Departmental Scholarships

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

Some scholarships are offered in alternating years. For entry in October 2019 the following scholarships will be on offer:

  • Barnett Scholarship
  • Barnett-Nuffield Scholarship
  • Oxford Wolfson Marriott Scholarship (New for 2019, see below

If you require further information please email admissions(at)spi.ox.ac.uk or telephone 0044 (0)1865 280734.

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The Barnett Scholarship is offered in alternate years.

The Department offers the Barnett Scholarship at £25,750 a year 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.

The creation of the Barnett Scholarship has been made possible through donations, and we are grateful to all donors that have supported the Department and its students in this way.

The Centenary Scholarship is offered in alternate years (not available for entry in 2019/20).

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

The scholarship is payable at £25,750 a year 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.

The creation of the Centenary Scholarship has been made possible through donations, and we are grateful to all donors that have supported the Department and its students in this way.

Social Policy DPhil Funding

For admission in October 2019, 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.

This is a fully funded scholarship. This means that it will fully cover your course fee for three years, and you will also be paid a maintenance grant at the same rate paid by the UK Research Councils.

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

Wolfson College is offering jointly with the Department of Social Policy and Intervention a fully-funded three year graduate Scholarship for a DPhil student to be held at the University of Oxford from the beginning of the academic year 2019-2020. This award has been made possible by a philanthropic legacy from the late Dr Francis Marriott and from a donation from the University’s Graduate Scholarship Matched Fund.

The scholarship covers course fees (at the Home/EU rate for DPhil applicants) and a grant for living costs for full time students at RCUK rates (currently £14,777). The Scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit and potential. 

There is no separate application process. Applicants should apply to the University of Oxford under the standard procedures for graduate degrees for 2019-20. When awarding this Scholarship, preference will be given to applicants who have listed Wolfson as their first-choice college when two (or more) candidates are of equal academic merit.

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