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MFA Funding

Funding Opportunities

Fees & Funding Search

Information about the full range of funding available (including a search tool to help identify which scholarships you may be eligible for, and any additional application requirements) can be found in the Fees and funding section.

If you filter for your course a list will come showing the Scholarships that need a separate application. Note: Do not enter anything in the dropdown lists (Division and Subject Area), just enter Fine Art in the Course keywords field and then highlight your course in the course list (it goes green) that will activate the Scholarship list below.

The Fees & Funding Search shows scholarships that need a separate application process. You need to check carefully what funding options you can and should select on the application form, but otherwise all those eligible for particular scholarships get automatically considered.

More information about this: https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/fees-and-funding/oxford-funding

Funding at master's level in the Humanities is extremely thin, so it is definitely worth doing research to see whether there is any external funding available.

  • The Charles Wallace India Trust funds one MFA student for a start in 2025 and one for a start in 2027. Eligibility criteria include being ordinarily resident in India and holding Indian nationality. According to our ranking post-interview, selection of the scholar will be made by the University (if there is more than one eligible offer holder). There is no separate application process and no need to indicate eligibility on the Admissions application form.


Other funding

Check out the 'External funding link' https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/fees-and-funding

Sometimes there are smaller college funds that are decided between April and June, so it’s worth asking your college when you have a place. You can also ask the Fees & Funding Team for advice on what else you can apply for https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/fees-and-funding. (https://uni-of-oxford.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/18/) and otherwise start early with exploring other external funding options.

Whilst we encourage all applicants to pursue as many different funding avenues as possible, the Ruskin is unable to offer individual advice or support to candidates.

Course costs: For information on funding and costs please click here

Living costs: In addition to your tuition and college fees, you will need to ensure that you have adequate funds to support your living costs for the duration of your course. Your college will ask offer holders to complete a Financial Declaration by the end of July.

  • Former MFA students have been funded by the BAME scholarship (now integrated into the Black Academic Futures Fund), Rhodes, Clarendon, Qest and the Ukraine Scholarship (2022-23), as well as many external funding bodies.

Ruskin Financial Support

Material Grant
All enrolled MFA students get a small material grant at the beginning of the year.

Plachte Awards
Three awards of £5000 each are given to the three top ranked MFA offer holders.



Since graduating in 2021 I have exhibited a performance piece at Modern Art Oxford, which was an amazing experience. Pre-MFA, I would never have imagined I’d do something like that. The MFA has changed my perception of what is possible for me to achieve.
Former MFA student Alexander Stavrou (Oxford Humanities Graduate Scholar)

See more here: https://medium.com/empowered-by-scholarship/the-mfa-has-changed-my-perception-of-what-is-possible-for-me-to-achieve-7842369f2f9e


last edited: October 2nd 2023