The Faculty of Oriental Studies has a number of scholarship and funding opportunities across a wide range of subjects. Please see below for a list of these opportunities.

To be considered for graduate funding, candidates applying to start a course from October 2021 must have submitted their University application(s) for the course(s) for which they wish to be considered by the relevant January deadline in 2021. Candidates will automatically be considered for their eligibility for funding from a number of sources including the Clarendon Fund, and benefactors. For other schemes, including the AHRC, candidates will need to indicate their wish to be considered and provide additional information as part of the University application. For a list of gradute funding opportunities available within the Faculty, please see the Graduate Funding Handbook.

For details of funding and bursaries for undergraduate students please consult the relevant pages of the main University website.

The University also administers a number of funds available as grants towards special expenses of research or in cases of hardship.

For the Ertegun Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities, please see the programme website.

Since 1 August 2016, if you plan to take a postgraduate course, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Loan to help with course fees and living costs. For more information, please visit the Postgraduate Loans page of the GOV.UK website.

It is important to note that the below is not an exhaustive list; check the main University website and college websites for more funding opportunities. The fees, funding and scholarship search is a good place to start to see what scholarships may be available.

Entries are invited for the Frere Exhibition for Indian Studies. The Exhibition will be awarded by the Board of Management from the trust set up for this purpose.

The Exhibition

The Exhibition is awarded to enable its holder to undertake a specified piece of work, approved by the Board, in the field of Indian studies. It will be offered in Trinity (summer) Term, for one year, and to a value of £5,000, subject to consideration of the financial resources already available to the successful candidate. The Board of management may, exceptionally, extend the award at the end of the year. It may also award grants to candidates for the Exhibition, to encourage the study of matters relating to India.

The work must be carried out in Oxford unless the Board gives dispensation otherwise in the interests of the work. Candidates should specify in the application where they would wish to pursue their work.


The Frere Exhibition is open to Members of the University who, on the day of election, have not exceeded twenty one terms from their matriculation. In recent years successful candidates have been well advanced in their research.

How to apply

Closing date: Friday 19 June 2020

Applications must comprise:

  • A completed application form – available here.
  • A statement of no more than two pages in length, describing the work proposed.
  • An example of the candidate’s written work on a matter relating to India, of not more than 5,000 words in length.

Candidates should also ask three referees, one of whom would normally be the candidate’s supervisor, to provide in confidence a letter commenting on the candidate’s academic progress, the value of the intended project, and the reasons for requesting this funding. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that these references are requested and sent to the address below by the closing date.

Applications and references should be sent to

If you have any questions about the Exhibition, please contact Professor Christopher Minkowski, Chair of the Board of Management for the Frere Exhibition, on

The Queen's College is pleased to offer, beginning in Michaelmas Term 2018, a fully-funded graduate scholarship for up to a maximum of three years for a DPhil student in Oriental Studies whose research focuses on Manuscript and Text Cultures with a special focus on Sanskrit (including all areas, historical periods, and aspects of this field). For more information, please click here.

The Open-Oxford-Cambridge DTP offers a number of studentships each year, across the range of arts and humanities subject areas. In addition to funding for fees and living costs, OOC DTP students benefit from being able to access a variety of other funding sources and a wide range of training available at the three partner universities.

Please see here for more information about the scheme and the application process.

The Radhakrishnan Memorial Bequest is co-funding, with the Oxford India Centre at Somerville, one scholarship per year for the one-year MSc in Modern South Asian Studies, starting now for first entry in October 2018.

For more information, see here.

Any questions about the Oxford-Indira Gandhi Graduate Scholarships should be directed to the Oxford India Centre.

The Radhakrishnan Memorial Bequest awards grants to assist students who are citizens of the Republic of India and who are studying, or wish to study, in Oxford, and to fund travel and research in Indian Studies by senior or junior members of the University of Oxford.

To apply, please complete the Radhakrishnan Memorial Bequest Grant Application Form and send it directly to the Trust Funds Administrator on by noon on Monday of week seven of term. Applications from junior members must be accompanied by letters of support from their tutor or supervisor. Applications will be considered in a gathered field in Week Seven and applicants will be informed of the result as soon as possible thereafter.

The Faculty of Oriental Studies Research Committee reviews research applications made to and through the Faculty, and works with the University’s Humanities Divisional Research Facilitators to help applicants submit the strongest possible applications to the most appropriate grants. The Director of Research and the Divisional Research Facilitator are able to advise colleagues on potential grant applications.

If you wish to apply for a research grant, you will need to follow the procedures outlined in the 'Research Grant Application Approval Process'. Please note that the processes for permanent post-holders and for other applicants differ.

Before you decide on a specific grant, and before you approach the Director of Research or the Divisional Research Facilitator, familiarise yourself with the grant eligibility and application guidance material on the grant funder’s website, and see ‘A Brief Guide to Applying for Funding’.

The Sasakawa Fund is pleased to offer scholarships for students who have been accepted by the University to undertake a graduate degree in October 2019 or who are currently undertaking such a course. The scholarships will be awarded to applicants who are Japanese nationals currently on a course or starting a course at Oxford University, or alternatively to students from the UK or other countries currently on a course or starting a course at Oxford University which requires some period of study in Japan.

The awards, of up to £10,000, will be made for one year in the first instance and may be renewed for a maximum of three years, subject to satisfactory progress.

The Sasakawa Fund Scholarship has been established thanks to a generous donation made by the Japan Shipbuilding Industry Foundation.

To apply, please complete the Scholarship Application Form, along with:

  • one reference (to be sent by the referee directly)
  • a Curriculum Vitae
  • a statement of research interests (of no more than six pages) including an outline and research proposal (for research degree applicants only) OR
  • a personal statement (of no more than six pages - for taught degree applicants only).

Please send your application as a PDF directly to the Trust Funds Administrator on, with all documents included in the same PDF, if possible, to arrive by Tuesday 31 March 2020.

The Sasakawa Fund awards travel grants to fund travel and research in Japan by senior or junior members of the University of Oxford, or alternatively to students from the UK or other countries currently on a course or starting a course at Oxford University which requires some period of study in Japan.

Please note that grant applications should be submitted no later than Friday of sixth week in any term for consideration later that term. To apply, please complete the Travel Grant Form, along with a covering letter giving details of the purpose of the grant, and send your application as a PDF directly to the Trust Funds Administrator on Applications from junior members must be accompanied by letters of support from their tutor or supervisor. 

This annual award is open to all current postgraduate students studying the Ancient Near East and enrolled for the degree of MPhil or DPhil at the University of Oxford. For the purposes of this award the Ancient Near East is defined as ancient Mesopotamia (including Syria, south-eastern Turkey, south-western Iran and the Gulf countries) before the Parthian period. One award, to the value of £600 will be awarded to support research and fieldwork, with preference given to students at Wolfson College.

All applications should include a cover letter, including a description of the proposed activity and a budget, together not to exceed two sides of A4, and a CV. Applicants should arrange for a letter of reference from their academic supervisor for the proposed activity to arrive by the due date.

The successful applicant is required to submit a short report on their work within 12 months of receiving the award.

Applications should be sent to Dr Diana Rodríguez Pérez at with the subject “Application_Tim and Kathy Clayden Prize” by the end of the 3rd week of Hilary term each year. Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged by email usually within two business days. Applications will be considered at the AWRC Steering Committee meeting in Week 6/7 and a decision will be communicated by email by the end of the term.

For the academic year 2019/2020, applications will be considered in Trinity Term.