The Clarendon Fund is the University of Oxford’s flagship scholarship scheme. The awards are sponsored by Oxford University Press and are only available at the University of Oxford for all full-time and part-time graduate degrees.
Host Institution(s):University of Oxford in United Kingdom
Fields of study:All degree-bearing graduate courses in all subjects are eligible. This encompasses all full-time and part-time Master’s courses (MSt, MSc, BCL/MJur, MBA, MFE, MPhil, BPhil, MSc by Research, MTh, MPP) and all DPhil programmes. A list of all the graduate courses offered by the University of Oxford can be found on the Graduate Course Guide.
Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma courses are not eligible for this scholarship.
Number of Awards: Approximately 100 scholarships are offered every year. In 2013/14, there will be well over 300 Clarendon scholars at Oxford from more than 50 different nations.
Target group:All candidates including international students accepted to start a graduate course at Oxford in 2014/2015.
- All Clarendon Scholarships cover tuition and college fees in full and a generous grant for living expenses.
- The grant for living expenses for scholars on a full-time course in 2013/14 is GBP£13,726, which is normally sufficient to cover the living expenses of a single student living in Oxford.
- Scholars on a part-time course receive a pro-rata amount of the full-time grant for living expenses. Part-time Master’s scholars are offered 1/3 of the full-time grant per year for two years. Part-time DPhil scholars are offered 1/6 of the full-time grant per year for six years.
- All candidates applying to start a new graduate course at Oxford are eligible. This includes students who are currently studying for a Master’s degree at Oxford but who will be re-applying for a DPhil (you would be eligible for funding for the DPhil).
- Selection criteria vary slightly depending on the subject area and whether applicants apply for a taught or research degree, but include:
- An excellent academic record is essential: A high first class honours degree or its equivalent (a GPA score of at least 3.7 if the mark is out of 4, noting that most successful candidates achieve a score higher than 3.7) or an outstanding academic record at Master’s level is necessary (noting that an outstanding Master’s degree can compensate for a moderate first degree performance). Other indicators of high academic achievement may include individual marks on student transcripts; evidence of previous university prizes or awards; information on your overall position within your cohort; and publications (if applicable).
- Aptitude for the proposed course of study: This may be assessed by reviewing academic references, the research proposal, demonstrated evidence of aptitude for research, and the likelihood the scholar will contribute significantly to their field of study.
- Student motivation: This is assessed through evidence of the applicant’s commitment to their proposed course, evaluated by the personal statement and referees’ reports.
Application instructions:By applying for graduate study at Oxford University, you will automatically be considered for a Clarendon Scholarship. You do not need to submit any additional documents specifically for the Clarendon Scholarships and there is no separate scholarship application form.
You do, however, need to apply by the January application deadline (10 January for Medical Sciences, Philosophy, Politics and International Relations or 24 January 2014 for all other subjects) in order to be considered for the scholarship.
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