This scholarship has been established by Somerville College and the University of Oxford with the generous support of the Radhakrishnan Fund.


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 MSc in Modern South Asian Studies.

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 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. There is no separate application process, but shortlisted candidates will be asked to attend a video interview in late April or early May. 


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