There are numerous and varied funding opportunities, but essentially there are five types:
Many Oxford Scholarships for which an eligible graduate application will be considered automatically if the application is submitted by the January deadline (such as the AHRC, ESRC, Clarendon Funding and the Birla Studentship outlined below);
Some Oxford Scholarships which one needs to select specifically on the graduate application form, with, if required, additional materials (such as the Ertegun Scholarship outlined below);
Other Oxford Scholarships, for which one needs to apply independently from the graduate application (such as certain College Scholarships mentioned below);
External Funding, for which one needs to apply independently from the graduate application and to an organisation external to Oxford (such as the Philological Society Master’s Bursary Scheme mentioned below);
Extra Support, beyond scholarships and loans.
All Oxford Scholarships are searchable with the Fees, funding and scholarship search tool. External funding and extra support listed by the University need to be researched using the separate web-sites below.
Funding opportunities that include, or are specifically intended for, taught graduate courses are usually available to both, M.St. and M.Phil. students (such as the Ertegun Scholarships). Other funding opportunities are available to D.Phil. students only and may include the M.St. / M.Phil. plus prospective D.Phil. pathway (such as Research Council scholarships).
Fees, funding and scholarship search tool
Fee rates for courses offered by the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics have been the subject of a review and in many cases have been increased significantly. This affects both Home/EU and Overseas rates. For the latest information on fees charged by the University please visit the Fees and Funding page:
Humanities Division - Graduate funding
The Humanities Division provides advice on funding for all graduate students:
UK or EU applicants - AHRC or ESRC Funding
AHRC and ESRC provide funding at the Master’s and D.Phil. level for students from the UK and the European Union. Master’s level awards are intended for students who intend to continue their studies to D.Phil. level. This should be made clear in the application.
In order to be considered for AHRC or ESRC funding, applicants must ensure that all required material, including references, is submitted by the January deadline.
The Faculty may nominate Master’s and D.Phil. applicants for AHRC funding. More information can be found here: http://www.humanities.ox.ac.uk/prospective_students/graduates/funding/ahrc
Depending on the particular subject area, the Faculty may nominate Master’s and D.Phil. applicatns for ESRC funding. More information can be found here: https://www.socsci.ox.ac.uk/students/for-postgraduates/esrc-dtc
Information for current doctoral students wishing to apply for funding from their 2nd year is available here: http://www.humanities.ox.ac.uk/current_students/graduates/funding”
All applicants - Clarendon funding
Clarendon funding is available for all students. Master's funding is reserved for students who intend to continue their studies to DPhil level. This should be made clear in the application.
In order to be considered for Clarendon funding, applicants must ensure that all required material, including references, is submitted by the January deadline.
The Faculty may nominate Masters and D Phil applicants for Clarendon funding. More information can be found here: http://www.clarendon.ox.ac.uk/about/
All applicants – Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme in the Humanities
Ertegun funding is available for all graduate students.
In order to be considered for Ertegun funding, applicants must ensure that all required material, including references, is submitted by the January deadline.
The Faculty may nominate M.St., M.Phil. and D.Phil. students for Ertegun Scholarships. More information can be found here: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/fees-and-funding/fees-funding-and-scholarship-search/ertegun-graduate-scholarship-programme-humanities.”
Basant Kumar and Sarala Birla Graduate Studentship
Funding for one three-year graduate studentship has been donated by Birla International Limited. The Scholarship provides in full the tuition and college fee, and a maintenance grant commensurate to the national minimum doctoral stipend of the UK Research Councils, for three years. It is open to students of all nationalities.
Most colleges offer their own bursaries or partial scholarships, available to applicants in a number of disciplines. These are listed in the funding search tool. In some cases, you must name the relevant college as your first choice on your application in order to be eligible for the bursary or scholarship.
In some years, the Faculty is able to offer joint scholarships with certain colleges. In years in which these scholarships are available, information on how to apply will be provided on this website.
Note also this external advice page: http://www.postgraduatestudentships.co.uk/
The Philological Society Masters Bursary Scheme
The Philological Society offers a limited number of annual bursaries for students embarking on a taught postgraduate programme in the areas of linguistics or philology for which MPhil and MSt applicants may be eligible. See the website of the Philological Society for more details: http://www.philsoc.org.uk/funding.asp
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