Course(s) Offered: Many fields
Course Level: Graduate (masters, PhD)
Provider: Felix Foundation
Country to Study in: UK
The Felix Scholarship was the dream of a generous individual who wished to remain anonymous and is referred to as "the Founder". It was the Founder's wish that the scholarships would allow gifted underprivileged students the chance of furthering their education by attending a university in the UK.
The primary objective of the Felix Scholarship is to stimulate the Felix scholars by exposing them to academic study, cultures, experiences and friendships that they would not otherwise have had the chance to sample.
It is hoped that this in turn will endow them with skills and visions, enabling them, when returning to their country of origin, to contribute to the culture and welfare of their home communities.
The Scholarships are open to:
- Academically gifted and underprivileged nationals of India, who must hold at least a first class Bachelor's degree from a recognised Indian university or a comparable institution; or
- Academically gifted and underprivileged individuals who are nationals of non-Indian and non-EEA countries, who must hold at least a first class Bachelor's degree from a recognised university or a comparable institution and who are recommended by their chosen university.
The Scholarships are awarded on the basis of outstanding academic merit and financial need.
Citizens of Developing Countries:
India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Cameroon, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Belarus, Peru, Czech Republic, Kenya, Ghana, Turkey, South Africa, Egypt, Nepal, Hungary and Lebanon
After consultation with various agencies, it was decided that scholarships would be offered at three universities:
- the University of Oxford,
- the University of Reading and
- the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), part of the University of London.
All subjects offered by the participating universities, except for medicine, are considered.
Number of awards
The number of scholarships is approximately 20 per academic year.
Awards are 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.
100% of university and college fees, a grant for living expenses, and flight (e.g. India-UK or UK-India) at the start and end of your course.
No extra allowance will be granted for married applicants who are successful.
The cost of living is very high in the UK and the spouses of married students have to make their own arrangements to support themselves. The Scholarship does not provide funding to spouses.
Method of Application
To apply for this scholarship award, you will need to download an Application Form from the official website (link to it is below). Candidates should note that an application can be made to only one institution.
Applying for the Felix Scholarships at Oxford?
Candidates for the Felix Scholarships at Oxford should not complete the application form. Instead they should check the Felix Scholarship box in the Scholarships section of the Oxford University's Application Form for Graduate Study when applying for admission to their course. Candidates elected for interview must also complete a short questionnaire. This will be sent to them when they are short listed for interview. For more information on how to apply for the scholarship for Oxford, click here.
Applying for the Felix Scholarships at Reading and SOAS?
Candidates for the Felix Scholarships at Reading and SOAS must complete application forms. The completed application form (together with only the supporting material specifically requested in the application form) should be returned to the address given below for the academic institution in which the candidate wishes to study. There is no need to send additional supporting material with the scholarship application form. For more information on how to apply for the scholarship for Reading and/or SOAS, see The Graduate School University of Reading (Felix scholarships) and/or SOAS The University of London (Scholarships).
It is important to visit the official Felix scholarship website of the various schools (links provided).
The closing dates for the receipt of Felix Scholarship application forms are as follows:-
- Oxford: Appropriate January 2017 deadline of chosen course of study. (Last year was 4th January for Medical Sciences and Philosophy; AND 18th January for all other subjects)
- Reading: 31st January 2017
- SOAS: 31 January 2017
Only those candidates who have been accepted for admission will be considered for short listing. Short listing by all three universities will take place in March 2017 with the short lists available April 2017.
The University of Oxford is a collegiate research university located in Oxford, England, United Kingdom.
The University of Reading is a public university located in Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom. It was established in 1892 as University College, Reading and received its Royal Charter in 1926.
SOAS, University of London, is a public research university in London, England, and a constituent college of the University of London. Founded in 1916, it is regarded as one of the leading universities in Europe.
Application Deadline: 4-18 Jan / 31 Jan 2017
Open for International Students: Yes
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