Scholarships (DPhil)

The department offers some part and full scholarships to attract the very strongest students who would otherwise not be able to come and study in Oxford.

It is committed to developing the number of fully-funded studentships it can offer to DPhil students, given their importance to the department’s research culture. To be considered for any of these scholarships and studentships applicants MUST apply before the end of the January ‘gathered field’. These are all highly competitive, and require high quality well-crafted research proposals.

All eligible applicants for graduate study are automatically considered for the University’s prestigious Clarendon Scholarships and the ESRC studentships. All applicants are automatically considered for the departmental scholarships. There is no separate application process for any of these scholarships. You will be notified around the beginning of March if you are being considered for any of these funding opportunities.

ESRC studentships

As part of the Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), the department’s doctoral training pathway (the MSc in Education (Research Design and Methodology) programme leading to doctoral study) is recognised by the UK Economic and Social Research Council. The department is able to nominate students to be considered in the open competition. Only UK and EU students who satisfy the ESRC’s residency requirements are entitled to a full award, unless their proposal is in the field of Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM). All nationalities of students may be eligible for AQM awards.

Applicants need to apply by January 20th, 2017. There is no need to make a separate application for ESRC funding : all EU and UK applicants for the MSc and/or the DPhil will be considered. Those applying to the MSc Education (Research Design and Methodology) and wishing to be considered for an ESRC 1+3 studentship should signal in their application their intention to continue to doctoral study. The strongest ESRC candidates are then invited to submit further application materials, and may be required to attend for a second interview.

Successful ESRC studentship candidates who have not completed a full suite of research training may be offered a 3.5 or 4 year award in order to complete the relevant Masters level courses.

For further information about the studentships, please visit the DTP website.

Talbot Scholarships

This scholarship fund is the result of a bequest to the department in honour of Ms Elfrida Talbot, who ran the first womens’ hostel for Education students in the University in the early years of the Twentieth century. It is normally used to part-fund a UK/EU doctoral student for three years who was seen as strong contender for an ESRC doctoral studentship. Strong contenders for ESRC studentships will be automatically considered for this scholarship: no separate application process is needed. This scholarship is usually offered once every three years.

Clarendon scholarships

The very strongest applicants for all our MSc and DPhil programmes 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. During our initial admissions screening, supervisors nominate applicants with outstanding academic records to be considered. These supervisors then prepare a supporting statement.  A departmental panel ranks these candidates and the Director of Doctoral Research puts forward a shortlist of the strongest applicants to the divisional committee.

Departmental studentships

The department is keen to attract the very strongest MSc students and encourage them to stay on for doctoral study. The shortlist will normally be made up of those students shortlisted for the Clarendon scholarships. Interviews and decisions will be made once the Clarendon awards are announced in March/April of each year.

Awards will vary in range, but will seek to make a significant contribution to the overall cost of fees. Successful candidates will be expected to make an active contribution to the academic and professional life of the doctoral students within the department. These scholarships may not be offered every year.

For 2018 entry the Department of Education will be offering 2 three-year Departmental Studentships of £15,000 per annum.

Page last modified: August 25, 2017