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Graduate Funding

The application form, used to apply for admissions to any graduate philosophy programme, will also be used for applications for funding, such as the AHRC, Clarendon, Ertegun and Hanfling funds. Anyone offered a place on any of our graduate philosophy programmes will also be automatically considered for these scholarships, irrespective of the college choice made on their application form or the college that is ultimately allocated to them. It should, however, be noted that applicants for the Ertegun scholarship are required to tick the ‘Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities’ box on the scholarship page of the application form, and fill in an extra section of the application form, otherwise they are not allowed to be considered for this funding source. Applicants should first check that they are indeed eligible for the particular source of funding before ticking the box.

Please see below for a list of the scholarships available that are currently known to the Faculty.  It is possible that there will be some other joint Faculty/college scholarship, but, at this stage, it is not known if these will be available and if so, how many and for what amount.

Across the university, there are over a thousand scholarships available, as witnessed by the Oxford Graduate Scholarships website, and hence applicants may be eligible for other scholarships not specifically mentioned on this website.  To check what advertised university and college funding opportunities you are eligible for, do consult the online Graduate Funding Search Tool.  For some of these scholarships (e.g. Oxford Kobe, Raffy Manoukian, Weidenfeld) you are required to tick the relevant box on the scholarship page of the application form to be considered for this source of funding, but do first check if you are eligible before you tick the box.

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

All candidates offered a place on any of our graduate philosophy programmes are automatically considered for an AHRC award.

Clarendon Fund

Clarendon Scholarships aim to give the most academically-able students not only the life-changing opportunity to study at Oxford, but also the chance to form lasting social, academic and professional networks.  Across the University this unique scheme offers around 140 new, fully-funded scholarships each year to academically outstanding graduate students, as well as providing a lively and stimulating community of scholars.

Whilst there are no quotas by course type, the majority of Clarendon scholars are working towards a DPhil.  Scholarships are also awarded for two-year graduate degrees (such as the MPhil or BPhil) or one-year degrees (such as the MSc, MSt, MBA or MFE).  All candidates offered a place on any of our graduate philosophy programmes are automatically considered for a Clarendon Scholarship.

For more information, please visit the Clarendon Scholarships webpage.  

The Ertegun Scholarship Programme

The Ertegun Scholarship programme aims to bring together the world's top graduate students in the humanities with one another and with Oxford's exceptional community of scholars in a unique setting that fosters dialogue across academic disciplines, across cultures and across generations.

An Ertegun Scholarship covers 100% of university and college fees, and provides a grant for living costs. Ertegun scholars also enjoy dedicated use of Ertegun House, which provides space for each Scholar for writing and research, as well as opportunities to participate in social occasions, lively lectures, performances and other activities developed expressly for the Scholars.  Awards are made for the full duration of a student's fee liability for the agreed course.

Candidates apply for the scholarship by selecting “Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Graduate Scholarships in the Humanities” in the Funding Section of the University's Graduate Application Form.   Applicants must also complete a supporting statement and upload it as a pdf document together with the Graduate Application Form.  The statement requires you to answer three questions (in no more than 500 words each) that relate to the aims and mission of the Ertegun Scholarship programme.  The Selection Committee will consider your supporting statement in conjunction with your course application. 

All candidates offered a place on any of our graduate philosophy programmes are automatically considered for nomination for an Ertegun Scholarship.

For more information, please visit the Ertegun Scholarship Programme website.

Hanfling (BPhil or DPhil only)

The objectives of the Hanfling Fund are:

(a) to promote interest among the University’s teachers and students of philosophy in the use of arguments from ordinary language, as deployed by philosophers from ancient times to the present day; to encourage both the use of such arguments and critical discussion of their nature and value;

(b) to promote the writing of philosophy in lucid and attractive prose, with a minimum of technical terminology and with sensitivity to abnormal uses of ordinary words.

The Hanfling Fund has created a Hanfling Scholarship for a Home/EU student who commences the BPhil in Philosophy or the DPhil in Philosophy (either with full DPhil status or PRS status) at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford in October 2017.  Home/EU Students who are applying directly for admissions to the DPhil or for admission initially as a PRS (Probationary Research Student) are eligible, but students who already have PRS or DPhil status in the Oxford Philosophy Faculty are not eligible. There is no need to apply specifically for the Hanfling Scholarship; all Home/EU students who apply for BPhil or DPhil or PRS admission in October 2017 will be considered. The Hanfling Scholarship will be two years for a student entering with BPhil or DPhil status or three years for a student entering with PRS status. The scholarship is a fees-only scholarship, that is, it covers all college and university fees in each of the 2 or 3 years of fee liability, but no living-costs.  

HEFCE Supported Oxford Graduate Scholarships (MSt courses only)

UK and EU applicants who are offered a place on our MSt in Philosophy of Physics or MSt in Ancient Philosophy are able to apply for the HEFCE supported Oxford Graduate Scholarships. 

