College, Departmental and University Scholarships

College, Departmental and University Scholarships and Funding Available for Postgraduate Students in Japanese Studies

Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme in the Humanities

Oxford is immensely proud to be able to offer the Ertegun Scholarships in the Humanities. The University has one goal in mind when selecting Ertegun Scholars: to choose the very best students who will realise Mica Ertegun’s Mission and one day become leaders in their chosen fields. These are highly competitive scholarships with over 1,500 applicants for around 15 awards each year, with an average 1.5% success rate for Masters candidates and 1.3% for Doctoral candidates.  You apply for the scholarship at the same time as you apply to Oxford by selecting ‘Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Graduate Scholarships in the Humanities’ in the Funding Section of the University's Graduate Application Form. Some courses managed by the Social Sciences Division are also eligible. You must also complete a supporting statement (see their website) and upload it as a pdf document together with your Graduate Application Form by the application deadline in order for your application to be complete. 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 Ertegun Scholarships cover course fees in full. Scholars also receive a generous annual grant for living costs (the rate for 2019-20 was approximately £15,009), which is normally sufficient to cover the living costs of a single student living in Oxford. 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. If your scholarship is offered for a course lasting more than one year, the continuation of your scholarship each year is subject to an annual renewal process based on satisfactory academic progress.


Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP Studentship

Only students who meet UK or EU residential criteria are eligible for an AHRC DTP Studentship. You should normally have, or be studying for, a Master’s degree or similar postgraduate qualification. If you wish to apply for an Open-Oxford-Cambridge DTP studentship at the University of Oxford, you must have applied for a place on your chosen research programme by the relevant January deadline. In order to be considered for a studentship you must tick the relevant box in the studentships section of the application form. You will also need to complete the OOC DTP Application Form and upload it as an additional document when completing your application.


The Rhodes Scholarships

Postgraduate awards supporting exceptional all-round students from diverse countries around the world to study at Oxford. Rhodes Scholars are chosen on the basis of outstanding intellect, character, capacity for leadership, and commitment to service.


The China Oxford Scholarship Fund (COSF) was established in 1992 to provide scholarships for students from China who have been accepted for postgraduate studies at Oxford and who will return and contribute to the future development of China after their studies.


Clarendon Fund Scholarships are now open to all graduate applicants regardless of nationality.


Dulverton Scholarships  The Dulverton Trust is an independent charitable grant-making organisation established by Deed in 1949 by the 1st Lord Dulverton. These awards, funded by the Dulverton Trust, are offered to students from Central/Eastern Europe who otherwise would not be able to afford to come to Oxford.  There is no separate application process for this scholarship: to be considered, submit your application for graduate study by the relevant January deadline. Selection is expected to take place by the end of May. Please see the Standard scholarship selection terms for more information about the application and selection process. 


Fulbright Scholarships  The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government's flagship program in international educational exchange.


Hill Foundation Scholarships provide scholarships for outstanding young citizens of the Russian Federation or first generation Israelis of Russian descent.


Hong Kong Jockey Club Graduate Scholarships at the University of Oxford 

The Hong Kong Jockey scholarships are funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. Since 1998, the Trust has been awarding annual scholarships at the city's tertiary institutions to students who combine outstanding academic performance with a strong commitment to serving the community. The scholarships are available for applicants who are ordinarily resident and have permanent residency in Honk Kong. Both Masters and DPhil students will be considered, but with a preference for students on Masters courses. Applicants must have permanent residence in Hong Kong. Please note that DPhil courses with four years of fee liability are not eligible (to check the fee liability for your course, see the Fee liability page).

Selection will be based on the following criteria: academic merit; evidence of outstanding leadership and team work; commitment to service and improving the lives of others; and strength of character, including truth, courage, devotion to duty, empathy, social awareness, and commitment to fairness and justice.

To be considered for this scholarship, submit your application for graduate study by the relevant January deadline (Please visit your course webpage for specific deadline details.


The Oxford Kobe Scholarships are available for applicants who are nationals of Japan and who are applying to start any full-time or part-time graduate course at Oxford.

The scholarships have been funded by a donation to St Catherine's College

The scholarships cover course fees and a return flight from Japan to the UK. For students on full-time courses, the scholarship also provides a grant for living costs of at least £15,285 (students on part-time courses will receive a study support grant instead). Awards are made for the full duration of your fee liability for the agreed course. You should not be intending to exercise in Great Britain the skills which may be obtained as a result of the scholarship.

One of the scholarships will only be tenable at St Catherine's College. All eligible applicants will be considered for this scholarship, regardless of which college (if any) you state as your preference on the graduate application form. However, one successful applicant will be transferred to St Catherine's College in order to take up the scholarship.

Selection is expected to take place in May 2021. 


The Scatcherd European Scholarships are available for applicants from any European country and are awarded in partnership with other Oxford scholarships. To be considered for this scholarship, you must submit your application for graduate study by the relevant January deadline. Further information will be published here when confirmed. 


There are more college, departmental and university scholarships available for postgraduate students. You can search the following websites for further funding opportunities:


The Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies