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

Award levels

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

Number of awards

Two scholarships are awarded annually. 

Application process

The scholarship is only tenable at Somerville. All eligible applicants will be considered for this scholarship, regardless of which college (if any) you state as your preference on the graduate application form. However, successful applicants will be transferred to Somerville in order to take up the scholarship. Selection is expected to take place in April 2021.

Please note that scholarship selection has now taken place and succesful candidates have been notified.


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

You might find the following links useful:

Applying for graduate study

Graduate Fees, Funding and Scholarship Search

Margaret Thatcher Scholarship Trust