Administration of the fund
The Oxford Student Scholarship Fund has been created in Trinity Term 2016, and is initially funded with contributions from the student body. The students’ contributions, as secured by the motion passed through each participating common room, will only be for two years. Additional gifts may be made to this Scholarship Fund.
The endowment created is retained, invested and administered by the University of Oxford. The Oxford Students Scholarships will be advertised in the same way as other scholarships offered by the University of Oxford. Additionally, the dedicated Oxford Students Scholarship Campaign outreach team will be responsible for further advertising and identifying potential applicants.
The distributed income will be used to provide financial support to students eligible for and selected as recipients of the Scholarship Fund according to the following eligibility criteria and selection procedures.
Eligible applicants must:
1. Have been offered a place at the University of Oxford (this implies that the applicant must fulfil the adequate academic requirements, notably in terms of prior education, established by the University).
2. Be in one of the following legal situations:
a. Residing in the UK, under one of the following status:
i. Asylum seeker status,
ii. Discretionary leave status granted as a result of a claim for asylum,
iii. Humanitarian protection status as a result of an asylum claim, (granted less than 3 years prior to receipt of the University offer of placement);
b. Residing in their country of origin where their pursuit of education is hindered because of political and/or humanitarian crisis;
c. Residing in a third country as a result of political and/or humanitarian crisis in their country of origin, and being in possession of a valid travel document (that will allow them to apply for a Tier 4 student visa)
In allocating the scholarships, the three following criteria will be considered: the severity of barriers to pursuing higher education, financial need, and the quality of personal statements.
The Fund will provide full or partial costs depending on the number of both full and/or partial applicants, the availability of funding from other sponsors and the total availability of funds.
The selection panel for the Scholarship Fund will consist of representatives from the University, the Oxford University Students Union (OUSU), the Refugee Studies Centre, as well as representatives of the Oxford Students Refugee Campaign.