This scholarship has been created to support students from marginalised communities and underrepresented backgrounds. 

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


Applicants must be ordinarily resident in India and identify with one or more of the following categories

  • Dalit, Bahujan and Adivasi (SC/ST/OBC)
  • First generation learners

The following courses are eligible:

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. Financial need will also be taken into account.

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.


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