Graduate Scholarships

You can find out more about the graduate scholarships to be offered at Wadham in 2017/18 and in future years below. These include a range of scholarships awarded as part of the graduate admissions process. Some are limited to specific subject areas, others are potentially available to any new graduate student.

For further information about any of these scholarships, please contact the Graduate Administrator (graduate.admissions@wadh.ox.ac.uk).

Scholarships available 2017/18

Oxford-Wadham Graduate Scholarship for Disabled Students

Who can apply? Graduate Masters’ degree students (on both full-time and part-time courses) with disabilities as defined by the Equality Act and determined by the University’s Disability Advisory Service. The scholarship is open to home, EU and international graduate students.  Please ensure that you meet the selection criteria for your course. This scholarship is not open to candidates applying for non-matriculated courses, to candidates who hold deferred offers to start in 2017-18 or to students applying for courses for which the College does not normally accept applications.

Money available: 100% of University and college fees at the UK/EU rate and a grant for living costs (at least £14,057) for the duration of the course.

Application details: This scholarship has been made possible thanks to a generous donation by a member of Wadham College in recognition of the additional burdens that many disabled Masters’ students face when contemplating further education. A ground-breaking matched funding initiative from the University of Oxford has enabled the creation of fully-funded scholarships such as this one for graduate students of the highest calibre from across the world.

Scholarships are awarded to applicants who have demonstrated excellent academic ability, who will contribute to the University’s ground-breaking research, and who will go on to contribute to the world as leaders in their field, pushing the frontiers of knowledge. The University contributes 40% of the funds for these scholarships, together with 60% from generous donations provided by numerous supporters of the University and its colleges.

There is no separate application process for this scholarship: in order to be considered, you must submit your application for graduate study by the relevant January deadline for your course. You do not need to have nominated Wadham as your first-choice college in order to be considered for this scholarship. If you name a college of preference other than Wadham you will still automatically be considered for the scholarship. Following the January 2017 deadlines, a recipient for the scholarship will be nominated, and award of the scholarship will be conditional on them taking up the offer of a college place at Wadham.

Details you insert in the ‘About you’ section of the graduate application form will be used to determine whether or not you have declared a disability.

To be eligible for consideration for this scholarship, applicants must be successful in being offered a place on their course after consideration of applications received by the relevant January deadline for the course. Course applications which are held over after the January deadline to be re-evaluated against applications received by the March deadline or course applications which have been put on a waiting list are not eligible for scholarship consideration.

Decisions are expected to be made around April 2017

Further details can be found here: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/fees-and-funding/graduate-scholarships/university-wide-scholarships/oxford-graduate-scholarships

David Richards Scholarship in Economics

Who can apply?  Applicants for the DPhil in Economics. The scholarship is open to home, EU and international graduate students. Please ensure that you meet the selection criteria for your course. This scholarship is not open to candidates who hold deferred offers to start their course in 2017-18.

Money available: 100% of University and college fees and a grant for living costs (at least £14,057) for the duration of the course. This scholarship has been made possible thanks to a generous donation by the family of David Richards, an alumnus of Wadham College.

Scholarships are awarded to applicants who have demonstrated excellent academic ability, who will contribute to the University’s ground-breaking research, and who will go on to contribute to the world as leaders in their field, pushing the frontiers of knowledge. The Richards family bequest contributes 60% of the funds for these scholarships, with the remaining 40% being contributed by the University of Oxford.

There is no separate application process for this scholarship: in order to be considered, you must submit your application for graduate study by 12 noon on Friday 20th January 2017.

To be eligible for consideration for this scholarship, applicants must be successful in being offered a place on their course after consideration of applications received by 12 noon on Friday 20th January 2017. Course applications which are held over after the January deadline to be re-evaluated against applications received by the March deadline or course applications which have been put on a waiting list are not eligible for scholarship consideration.

Decisions are expected to be made around April 2017.

Beit Trust Wadham Scholarships

Who can apply?  Applicants to any full-time Masters course offered by the University; they should normally be resident in Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe, and they will be expected to show evidence of their intention to return to their home country on completion of their course. Up to two scholarships will be awarded a year, and preference may be given to applicants to one-year Masters courses.

Money available:  The scholarships will cover University and College fees in full, plus a stipend in line with that offered by the equivalent UK research council.

Application details: Applicants should apply directly to the Beit Trust, who will be responsible for interviewing and shortlisting candidates, in addition to making a graduate application to the relevant faculty or department at Oxford. Further details can be found on the Beit Trust website.

