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Graduate applications to Oxford: what to expect – An overview of the timeline of a graduate application, featuring key dates and decisions

Scholarships and support

There are a variety of scholarship programmes available to study at the RSC, giving the brightest candidates from around the world the opportunity to pursue their academic interests:

  • Departmental Award: Competitive scholarship offering full fees and a contribution towards living costs for at least one student a year from a developing country (as defined by the UN) to study on the degree. All applicants from eligible countries are automatically considered. More information >>
  • University scholarships: A range of scholarships for international students are awarded annually, including from funders such as Fulbright, Rhodes, Weidenfeld and Clarendon. Eligibility criteria vary, a separate application may be required and competition is university-wide. More information >>
  • ESRC Migration Pathway Studentships:  The University of Oxford is one of 14 centres of postgraduate excellence accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as a Doctoral Training Partnership. A number of ESRC studentships are available to applicants for master’s-to-DPhil or DPhil programmes for courses starting in October 2017. Please note that the studentships are not intended for taught master’s degrees on their own – all applications should envisage the applicant continuing with a doctorate. More information >>


The RSC also offers a number of on-course bursaries:

  • Research Methods Field Work Support Fund: To assist students with UK travel costs incurred in conducting their group research projects.
  • Belinda Allan Travel Fund: Small travel grants to students from the global South for research purposes or to present conference papers.
  • Glenn Hendricks Hardship Fund: For current students who find themselves in unexpected financial difficulties.

How to apply

Applications to study for a postgraduate degree at Oxford must be made through the University Graduate Admissions Office and not through the RSC or the Oxford Department of International Development

For up-to-date information regarding the selection criteria for this course and how to apply, please visit the University's Graduate Admissions and Funding website.

The deadlines for 2019-20 are 12 noon (ie midday) UK time on:

  • 16 November 2018
  • 25 January 2019

More information >>