This scholarship has been established by Somerville College and the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development through the generous support of Mr Gopal Subramanium, former Solicitor General of India.

Please note that this scholarship is not available for 2022 entry.


Applicants must be ordinarily resident in India or have previously studied at an Indian higher education institution.

The scholarship is applicable to any DPhil programme in Oxford, but the proposed area of study must be relevant to the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development’s agenda of interdisciplinary research on sustainable development and India. The Centre’s core research areas are: sustainable cities, climate change and clean energy, healthcare innovation, environmental sustainability and food and water security, law, governance and human rights are cross-cutting themes. Independent proposals on any India-related theme which fits within the overall aims of the Centre will be considered.

Other criteria

Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit, relevance of studies to the Centre’s interdisciplinary aims, understanding of the development challenges faced by India, and leadership and entrepreneurial potential.

Award levels

The scholarship covers course fees and a grant for living costs. Awards are made for the duration of fee liability for the course.

Number of awards

One scholarship is available for 2021 entry.

Application process

This award is only tenable at Somerville. All eligible candidates who have applied for graduate study by the January deadline will be considered, regardless of which college preference (if any) is included in the graduate application. Successful scholars will be transferred to Somerville. There is no separate application process, but shortlisted candidates will be asked to attend a video interview.

Please note that scholarship selection for 2021 entry has now taken place and succesful candidates have been notified.


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

You might find the following links useful:

Applying for graduate study

Graduate Fees, Funding and Scholarship Search

Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development