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.

This webpage will be updated by the end of September 2022 with details of the scholarships being offered for 2023 entry.

Eligibility (2022 entry)

Applicants must be ordinarily resident in India or have previously studied at an Indian higher education institution. The scholarship is open to applicants for the following courses:

Other criteria (2022 entry)

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 2022 entry.

Application process (2022 entry)

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 scholars will be transferred to Somerville. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted in April 2022 and asked to submit some additional information to support their application.

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.