This partial scholarship supports a postgraduate Law student from India in memory of the first woman and first Indian to gain a law degree at Oxford, and the first woman to practice law in India, Cornelia Sorabji, who studied at Somerville from 1889-1992.

It has been established by Somerville College and the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development through the generous support of donors.

Please note that the scholarship has now been awarded for 2023 entry. Unfortunately, it is not possible to notify unsuccessful candidates.


Applicants must be ordinarily resident in India. The following courses are eligible:

Other criteria

The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and relevance of studies to the Centre’s interdisciplinary aims. Financial need will also be taken into account.

Award levels

This is a partial scholarship and the exact award level is to be confirmed.

Number of awards

One scholarship is available for 2023 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 is included in the graduate application. Successful candidates will be transferred to Somerville in order to take up the scholarship.


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