Graduate Funding

Oxford provides its graduate students with some of the very best facilities for studying Theology and Religion available anywhere. It offers world-class research resources and supervision by experts in their field.

Graduate study at the University of Oxford is widely recognised as both rewarding and a significant investment. Applications are sought from students with outstanding academic potential and the ability to benefit from an Oxford course whatever their background or personal circumstances. 

Information about the fees charged for each course can be found on the Graduate Fees and Funding website

The University of Oxford, Humanities Division, Faculty of Theology and Religion, other faculties and departments, and colleges are actively engaged in raising funds for graduate scholarships.

Funding oppportunities

Every year, a significant proportion of the Faculty’s graduate applicants secure support for their studies from a range of public and private funding bodies and scholarship schemes.

Information about the scholarships available for those applying for, or currently studying, any one particular course or programme of study, including details of the scholarship amount, duration, eligibility and closing date, can be found by using the Fees, Funding and Scholarship search facility.

All applicants who apply by the Late January Application Deadline and are offered a place on a graduate course will be considered automatically for those scholarships for which they are eligible. Some scholarships require additional application materials, and applicants are advised to read the details of the application requirements for each scholarship carefully.

Information about some of the major sources of funding available to graduate applicants and existing students is provided further below.

Please be aware that financial support is limited. Applicants are advised to research the funding opportunities available for their course before applying. Most of the scholarships that provide full funding are available only to those starting a new course. Funding opportunities available to students who have already started their course are usually much more limited.

Opportunities to seek employment during term time are normally limited by the full-time requirements of most of the faculty’s courses and course-related commitments during the Christmas, Easter and summer vacations.  Please note that the demand for part-time paid work in Oxford often exceeds the amount of paid work that is available, whether academic or non-academic paid work. 


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Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships

Applicants from the UK and EU may apply to the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for graduate funding at Master’s and Doctoral level. Separate information is available for prospective students and for those already on course

Clarendon Fund graduate scholarships

All applicants for graduate study are eligible for a Clarendon scholarship.

Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Graduate Scholarships in the Humanities

Applicants for most graduate courses in the Humanities may be considered for an Ertegun Scholarship.

The Faculty offers a range of postgraduate scholarships funded from a variety of sources including Trust Funds, grants from philanthropic organisations and other benefactors, these awards will partly or wholly cover fees and/or a maintenance stipend.

Those applying for admission who wish to be considered for a Faculty scholarship, should add the code ‘THEO’ to the ‘Departmental studentship applications’ section of the application form. Please note that those currently studying one of the Faculty’s courses but seeking admission to a higher course should also apply this way.

All awards will be made on the basis of academic excellence as demonstrated by past performance and potential future achievement.

Graduate students currently studying one of the Faculty’s courses who will be on the same course i.e. Year 1 MPhil students and DPhil students are able to apply for a Faculty scholarship by completing an on-line application form. The deadline is set for January each year and will be advertised in advance.

Squire and Marriott Bursaries. Deadlines fall in November and April each year and will be advertised in advance.




Crewsdon Trust Awards. Application deadline: 23 January 2017.

MPhil Scholarships in the Humanities and Social Sciences at St Cross College  The closing date for applications is 11 March 2016.

Elfan Rees Scholarship at Mansfield College. Application deadline: 20 January 2017.

Michael Tate Scholarship for a graduate of the University of Tasmania to study for the Postgraduate Diploma in Theology and Religion at Blackfriars.  Application deadline: 10 January 2017.

Oxford-Wolfson-Ullendorff Graduate Scholarship in Semitic Philology.  Application deadline: 20 January 2017.


A new resource on the Fees and Funding website is now available to help current graduates in their quest for funding. The 'Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding' is an independent guide written by two UK-based PhD students who have between them won over £45,000 in funding from the charity/voluntary sector. The Guide shows where to find charities, how to approach them, and how to complete strong applications in the correct manner. It contains model personal and financial statements, and over 100 links to voluntary sector funding sources. The Guide, which is a password protected pdf document, and instructions on how to obtain the password, are available here.

Oxford-Jerusalem Programme in the Study of the Abrahamic Religions 2016-17 (generously funded by the Polonsky Foundation): Travel Grants

Applications are sought from Graduate Students in any Humanities subject relating to the study of one or more of the Abrahamic religions at the University of Oxford wishing to visit the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in connection with their research for any length of time between 1 May and 30 September 2017.

Applications must include a clear statement of the potential benefits to their research from use of resources in Jerusalem and consultation with Faculty Members at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as well as an estimate of expenditure on travel and accommodation.  All applications must be accompanied by a letter of support from the applicant’s supervisor.   Applications and references should be sent by email attachment to Professor Anna Sapir Abulafia ( by 19 February 2017.

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