Sources of Funding

Funding is required to pay university and college fees and to provide living expenses. There are various sources of funding, some of which are restricted to applicants from particular countries.

  1. Doctoral Training Awards (DTA). These are provided by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and can provide support for any area of research in the sub-Department. DTA funding is restricted to students from EU countries including the UK. For non-UK students the awards cover fees but not living expenses. Non EU candidates living in the UK must have indefinite leave to remain to be eligible for DTA funding.
  2. Project Studentships. These are funded by a research grant, and are specific to an individual research project. The areas in which Project Studentships are available will vary from year to year. Project studentships can be awarded to students of any nationality.
  3. Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) Studentships. These provide 4 years funding for research at the interface between the physical and life sciences. More details about the DTC can be found at DTC studentships are restricted to UK and other EU students.
  4. Industry-linked studentships (e.g. CASE). These are like Project Studentships, except they are for industry-sponsored projects.
  5. Scholarships for study at Oxford (e.g. Rhodes Scholarships). These are usually for students from outside the UK.
  6. Other overseas scholarships. Governments and organisations of certain countries provide awards to enable students of those countries to carry out research abroad.

Further information about funding, including a full list of scholarships for study at Oxford, can be found here. The various scholarships have deadlines, and this should be taken into account when deciding when to apply.