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Ertegun Graduate Scholarships Program in the Humanities in Oxford University 2022/2023

Oxford University is extremely proud to be able to offer the Ertegun Graduate Scholarships Program in the Humanities. The university is at the lead of humanities research internationally, and attracts outstanding academics, researchers and students from across the world. Graduate students have the opportunity to undertake their studies and research in a restorative, challenging and highly rewarding intellectual environment. 

The Humanities Division offers taught research and graduate degrees in a wide range of subjects. Some of these subjects are quite new and many cross the boundaries of traditional disciplines. Others are areas of academic research that have long been recognized as of central significance, and they include some that few other universities are still able to support.

However, in every case, Ertegun Graduate Scholarships Program in the Humanities main objective is to sustain and to teach the highest standards of scholarship. These are highly competitive scholarships with over 1,500 candidates for around 15 awards each year, with an average 1.5% success rate for Masters candidates and 1.3% for Doctoral candidates.

Worth of Ertegun Graduate Scholarships Program in the Humanities

  • The Ertegun Graduate Scholarships Program in the Humanities cover course fees in full. Candidates also receive a generous annual grant for living costs (the rate for 2021-22 is £15,609), which is usually sufficient to cover the living costs of a single student living in Oxford.
  • Candidates also enjoy dedicated use of Ertegun House, which provides space for each student for writing and research, as well as opportunities to participate in social occasions, lively lectures, performances and other activities developed explicitly for the Scholars.
  • 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.
  • Please note that Ertegun Graduate Scholarships Program in the Humanities may not be held in conjunction with any other awards. Awards may only be offered for students starting a new graduate course.
  • Current graduate students are not qualified to apply for funding for a second or third year of their course.

Eligibility for Ertegun Graduate Scholarships Program in the Humanities

Eligibility for Ertegun Graduate Scholarships Program may be made by those in fields covered by the following Faculties:

  1. Classics (including classical archaeology);
  2. English Language and Literature;
  3. Fine Art (DPhil in Contemporary Art History and Theory only), History (including History of Art and the History of Architecture);
  4. Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics;
  5. Medieval and Modern Languages (covering most European languages and their literature);
  6. Music;
  7. Oriental Studies (including Far Eastern and Middle Eastern Studies, and the study of a wide range of languages);
  8. Philosophy;
  9. Theology and Religion; and the Film Aesthetics and Women’s Studies interdisciplinary courses.
  10. You must also meet the English language requirements.

How to Apply for Ertegun Graduate Scholarships Program in the Humanities

For more information on how to submit a graduate application, please see the Graduate Admissions website.

  • Candidates apply for the scholarship at the same time as he/she apply to Oxford by selecting ‘Ertegun Graduate Scholarships in the Humanities’ in the Funding Section of the University’s Graduate Application Form.
  • Each candidate must also complete a supporting statement (Word doc) and upload it as a pdf document together with his/her Graduate Application Form by the application deadline in order for his/her application to be complete.
  • The statement requires you to answer three questions (in no more than 500 words each) that relate to the aims and mission of the Ertegun Scholarship program. The Selection Committee will also consider your supporting statement in conjunction with your course application. Please check that you have uploaded your supporting statement as your Ertegun scholarship application cannot be reviewed without it.

Selection Process for Ertegun Graduate Scholarships in the Humanities

  • Ertegun applicants are selected in a highly competitive process by an Ertegun Scholarships Selection Committee which is made up of the Head of Oxford’s Humanities Division and one representative from each of the eligible faculties, acting in consultation with the Board of Ertegun Overseers.
  • Shortlisted candidates will firstly be identified by faculties, before being nominated to the Selection Committee for its consideration. As part of that main process, they will be interviewed by a Faculty representative (usually via videoconference or telephone).  The interview will also provide them with an opportunity to expand on the topics covered in their supporting statement.
  • All successful applicants will be notified by email. If you do not hear from us, then your application to this scheme has been unsuccessful. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we regret that we are unable to contact unsuccessful applicants individually or provide feedback on applications.

Application Deadline for Ertegun Graduate Scholarships in the Humanities

The online application form for October 2022 is currently ongoing with a 7 January 2022 (noon) deadline. However, some courses managed by the Social Sciences Division are also qualified. These have a later deadline of 21 January 2022. Please refer to the Graduate Admissions website for the most up to date information about deadlines.

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