Postgraduate Funding

Postgraduate Funding in the Social Sciences Division

The University of Oxford offers a variety of funding opportunities for those looking to undertake graduate study. The following are some of the key funding schemes open to those applying for courses in the Social Sciences Division.


Funding opportunities

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The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the UK’s largest organisation funding research on social and economic issues. The University, in collaboration with Brunel University London and The Open University, hosts the Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) which offers funding and training to postgraduate students in specific subject areas.

Information about ESRC studentships at Oxford and the application process can be found on the Grand Union DTP website. Please note that these studentships are only open to candidates applying to start a new programme, rather than for current students already enrolled.

The Oxford-Islamic Development Bank Scholarship programme has been made possible thanks to generous support pledged by the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB).

The scheme will provide support for up to five postgraduate students per year from 2020 and will include a grant to cover living costs as well as course fees, which will be match funded by the University.

The scholarships are open to academically outstanding scholars ordinarily resident in one of 57 IsDB member countries who receive an offer to study an Oxford Master’s or DPhil programme in a social science subject relevant to the Sustainable Development Goals. Eligible courses reflect the IsDB’s interests in science, technology and innovation, and, more specifically, its goal of empowering communities and supporting the achievement of sustainable development.

Students do not need to complete an additional application to be considered for the scholarships, eligible candidates will be identified by participating Departments.

IsDB also run another external scholarship programme where candidates apply directly for consideration. Details can be found at  Please note that this is a separate scheme to the one referenced above, with different processes and requirements.

Clarendon is Oxford’s flagship graduate scholarship scheme, open to all applicants for DPhil and Master’s courses. Clarendon scholarships are competitive, prestigious and highly sought-after. Like all fully-funded Oxford scholarships, Clarendon covers course fees, and provides a grant for living expenses. If you apply by the funding deadline for a full or part-time Master's or DPhil course at Oxford, you will automatically be considered for a Clarendon Scholarship. Funding deadlines can be found on individual course pages on the Graduate Admissions website

The Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme provides outstanding university graduates and professionals from developing and emerging economies with the opportunity to pursue fully-funded graduate studies at the University of Oxford, along with a comprehensive programme of leadership development, long-term mentoring and networking. The majority of eligible programmes are based in Social Sciences Departments. There are additional steps you must complete in order to be considered for these scholarships. Details on eligibility and the application process can be found on the University's Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme page.

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) provides public funding in support of research into the arts and humanities. This includes some subjects formally based in the Social Sciences Division at Oxford, including Law, Archaeology, Anthropology and Politics. Oxford participates in the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), providing a number of scholarships each year for doctoral students. Information about applying for AHRC scholarships at Oxford can be found on the OOC DTP website.

There is a wide variety of funding available at Oxford for graduate study. Details on funding available to candidates applying to start a new course can be found on the University’s Graduate Fees and Funding pages.

Please be aware that the majority of Oxford scholarships are open to new graduate students only, and funding options for on-course students are extremely limited. The University offers some tips on securing extra funding on its Other Graduate Funding Sources page.