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DPhil Funding

The University of Oxford offers many funding opportunities for prospective graduate students.

You should start looking for funding as soon as you decide to apply to Oxford. The first place to look is the Fees, Funding and Scholarship Search which shows the wide range of graduate scholarships offered by the collegiate University. Please type in ‘art’ in the scholarship search in the ‘course keywords’ box and leave the ‘subject area’ unspecified. Further information is available from the Search results, which link directly to relevant scholarship webpages.

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding is an external resource providing advice to graduates on applying for funding from sources such as charities and trusts. It is particularly useful for graduate applicants who are struggling to find funding from more traditional sources. Graduate applicants are able to submit their details via the online request form to receive a pin number, which they can then use to register for access to the Guide. Full details are available on the Fees and Funding website.

Before applying for scholarships, you should read the eligibility criteria thoroughly and make sure you submit your application by the correct deadline. Most fully funded scholarships are only available to students who are about to start a new course. Once you are on course, there are very few substantive scholarships available, so it is vital to explore your options early.


Clarendon scholarships

The very strongest applicants for all our DPhil programme are automatically considered for University Clarendon scholarships. There is no separate application process. These are highly competitive and each year only one or two of our students are successful. For further information click here.


Ertegun scholarships

Applicants for the DPhil in Contemporary Art History and Theory are eligible to apply for the Ertegun Scholarship Programme, which covers all tuition fees plus a generous maintenance grant and a dedicated study space in Ertegun House. More information and details of how to apply can be found on the Ertegun website.


College scholarships

Nearly all colleges offer funding for graduate students, and these scholarships can cover a variety of expenses, including accommodation, fees or a grant for living expenses.  Many awards are for the support of students in specific disciplines. But some are open to research students from across a range of disciplines. The list of colleges that accept Fine Art students is available here. A full list of college scholarships is available from the Fees, Funding & Scholarship Search.


TORCH-Mellon UK BAME Graduate Scholarship

We are delighted to announce funding for a Graduate (DPhil) Scholarship based at the Ruskin School of Art and TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities). This DPhil scholarship will offer financial support to UK applicants from a BAME background. Funding for this is from the ‘Humanities & Identities’ grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, specifically to support research and researchers related to areas of diversity.

Award value: The studentship covers fees at the Home rate, and provides a stipend (tax-free maintenance grant) of £15,285 per year (2021-22 rates to be confirmed) for three years of full-time study.

This DPhil Scholarship is based in the Ruskin School of Art and is part of the Faculty’s vision to encourage Graduate Researchers to contribute to areas of contemporary art practice and contemporary art history and theory. The Ruskin School of Art provides an exceptional research environment that enables artists, art historians and art theorists to work closely together in a world-leading, research-intensive university.

Applications will be through the University portal. Note that applications must be received by the 10th January 2021 deadline appropriate to the Faculty. More information may be found here: DPHIL FINE ART SCHOLARSHIP

last edited: August 26th 2020