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.

Please note that decisions about this scholarship have now been made for 2024 entry.


Candidates who have been accepted for graduate study at Oxford. The following full-time courses are eligible:

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 2024 entry.

Selection process

This scholarship is only tenable at Somerville and there is no separate application process. 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. Selection is expected to take place in April 2024. Unfortunately, it is not possible to notify unsuccessful candidates.


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