Applicants will need to apply to the University by the relevant January 2017 deadline, and award of the scholarship will be conditional on the applicant receiving an offer of a place from the relevant department or faculty. Those wishing to be considered need not name Wadham as their first-choice college when applying for the course; the recipient of the scholarship will receive a place at Wadham should they wish to take up the offer of funding.

The Beit Trust Wadham College Scholarships are made possible thanks to the generosity of both the College's donors and the Beit Trust, which aims to provide financial support to those with the greatest potential to become leaders, decision-makers and opinion-formers in their home countries of Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

FirstRand Oxford African Studies Scholarship

Who can apply? Applicants for the MSc in African Studies who are ordinarily resident in South Africa, and have not previously studied at a university outside South Africa. The successful applicant will demonstrate the potential to rise to a position of leadership and influence.

Money available: Full University and college fees, plus maintenance expenses for a single postgraduate living in College accommodation (not less than £14,057)

This scholarship is offered through the generosity of the FirstRand financial services group, and in partnership with the University of Oxford's African Studies Centre. Its aim is to attract applicants from South Africa who demonstrate the greatest potential to become the leaders, influencers, decision-makers and opinion-makers of the future. 

Application process: If you wish to be considered for this scholarship you should submit your application for the MSc in African Studies in the ordinary way by 12 noon on Friday 20th January 2017. You will also need to apply for the scholarship directly via the FirstRand website - please note that applications do not open until 16th December 2016.

You do not need to have nominated Wadham as your first-choice college to be considered for the scholarship, and if you name a college of preference other than Wadham you will still automatically be considered for the scholarship. Following the January 2017 deadline, shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview in South Africa, after which the scholarship will be offered to the successful candidate; receipt of the scholarship will then be conditional on them taking up the offer of a college place at Wadham.

Wadham College-Philosophy Faculty Herbert Spencer Scholarship

Who can apply?  Applicants for the DPhil in Philosophy. The scholarship is open to home, EU and international graduate students. Please ensure that you meet the selection criteria for the course. This scholarship is not open to candidates who hold deferred offers to start their course in 2017-18.

Money available: 100% of University and college fees and a grant for living costs (at least £14,057) for the duration of the course. Half of the costs of this scholarship are covered thanks to the generosity of donors to Wadham College, with the other half covered by the Philosophy Faculty's Herbert Spencer Fund.

Scholarships are awarded to applicants who have demonstrated excellent academic ability, who will contribute to the University’s ground-breaking research, and who will go on to contribute to the world as leaders in their field, pushing the frontiers of knowledge. 

There is no separate application process for this scholarship: in order to be considered, you must submit your application for graduate study by 12 noon on Friday 6th January 2017. You do not need to have nominated Wadham as your preferred college in order to be considered for this scholarship.

Decisions are expected to be made around April 2017.

Oxford-Hackney BCL Scholarship

Who can apply? Any applicant for the Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL).

Money available: Full University and college fees, plus maintenance expenses for a single postgraduate living in College accommodation (not less than £14,057)

Application details: The College is offering a postgraduate scholarship for a candidate of exceptional academic merit studying for the Oxford BCL programme in 2017-18. The scholarship, which is named in honour of Jeffrey Hackney, an Emeritus Law Fellow of the College, is tenable only at Wadham College. It will be awarded on grounds of academic excellence and aptitude.

If you wish to be considered for this scholarship you should submit your application for the BCL to the Faculty of Law in the ordinary way by 12 noon on Friday 20th January 2017. There is no separate scholarship application process, and you do not need to have nominated Wadham as your first-choice college. If you name a college of preference other than Wadham you will still automatically be considered for the scholarship. Following the January 2017 deadline, a Faculty panel will nominate a recipient for the scholarship, which will be conditional on them taking up the offer of a college place at Wadham.

Hackney BCL Scholarship

Who can apply? Any applicant for the Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL).

Money available: Full University and college fees, plus maintenance expenses for a single postgraduate living in College accommodation (not less than £14,057)

Application details: The College is offering a postgraduate scholarship for a candidate of exceptional academic merit studying for the Oxford BCL programme in 2017-18. The scholarship, which is named in honour of Jeffrey Hackney, an Emeritus Law Fellow of the College, is tenable only at Wadham College. It will be awarded on grounds of academic excellence and aptitude.

If you wish to be considered for this scholarship you should submit your application for the BCL to the Faculty of Law in the ordinary way by 12 noon on Friday 20th January 2017. There is no separate scholarship application process, and you do not need to have nominated Wadham as your first-choice college. If you name a college of preference other than Wadham you will still automatically be considered for the scholarship. Following the January 2017 deadline, a Faculty panel will nominate a recipient for the scholarship, which will be conditional on them taking up the offer of a college place at Wadham.

