Funding

All offers to study at Oxford are conditional on funding for both fees and living costs being obtained. Information on possible sources of funding is required on the application form (but you do not need to have a definite offer of funding before applying).

As a consequence of Brexit, the eligibility rules for support via UK Research Council funds are changing for students admitted for study in the 2021/22 academic year. The details of those changes have not yet been provided, and so any statements on funding on this page are subject to clarification. More information is available on the University Web Pages here

If you are a U.K. citizen or a citizen of the European Union and have been resident in the U.K. for more than three years, you may qualify for a studentship funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), which pays both fees and a maintenance allowance. Please see the application procedure for these awards.

We expect to award our STFC funded places to students applying for the January deadline and so most students should apply before the closing date for that round.

If you have not been resident in the U.K. for at least three years, you may still be eligible for a STFC award that partially covers fees and living costs, but the precise eligibility requirements are not yet defined. You should identify possible sources of funding for living costs and apply for scholarships if necessary.

There are also a limited number of research council studentships available for applicants from specific countries: further information is on the STFC website

There are a number of scholarships available at Oxford for applicants from particular regions, both within Europe and worldwide: see the University information on graduate scholarships. We draw your attention in particular to the Clarendon and Rhodes Scholarships and a number of College Scholarships. Note that many scholarships have early closing dates and that you should apply by an appropriate deadline as given in the information for each scholarship: otherwise you must apply by the 2nd deadline of 22 January 2021.

Astrophysics specific scholarships
Philip Wetton Scholarship at Christchurch

For other sources of funding, studentships and scholarships provided in your home country are often a good possibility.