Departmental Scholarships

The Department usually has three departmental scholarships to offer for admission each academic year.

For entry in October 2020, an additional one-off scholarship will be on offer:

  • Barnett Scholarship
  • Barnett-Nuffield Scholarship
  • Centenary Scholarship
  • Accelerate Scholarship

These are full scholarships, covering course fees and a small stipend towards living expenses. If you require further information please email admissions(at)spi.ox.ac.uk or telephone 0044 (0)1865 280734.

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The Department offers the Barnett Scholarship for three years (or two years for an MPhil candidate applying for two year DPhil study). The scholarship is open to all students applying for a DPhil (both new students and those already in the department studying for an MSc or MPhil), and is awarded on the basis of academic merit, assessed on both academic track record and potential.

All students that apply by the January deadline are considered for the Barnett Scholarship. There is no separate application form for this scholarship.

The award will be paid at the start of each year. In second and subsequent years of the award, payment is dependent upon the quality of the successful applicant’s work and contribution to the department during the preceding term. In this context ‘contribution’ will include such activities as actively participating in seminars run by the department.

To mark 100 years of the Department (celebrated in 2013-14) the Department launched the Centenary Scholarship.

The scholarship is for three years (or two years for an MPhil candidate applying for two year DPhil study). The scholarship is open to all students applying for a DPhil (both new students and those already in the department studying an MSc or MPhil), and is awarded on the basis of academic merit, assessed on both academic track record and potential.

All students that apply by the January deadline are considered for the Centenary scholarship. There is no separate application form for this scholarship.

The award will be paid at the start of each year. In second and subsequent years of the award, payment is dependent upon the quality of the successful applicant’s work and contribution to the department during the preceding term. In this context ‘contribution’ will include such activities as actively participating in seminars run by the department.

Social Policy DPhil Funding

For admission in October 2020, the department and Nuffield College will be offering a joint-funded scholarship.

The scholarship is open to Social Policy students only, who are applying for a DPhil (both new students and those already in the department studying for an MSc or MPhil. If there is, however, a very strong applicant for the MPhil wishing to proceed to the DPhil upon completion of the MPhil, we would be happy to consider them too). It is awarded on the basis of academic merit, assessed on both academic track record and potential.

All Social Policy students who apply by the January deadline are considered for this scholarship. There is no separate application form for this scholarship.

Social Intervention DPhil Funding

For admission in October 2020, the Department will be offering a one-time scholarship as a part of the commitment as lead institution for the UKRI GCRF Accelerating Achievement for Africa’s Adolescents Hub. The Hub Director, Professor Lucie Cluver, DSPI’s Professors of Child and Family Social Work, will supervise the successful scholar.

The scholarship is open to Social Intervention students only, who are applying for a DPhil (both new students and those already in the department studying for an MSc or MPhil. If there is, however, a very strong applicant for the MPhil wishing to proceed to the DPhil upon completion of the MPhil, we would be happy to consider them too). It is awarded on the basis of academic merit, assessed on both academic track record and potential.

All Social Intervention students who apply by the January deadline are considered for this scholarship. There is no separate application form for this scholarship.