Funding and applications
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 Graduate Admissions and Funding website.
- Number of places available: c. 25 (2017–18)
- Number of applicants: c. 182 per year (three-year average)
- Deadlines: 20 January 2017 / 10 March 2017 [admissions now closed]