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Scholarships


There are many sources of funding for postgraduate law studies at Oxford. Scholarships specific to law are listed below; details of all scholarships for which candidates may be eligible can be found on the University fees and funding website

Law Faculty awards (for study at any college)

The 3 Verulam Buildings Scholarship: Through the generosity of commercial chambers 3 Verulam Buildings , this scholarship is awarded annually to students embarking on the BCL, MJur or one year research degree (including one year of the DPhil). Available to UK , EU, and overseas students alike. This scholarship is for students with an interest in proceeding to the bar.  

We are delighted to announce that 3 Verulam Buildings of Gray's Inn in London has generously funded an annual graduate law scholarship at Oxford. The scholarship, worth £10,000 annually, will be given for a student to undertake either the BCL/MJur, MSc Law & Finance one-year taught course or one of our Research Degrees. Available to Home/EU and non-EU students. See below for instructions on how to apply.[hide this panel]

The 4 New Square Chambers Scholarship: through the generosity of 4 New Square this scholarship is awarded annually to students embarking on the BCL. Available to UK, EU, and overseas students alike. This scholarship is for students with an interest in proceeding to the bar.

We are delighted to announce that leading commercial set 4 New Square Chambers has generously funded an annual graduate law scholarship at Oxford. The scholarship, worth £10,000 annually, will be given for a student to undertake the BCL. See below for instructions on how to apply.[hide this panel]

The Cape Town Convention Academic Project invites applications for a scholarship for doctoral study leading to the successful completion and publication  of a doctoral thesis on the history of the 2001 Cape Town Convention on international interests in mobile equipment and its associated Protocols. Further information

The Des Voeux Chambers Oxford Scholarship: through the generosity of Des Voeux Chambers, we are delighted to offer a scholarship worth £10,000 for students embarking on the BCL. Available to UK, EU, and overseas students alike.

Family Law Scholarship: the Faculty is pleased to be able to offer a scholarship for students pursuing research in the field of family law. The scholarship is worth £10,000 per year for three years and is available to UK, EU, and overseas students accepted for the DPhil. To apply, please complete and return the form attached. Applicants must also complete the standard graduate admissions application.

The Fountain Court Chambers Scholarship: Through the generosity of Fountain Court Chambers, this scholarship is awarded annually to students embarking on the BCL, MJur or one year research degree (including one year of the DPhil). Available to UK, EU, and overseas students alike.

We are delighted to announce that Fountain Court Chambers in London has generously funded an annual graduate law scholarship at Oxford. The scholarship, worth £10,000 annually, will be given for a student to undertake either the BCL/MJur, MSc Law & Finance one-year taught course or one of our Research Degrees Available to Home/EU and non-EU students. See below for instructions on how to apply.

Freshfields Scholarships Through the generosity of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, the Faculty is able to offer five scholarships, each of £5,000. Available to students admitted for/studying the BCL, MJur, MLF or research degrees. Available to UK, EU, and overseas students alike.See below for instructions on how to apply.

Graduate Assistance Fund Awards: available annually to assist meritorious students to achieve the level of funding necessary to embark on their chosen course or to complete a graduate degree. Available UK, EU, and overseas students alike.

The Law Faculty will be offering awards up to £10,000 to candidates, who have been accepted to a graduate degree in the law faculty or who are currently on course. The aim is to provide assistance for those who have been unable to obtain full funding from other sources. See below for instructions on how to apply.

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Land/Trusts Scholarship: the Faculty is pleased to be able to offer a scholarship for students pursuing research in the field of Land/Trusts law. The scholarship is worth £10,000 per year for three years and is available to UK, EU, and overseas students accepted for the DPhil. To apply, please complete and return the form attached. Applicants must also complete the standard graduate admissions application.

Paul Hastings Scholarship: We are delighted to announce that Paul Hastings has generously funded an annual graduate law scholarship at Oxford to support an outstanding and financially deserving postgraduate law student. The scholarship, worth £10,000 annually, will be given for a student to undertake either the BCL/MJur, MSc Law & Finance one-year taught course or one of our Research Degrees and the selection process will take account of demonstrated financial need, with a particular interest in students from diverse backgrounds.

