Departmental scholarships

DSPI students departmental scholarships

The DSPI usually offers three departmental scholarships for admission each academic year:

  • Barnett Scholarship 

  • Barnett-Nuffield Scholarship 

  • Centenary Scholarship 

These are full scholarships, covering course fees and a small stipend towards living expenses. If you require further information please email admissions@spi.ox.ac.uk

Barnett Scholarship 

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

If you would like to be considered, you should apply by the funding deadline for your course. There is no separate application form for this scholarship. 

The award is paid at the beginning of each year. In the 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. Your contribution will include activities such as actively participating in seminars run by the department. 

Centenary Scholarship 

We launched the Centenary Scholarship to mark 100 years of the department (celebrated in 2013-14). The scholarship runs for three years (or two years for an MPhil candidate applying for DPhil study). It is open to all students applying for a DPhil (both new students and those already in the department studying an MSc or MPhil). The scholarship is awarded based on academic merit and assessed on both academic record and potential. 

If you would like to be considered, you should apply by the funding deadline for your course. There is no separate application form for this scholarship. 

The award is paid at the beginning of each year. In the 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. Your contribution will include activities such as actively participating in seminars run by the department. 

Barnett House-Nuffield Joint Scholarship 

Social Policy DPhil Funding 

DSPI and Nuffield College offer 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 based on academic merit and assessed on both academic record and potential. 

If you are a Social Policy student and would like to be considered, you should apply by the funding deadline for your course. There is no separate application form for this scholarship.