This partial scholarship has been established by Somerville College and the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development through the generous support of donors. It is named after Cornelia Sorabji who was the first woman and first Indian to gain a law degree at Oxford, and the first woman to practice law in India. She studied at Somerville from 1889-1992.

Please note that decisions about this scholarship have now been made for 2024 entry. This webpage will be updated in September.


Candidates must be ordinarily resident in India. The following full-time courses are eligible:

Other criteria

The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and relevance of studies to the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development’s interdisciplinary aims. Financial need may 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 2024 entry.

Selection 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.

All candidates who meet the residency criteria and have applied for one of the eligible courses will be emailed at the end of February 2024. They will be invited to complete a short online form to confirm they would like to be considered for the scholarship and explain how their studies are relevant to the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development. 


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