We are delighted to announce that Paul Hastings has generously funded an annual graduate law scholarship at Oxford. The scholarship, worth £10,000 annually, will be given for a student to undertake either the BCL/MJur, MSc Law & Finance one-year taught course or one of our Research Degrees Available to Home/EU and non-EU students. See below for instructions on how to apply.[hide this panel]

The Peter Birks memorial scholarship: Through the generosity of alumni and of the friends of Peter Birks, this scholarship is awarded annually to students embarking on the BCL, MJur or one year research degree (including final year of DPhil). Available to UK, EU, and overseas students alike.

Through the generosity of alumni and of the friends of Peter Birks, the Law Board is able to offer a one-year scholarship in memory of Peter Birks for the year 2014-15. The scholarship, which will be worth £5,000 is available to home, EU, and non-EU students who have been awarded a place on the BCL,MJur, MSc Law & Finance or  one of our Research Degrees. See below for instructions on how to apply.[hide this panel]

The Pump Court Tax Chambers Scholarship: Through the generosity of Pump Court Tax Chambers, this scholarship is awarded annually to students embarking on the BCL or MJur. Available to UK , EU, and overseas students alike. This scholarship is for students with an interest in proceeding to the bar.

Through the generosity of Pump Court Tax Chambers, this scholarship is awarded annually to students embarking on the BCL or MJur. Available to UK , EU, and overseas students alike. We are delighted to announce that Pump Court Tax Chambers in London has generously funded an annual graduate law scholarship at Oxford. The scholarship, worth £10,000 annually, will be given for a student to undertake the BCL/MJur. Available to Home/EU and non-EU students.. In awarding this scholarship the selectors will take into account not only the high academic achievement or potential of the candidate and the question of financial means, but also the candidate's interest in studying tax law and in pursuing a career in tax at the English Bar. See below for instructions on how to apply.[hide this panel]

The Roy Goode Scholarship: available annually to new or continuing graduate research students. Administered by the Faculty and available to UK, EU, and overseas students alike.

The Roy Goode scholarship
Through the generosity of Professor Roy Goode, the Law Board is able to award an annual award of £1,000. Available to Home/EU and non-EU students
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The South Square Scholarship: through the generosity of South Square, this scholarship is awarded annually to students embarking on the BCL.  Available to UK, EU, and overseas students alike who have an interest in proceeding to the bar in England and Wales.

We are delighted to announce that South Square, a business, financial and commercial law set with a pre-eminent reputation in insolvency and reconstruction law, has generously funded an annual graduate law scholarship at Oxford. The scholarship, worth £10,000 annually, will be given for a student to undertake the BCL. Candidates will have an interest in proceeding to the bar in England and Wales and preference will be given to those with an interest in specialising in South Square’s core practice areas. See below for instructions on how to apply.[hide this panel]

Winter Williams Studentship: awarded annually to new or continuing graduate students in the Law Faculty, for up to three years.  Administered by the Faculty and available to UK, EU, and overseas students alike.

The Winter Williams Studentship in Law (currently £7,500) is awarded annually to a candidate for any one of the Law Faculty's graduate degrees.
Applications are invited each year from those applying for admission to one of the Faculty's graduate degrees programmes and from graduate Law students already on course. Open to EU and non-EU Students. See below for instructions on how to apply.[hide this panel]

How to apply: new applicants

To apply for any of the awards shown above, please tick the Departmental Studentship Applications sections on Page 6 (on-line application) of the graduate admissions form and type Law Faculty in the Advertised reference code box for on-line and in the Funding Source for the paper form.

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You will be considered for all the awards for which you are eligible.

How to apply: current students

Re-admission from BCL, MJur, or MSc to PRS and MPhil/MSt to DPhil: Please tick and type Law Faculty in the funding section of the pre-populated readmission form (OSS Student Self Service)
  
Current DPhil students (including PRS): See how to apply for funding (on weblearn)

Financial Aid awards

The MLF financial aid award: the Faculty is delighted to have available several partial awards worth approximately £10,000 (final value to be confirmed)  to contribute towards the cost of the MLF tuition fee, which are offered on the basis of candidates’ financial need. Interested applicants can apply after receiving an offer of a place on the MLF programme (details of how to apply will be given to candidates at that stage). Decisions are communicated to all award applicants before the end of April.

