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 listing. Please note that for 2022 entry, there is a preference for Law and Physics. 

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 2022 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 (if any) is included in the graduate application. Successful applicants will be transferred to Somerville in order to take up the scholarship. 

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.