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University of Oxford Refugee Scholarship for Europe and sub-Saharan African Students 2021/2022


The Oxford Refugee Scholarships will be offered for students holding offers for one-year full-time master’s courses and two-year part-time master’s courses for 2021/22 academic year. These awards are funded by donations from students, colleges, external donors, and the central University.

Application Deadline:  January, 2021

Eligible Countries:

European countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Turkey, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine.

Sub-Saharan African countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Eligible candidates who are ordinarily resident in South Africa may also be considered.


In order to be eligible for the award applicants must:

1. Hold an offer to commence a master’s degree at the University of Oxford in 2021/22 academic year for a one-year (full-time)/ two-year (part-time) course.

2. Have been displaced within, or beyond, their home country due to conflict or violation of human rights, such as persecution. Eligible individuals include, but are not limited to, those who are:

a.  A refugee

b. An asylum seeker

c. An individual internally displaced within the borders of their own country

d. A stateless individual

e. An individual with discretionary/limited leave to remain in the UK

f. An individual with humanitarian protection status in the UK

g. An individual with long residency in the UK but who is unable to access UK government support

h. A dependent of any of the above in the UK

3. Face barriers to progressing their education and have limitations on the financial support for their university studies.

4. Have not previously completed a degree at the same level (master’s) for which they are making an application.

Duration of Scholarship: Awards are made for the full duration of your fee liability for the agreed course.

Value of the Award

Full time awards will cover course fees up to £40,000 and a grant for living costs (at least £15,285); part-time awards will cover course fees up to a total of £40,000 and a grant for living costs (at least £5,095). Partial awards may also be made.

Please note that it may be necessary to transfer successful applicants between colleges for the scholarship to be taken up.

How to Apply

There is no separate application for this scholarship. To  be considered for this scholarship, submit your application for graduate study by the relevant January deadline for your course. If you are eligible for this scholarship, you will be contacted by email in April 2021 and asked to submit an application for the scholarship. Only applicants who submit the scholarship application will be considered for the scholarship.

This scholarship is not open to applications from candidates who hold deferred offers to start in 2021-22.

Selection is expected to take place in May 2021.

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