This ground-breaking scheme is designed to promote access to taught postgraduate education for UK and other EU students. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial circumstances and socio-economic data in addition to academic merit as assessed through the admissions process.

Please see the HEFCE supported Oxford Graduate Scholarships webpage for full details of the scholarship, including its eligibility criteria and information on how and when to apply.  

Frost Scholarship Programme (MSt in Philosophy of Physics only

The MSt in Philosophy of Physics is a course that is eligible for the Frost Scholarship Programme (Florida and Israel) at the University of Oxford.  The Frost Scholarship Programme provides full scholarships to graduates from the State University system of Florida ad to current students of Israeli universities to study at Oxford.  Full eligibility criteria and other details about the scholarships are available from the Frost Scholarship (Florida) and Frost Scholarship Programme (Israel) webpages.  

MPhil Scholarships in the Humanities and Social Sciences (BPhil only)

St Cross College invites applications for two MPhil Scholarships in the Humanities and Social Sciences from students who will begin studying at the University of Oxford in the academic year 2017-2018 for a BPhil degree in Philosophy.  Applicants must list St Cross College as their first choice college on their Graduate Admissions application form in order to be eligible to apply for these partial scholarships.  For further details, including an application form to apply for this partial scholarship, please go to the St Cross College Funding webpage.  

St Cross-SBFT Scholarship in the Humanities (DPhil only)

St Cross College in partnership with the Sino-British Fellowship Trust (SBFT) offers the following scholarship for which it invites applications from applicants who will be studying for a doctoral degree in the Humanities at the University of Oxford in the academic year 2017-18.  The scholarship is open to applicants who are students or academic staff members at a university, other higher education institution or vocational training institution in China. Applicants must list St Cross College as their first choice college on their Graduate Admissions application form in order to be eligible to apply for this scholarship. For further details, including an application form to apply for this scholarship, please go to the St Cross College Funding website.

Wadham College - Philosophy Faculty Herbert Spencer Scholarship (DPhil only)

The Faculty of Philosophy, in conjunction with Wadham College, is offering a full scholarship covering all fees and living expenses for the full duration of fee liability for one successful DPhil in Philosophy student who will commence their studies in October 2017.  All applicants who are offered a place to start on the DPhil in Philosophy in October 2017 will automatically be considered for this scholarship, and there is no separate application form or application process for this.  It should be noted that, although the scholarship is held with Wadham College, applicants will not be required to put Wadham College as their preferred college on their application.  However, the applicant who is offered the scholarship will be required to switch their college association to Wadham college (if another college has already offered them a place) to enable them to take up this Wadham College / Philosophy Faculty Herbert Spencer Scholarship.  For more information on this scholarship, please check the Wadham College graduate funding Webpage.

Trudeau Foundation (DPhil only)

The Trudeau Foundation provides scholarships for doctoral students from Canada who have achieved academic excellence and who demonstrate an interest in public policy and a willingness to learn in a multidisciplinary setting.  For further details, including information on eligibility and how to apply, please refer to the Trudeau Foundation webpage. 

British Society for the Philosophy of Science (BSPS) (DPhil only)

The British Society for the Philosophy of Science (BSPS) is offering a doctoral scholarship for doctoral work in philosophy of science at a UK university, subject to a candidate of sufficient merit presenting themselves.  Further information on this BSPS Doctoral Scholarship, including what is covered by the scholarship and how to apply for it, is available on the BSPS Doctoral Scholarship webpage.

Swiss Study Foundation Annual Scholarships (MSt courses and BPhil only)

The Swiss Study Foundation offers two annual scholarships for students studying or conducting research abroad for a period of one or two years.  Only students who have successfully passed the selection procedure for admission to the Swiss Study Foundation are allowed to submit grant proposals.  For more information on the scholarships and the Swiss Study Foundation, please see their website.

External Resources

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding is an external resource providing advice to graduates on applying for funding from sources such as charities and trusts.  It is particularly useful for graduate applicants or current students who are struggling to find funding from more traditional sources.  Features include a searchable database of funding opportunities, together with help on writing personal statements and a grants manager to help students keep track of their funding applications.  Current Oxford students and staff can use their University email address to register for access to the Guide via their Gateway (or use the 'Login automatically from campus' option).  Non-Oxford graduate applicants are able to submit their details via the online request form to receive a pin number, which they can then use to register for access to the guide.

New Postgraduate Loans for Master's Degrees

Since 1 August 2016, if you plan to take a postgraduate master's course, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to help with course fees and living costs.

You are eligible if you:

  • Are under 60
  • Ordinarily live in England
  • Don't already have a master's degree or higher qualification

For more information, please visit the Postgraduate Loans page of the GOV.UK website.  


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