The BCL/MJur financial aid award: the Faculty is delighted to be able to offer two £10,000 awards for BCL and MJur students which will be awarded on the basis of the candidates’ financial need. Interested applicants can apply after receiving an offer of a place for the BCL or MJur (details of how to apply will be given to candidates at that stage). Decisions are communicated to all award applicants before the end of April.

Further funding for studying for a career at the Bar

The Eldon Law Scholarship: a two year scholarship awarded annually to students intending to follow a career at the Bar.

Further funding for studying for a career at the Bar

The Eldon Law Scholarship is a two year scholarship awarded annually to students intending to follow a career at the Bar. 

Candidates must be members of the University of Oxford placed in the First Class of the FHS BA in Law or in Law Studies in Europe; or been awarded a Distinction in the degree of BCL (Bachelor of Civil Law) or the MJur (Magister Juris). 

The scheme opens in September each year. The opening date will be announced here, after which you should contact the secretary to the committee for an application form. (caroline.norris@law.ox.ac.uk).

Read about the history of the award and see a list of previous Eldon Scholars.   

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Awards for international students

MSt International Human Rights Law for ASEAN students: Brunsfield Foundation Scholarship
Through the generosity of the Brunsfield Foundation in Malaysia, we are able to offer one full scholarship (fees and maintenance) per year for the MSt IHRL to applicants from the ASEAN region (Association of Southeast Asia Nations - Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam). Application details to follow

India: The Bodh Raj Sawhny Memorial Scholarship and The Dr Mrs Ambriti Salve Scholarship for the BCL. [See Exeter College below]

MSt International Human Rights Law Scholarships for African students: The Commonwealth Scholarship Fund and the Foreign and Commonwealth Chevening Scholarship Fund provide scholarships for African human rights advocates to study for the MSt International Human Rights Law. [More detail]

Admissions are now open for five new scholarships for candidates from African Commonwealth countries to study on the MSt in International Human Rights Law, starting September 2012. The course is offered jointly by the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education and the Faculty of Law. The scholarships are funded by the Commonwealth Scholarship Fund and the Foreign Office’s Chevening Scholarship Fund and are intended for human rights advocates from African Commonwealth countries who would be unable, without assistance, to take up their place on the course. They provide course and college fees at the University of Oxford over two years, a stipend to cover living costs and return air travel from the scholar’s home country for each residential session. Guidance Notes

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Melbourne BCL Scholarship: an annual scholarship providing £5,000 or more for a Melbourne University Law graduate for the BCL. The scholarship is made possible by the generous gift of Allan Myers AO QC. Additional Myers Scholarships for Melbourne graduates may be awarded for the BCL or for other graduate programmes in Law at Oxford. Application for the Melbourne BCL Scholarship should be made to Melbourne Law School.
No separate application is required for a Myers Scholarship; candidates who have graduated from the University of Melbourne Law School will automatically be considered on the basis of their application.

Australia: Myers Scholarship [See Christ Church College below]

Magister Juris Scholarships for CUPL students: Through the generosity of The David and Jayne Paterson Educational Trust, three scholarships are available to students applying for the Magister Juris who, by the start of the course, will have graduated from the China University of Political Science and Law. [More detail]

We are very pleased to announce that through the generosity of the David and Jayne Paterson Educational Trust, three scholarships, of £10,000 each, will be available to Magister Juris students who are also graduates of China University of Political Science and Law (or will be graduates of that institution by the time they start the Magister Juris). See attached for further details. To apply, follow the instructions in the 'How to apply: new applicants' section above; all eligible candidates will then be considered for these scholarships.