Oxford-Dowding Scholarship

Who can apply?  Applicants for graduate degrees in Humanities subjects for which the College normally admits students. The scholarship is open to home, EU and international graduate students. Please ensure that you meet the selection criteria for your course. This scholarship is not open to candidates who hold deferred offers to start their course in 2017-18.

Money available: 100% of University and college fees and a grant for living costs (at least £14,057) for the duration of the course. The scholarship is jointly funded by the University and David Dowding, who read Oriental Studies at Wadham in 1967 and is now pleased to ensure that future generation of Humanities students can receive the same quality of teaching that he enjoyed.

There is no separate application process for this scholarship: in order to be considered, you must submit your application for graduate study by 12 noon on Friday 20th January 2017.

To be eligible for consideration for this scholarship, applicants must be successful in being offered a place on their course after consideration of applications received by 12 noon on Friday 20th January 2017. Course applications which are held over after the January deadline to be re-evaluated against applications received by the March deadline or course applications which have been put on a waiting list are not eligible for scholarship consideration.

Decisions are expected to be made around April 2017.

Oxford-Murray Classics Scholarship

Who can apply? Any applicant to the MSt or MPhil in Greek and/or Latin Languages and Literature or Greek and/or Roman History who intends to proceed to study for a DPhil.

Money available: Full University and college fees, plus a stipend in line with that offered by UK research councils, for up to four years.  Continuation of the scholarship will depend on a distinction-level performance in the Masters examination.

Application details: The Oxford-Murray Classics Scholarship will be awarded to a student who has demonstrated excellent academic ability, who will contribute to the University’s ground-breaking research, and who will go on to contribute as a leader in the field.  The University contributes 40% of the funds for this scholarship, while the remaining 60% has been funded by Wadham College as the result of a generous benefaction from NR Murray.

Peter Carter Graduate Scholarship in Law

Who can apply? Any applicant for the BCL, MJur, MPhil in Law or DPhil in Law

Money available: The Peter Carter Graduate Scholarship in Law is worth £10,000 per year

Application details: The Peter Carter Law Scholarships (see also Peter Carter Taught Graduate Scholarship in Law below) are made available through the generosity of the PBC Trust, and the Faculty of Law, to commemorate the contributions over many years of the late Peter Carter QC to the Law Faculty and to Wadham.  The Graduate Scholarship in Law is available to graduate students of exceptional academic merit embarking on the BCL, MJur, MPhil in Law or DPhil in Law at Wadham College and is available to law graduates of any university.

If you wish to be considered for this scholarship you should submit your application for the BCL, MJur, MPhil in Law or DPhil in Law to the Faculty of Law in the ordinary way by 12 noon on 20th January 2017: there is no separate scholarship application process, and you do not need to have nominated Wadham as your first-choice college. Following the January 2017 deadline, a Faculty panel will nominate a recipient for the scholarship, which will be conditional on you taking up the offer of a college place at Wadham. 

The scholarship can be used to defray in part University fees, College fees and/or maintenance of the Scholar during their period of study.  Please note that the scholarship will not cover all of the University fees, and the selected candidate, like all other applicants offered places in the College, will be required to demonstrate to the College that he or she has sufficient funds to cover the additional costs.

Peter Carter Taught Graduate Scholarship in Law

Who can apply? Any applicant for the BCL or Magister Juris (MJur).

Money available: The Peter Carter Taught Graduate Scholarship in Law is worth £12,500.

Application Details: The Peter Carter Law Scholarships (see also Peter Carter Graduate Scholarship in Law above) are made available through the generosity of the PBC Trust, and the Faculty of Law, to commemorate the contributions over many years of the late Peter Carter QC to the Law Faculty and to Wadham. The Taught Graduate Scholarship in Law is available to graduate students of exceptional academic merit embarking on the BCL or MJur at Wadham College and is available to law graduates of any university.

If you wish to be considered for this scholarship you should submit your application for the BCL or MJur to the Faculty of Law in the ordinary way by 12 noon on 20th January 2017: there is no separate scholarship application process, and you do not need to have nominated Wadham as your first-choice college. Following the January 2017 deadline, a Faculty panel will nominate a recipient for the scholarship, which will be conditional on you taking up the offer of a college place at Wadham. 

The scholarship can be used to defray in part University fees, College fees and/or maintenance of the Scholar during their period of study. Please note that the scholarship will not cover all of the University fees, and the selected candidate, like all other applicants offered places in the College, will be required to demonstrate to the College that he or she has sufficient funds to cover the additional costs.

