Funding for graduate study

The University provides a comprehensive guide to all sources of funding for graduate study, a few of which are listed below. Contact us if you wish to support our students or have an area of interest you would like investigated.

Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science Graduate Scholarship

The Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science is recruiting one graduate student for an MPhil + DPhil on a topic within one of the centre’s programmes (see the website here). The scholarship covers the cost of fees and contains a maintenance allowance at a level equivalent to fully-funded ESRC studentships, i.e. roughly £15,000 a year.

To apply for the scholarship, please apply for admission to the Department of Sociology in the usual way and state that you would like to be considered for the MPhil in Sociology and Demography with the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Sciences Scholarship. The deadline for application is midday on Friday 21st June 2019.

Please contact with any enquiries.

3-year Doctoral Studentship for ERC GenTime Project

Professor Man-Yee Kan is seeking to recruit one doctoral student to join her European Research Council-funded project “Temporal structures of gender inequalities in Asian and Western welfare regimes” (GenTime,  The project aims to investigate gender inequalities in time use in East Asian and Western countries. The studentship will consist of tuition fees and a living allowance for 3 years. Candidates interested in conducting doctoral research on gender and family dynamics under the supervision of Professor Kan are welcome to apply.   

To apply for the studentship, please apply for admission to the Department of Sociology through the usual procedures, and state that you would like to be considered for the ERC GenTime studentship in your application. The deadline for application is 25th January 2019. For enquiries, please email: .  

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

The ESRC is the UK’s largest organisation for funding research on social and economic issues. The University, in collaboration with Brunel University and the Open University, hosts the Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership - one of fourteen Doctoral Training Partnerships accredited by the ESRC as part of a Doctoral Training Network.

In order to be considered for a Grand Union DTP ESRC studentship, you must select ‘ESRC Grand Union DTP Studentships in Social Sciences’ in the University of Oxford scholarships section of the University's graduate application form. You must also complete a Grand Union DTP Application Form and upload it, together with your graduate application form, by the relevant January deadline for your course.

Information about ESRC studentships at Oxford can be found on the Grand Union DTP website. Please ensure you have read all of the guidance available on the website before completing the Grand Union DTP Application Form. Questions can be directed to the Grand Union DTP Office.

ESRC Migration Studies Studentships 2019-20

Oxford’s ESRC Migration Studies pathway competition Studentships are suitable for Home or EU Students applying for a DPhil in a migration-related subject with a good first degree in a relevant social science subject.

The closing date for applications is the January 2019 deadline specified for the degree you are applying for, and there are two routes you can take:

  • +3: (if you already have an ESRC-accredited masters in a relevant subject) directly into a DPhil on a migration-related topic.

*The Migration Studies Studentships are not intended for taught master’s degrees on their own. To apply you must be planning to undertake a doctorate. Please also note that successful upgrading to the doctoral programme is subject to approval by the relevant department’s DPhil Admissions Committee, and is based on your performance in the MSc.

The studentships cover the cost of fees for four years (on the 1+3 route) or three years (on the +3 route). Depending on your fee status, an annual stipend may also be payable.

The ESRC awarded Oxford the Migration Studies Studentships in recognition of our research strength in interdisciplinary migration studies, and the two taught masters are offered by Anthropology and International Development (the MSc in Migration Studies) and International Development (the MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies) respectively. Students on the 1+3 pathway may progress from one of these masters to doctorates in International Development, Anthropology, Politics and International Relations, Geography, Law, Sociology, Economics or another appropriate department.

Details on the application process will be published online imminently.

Oxford 1+1 programme and the Pershing Square Graduate Scholarship

The 1+1 programme is a unique, two-year postgraduate experience which offers you the opportunity to combine the depth of our specialised, one-year MSc in Sociology with the breadth of Saïd Business School’s top-ranking, one-year MBA. As a result, you will embark from Oxford with the skills to translate specific domain knowledge into practical and innovative solutions to the many challenges facing our 21st Century world.

In addition, the Oxford Pershing Square Graduate Scholarship is available for up to five extraordinary 1+1 students who are committed to addressing world-scale social challenges. The Scholarship provides full funding for tuition, college fees and living expenses for both the MSc and MBA year. The final application deadline for the Oxford Pershing Square Graduate Scholarship is fast approaching in March 2019. See more at:

Clarendon Fund

All graduate applicants to degree-bearing courses are eligible for this prestigious scholarship funding. Approximately 130 awards are made across the University every year and most of these provide only partial funding, though some full awards are made too. Please see the Clarendon Fund website for further details. Prospective students must apply in the January application deadline (January 2019) for admission to one of the Department’s degree programmes.

College graduate student funding

Some Oxford colleges make funds available to support graduate students in their studies; the amount and the conditions vary from college to college and in some cases from year to year. The Oxford Fees, Funding and Scholarship Search lists awards available from colleges and you should check individual college websites for information on eligibility and application procedures. Graduate studentships are also sometimes available to students once they have started their studies in Oxford, from some colleges – again, check individual college websites and the University Gazette for announcements. For 2019-20, students who are admitted to Nuffield College to undertake one of the courses offered in Sociology will have full funding underwritten by Nuffield for the duration of the fee liability of the course. Prospective students can also apply for one of two MPhil Scholarships offered by St Cross College.

Other sources of funding

The University also offers support for international students and a small number of scholarships for UK students fulfilling certain subject or regional nationality requirements. The Graduate Fees, Funding and Scholarship Search lists the awards available each year.