December 28, 2015

Top Funding Tips to Study at University of Oxford

Funding top tips

So you want to study in the UK, and you are particularly interested in studying at the University of Oxford but you realize that you neither have the means nor the money to undertake this dream. What do you do now? This article presents the Funding Top Tips to increase your chances of successfully studying at Oxford.

These top tips will help you understand the process of applying for funding at Oxford. The tips below do not assure that you will get a scholarship, but they will definitely increase your chances, if you follow them.

1). Do not delay!
Start thinking about your funding as soon as you decide to apply to Oxford. Do not wait until you have an offer of a place for your course.

2). Apply for your course by the January deadline.
The vast majority of Oxford scholarships are awarded to applicants who submit their course application by the January deadline.

3). Applying for funding can be simple.
For over 70% of Oxford scholarships, nothing more than the standard course application is usually required. If you fulfill the eligibility criteria, you will be automatically considered.

4). Use the Fees, Funding and Scholarship Search.
Use the Fees, Funding and Scholarship Search to find out if you are eligible for any scholarships which require an additional application. You can narrow the field of results of your search by ticking the box above the scholarship results entitled ‘Show only scholarships that require a separate application and/or additional materials’.

5). Oxford University has more scholarships than you might think.
There are over 1,000 full graduate scholarships available for courses starting in 2016-17. The Clarendon Fund, for example, is open to new graduate students on any master's or DPhil course and currently fully funds around 370 scholars from more than 50 different countries.

6). Understand how college scholarships work.
The vast majority of college scholarships do not require you to select that college as your preference on the graduate application form. They will consider all eligible applicants who apply by the deadline. You can use the Fees, Funding and Scholarship Search to identify the small number of cases where an additional application is required. This means that you do not need to read every college webpage in order to find out what scholarships they offer. If you are selected for a college scholarship, Oxford University will move your application to the relevant college.

7). Look for funding from sources outside Oxford.
Receiving an offer of a place to study at Oxford does not necessarily mean that Oxford University can also offer you an Oxford scholarship. However, there are a range of other options open to the University's graduate students: take a look at external scholarships, loans and other funding sources.

8). Do not wait until you get to Oxford to sort out funding for future years.
The vast majority of Oxford scholarships are open to new graduate students only. Funding options for on-course students are extremely limited.

9). Do not think you can earn your way through your studies.
If you are a full-time student, there will not be much time to take on paid work, and if you are a part-time student, you will need to ensure that work does not impact on your studies. See Oxford University's Policy on working whilst studying.

10). Most of Oxford University scholarships provide full funding.
This will cover your course fees, college fees and provide a grant for living costs.

PLEASE NOTE:
The University of Oxford (informally Oxford University or simply Oxford) is a collegiate research university located in Oxford, England. While having no known date of foundation, there is evidence of teaching as far back as 1096, making it the oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world's second-oldest surviving university. It grew rapidly from 1167 when Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris.

After disputes between students and Oxford townsfolk in 1209, some academics fled northeast to Cambridge where they established what became the University of Cambridge. The two "ancient universities" are frequently jointly referred to as "Oxbridge".

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