Financial Support for MSc Study

Graduate students typically fund their studies from a variety of different sources, including savings or parental support, loans, scholarships or awards and employment. We are delighted that the outstanding calibre of our students is evident from the sheer number of prestigious scholarship awards won each year. Recent scholarship awards have included support from:

A comprehensive searchable database of scholarships and awards for students is maintained by the University of Oxford Fees and Funding Office. We strongly recommend that prospective applicants consult this database before applying to the OII. In addition to these University-level awards, several colleges also have awards, bursaries or scholarships for their students: these are usually open to Home, EU and Overseas students but may be subject limited. For further information please consult individual college websites.

Please note that in order to be considered for most of the University's scholarship awards; prospective students must submit their MSc application no later than the January application deadline.

OII Scholarship

In addition to this funding available from University and college sources, the OII offers one annual scholarship equivalent to the cost of the MSc University fees. This is allocated on the basis of outstanding academic merit and will not normally be awarded to students holding other substantial awards. Candidates wishing to be considered for this scholarship must submit the MSc application through Graduate Admissions no later than the January deadline. All prospective students who are offered a place on the MSc programme after the November and January deadlines will be considered automatically and need not submit any additional information.


Whilst many graduate students do undertake employment to support their studies, please remember that the OII's MSc programme is a full-time course and we do not recommend that students take on even part-time employment during term-time. Within these limitations, some of the OII's existing MSc students have been employed on a short-term basis as Research Assistants on grant-funded projects, but only with the agreement of their supervisor, the MSc Course Convener and the Director of Graduate Studies.