Oxford University Scholarships for the UK and International Students

If you are planning to study in the United Kingdom or at Oxford, first you should have a glance at the Oxford University scholarships article. The article gives a brief introduction to various scholarships and bursaries, that national and international students can avail themselves of at Oxford University.

Host CountryUnited Kingdom
Host InstituteOxford University
Scholarship NameVarious scholarships and bursaries
Degree LevelUndergraduate, Graduate, Doctoral, and Postdoctoral
FundingPartially/Fully Funded
NationalityUK and International
Scholarships and Bursaries at Oxford University for the UK and International Students – Partial and Fully Funded

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Oxford University Scholarships for the UK and International Students

There are many opportunities for Oxford students to get financial help during their studies. This article contains information about Oxford’s non-repayable bursaries and scholarship programs for students starting in October 2023, along with external scholarships that may be available.

Oxford University Scholarships for British and Ireland Students

1. Crank start Scholarships for UK students

If you are a UK resident studying for your first undergraduate degree and your annual household income is £27,500 or less, you will be offered a Crankstart Scholarship. This includes a non-repayable bursary of up to £5,500 per year towards study and living costs. The Crankstart Scholarship also provides access to funded internships to develop employability skills, volunteering opportunities, and social and community events. For full scholarship details visit

Crank start Scholarship pages.

2. Oxford Bursaries for students with Home fee status

If you are a UK or Republic of Ireland (ROI) student living in the UK or Ireland, from a lower-income household and studying for your first undergraduate degree (or postgraduate entry medicine) and are not eligible for, or have not started, a Crankstart Scholarship, you will be eligible for an annual non-repayable Oxford Bursary to help you with the costs of studying and living in Oxford.

Oxford University scholarships for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs
Oxford University scholarships for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs

EU, EEA, and Swiss students who have been granted settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may qualify for home fee status and student funding from the UK Government and therefore may also be eligible for an Oxford Bursary if they meet the conditions of stay. The bursary amount will depend on your annual household income. For more details go to the links below.

Home fee status
Student finance from the UK government

There is no separate application process for the Oxford Bursary or Crankstart Scholarship as these are based on a household income assessment carried out by your regional funding agency. You just need to make sure that you and those you live with are financially eligible when you apply for UK Government funding.

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3. Oxford Travel Supplement for UK bursary holders

If you are studying for your first undergraduate degree and live more than 80 miles from Oxford, you will be helped with travel costs between your stated home address and Oxford. If you are a Crankstart Scholar or an Oxford Bursary recipient, you automatically receive a non-refundable annual Oxford Travel Supplement of £200 if you live between 80 and 150 miles from Oxford. If you live more than 150 miles from Oxford, you will receive an annual Oxford travel allowance of £500. Distance is measured as the straight-line distance in miles (sometimes called “as the crow flies”). If you are eligible, you will be informed of this additional funding.

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4. UK care experiences and UK estranged undergraduates studying without family support

If you have ever been in care or are studying without the emotional or financial support of your family, you can apply for a non-repayable annual bursary of up to £3,000 for each year of your course to help with costs, including during the holidays. Before applying, students must use the full state support available to them, unless there is a good reason not to.

5. UK students requiring financial assistance to meet funding shortfalls

Oxford’s Student Support Fund is available to help UK students who may need financial help in a range of circumstances. If you have a financial shortfall or need to cover additional extra costs after the start of the course, you will be able to apply for non-refundable additional funding.

6. Palgrave Brown UK Scholarship

  • Students who have been residing or educated in Norfolk or Suffolk.
  • Annual grant towards living costs.
Application deadline12 noon (UK time) on 8 February 2023
Palgrave Brown UK Scholarship

7. Dr. Ateh Jewel Foundation Awards

  • UK residents of Black African or Black Caribbean heritage, who are from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • A living costs grant of £3,300 in year 1 of a student’s course (3 awards available).
Late spring 2023
Dr. Ateh Jewel Foundation Awards

8. Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS) Undergraduate Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies to provide funding to British students from Muslim communities. The center provides a meeting place for the Western and Islamic worlds of learning.

  • Scholarships will be awarded based on academic merit and financial need.
  • All subjects in the course list except Medicine and PGCE.
  • Scholarship covers course fees (at the home rate) and a grant for living expenses
  • Application deadline12 noon (UK time) on 8 February 2023
Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS) Undergraduate Scholarship

Oxford University scholarships for International Students

There are a small number of other centrally administered scholarships available for undergraduates and these are summarised below. For further details of each scheme, click on the name of the scholarship.

Oxford University scholarships
Oxford University scholarships

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1. Hill Foundation Scholarship for Russian Students

Students must be citizens of and habitually resident in the Russian Federation who wish to study at the second bachelor’s level. The award consists of a course fee and an annual grant for living expenses.

Application deadline:12 noon (UK time) on 8 February 2023

Hill Foundation Scholarship

2. Bright Oceans Corporation Scholarship for Chinese Students

Students must be habitually resident in Mainland China (excluding Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions). The award consists of a course fee and an annual grant for living expenses.

Application deadline12 noon (UK time) on 8 February 2023
Bright Oceans Corporation Scholarship

3. Palgrave Brown Scholarship

Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need and academic merit will also be considered. As this is a partial award, priority will be given to students for whom this scholarship will have the greatest impact on being able to afford to study at Oxford.

Albania; Armenia; Azerbaijan; Belarus; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; Czech Republic; Estonia; Georgia; Hungary; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyz Rep.; Latvia; Lithuania; Macedonia;  Moldova; Montenegro; Poland; Romania; Russia; Serbia; Slovakia; Slovenia; Tajikistan; Turkmenistan; Ukraine; Uzbekistan.

  • The award consists of an annual grant toward living costs.
  • Application deadline: 12 noon (UK time) on 8 February 2023
Palgrave Brown Scholarship

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4. Reach Oxford Scholarship

A range of Reach Oxford Scholarships is offered to students from low-income countries who, for political or financial reasons or because of the lack of suitable educational facilities, cannot study for a degree in their own country.

  • Course fees, annual grant towards living costs, and one return airfare per year.
  • Application deadline12 noon (UK time) on 8 February 2023
Reach Oxford Scholarship

5. Simon and June Li Undergraduate Scholarship

Scholarships will be awarded based on academic merit and financial need. The information you provide on the application form will be used to assess how well you meet these criteria.

Students from the following countries can apply for Simon and June Li Undergraduate Scholarship.

Afghanistan; Bahrain; Bangladesh; Bhutan; Brunei Darussalam; Cambodia; China; Fiji; Hong Kong SAR; India; Indonesia; Iran (the Islamic Republic of); Iraq; Israel; Jordan; Kiribati; (Democratic People’s Republic of) Korea; Kuwait; Lao People’s Democratic Republic; Lebanon; Malaysia; Maldives; Mongolia; Myanmar; Nepal; Oman; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Pakistan; Qatar; Republic of Korea; Samoa; Saudi Arabia; Singapore; Solomon Islands; Sri Lanka; the State of Palestine; Syrian Arab Republic; Taiwan Province of China; Thailand; Timor-Leste; Turkey; United Arab Emirates; Vanuatu; Viet Nam; Yemen. 

  • Course fees and a grant towards living costs.
  • Application deadline12 noon (UK time) on 8 February 2023
Simon and June Li Undergraduate Scholarship

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