriel graduate students who are citizens of any sub-Saharan African country and/or have permanent residence in a country in sub-Saharan Africa, all of whom will be automatically considered for the award upon receiving an offer to study at Oriel.

The prize exists to support students from sub-Saharan Africa who are interested in solving the biggest problems currently facing the African continent, be that public health, ensuring stable economic growth, mitigating the worst effects of the climate crisis, or something else.

Preference will be given to those taking a personal and academic interest in Africa’s future and flourishing, those whose research or area of study might be applicable to problems currently facing Africa, and those who have expressed intent to work in Africa at some point after their study in Oxford.

Find out more about the Oriel Graduate Scholarship for Sub-Saharan African Scholars.

Sir Walter Raleigh MSc Scholarship in Environmental Change and Management
  • Course: MSc in Environmental Change and Management
  • Award: £4,000
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Eligibility: Open to applicants of any nationality
  • Status: Open for applications for Michaelmas 2023 entry.

The Sir Walter Raleigh Scholarship is an award of £4,000 and is open to any student applying to study for the degree of Master of Science in Environmental Change and Management at the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) in the University of Oxford and with Oriel College. Students who have successfully applied for the MSc in Environmental Change and Management will be contacted with information about how to apply for the scholarship.

The selection criteria for the Scholarship are:

  • Academic achievement and potential
  • Breadth of vision
  • Career aspirations and commitment
  • Global orientation
  • Potential as Leader/Agent/Manager of Change
  • Multi-disciplinary training in relevant fields prior to graduation (vacation jobs etc)
  • Range and depth of experience relevant to the MSc course

One scholarship is awarded per year.

Find out more about the Sir Walter Raleigh MSc Scholarship in Environmental Change and Management.

Thomas F. Torrance DPhil Scholarship in Theology
  • Course: DPhil in Theology
  • Award: £3,400/yr
  • Duration: up to 3 years
  • Eligibility: Priority given to students who work in the field of Patristics, Systematic Theology, or Philosophy of Religion.
  • Status: Closed for applications (next award for Michaelmas Term 2024 entry).

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. Priority is given to candidates who work in the fields of Patristics, Systematic Theology, or Philosophy of Religion.

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. Those who have already begun their doctoral studies are especially encouraged to apply.

Find out more about the Thomas F. Torrance DPhil Scholarship in Theology.

Yalda Hakim Graduate Scholarship for Female Afghan Scholars
  • Course: Any 1-year Masters course
  • Award: Full finding for 1 year
  • Duration: 1 year only
  • Eligibility: open to Female applicants from Afghanistan only.
  • Status: Open for applications for Michaelmas Term 2023 entry.

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.

With the dangers faced by women in education in Afghanistan, not least the continued threat of violence and attacks on educational facilities in the country, this scholarship aims to offer one Afghan woman the opportunity for an educational experience free from the threat of violence, at one of the best universities in the world, where you can expand your knowledge and build networks that will help transform you into a leader for the future.

Find out more about the Yalda Hakim Graduate Scholarship for Female Afghan Scholars.

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