The Oppenheimer Fund scholarships for South Africans

Oppeheimer Scholarship Funds for South Africans

The Fund promotes links between the University of Oxford and South African Universities. It does this by supporting academic exchanges between Oxford and South Africa, and assisting students ordinarily resident in South Africa wishing to pursue graduate study at Oxford.

  • Nationality: South African
  • Level of study: Full-time graduate degrees
  • Subject: All subjects
  • Duration: Varies
  • Number of awards: 2

Am I eligible?

The Oppenheimer Fund Scholarships are open to applicants who are ordinarily resident in South Africa applying to start any new degree bearing course, with the exception of PGCert and PGDip courses, at the University of Oxford.  Applicants should be intending to return to South Africa following their studies.

What does it cover?

A grant to support up to £6500 of fees or living costs.

Awards are usually made for the full duration of a student’s fee liability for the agreed course.  If your scholarship is offered for a course lasting more than one year, the continuation of your scholarship each year is subject to an annual renewal process based on satisfactory academic progress.

How do I apply?

Apply at the same time as you apply to Oxford by selecting Oppenheimer Fund Scholarships in the Funding Section of the University’s Graduate Application Form.

In order to be considered for this scholarship, you must submit your application for graduate study by the relevant January deadline, and you must have secured a place on your chosen programme of study by the expected final decision date (13 March 2013).  Applications with an outstanding admissions decision after this date, or applications which are re-evaluated against the later March deadline field, are not eligible for scholarship consideration.

How will I know if I have been successful?

Successful candidates will be notified by email in May 2013. This webpage will be updated to show when all decisions have been made.

Applications for grants from the Fund should include:

  • A statement of the purpose of the proposed visit. This should give an outline of the research to be carried out during the visit and should be summarised in terms accessible to a layperson;
  • Duration and estimated costs, including details of any other available sources of funding;
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • A letter of support from the institution in South Africa you will be visiting, or a letter of support from your host in Oxford as appropriate.

The Oppenheimer Fund accepts applications twice a year. The next deadline for applications will be Friday 9th November 2012. Applications and any enquiries about the Fund should be sent to:

Annette Miller, Graduate Admissions and Funding, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD; [email protected]


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