The Margaret Thatcher Scholarship Trust (MTST) was established at Somerville College in 2013 to fund and administer the Thatcher Scholarship Programme in the University of Oxford, thereby creating a living legacy to one of the leading global icons of the modern political age.

The Oxford Qatar Thatcher Graduate Scholarship is jointly funded by the University of Oxford and the Margaret Thatcher Scholarship Trust. It was created following a generous donation by the Qatar Fund for Development, which supports international education, health and economic development causes.


Applicants must be ordinarily resident in one of the following countries:

Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

Please note that it has not yet been confirmed which courses will be eligible for 2023 entry. 

Award levels

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

Number of awards

Two scholarships are available for 2023 entry.

Application process

This scholarship is only tenable at Somerville. All eligible candidates who have applied for graduate study by the relevant funding deadline will be considered, regardless of which college preference is included in the graduate application. Successful candidates will be transferred to Somerville in order to take up the scholarship. 


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