Kalisher Trust-Wadham Scholarship (Criminology)

Who can apply? UK residents applying for the MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Money available: £6000 towards University fees, plus college fees paid in full by Wadham College

The bursary is generously supported by the Kalisher Trust (http://www.thekalishertrust.org/) and Wadham College, Oxford. In addition to satisfying the high academic standards of the Centre for Criminology, Faculty of Law, and Wadham College candidates for the award must satisfy the Kalisher Trust’s objectives of furthering access to the Criminal Bar for students from backgrounds who are under-represented in the legal profession. The scholarship is intended to encourage and assist those intending to practise at the Criminal Bar who demonstrate ‘exceptional promise but modest means’. Applications are invited from UK residents who can demonstrate:

  1. Intellectual ability – demonstrated by academic performance, past work, activities and other experience.
  2. Motivation to succeed at the Criminal Bar including steps taken to acquire the personal skills required of a Barrister, and a demonstration of the will to succeed.
  3. Potential as an advocate – both in oral and written skills.
  4. Personal qualities – including self-reliance, independence, integrity, reliability and humanity.
  5. Financial need - candidates will be asked to supply to the interview panel, in confidence, information demonstrating financial need. Please note that the scholarship will not cover the fees for the course in full, and the selected candidate, like all other applicants offered places in the University, will be required to demonstrate to Wadham College that he or she has sufficient funds to cover the additional costs.

Application Process

At the time of application to the University, applicants are required to submit to the Centre for Criminology an additional statement asking to be considered for this scholarship and explaining why they believe they meet the selection criteria, in particularly to discuss their motivation to succeed at the Criminal Bar. This statement should be no more than 800 words. Those shortlisted for the scholarship will be invited for interview.

Those wishing to be considered need not name Wadham as their first-choice college when applying for the course; the recipient of the scholarship will receive a place at Wadham should they wish to take up the offer of funding.

Water Conservators' Scholarship

Who can apply? Any applicant to the MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management who is ordinarily resident in the EU (including the UK)

Money available: £4000 towards fees for one year

Application details: Through the generosity of The Worshipful Company of Water Conservators (www.waterconservators.org/index) the College is able to offer one scholarship a year to a student admitted to the MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management. Those who wish to be considered for this scholarship should submit their course application by 12 noon on Friday 20th January 2017. Those who receive a University place will then automatically be considered for the Water Conservators Scholarship by the faculty; there is no separate application process. Those wishing to be considered need not name Wadham as their first choice college; the recipient of the scholarship will receive a place at Wadham should they wish to take up the offer of funding, which is awarded on grounds of academic excellence and aptitude.

The scholarship normally has a value of £4000, to be used to defray in part University and College fees; in cases where an applicant has already received funding to cover their fees it cannot be used to cover their living expenses. Please note that the scholarship will not cover the fees for the course in full, and the selected candidate, like all other applicants offered places in the College, will be required to demonstrate to the College that he or she has sufficient funds to cover the additional costs.

Future Scholarships

David Richards Scholarships in History

We do not anticipate the David Richards Scholarships in History being available again until the 2019/20 academic year.

Who can apply?  Applicants to DPhil courses offered by the Faculty of History, who will be conducting research which is interdisciplinary in nature. These two scholarships are open to home, EU and international graduate students. Please ensure that you meet the selection criteria for your course. 

Money available: 100% of University and college fees and a grant for living costs (at least £14,057) for the duration of the course. These scholarships have been made possible thanks to a generous donation by the family of David Richards, an alumnus of Wadham College.

Scholarships are awarded to applicants who have demonstrated excellent academic ability, who will contribute to the University’s ground-breaking research, and who will go on to contribute to the world as leaders in their field, pushing the frontiers of knowledge. The Richards family bequest contributes 60% of the funds for these scholarships, with the remaining 40% being contributed by the University of Oxford.

To be eligible for consideration for these scholarships, applicants must be successful in being offered a place on their course after consideration of applications received by the relevant January deadline for the course. Course applications which are held over after the January deadline to be re-evaluated against applications received by the March deadline or course applications which have been put on a waiting list are not eligible for scholarship consideration.

David Richards Scholarships in Climate Research

We do not anticipate the David Richards Scholarships in Climate Research being available again until the 2019/20 academic year.

Who can apply?  Applicants for the DPhil in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics. These two scholarships are open to home, EU and international graduate students. Please ensure that you meet the selection criteria for your course.

Money available: 100% of University and college fees and a grant for living costs (at least £14,057) for the duration of the course. These scholarships have been made possible thanks to a generous donation by the family of David Richards, an alumnus of Wadham College.

