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Graduate Study: Graduate Scholarships for 2019-20 entry

  • Merton already has a higher than average number of scholarships available to enable graduate students to study at Oxford and increasing the funds available from our own resources and the generous gifts of donors is a priority for the College. Our interim goal is to offer one per subject area per year.
  • Our scholarships are generally made in partnership with the University and NONE of them requires a separate college-specific application.
  • The applications of all eligible candidates will automatically be considered on the basis of the University application form for graduate study, regardless of whether or not you state Merton College as your preferred college on your graduate application form, which should be submitted by the January application deadline (unless otherwise stated).
  • If you are offered a scholarship at Merton College you will also be offered a place at Merton College in order to take up the award, and this will take the place of any earlier college offer you may have received.
  • The schedule of scholarships offered changes each year. Details of 2020 Scholarships will be published in August/September 2019.
  • The University website has a Fees, Funding and Scholarships search tool designed to assist graduates looking for funding sources.
  • The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding is an external resource from GradFunding which provides a database of alternative funding opportunities (for example, from charities and trusts) and advice about how to apply for them. The University has subscribed to the guide: Current Oxford students can use their University email address to access the guide; Applicants who do not yet have a University email account can use this online request form to get a PIN to access the guide.
Eight Merton College scholarships in partnership with the University
  • Offered – One each in Archaeology, Politics/Area Studies, Mathematics, Biochemistry; three linked to AHRC DTP funding; and one further award in Humanities
  • Eligibility – Home/EU/Overseas applicants for subjects Merton considers
  • Value - Merton funds full living expenses. University partner covers University and college fee.
  • Duration – up to four years (depending on period of fee liability)
  • Application – Via University application form for graduate study by the January application deadline
One Merton College Jackson Scholarship in the Natural Sciences
One Merton College Physics Scholarship
  • Eligibility – UK/EU applicants for Physics
  • Value – University fee, college fee, and full living expenses
  • Duration – up to four years (depending on period of fee liability)
  • Application – Via University application form for graduate study by the January application deadline.
One Merton College Buckee Scholarship
  • Eligibility – Home/EU/Overseas applicants for Physics
  • Value – University fee, college fee, and full living expenses
  • Duration – up to four years
  • Application – Via University application form for graduate study by the January application deadline.
One Stuart Hall Doctoral Studentship in Humanities
  • Eligibility – DPhil candidates in any Faculty in the Humanities Division. Candidates with particular research interests in Professor Stuart Hall’s areas of expertise are encouraged, including cultural theory, criticism and reception; race, ethnicity, and identity; and the politics of diasporic experience. Applications are particularly welcome from black and minority ethnic (BME) candidates and candidates from non-traditional or disadvantaged backgrounds who are under-represented at graduate level in the Humanities at Oxford.
  • Value – Course fees at the Home/EU rate, and full living expenses
  • Duration – three years
  • Application – Via University application form for graduate study by the January application deadline, plus submission of a supporting statement
  • Further information
The Barnett Bequest for any Law course which the College normally considers
  • Offered - annually
  • Eligibility – UK applicants
  • Value – £5,000
  • Duration – one year
  • Application – Via University application form for graduate study by the January application deadline. Eligible candidates will be identified to the college by the department and the College will make its decision in late May based on the University application form.
The Barton Scholarship for the BCL
  • Offered - annually
  • Eligibility – British
  • Value – £5,000
  • Duration – one year
  • Application – Via University application form for graduate study by the January application deadline. Eligible candidates will be identified to the college by the department and the College will make its decision in late May based on the University application form.
Two Merton Lawyers' BCL Scholarships
  • Offered - annually
  • Eligibility – Home/EU/Overseas applicants for the BCL or MJur
  • Value – £5,000 from Merton College and £5,000 from the Law Faculty
  • Duration – one year
  • Application – Via University application form for graduate study by the January application deadline. Eligible candidates will be identified to the college by the department and the College will make its decision in late May based on the University application form.