DPhil Scholarship in Criminology for a UK BME student in association with Brasenose College

The Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford is committed to attracting the very best candidates for research degrees, irrespective of their background or ability to pay. Students from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds who are ordinarily resident in the UK have been under-represented in our doctoral programme in recent years. To encourage more students from these backgrounds to apply,  we have decided to  offer a graduate scholarship for the D.Phil. in Criminology.

The scholarship is one of several initiatives that the University is undertaking as part of its Race Equality Charter, and is a positive action measure under s.158 of the Equality Act 2010.

The scholarship will provide full fees and maintenance support for a maximum of four years and is provided jointly by the Centre for Criminology and Brasenose College. 


Eligibility is restricted to candidates who are members of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups (as defined by the Office for National Statistics[1]), who are ordinarily resident in the UK (and thus liable for ‘home’ fees)[2], and who have completed the Criminology needs-assessment form (see ‘How to apply’ for further details).

Terms and conditions

The scholarship will cover all tuition fees and provide a grant for living expenses at UK Research Council rates (at least £15,009[3]). This will comprise a £10,000 contribution from the Centre for Criminology and a £12,279 contribution from Brasenose College in the first year; contributions from the College will increase in subsequent years to account for inflation. Awards are made for up to four years of study for the DPhil subject to satisfactory academic performance. The successful candidate is guaranteed a place at Brasenose College and is eligible for a research allowance (currently £950 per annum). Careers mentoring will also be available. A comprehensive list of terms and conditions is available here 

How to apply

Applicants must apply to the University of Oxford for admission to a DPhil degree in Criminology by the 24 January 2020 application deadline.

Once application decisions have been made, those offered places on the DPhil programme will be invited to apply for the scholarship, which will involve the completion of a form confirming that they meet the eligibility criteria; and completion of a form setting out their financial means in common with all candidates applying for our means-tested awards.


Queries relating to these studentships may be addressed to the Centre for Criminology’s Graduate Studies Administrator, Ms Tracy Kaye at tracy.kaye@crim.ox.ac.uk

More information about the Centre for Criminology and Brasenose College is available at the following links:



[1] www.ethnicity-facts-figures.service.gov.uk/ethnic-groups