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St Cross Scholarship for residents of Greece St Cross College is pleased to offer the following scholarship for the academic year 2015-16. This Scholarship, worth £6,000 for one year, is intended to provide financial assistance to an academically meritorious graduate student who is ordinarily resident in Greece and who has been accepted into an accredited Master's or DPhil programme both at the University of Oxford and St Cross College and who is unable to secure sufficient funding elsewhere. The successful scholar will be guaranteed to have a room in College accommodation (at the standard rent) for the first year of their course.

Further details on St Cross website

The Magdalen Hong Kong Scholarship: a scholarship available to students who are permanent residents of Hong Kong and are citizens of the People's Republic of China (PRC). [See Magdalen College below]

If there is no suitable Ren Min student, it will be made available to law students from other mainland universities. The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of financial need with a preference for students accepted to study at St Edmund Hall. In order to be considered for these scholarships, candidates do not need to do anything other than apply for admission to the Magister Juris by the normal deadline (21 January 2011); those accepted will then be considered automatically and will be notified in early to mid April.

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LEANZ scholarship for New Zealand MLF student: The Law and Economics Association of New Zealand seeks applicants for one or more scholarships students studying the MLF. [More detail]

LEANZ Ordinary Scholarships will provide funding of up to $10,000 to a person studying law and economics at master’s level or above overseas and intending to return to New Zealand, preferably to academia. Within the UK, the Masters in Law and Finance is the only course of study to be automatically considered for this scholarship.Visit the LEANZ website for further information.

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College awards specific to law postgraduates

Balliol College: one or two Gregory Kulkes Scholarship in Law lasting for two years (and renewable for a third). Application procedure...

Singapore Law Scholarship. The College seeks to elect a Singapore Law Scholars from among students of Singaporean citizenship who have an offer of admission to Oxford University and a place at Balliol College to read for a degree in law commencing in the academic year 2014-15. Application procedure

Exeter College:
The Bodh Raj Sawhny Memorial Scholarship is available each year to a top Indian student reading for the BCL. The closing date for consideration for this scholarship is usually in March. Further details...

The Dr Mrs Ambriti Salve Scholarship is a full Scholarship linked to a University Clarendon Award (full fees) for a student from India wishing to study for a BCL, with a possible second year's funding if the holder then goes on to an M Phil. Further details...

Christ Church: one Myers Scholarship to cover University and College fee liability up to £13,750, awarded for one year to an Australian graduate student. Preference is given to law students. Further details...

Linacre College: The Ruth and Nevill Mott Scholarship is available to a student reading or intending to read for a graduate Law degree who is liable to pay fees. Further details...

The Daube Law Scholarship is available to a student reading or intending to read for a DPhil in law who is liable to pay fees. Further details...

Lincoln College:
The Supperstone Law Scholarship is available to an incoming BCL or MJur student intending to focus his or her BCL/MJur studies on public law subjects. Further details...

The Kenneth Sewards-Shaw Scholarship is available to incoming graduate students in four subjects including law. Further details...

Magdalen College:
The Magdalen Hong Kong Scholarship: In 2012 one of Magdalen’s old members very generously endowed a Scholarship available to students who are permanent residents of Hong Kong and are citizens of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The Scholarship provides up to £26,250 per year as a contribution to fees and a stipend to cover living expenses, allowing the successful candidate to take an undergraduate degree, or graduate course, at Magdalen for a maximum of four years. Preference is given to students wishing to study Law or PPE and the expectation is that the recipient of the Scholarship will return to Hong Kong or the PRC on completion of their studies. Further details...

Merton College:
The Barnett Bequest provides funding for any of the Faculty’s graduate law degrees and is open to UK students only. Applicants should apply to Oxford University in the normal way, naming Merton College as their first choice college Further details...

The Barton Scholarship provides funding for the BCL and is open to UK students only.  Applicants should apply to Oxford University in the normal way, naming Merton College as their first choice college. Further details...

The Merton Lawyers’ BCL Scholarship jointly with the Law Faculty provides funding for the BCL and is open to students of all nationalities.  Applicants should apply to Oxford University in the normal way, naming Merton College as their first choice college. Further details...

