The University of Oxford offers a variety of programmes, curricula, and training to bring Indian and South Asian nationals to the university, providing the unique Oxford experience. Apart from bringing prospective students and fellows, the university also encourage students to take courses that have a strong focus on Indian political, social and religious aspects.
A one-year elementary language course, primarily offered as a language option for students enrolled in the MSc or the MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies but students from outside the Faculty of Oriental Studies can also attend subject to availability and to the approval of the course tutor.
Development Studies (MPhil)
A two-year graduate course providing a rigorous and critical introduction, through an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach, to development as a process of managed and unmanaged change, grounded in detailed studies of countries in the global South, including India.
Elementary- to advanced- level classes are available, as well as classes on Modern Literary Hindi and on Old Hindi (Brajbhasha). The courses are intended primarily for students enrolled at the Faculty of Oriental Studies; however, there are also limited places available for students from other departments.
South Asian Studies (MSc and MPhil)
The Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme (CSASP), in conjunction with the Faculty of Oriental Studies, administers a 12-month MSc in Modern South Asian Studies and 21-month MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies. Students on these courses have the opportunity to engage with and be taught by scholars from both the Humanities and Social Science Divisions.
Scholarships and Fellowships
The University of Oxford has scholarships available for students from the Indian subcontinent, and can assist with access to a number of externally-funded scholarships. Externally-funded fellowships are also available to students and professionals from various streams.
Oxford and Cambridge Society of India Scholarships
Oxford and Cambridge Society of India Scholarships offer partial funding to 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.
Commonwealth Scholarships are given to talented individuals with the potential to make a positive impact on the global stage.
As part of the UK’s ongoing commitment to the Commonwealth, each year around 800 students are given the chance to undertake postgraduate degrees with UK universities.
Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation
The Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation focuses on providing scholarships, grants and awards in various fields to outstanding young Indians, to enable them to develop their professional, scientific, artistic and cultural abilities, both abroad and in India.
The Foundation prides itself on being open to a wide range of subjects, many of which are not covered by other fund-giving bodies. Over the last four decades, more than 460 scholars have benefited from overseas scholarships while over 600 others have received awards and Take-Off Grants in India and abroad. Opportunities in India are offered through the Inlaks India Foundation.
The Chevening Research, Science and Innovation Fellowship
The Chevening Research, Science and Innovation Fellowship is funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and is for mid-career professionals with very high potential in the fields of science, innovation, and business from India and Sri Lanka. This intensive ten-week programme is hosted by St Cross College at the University of Oxford.
CRISP focuses on: science policy and economic impact; global challenges; innovation and entrepreneurship; leadership and personal development; politics & international relations, and business skills. The programme combines academic sessions, visits, group and individual projects, mentoring and debates with social and cultural activities.
Oxford India Society
The official student home for India and Indians on campus. OIS's remit includes providing a platform for speakers/debates, putting on social events such as large dinners for the community, and facilitating dance and performing arts events; creating a 'home away from home' for Indian students.