Scholarships are awarded to applicants who have demonstrated excellent academic ability, who will contribute to the University’s ground-breaking research, and who will go on to contribute to the world as leaders in their field, pushing the frontiers of knowledge. The Richards family bequest contributes 60% of the funds for these scholarships, with the remaining 40% being contributed by the University of Oxford.

To be eligible for consideration for these scholarships, applicants must be successful in being offered a place on their course after consideration of applications received by the relevant January deadline for the course. Course applications which are held over after the January deadline to be re-evaluated against applications received by the March deadline or course applications which have been put on a waiting list are not eligible for scholarship consideration.

David Richards Scholarship in Chemistry

We do not anticipate the David Richards Scholarship in Chemistry being available again until the 2019/20 academic year.

Who can apply?  Applicants for DPhil courses offered by the Department of Chemistry. The scholarship is open to home, EU and international graduate students. Please ensure that you meet the selection criteria for your course. 

Money available: 100% of University and college fees and a grant for living costs (at least £14,057) for the duration of the course. This scholarship has been made possible thanks to a generous donation by the family of David Richards, an alumnus of Wadham College.

Scholarships are awarded to applicants who have demonstrated excellent academic ability, who will contribute to the University’s ground-breaking research, and who will go on to contribute to the world as leaders in their field, pushing the frontiers of knowledge. The Richards family bequest contributes 60% of the funds for these scholarships, with the remaining 40% being contributed by the University of Oxford.

To be eligible for consideration for this scholarship, applicants must be successful in being offered a place on their course after consideration of applications received by the relevant January deadline for the course. Course applications which are held over after the January deadline to be re-evaluated against applications received by the March deadline or course applications which have been put on a waiting list are not eligible for scholarship consideration.

Donner Canadian Foundation Law Scholarship

We do not anticipate the Donner Canadian Foundation Law Scholarship being available again until the 2018/19 academic year.

Who can apply? Any applicant to the BCL or MJur who is ordinarily resident in Canada

Money available: £22,000 towards fees or living expenses for one year

Application details: Thanks to the generosity of the Donner Canadian Foundation, and the good offices of Allan E. Gotlieb, Honorary Fellow of Wadham College, the scholarship is awarded on grounds of academic excellence and aptitude.  The scholarship is to be used to defray in part University fees, Colleges fees and/or maintenance of the Scholar during their period of study (nine months).

If you wish to be considered for this scholarship you should submit your application for the BCL or MJur to the Faculty of Law in the ordinary way by the January deadline: there is no separate scholarship application process, and you do not need to have nominated Wadham as your first-choice college. Following the January deadline, a Faculty panel will nominate a recipient for the scholarship, which will be conditional on you taking up the offer of a college place at Wadham. 

Please note that the scholarship will not cover the full cost for the BCL or MJur, and the selected candidate, like all other applicants offered places in the College, will be required to demonstrate to the College that they have sufficient funds to cover the additional costs.

The John Brookman Scholarship

We do not anticipate the John Brookman Scholarship being available again until the 2018/19 academic year.

Who can apply? Any graduate student applying for a subject for which Wadham usually admits students who wishes to play a role in the musical life of the College.

Money available: Full payment of the college fee

Application details: The John Brookman Scholarship was endowed by the late E.W.M. Brookman, an old member of the College, in memory of his son, John Meredith Brookman (1926-80). The scholarship is open to those who have applied to read for a higher degree in the University of Oxford in any subject for which Wadham usually admits students and who, as John Brookman Scholar, will participate in the musical life of the college.

The Philip Wright Scholarship for former Manchester Grammar School students

We do not anticipate the Philip Wright Scholarship being available again until the 2018/19 academic year at the earliest.

Who can apply? Any graduate student who is a former student of Manchester Grammar School. This scholarship is not open to candidates applying for courses for which the College does not normally accept applications.

Money available: University and college fee (to a maximum of £10,000) plus living expenses of £8000 or, for those who succeed in securing funding from other sources (i.e. research councils), full payment of college fee.

Application details: The Philip Wright Scholarship is funded by income from the Philip Wright Fund, a trust fund established in 1874 for the awarding of scholarships and grants to students of Wadham College, subject to the stipulation that the recipient of any award must be an ex-student of Manchester Grammar school. The College normally offers a scholarship tenable for one year in the first instance and renewable, within the same course of study, for two further years. Successful applicants progressing from a graduate taught to a graduate research course cannot ‘carry over’ the scholarship but are encouraged to re-apply on transfer.