Dead Line of Clarendon Scholarship: 
Before January 2017

Clarendon Fund scholarship covers the full tuition and college fees along with a grant that will cover the full living cost while studying at the University of Oxford. The Clarendon fund offers 140 new scholarships every year for degree courses to all international students.

This unique scheme offers around 140 new, fully-funded scholarships each year to academically outstanding graduate students, as well as providing a lively and stimulating community of scholars.

Clarendon offers so much more than just funding for your graduate course. When we offer you a Clarendon Scholarship, we are not just offering to pay your fees and give you a maintenance grant, we are also offering you membership of one of the most active communities in Oxford.

Information for applicants

If you apply for a full- or part-time master’s or DPhil course at Oxford by the January deadline for your course, you will automatically be considered for a Clarendon Scholarship.

Applications for entry in 2017-18 can be submitted from 1 September 2016. If you wish to be considered for Clarendon, you must apply before the January deadline for your course. You can find the deadlines for your chosen course on the relevant Course page.

You do not need to submit any additional documents specifically for the Clarendon Scholarships – there is no separate scholarship application form.


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 masters 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.

Other criteria

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).

Applicants who hold deferred offers to start in 2017-18 are not eligible to be considered for this scholarship.

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.

Selection criteria

Selection criteria vary slightly depending on the subject area and whether applicants apply for a taught or research degree.

Generally, applications are assessed against the following criteria:

Academic record

An excellent academic record is essential. A high first class honours degree or its equivalent (a GPA score of at least 3.7 if the mark is out of 4, noting that most successful candidates achieve a score higher than 3.7) or an outstanding academic record at master’s level is necessary (noting that an outstanding master’s degree can compensate for a moderate first degree performance). Other indicators of high academic achievement may include individual marks on student transcripts; evidence of previous university prizes or awards; information on your overall position within your cohort; and publications (if applicable).

Aptitude for the proposed course of study

This may be assessed by reviewing your references, your research proposal, demonstrated evidence of your aptitude for research, and the likelihood you will contribute significantly to your field of study.

Student motivation

This is assessed through evidence of your commitment to your proposed course, evaluated by your personal statement and referees’ reports.

Allocation of awards

When you apply for graduate study at the University of Oxford, your application will be considered by academics working in your proposed field of study. They will decide whether or not to offer you a place to study at the University and, if you applied by the relevant January deadline, they will also decide whether or not you will be put forward for a Clarendon scholarship.

The process varies somewhat between the different divisions of the University, but each division’s Funding Panel usually meets sometime in February or March, and it is their responsibility to confirm who the Clarendon scholars will be.

Once the Funding Panels have decided on their nominations, the list will be sent to the Clarendon Fund Administrator, who sends out scholarship offers and welcomes the new scholars to the Clarendon community. Letters are emailed within a couple of days of the nominations being received, which means the majority of offers are sent out by early April of each year. If you are offered and accept a Clarendon scholarship, this means your funding is now guaranteed, as long as you meet the conditions of your offer of a place to study at Oxford.

At this point we are able to start working out who will contribute to your funding package. College and other partnership awards are now allocated, and funding breakdown letters are emailed to scholars throughout April and May, as soon as funding packages are finalised. We will confirm college placement as well as who will be paying for the various elements of each scholarship.

A very few late nominations may take place if nominated students turn down their scholarship offer, but this is rare.

Due to the very high number of eligible applicants, we are only able to contact successful scholars. If you have not heard from us by June, you should assume you have not been awarded a Clarendon scholarship.

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