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

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


Applicants must be ordinarily resident in India or have previously studied at an Indian higher education institution. All DPhils are eligible, 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
  • 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

Two scholarships are 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 April.


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