Fellowships and Scholarships

The University of Oxford has a number of scholarships available for students from India, and accepts a number of externally-funded scholarships. Externally- funded fellowships are also awarded for students and professionals from various streams giving them the Oxford experience. 

Internal Scholarships

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The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest (first awarded in 1902) and perhaps most prestigious international scholarship programme, enabling outstanding young people from around the world to study at the University of Oxford. The Rhodes Trust awards five scholarships per year to students from India.

Clarendon Scholarships aim to give the most academically-able students not only the life-changing opportunity to study at Oxford, but also the chance to form lasting social, academic and professional networks.

In 2017-18, there are around 400 Clarendon scholars at Oxford representing around 70 different countries, of which 10% are Indian students.
 

The Weidenfeld Scholarships & Leadership Programme is part of the Oxford Graduate Scholarships, which were established through a ground-breaking new matched funding initiative to enable the creation of fully-funded scholarships for graduate students of the highest calibre from across the world. The University contributes 40% of the funds for these scholarships, together with 60% from generous donations provided by supporters of the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust.

While this scholarship is not specifically targeted at India, students from India (among a number of other countries) are eligible to apply.
 

Up to three full scholarships are available for applicants who are either ordinarily resident in India or have previously studied at an Indian higher education institution. You must be applying for one of the eligible full- or part-time master’s courses listed below or for a DPhil course with proposed research relevant to the Somerville India Centre for Sustainable Development's agenda of interdisciplinary research on sustainable development in India. DPhil applicants considered can be from any university department and in any discipline, and applications from DPhil students from Physical Sciences are encouraged.

The following master’s courses are eligible: MSc in Energy Systems; MSc/MPhil in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management; MSc/MPhil in Environmental Change and Management; MSc/MPhil in Water Science, Policy and Management; MSc/MPhil in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance; Master of Public Policy; MPhil in Development Studies

One scholarship for candidates ordinarily resident in India, or having previously studied at an Indian university. The scholarship is for Modern South Asian Studies, for studies related to India and sustainable development as considered by the centre. 

Eligible Master's course for this scholarship is MSc in Modern South Asian Studies.

One partial scholarship for applicants who are either ordinarily resident in India or have previously studied at an Indian higher education institution.  The Ratanshaw Bomanji Zaiwalla scholarship covers a partial contribution towards course fees and living costs for full-time students to the amount of £20,000. Awards are made for the full duration of your fee liability for the agreed course.
Eligible Master’s courses are, Bachelor in Civil Law and MSc in Law and Finance.
 

One partial scholarship is available at Somerville College for applicants who are either ordinarily resident in India or have previously studied at an Indian higher education institution.
Eligible Master’s courses are Bachelor in Civil Law and MSc in Law and Finance 
 

One partial scholarship, generously offered by Mr Hemant Sahai, is available at Somerville College for applicants who are either ordinarily resident in India or have previously studied at an Indian higher education institution.  The HSA Advocates Law Scholarship covers a partial contribution towards course fees, and living costs for full-time students to the amount of £20,000. Awards are made for the full duration of your fee liability for the agreed course.

Eligible Master’s courses are Bachelor in Civil Law and MSc in Law and Finance 
 

External Scholarships

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A number of scholarships are available for applicants who are nationals of developing Commonwealth countries as specified by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission and who are applying to a range of 1-year master’s courses.

The scholarship is jointly funded by the University and the UK Department for International Development. It supports students from developing Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the United Kingdom.
 

The Oxford and Cambridge Society of India Scholarships offer partial funding for undergraduate, second undergraduate and graduate students who are ordinarily resident in India, for study and research in any subject offered at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford.

The Felix Scholarship enables outstanding students from India to pursue graduate studies in any subject at the University of Oxford, the University of Reading and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (SOAS). Felix has been supporting students at Oxford since 1991. Oxford awards approximately 5 Felix Scholarships every year.

The Chevening Gurukul Fellowship for Leadership and Excellence is the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s flagship fellowship for India and has run for more than 20 years. The fellowship is aimed at young high-flyers and mid-career professionals from diverse backgrounds with a strong and demonstrable leadership potential. The fellowship addresses issues faced by leaders in all fields and explores changing ideas and practices of leadership, looking at the implications of globalisation for Indian leaders. 

Every year twelve selected Gurukul Fellows will be offered an intensive, twelve-week residential course at the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR) at the University of Oxford to study and address these challenges through three fundamental and interlocking components focussing on academic understanding, policy relevance and personal development.
 

The Chevening Science and Innovation Leadership Fellowship is aimed at mid-career professionals with very high potential in the fields of science, innovation, and business from India and Sri Lanka.

The programme is funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Rolls-Royce. Rolls-Royce is a leading UK-based global company, providing integrated power solutions for customers in civil and defence aerospace, marine, energy, and power markets.

This ten-week fellowship is delivered at St. Cross College.
 

JN Tata Endowment awards predominantly loan scholarships, however selected scholars may also qualify for a gift award. Applicants should be Indian nationals and graduates of a recognised Indian university. 

The Charles Wallace Trusts for Bangladesh, Burma/Myanmar, India and Pakistan assist the nationals of these countries to obtain education and professional development in the UK.

Narotam Sekhsaria Scholarships are awarded to Indian students pursuing postgraduate studies in the fields of Pure Sciences, Applied Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities, Law, Architecture and Management at prestigious international universities. 

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