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 Early 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. 

Funds available include:

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Applicants from the UK and EU may apply to the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for graduate funding at Doctoral level. For more information please see the Open-Oxford-Cambridge Doctoral Training Partnership website.

Current DPhil students from the UK and EU may also be eligible for funding, for more information please click here

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

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

Faculty Studentships for graduate applicants

A range of postgraduate scholarships will be available for courses in the Faculty of Theology and Religion beginning in October 2018.  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.

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

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 University’s online graduate course application form.

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The Theology Faculty intends, if a suitably qualified candidate can be found, to offer a one- or two-year studentship funded by the Hall-Houghton Trust, for an M.St. or M.Phil. in New Testament with a proposed dissertation on any aspect of the Greek New Testament, including its relation to the Old Testament in Greek or Hebrew. The studentship will be tenable from Michaelmas Term 2019, and will cover annual fees up to a total of 10,000 GBP together with an additional stipend for £2,500. The successful candidate will have a good first degree (undergraduate or graduate) in Theology, or will have completed all the elements of such a degree by September 2019. He or she will be expected to make, or to have made, an application for the M.St. or M.Phil. in the Faculty of Theology and Religion by Friday, 11 January 2019, and to have met the usual criteria for acceptance. The award will be held at the college which has accepted the candidate.

The successful candidate will pay the usual fees to college and university. The award is non-renewable, and will be terminated if matriculation for the M.St. or M.Phil. course is suspended for any reason.

The awarding committee will have access to candidates’ application materials submitted to the Faculty and therefore will not require additional documentation. Applicants should, however, ask their three referees to speak directly to their qualification for this studentship in the references submitted in support of the application for the M.St. or M.Phil. 

Applications are invited for this scholarship, funded jointly by the University and Trinity College for a full-time DPhil in the Faculty of Theology and Religion. The scholarship is open to those seeking to study towards the DPhil in all areas of theology and the study of religions, as offered by the Faculty of Theology and Religion. To be considered for this scholarship, you must be ordinarily resident in the EEA/Switzerland. Fees will be covered for the full duration of your fee liability at Home/EU level (£9,755 p.a. for 2019/20). In addition, a maintenance stipend will be paid in line with AHRC funding (currently £14,777 p.a.). Further information can be found here.

The Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford and Blackfriars Hall intend to offer a three-year studentship of £17,000 per annum towards fees and maintenance to a doctoral student intending to write a dissertation on a topic falling within the area of Christian Theology and Art with a strong preference for the visual arts (covering any of the visual arts).  Applicants intending to write a dissertation on a topic falling within the area of Christian Theology and Music may also be considered.

The successful candidate will be a graduate student in the Faculty of Theology and Religion  ( and Blackfriars Hall (

The successful candidate will have an excellent Master’s degree in Theology or the History of Art or other Field which includes studies germane to the advertised studentship, or will have completed all the elements of such a degree by September 2019. He/She will be expected to have made an application for doctoral study in the Oxford Faculty of Theology and Religion and Blackfriars Hall by Friday 11 January 2019 and to have met the usual criteria for acceptance.  

Candidates should list Blackfriars Hall as their preferred college when applying.

The successful candidates will be eligible for such conference grants as are open to other doctoral students in the Faculty of Theology and Religion.  They will be subject to such procedures for transfer and confirmation of status as are prescribed in the regulations, and the award will be terminated if doctoral status is suspended for any reason.  The award is not renewable after three years of full-time doctoral study.

Applicants for the award should write to by Friday 11 January 2019. They should supply a one-page CV/resumé, including details of their educational experience (including full information about all courses taken at Master’s level and the title of any dissertation or thesis undertaken in that context), and a supporting statement of approximately 500 words describing their intended research project and explaining how their research falls within the area covered by this studentship.  The awarding committee will assess applications also on the basis of the materials submitted for the doctoral application to the Faculty, which need not be submitted twice; candidates should ask their three referees, however, to refer directly to their suitability for this studentship in the references they write in support of the doctoral application.

