Clarendon Scholarships aim to give the most academically-able students not only the life-changing opportunity to study at Oxford, but also the chance to form lasting social, academic and professional networks.
Oxford is proud to be able to offer a very high number of fully-funded scholarships each year, with over 1,000 available for courses starting in 2016-17. Clarendon is one of the biggest of the University’s scholarship schemes, offering around 140 new scholarships each year. Clarendon scholarships are competitive, prestigious and highly sought-after. Like all fully-funded Oxford scholarships, they cover all tuition and college fees, and offer a generous grant for living costs; however Clarendon’s additional appeal lies in its unique community of scholars.
In 2015-16, there are around 370 Clarendon scholars at Oxford representing more than 50 different countries.
Whilst there are no quotas by course type, the majority of Clarendon scholars are working towards a DPhil (Oxford's name for a PhD). Scholarships are also awarded for two-year graduate degrees (such as the MPhil or BPhil) or one-year degrees (such as the MSc, MSt, MBA or MFE).
The University has one goal in mind when selecting Clarendon scholars: to choose the best students worldwide, as decided by experts in each student's field. While scholars are selected solely on academic criteria, Oxford believes that by selecting and nurturing the best and brightest minds in any given field the advancement of their study at Oxford will, by its very nature, produce leaders in that field. Furthermore, the process of selection means that the Clarendon community is composed of students from across the University's four academic divisions, as well as students from the Department for Continuing Education; this diversity provides great opportunities for interdisciplinary interaction amongst the scholars.
As well as providing for fees and living costs Clarendon aims to enhance the Oxford experience, and the Clarendon community is going from strength to strength. The Scholars' Association is extremely active in providing events which range from the academic and educational, via the careers-oriented, to the cultural and social. You'll be able to find out more via the Community pages and especially the Clarendon Chronicle, the scholars' newsletter.
Clarendon Scholarships are awarded on the basis of outstanding academic merit and potential to graduate students from all around the world. Scholarships are tenable in all subject areas and are open to candidates who apply for a new master's or DPhil course by the January admissions deadline.
All applicants for graduate study at the University of Oxford are eligible.
Clarendon scholars come from all continents in the world: from the USA to Australia, Venezuela to Vietnam and from Norway to Nigeria!
Level of study
All degree-bearing courses at graduate level are eligible. This encompasses all full-time and part-time master's and all DPhil courses. A list of all the graduate courses offered by the University of Oxford can be found on the Courses page.
Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma courses are not eligible for this scholarship.
Clarendon supports scholars from across the University, with no preference for any particular subject area.
Candidates applying to start a new master's or DPhil course at Oxford are eligible. This includes students who are currently studying for a master's degree at Oxford but who will be re-applying for a DPhil (you would be eligible for funding for the DPhil).
If you hold a deferred offer to start in 2016-17, you will be considered for this scholarship automatically.
Students who will continue to study for the same degree at Oxford in the next year are not eligible for this scholarship.
You must apply by the January deadline relevant to your course. Information about deadlines is available on the Course pages.
All Clarendon scholarships cover tuition and college fees in full.
Scholars on a full-time course receive a generous annual grant for living costs, which is normally sufficient to cover the living costs of a single student living in Oxford. In 2015-16 this is £14,057 (GBP). Scholars on a part-time course receive a study support grant to help cover their non-fee costs.
Clarendon scholarships are normally offered for the full period for which you are liable to pay tuition fees to the University, which is usually the same as the length of your course. The Fee liability page explains this in full, and also gives information about charges that may be applied after the standard period of fee liability has been reached and which are not covered by the Clarendon Fund.
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