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 Thatcher Graduate Scholarship is jointly funded by the University of Oxford and the Margaret Thatcher Scholarship Trust.


The scholarship is open to applicants for graduate courses within the range accepted by Somerville. To check whether the course you are planning to apply for is accepted by Somerville, please review the relevant Graduate Course page.

Please note, in the academic year 2021-22, we have a preference for applicants in graduate Physics. 

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 available for 2021/22 entry.

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