If a suitable candidate presents him or herself, an election will be made to the Sheikh Zayed Graduate Studentship in Islamic Studies with effect from Michaelmas Term 2019. The award is intended for any postgraduate student pursuing doctoral research in any field of Islamic Studies. Candidates must have obtained a merit or distinction result or its equivalent in a masters course in a relevant field of study.

The studentship comprises the equivalent of the university and college fee for up to three years (at either the UK/EU or overseas rate) and a maintenance grant. The award is tenable for one year in the first instance, renewable for up to a maximum of two further years subject to receipt of a satisfactory report from the supervisor.

The award is tenable at any Oxford college, and may be held in either the Faculty of Oriental Studies or the Faculty of Theology and Religion. The award is funded by the Sheikh Zayed Endowment Fund, established at Oxford by a generous benefaction from the Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahayan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation.

All applications will be considered on their merits by a panel of representatives from the Board of Management for the Sheikh Zayed Fund for Islamic Studies.

Applicants who apply for a DPhil (this includes current students who have applied for re-admission) for entry in October 2019, and who submit their application by the 11 January 2019 deadline, will automatically be considered.

The holder of the studentship will be invited to give a short presentation of their research to the Board of Management for the fund at their annual meeting.

One award of £10,000 is available for one year only, jointly funded by the College and the Faculty of Theology and Religion. It can be awarded to any applicant for a postgraduate course offered jointly or solely by the Faculty of Theology and Religion, whether Home/EU or Overseas. The recipient will be identified by the Faculty Committee in the context of its ranking of candidates. The intention is to award it to the best candidate although, in the case of a number of equally good candidates being identified, the Committee may take into account whether they have applied to Keble. In any case, the holder would have to be a graduate at Keble (including through migration if necessary).

Financial assistance for on-course students 2019-20

Graduate students currently studying one of the Faculty’s courses who will be on the same course in 2019-20 i.e. MPhil students in their first year and DPhil students who wish to apply for financial assistance from the Faculty in 2019-20 should complete the Application form for Financial Assistance by Friday 8 March 2019. Applicants must also ask two referees to email an academic reference on their behalf to the Faculty’s Graduate Studies Administrator at by Friday 8 March 2019.

Criteria for the awards are:

  • Academic Excellence
  • Financial hardship due to a change in circumstances or, in the case of DPhils, overrunning the funded years of their course.


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In 2018/19 up to £8,000 will be available from this fund.

In 2018/19 up to £7,000 will be available from this fund.

Other available funds


Crewdson Trust Awards

Applications for awards (of up to a thousand pounds) from the Crewdson Trust are invited from Oxford students doing advanced degrees in Theology. The aims of the trust are to promote study and research in Christian theology relevant to the production of contemporary re-statements of the Christian faith or its application, and also to encourage research into the role of religion in eliminating violence and promoting peace. Further information can be found here.


Squire and Marriott Bursaries (and Hedley Lucas Scholarship Fund)

These financial assistance awards are available primarily to applicants who have the intention of offering themselves for ordination in the Church of England or any church in communion therewith. Deadlines fall in November and April each year and will be advertised in advance. Further information can be found here.


The Pamela Sue Anderson Studentship for the Encouragement of the Place of Women in Philosophy

Regent’s Park College is offering a postgraduate studentship worth up to £4000 for a student who is currently engaged in, or has been accepted for, postgraduate study at the University of Oxford.  Reflecting the distinguished contribution to scholarship of the late Professor Anderson (1955-2017), preference will be given to applicants in the fields of feminist philosophy or feminist philosophy of religion, or, failing that and as an absolute requirement, to a person working on philosophy of a kind that encourages the place of women in philosophy.  The studentship will be tenable for as long as the selection committee deems appropriate, subject to the condition that it shall not be tenable beyond the duration of the student’s postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford.  The holder of the scholarship is required to be, or to become, a member of Regent’s Park College, Oxford.

Further information can be found here.


Charities and the Voluntary Sector

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.

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