Clarendon Scholarships are awarded on the basis of outstanding academic merit and potential to graduate students from all around the world. Scholarships are tenable in all subject areas and are open to candidates who apply for a new master’s or DPhil course by the January admissions deadline.
When you apply for graduate study at the University of Oxford, your application will be considered by academics working in your proposed field of study. They will decide whether or not to offer you a place to study at the University and, if you applied by the relevant January deadline, they will also decide whether or not you will be put forward for a Clarendon scholarship.
The process varies somewhat between the different divisions of the University, but each division’s Funding Panel usually meets sometime in February or March, and it is their responsibility to confirm who the Clarendon scholars will be.
Once the Funding Panels have decided on their nominations, the list will be sent to the Clarendon Fund Administrator, who sends out scholarship offers and welcomes the new scholars to the Clarendon community. Letters are emailed within a couple of days of the nominations being received, which means the majority of offers are sent out by early April of each year. If you are offered and accept a Clarendon scholarship, this means your funding is now guaranteed, as long as you meet the conditions of your offer of a place to study at Oxford.
At this point we are able to start working out who will contribute to your funding package. College and other partnership awards are now allocated, and funding breakdown letters are emailed to scholars throughout April and May, as soon as funding packages are finalised. We will confirm college placement as well as who will be paying for the various elements of each scholarship.
A very few late nominations may take place if nominated students turn down their scholarship offer, but this is rare.
Due to the very high number of eligible applicants, we are only able to contact successful scholars. If you have not heard from us by June, you should assume you have not been awarded a Clarendon scholarship.
All applicants for graduate study at the University of Oxford are eligible.
Clarendon scholars come from all continents in the world: from the USA to Australia, Venezuela to Vietnam and from Norway to Nigeria!
Level of study
All degree-bearing courses at graduate level are eligible. This encompasses all full-time and part-time master’s and all DPhil courses. A list of all the graduate courses offered by the University of Oxford can be found on the Courses page.
Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma courses are not eligible for this scholarship.
Clarendon supports scholars from across the University, with no preference for any particular subject area.
Candidates applying to start a new master’s or DPhil 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).
Applicants who hold deferred offers to start in 2018-19 are not eligible to be considered for this scholarship.
Current students who will continue to study for the same degree at Oxford in the next year are not eligible for this scholarship.
There is no separate application process. You must apply by the January deadline