Scholarship Applications

To be considered for the scholarship, students must first be accepted onto a course by the University of Oxford through the usual admissions process (undergraduate admissions or graduate admissions). The scholarships are tenable at Somerville College only.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit in order:

  • To foster academic excellence
  • To support individuals who have a determination to succeed and
  • To equip them to excel in their chosen field.

The Thatcher Scholarships cover 100% of University and college fees (where applicable), and provide a generous grant towards living expenses and travel to Oxford, enabling Thatcher Scholars to graduate free from debt.

The selection timetable for the Scholarships varies for postgraduates and undergraduates, and for undergraduates will also depend on fee status (Home/EU/Islands or International). But in all cases students who meet the high academic standard will automatically be considered for the Scholarships and invited to apply, where appropriate.

Undergraduate Thatcher Scholarships for Overseas Students

Overseas students will be considered for the Thatcher Scholarship once they have been offered a place to study at Oxford at Somerville College. The scholarships are primarily awarded on the basis of academic excellence.

For entry in 2018/19, the Ng Teng Fong Thatcher Scholarship will be available to candidates with Overseas fee status, normally resident in Singapore, Hong Kong or China.

For entry in 2020/21, and for three years after that, candidates applying for undergraduate degrees who are normally resident in Singapore and who have overcome hardship will be eligible for the Lee Kuan Yew-Thatcher Scholarship.

The Qatar Thatcher Scholarship** was first offered in 2017/18. There will be one Qatar Thatcher Scholar with Overseas fee status at any time; this scholarship opportunity will therefore next be available for entry to Somerville in 2021/22. For this scholarship, preference is given to candidates normally resident in Qatar or Arab countries *.

  • Eligibility:Candidates with Overseas fee status who have been accepted to study at the University of Oxford on an undergraduate course.
  • Value:Tuition fees, college fees and a grant for living costs.
* – Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates or Yemen

Undergraduate Thatcher Scholarships for Students with Home, EU and Islands Status

UK, EU and Islands students will be considered for the Scholarship after their First Public Examinations (for most subjects, these are in the first year). The Scholarship will be extended cover the cost of the initial year(s) retrospectively.


Oxford Thatcher Graduate Scholarships

Eligibility: For postgraduate courses (Masters and DPhils) commencing in 2019/20, five Thatcher Graduate Scholarships will be available.

Two scholarships will be awarded to specific departments, one to Chemistry and one to Maths. Applicants to these departments will be automatically considered for the Scholarship, if they apply by the January deadline for their course. For the other three scholarships, the Oxford-Qatar-Thatcher Graduate Scholarships, preference will be given to candidates normally resident in Qatar or Arab Countries accepted onto a post-graduate degree course, which is offered at Somerville College. For entry in 2017/18, scholarships were offered in: the Faculty of English Language and Literature; Department of Engineering Science; and Faculty of Law. In 2018/19, scholarships were awarded to the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine and the Faculty of Modern Languages.

**The Qatar Thatcher Scholarships and the Oxford Qatar Thatcher Scholarships were made possible through the generosity of the Qatar Fund for Development.

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


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