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What do I need to do to be considered for full funding?

If you apply by the early January deadline you will automatically be considered for full funding from a number of sources, including the Wellcome Trust, MRC, BBSRC, CR-UK, British Heart Foundation, the Clarendon Fund, Oxford Colleges and numerous charitable sources.

What does this funding cover?

As a minimum the funding will pay fees at the home/EU rate and provide a stipend at the standard Research Council rate (e.g. MRC rates) for three years. Most awards will cover the higher overseas fees as well. Some awards pay higher stipends and/or extend for 4 years. Students on all structured DPhil Programmes are funded for 4 years. Some awards include additional funds to cover research and training expenses. The balance of the research and training expenses are generally paid by the supervisors and/or their Department.

Should I apply to outside sources?

There are many external scholarships available with their own application dates and processes. You need to apply for these separately, in addition to applying to Oxford.  There a number of major external scholarships particularly relevant to Medical Sciences applicants.

How likely am I to get full funding?

Most students accepted for the Structured DPhil programmes will get full funding for four years. The exception to this is a subset of overseas students who pay a higher fee. In some cases the extra cost of these higher fees will need to be met by the student.

Highly-ranked applicants for Direct-entry DPhil programmes will automatically be considered for full funding for three or four years, depending on the programme. The number of full funding awards that are made varies, with larger programmes making more awards.

Highly-ranked applicants for Taught MSc programmes will automatically be considered for full funding for 1 year.

I am not from the UK. Am I eligible for funding?

For the vast majority of programmes, including all direct-entry DPhil programmes, full funding opportunities are available whatever your nationality. The only exception are some structured DPhil programmes which only fund applicants from the UK and EU.