Pembroke College The Oxford-Farthing Graduate Scholarships for the DPhil in Law. In awarding the Farthing Scholarships, preference will be given to those who wish to work with the Fellow in Law, Rebecca Williams, in the areas of criminal law and administrative law.

Peter Farthing (1949-2012) read Law at Pembroke College and went on to a successful career at a renowned City firm where he became a Partner specialising in insurance and shipping. On his untimely death in 2012, the college decided that a part of his exceptionally generous legacy to Pembroke should be allocated to Graduate Scholarships in Law in his name.

The scholarship will cover 100% of University and college fees and a grant for living costs (of at least £13,863). Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit.
Further details...

St Cross College invites applications for an  MPhil Scholarship from students who will be studying at the University of Oxford for an MPhil degree in any Humanities or Social Science discipline (including Law). Applicants must list St Cross College as their first choice college on their Graduate Admissions application in order to be eligible to apply for this Scholarship.
** PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR THE MPHIL IN LAW THIS SCHOLARSHIP WILL ONLY BE TENABLE FOR ONE ACADEMIC YEAR **
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St. John’s College: Daniel Slifkin Scholarship.  The scholarship is available to a student embarking on the BCL or MJur at St. John’s College.  The scholarship is open to a law graduate of any University.  It will cover full University fees (at either the Home/EU or Overseas student rate as applicable), College fees and maintenance of the Scholar in the sum of £13,290.   There is no separate application procedure: applicants should apply to Oxford University in the normal way, naming St. John’s College as their preferred College and indicating on the application form that they wish to be considered for a Departmental Studentship (as described in relation to Law Faculty Scholarships above).  Such an applicant will be considered first for the Daniel Slifkin Scholarship and, if not successful in this respect,  for any relevant Law Faculty Scholarship.  Selection for the Daniel Slifkin Scholarship will be made on the basis of academic excellence, although preference may be given to an applicant who has not previously undertaken graduate studies in law.  Further details...  

Trinity College: Michael and Judith Beloff Scholarship. £6,500 for 1 year. For a student studying for a BCL degree at Trinity College, with preference to someone intending to practise at the Bar of England and Wales. No separate application is required. Selection will be made on the basis of academic excellence. Application procedure: contact the college's Academic Administrator

University College: one Centre for Ethics and Philosophy of Law Studentship awarded annually to those embarking on a one-year research degree, or entering the final year of a DPhil. Only those working on topics in the philosophy of law are eligible. The award is made on the recommendation of the Law Faculty. Candidates applying for Law Faculty Awards listed above are automatically considered. There is no separate application procedure.
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Wadham College:

Hackney BCL Scholarship

Who can apply? Any applicant for the Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL).

Money available: Full University and college fees at the UK/EU rate, plus normal maintenance expenses for a single postgraduate living in College accommodation (approximately £33,000 in total)

Application details: Thanks to the generosity of Mr William MF Wong, SC, an alumnus of Wadham, the College is offering a postgraduate scholarship for a candidate of exceptional academic merit studying for the Oxford BCL programme in 2015-16. The scholarship, which is named in honour of Jeffrey Hackney, an Emeritus Law Fellow of the College, is tenable only at Wadham College. It will be awarded on grounds of academic excellence and aptitude.

If you wish to be considered for this scholarship you should submit your application for the BCL to the Faculty of Law in the ordinary way by the January 2015 deadline. There is no separate scholarship application process, and you do not need to have nominated Wadham as your first -choice college. If you name a college of preference other than Wadham you will still automatically be considered for the scholarship, provided that you have indicated that you are happy to be transferred to an alternative college in order to secure funding. Following the January 2015 deadline, a Faculty panel will nominate a recipient for the scholarship, which will be conditional on them taking up the offer of a college place at Wadham.
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Peter Carter Taught Graduate Scholarship in Law

Who can apply? Any applicant for the BCL or Magister Juris (MJur).

Money available: The Peter Carter Taught Graduate Scholarship in Law is worth £12,500.

