Postgraduate Funding

Several funding sources are available to students of the Faculty of Theology and Religion. Applicants are advised to research the funding opportunities available for their course before applying. Most of the scholarships that provide full funding are available only to those starting a new course. Funding opportunities available to students who have already started their course are usually much more limited.

Information about the fees charged for each course can be found on the Graduate Fees and Funding website

Opportunities to seek employment during term time are normally limited by the full-time requirements of most of the faculty’s courses and course-related commitments during the Christmas, Easter and summer vacations. Please note that the demand for part-time paid work in Oxford often exceeds the amount of paid work that is available, whether academic or non-academic paid work.

University Scholarships for New Students

Every year, a significant proportion of the Faculty’s graduate applicants secure support for their studies from a range of public and private funding bodies and scholarship schemes.

Information about the scholarships available for those applying for, or currently studying, any one particular course or programme of study, including details of the scholarship amount, duration, eligibility and closing date, can be found by using the Fees, Funding and Scholarship search facility.

All applicants who apply by the Early January Application Deadline and are offered a place on a graduate course will be considered automatically for those scholarships for which they are eligible. Some scholarships require additional application materials, and applicants are advised to read the details of the application requirements for each scholarship carefully.

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The AHRC has announced that from 2021-22 international students will be eligible for research council funding. This coincides with the change in the status of EU students announced by the UK Government the last 23rd of June 2020.  We are still unclear about how this will work in practice but, we confirm that applicants for Doctoral level programmes may apply to the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for graduate funding. For more information please see the Open-Oxford-Cambridge Doctoral Training Partnership website.

Current DPhil students may also be eligible for funding, for more information please click here

All applicants for graduate study are eligible for a Clarendon scholarship.

Applicants for most graduate courses in the Humanities may be considered for an Ertegun Scholarship.

Faculty Scholarships for New Students

A range of postgraduate scholarships will be available for courses in the Faculty of Theology and Religion beginning in October 2020.  Funded from a variety of sources including Trust Funds, grants from philanthropic organisations and other benefactors, these awards will partly or wholly cover fees and/or a maintenance stipend.

All awards will be made on the basis of academic excellence as demonstrated by past performance and potential future achievement.

Those applying for admission who wish to be considered for a Faculty scholarship, should add the code ‘THEO’ to the ‘Departmental studentship applications’ section of the University’s online graduate course application form.

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The Theology Faculty intends, if a suitably qualified candidate can be found, to offer a one- or two-year studentship funded by the Hall-Houghton Trust, for an M.St. or M.Phil. in New Testament with a proposed dissertation on any aspect of the Greek New Testament, including its relation to the Old Testament in Greek or Hebrew. The studentship will be tenable from Michaelmas Term 2021, and will cover annual fees up to a total of 10,000 GBP together with an additional stipend for £2,500. The successful candidate will have a good first degree (undergraduate or graduate) in Theology, or will have completed all the elements of such a degree by September 2021. He or she will be expected to make, or to have made, an application for the M.St. or M.Phil. in the Faculty of Theology and Religion by Friday, 8 January 2021, and to have met the usual criteria for acceptance. The award will be held at the college which has accepted the candidate.

The successful candidate will pay the usual fees to college and university. The award is non-renewable, and will be terminated if matriculation for the M.St. or M.Phil. course is suspended for any reason.

The awarding committee will have access to candidates’ application materials submitted to the Faculty and therefore will not require additional documentation. Applicants should, however, ask their three referees to speak directly to their qualification for this studentship in the references submitted in support of the application for the M.St. or M.Phil. 

Applications are invited for this scholarship, funded jointly by the University and Trinity College for a full-time DPhil in the Faculty of Theology and Religion. The scholarship is open to those seeking to study towards the DPhil in all areas of theology and the study of religions, as offered by the Faculty of Theology and Religion. To be considered for this scholarship, you must be ordinarily resident in the EEA/Switzerland. Fees will be covered for the full duration of your fee liability at Home/EU level. In addition, a maintenance stipend will be paid in line with AHRC funding. Further information can be found here.

One award of £10,000 is available for one year only, jointly funded by the College and the Faculty of Theology and Religion. It can be awarded to any applicant for a postgraduate course offered jointly or solely by the Faculty of Theology and Religion, whether Home/EU or Overseas. The recipient will be identified by the Faculty Committee in the context of its ranking of candidates. The intention is to award it to the best candidate although, in the case of a number of equally good candidates being identified, the Committee may take into account whether they have applied to Keble. In any case, the holder would have to be a graduate at Keble (including through migration if necessary).

Faculty Funding for Continuing Students

Graduate students currently studying one of the Faculty’s courses who will be on the same course in 2021-22 i.e. MPhil students in their first year and DPhil students who wish to apply for financial assistance from the Faculty in 2021-22 should complete the Application form for Financial Assistance by Friday 5th March 2021. Applicants must also ask two referees to email an academic reference on their behalf to the Faculty’s Graduate Studies Administrator at, also by Friday 5th March 2021.

Criteria for the awards are:

  • Academic Excellence
  • Financial hardship due to a change in circumstances or, in the case of DPhils, overrunning the funded years of their course.


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In 2019/20 up to £8,000 will be available from this fund for students continuing in 2020/21.

In 2019/20 up to £7,000 will be available from this fund for students continuing in 2020/21.

Other Funding Sources

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Applications for awards (of up to a thousand pounds) from the Crewdson Trust are invited from Oxford students doing advanced degrees in Theology. The aims of the trust are to promote study and research in Christian theology relevant to the production of contemporary re-statements of the Christian faith or its application, and also to encourage research into the role of religion in eliminating violence and promoting peace. Further information can be found here.

These financial assistance awards are available primarily to applicants who have the intention of offering themselves for ordination in the Church of England or any church in communion therewith. Deadlines fall in November and April each year and will be advertised in advance. Further information can be found here.

Regent’s Park College is offering a postgraduate studentship worth up to £4000 for a student who is currently engaged in, or has been accepted for, postgraduate study at the University of Oxford.  Reflecting the distinguished contribution to scholarship of the late Professor Anderson (1955-2017), preference will be given to applicants in the fields of feminist philosophy or feminist philosophy of religion, or, failing that and as an absolute requirement, to a person working on philosophy of a kind that encourages the place of women in philosophy.  The studentship will be tenable for as long as the selection committee deems appropriate, subject to the condition that it shall not be tenable beyond the duration of the student’s postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford.  The holder of the scholarship is required to be, or to become, a member of Regent’s Park College, Oxford.

Further information can be found here.

A new resource on the Fees and Funding website is now available to help current graduates in their quest for funding. The 'Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding' is an independent guide written by two UK-based PhD students who have between them won over £45,000 in funding from the charity/voluntary sector. The Guide shows where to find charities, how to approach them, and how to complete strong applications in the correct manner. It contains model personal and financial statements, and over 100 links to voluntary sector funding sources. The Guide, which is a password protected pdf document, and instructions on how to obtain the password, are available here.