FAQ

1. How do I apply for the scholarships?

In order to apply for the scholarships, you should first apply to a program (undergraduate or graduate) at the University. If you receive an offer from the University, you will be asked to fill the application for the scholarship and only then you will be considered for the scholarship as well.

2. What are the requirements for the scholarships?

To be eligible for the scholarship, you first need to receive an offer of acceptance from the University. That means that you first need to apply to the University (for a specific program, in a specific department), and you must be accepted on the basis of your academic credentials. Getting a positive response from the department to which you applied (or, in other words, being an “offer holder”), is the first eligibility criteria for the scholarship.

Then, you will need to show that you are in one of the following situations:

  1. You are residing in the UK, under one of the following legal status:
    1. an asylum-seeker status
    2. a discretionary leave status granted as a result of a claim for asylum
    3. a humanitarian protection status as a result of an asylum claim, granted less than 3 years prior to receipt of the University offer of placement
  2. OR you are residing in your country of origin, where the pursuit of your education is hindered due to a situation of political and / or humanitarian crisis
  3. OR you are residing in a third country as a result of political and / or humanitarian crisis in your country of origin.

3. What about the academic requirements for the program I want to apply to?

Each program has specific academic requirements. You should look at the program’s homepage and address your questions to the department/faculty as we cannot answer questions related to academic requirements.

4. Do I need an English language test?

It is very likely that you will need an English language test. This will be specified among the academic requirements set by the program you are applying to. Please check the program’s homepage for more information about the English language level that you need.

5. I have questions about the academic requirements. To whom should I write?

You should address your questions concerning academic requirements to the department to which you are applying. We cannot give answers related to academic requirements.

6. How are scholarships allocated?

The scholarships will be allocated each year by a dedicated board composed of representatives of the academic and student communities of the University of Oxford, based on the funds available and the number of applicants. Selection guidelines imply three main criteria to be considered by the board: the severity of the barriers to pursuing higher education in the country of origin, the quality of personal statements, and financial need.

7. Can I apply to any program?

Yes, you can. Though, if you apply for an undergraduate degree, please note that the University does not recognise all high school diplomas. (More information)

8. I could not finish my Bachelor degree in my country. Can I apply to finish it at Oxford?

If you did not finish a Bachelor degree, you should apply to start a new Bachelor degree in Oxford. The same for Masters and PhDs. However, it is always worth discussing individual situations with the department to which you are applying in order to have more specific information.

9. I do not have a refugee status. Am I eligible to apply?

Applications are not limited to students in possession of a refugee status. For those residing in the UK, applications are open to asylum seekers, or individuals residing under a humanitarian protection or discretionary leave to remain status. For those residing outside of the UK, applications are open to any individuals whose pursuit of education has been hindered due to a political and / or humanitarian crisis, and who are in possession of any valid travel document (which you will need to apply for a Tier 4 student visa in the UK).

10. I am a second/third generation refugee. Am I eligible to apply?

Yes, you are. If you believe that your education opportunities are affected not because of conflict, but because of discrimination due to your refugee status, you are eligible for the scholarship. You should explain clearly why your education opportunities are negatively affected by your refugee status in the scholarship application.

11. What expenses will the scholarship cover?

Scholarships will cover tuition fees, college fees and living expenses. Depending on the allocation of funding, partial scholarships might be available as well. Candidates who are not selected for a full scholarship will be contacted to enquire about their interest in a partial one.

12. Will the scholarship cover any expense related to my spouse or children?

This is very unlikely, at least for the academic year 2017/18. However, please send an email to outreach.int.oxsrc@gmail.com with the details of your situation.

13. Will you support my visa application?

The University has a dedicated Visa and Immigration service which works to help all offer holders with their visa application; if you get offered a place at the University of Oxford and are selected for a scholarship, we would be able to help you in collaboration with that service.

14. Is a place at Oxford University guaranteed if I receive a scholarship?

Scholarships will be only granted to those who have an offer from the University. Therefore, if you are not successful in being admitted to a program, you will not be able to apply for the scholarships.

16. Is the scholarship only to study at Oxford University?

Yes, it is. However, if you are not successful in getting a place at Oxford, please get in touch with us. We will try to put you in contact with other universities providing similar opportunities.

17. When will I be notified if my application is successful?

Usually in spring, although dates vary depending on the program. You should address questions related to this to the department you are applying to.

18. There are different deadlines for the application to the University. What deadline should I consider?

You will only be considered for the scholarship if you apply by the January deadline. In this way, there will be enough time to take an English language test, if you do not have one yet, and to apply for the visa to come to the UK. However, if you are not able to apply by the January deadline, please do get in touch with us (outreach.int.oxsrc@gmail.com) and we will discuss your case.