This scholarship is jointly funded by the University of Oxford and Somerville College, through the generous support of donors and students. It is also referred to as the Oxford Refugee Scholarship.

Details of the scholarships for 2023 entry have not yet been confirmed. This webpage will be updated when more information is available.

Eligibility (2022 entry)

In order to be eligible, candidates must:

  • Hold an offer to commence a master’s degree at the University of Oxford in 2022 for a one year full-time course or two year part-time course.
  • Have been displaced within, or beyond, their home country due to conflict or violation of human rights, such as persecution. Further details will be published at the start of the application process for the scholarship.
  • Face barriers to progressing their education and have limitations on the financial support for their university studies.
  • Have not previously completed a degree at the same level (master’s) for which they are making an application.

Award levels

The scholarship covers course fees and a grant for living costs. Awards are made for the duration of fee liability for the course.

Number of awards

Two awards will be available for 2022 entry.

Application process (2022 entry)

All eligible candidates who have applied for graduate study by the December or January deadline for their course will be considered, regardless of which college preference is included in the graduate application. Successful scholars will be transferred to Somerville. Please see Applying to Oxford for a step-by-step guide to the graduate admissions process. As part of this process, you will need to complete an online graduate application form. This form includes the following question:

‘Are you, or have you been, a refugee, stateless person, or asylum seeker, or been otherwise forcibly displaced within or outside your country of origin? This would include those with discretionary leave to remain in the UK, and those granted other forms of humanitarian or human-rights related protection.’

If you feel that this applies to you, please select ‘yes’. If you are then offered a place at Oxford, you will be contacted in April 2022 with information about how to submit a separate scholarship application. Selection is expected to take place in May 2022.

Please note that selection has now taken place for 2022 entry and successful candidates have been informed.


If you have any queries, please email the Scholarships and Funding Officer.