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.

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.

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

College graduate student funding

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

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.

Other sources of 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.