Application Details: The Peter Carter Law Scholarships (see also Peter Carter Graduate Scholarship in Law below) are made available through the generosity of the PBC Trust, and the Faculty of Law, to commemorate the contributions over many years of the late Peter Carter QC to the Law Faculty and to Wadham. The Taught Graduate Scholarship in Law is available to graduate students of exceptional academic merit embarking on the BCL or MJur at Wadham College and is available to law graduates of any university.

If you wish to be considered for this scholarship you should submit your application for the BCL or MJur to the Faculty of Law in the ordinary way by the January 2015 deadline: there is no separate scholarship application process, and you do not need to have nominated Wadham as your first-choice college. Following the January 2015 deadline, a Faculty panel will nominate a recipient for the scholarship, which will be conditional on you taking up the offer of a college place at Wadham. If you have not applied to Wadham, and have indicated on your application form that you do not wish to have your college preference changed in order to take up an offer of funding, then you will not be considered for this scholarship.

The scholarship can be used to defray in part University fees, College fees and/or maintenance of the Scholar during their period of study. Please note that the scholarship will not cover all of the University fees, and the selected candidate, like all other applicants offered places in the College, will be required to demonstrate to the College that he or she has sufficient funds to cover the additional costs.
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The Donner Canadian Scholarship provides funding for a Canadian citizen applying for the BCL or MJur. It is not anticipated that the Donner Canadian Foundation Scholarship will be available again until the 2016-17 academic year. Further details...  

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Other sources of funding

Graduate students in law are also eligible for various competitive scholarships and awards administered by the University and by external bodies. Some of the main ones ...

Arts and Humanities Research Council Awards: the main source of public funding for postgraduate study in the humanities, including law. Extends to taught programmes as well as research degrees. UK-resident students are eligible for full (fees plus maintenance) awards. Other EU-resident students are eligible for fees-only awards.  Available to new or continuing graduate students. Apply by completing the funding sections of the graduate admissions form. As part of the admissions process, the Law Faculty will decide which applicants to nominate to the University for an AHRC award. Guidance notes

The Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation offers studentships for those undertaking research degrees leading eventually to a doctorate in the field of taxation. [More detail]

Studentships
The Centre for Business Taxation is offering up to three studentships for study towards a DPhil at the University of Oxford, commencing in 2012. These studentships are available to students undertaking research related to business taxation, broadly defined, and may be based in any relevant discipline including economics, law, management, or political science.
The level of Studentship offered may vary, but the maximum award covers University and College fees, as well as a maintenance grant equivalent to the level provided to ESRC studentships linked to research grants, which is currently £13,590 per annum (subject to confirmation).

Application procedure
a) Candidates should complete an application form, available below, and return it to the Centre Manager by the closing date, 20 January 2012.
b) All candidates must apply separately for a place on a relevant DPhil programme at the University of Oxford. Candidates should check carefully the closing date for their particular programme.
Informal enquiries can be made to the Centre Director, Professor Michael Devereux, at michael.devereux@sbs.ox.ac.uk. The Centre Manager, Anne‐Marie McBrien, can be contacted on anne‐marie.mcbrien@sbs.ox.ac.uk.
Please note that applicants must still submit a DPhil application to their desired University department in order to be considered for the DPhil Programme via the normal admissions process. Applicants who wish to be considered for this award need to state their interest in the 'Scholarships' section of the degree application form as well as sending in the Centre's specific application form. Please note that these applications must be submitted by the deadline set out by the Department to which you are applying

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Clarendon Scholarships: an Oxford University funding programme open to new graduate students in any subject who are liable to pay tuition fees at the overseas rate. Extends to taught programmes as well as research degrees. Apply by completing the funding sections of the graduate admissions form. As part of the admissions process, the Law Faculty will decide which applicants  to nominate to the University for a Clarendon Bursary.

Commonwealth Scholarships: awards to cover the full duration of an approved postgraduate programme, awarded to Commonwealth citizens and (some) Commonwealth permanent residents by the Association of Commonwealth Universities. Application procedure ...

Rhodes Scholarships: two-year scholarships (renewable for a third year) available to applicants to Oxford from a number of countries around the world.

There are many other possibilities to consider. For more information, try the University's Fees, Funding and Scholarship search

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