DPIR commits £900k to graduate funding for this year’s applicants


For the second year running, the department is pledging £900,000 to graduate students.

This means that there will be £250,000 more DPIR funding (compared to 2020) that prospective MSc, MPhil and DPhil students applying to join the department in 2022 may be considered for, in addition to the usual University and Research Council funding possibilities.

Nick Owen co-Head of Department, said: “We want the best students from around the world to come and study with us at DPIR, whatever their financial means. Providing more funding for this year's intake is a great way to make that happen.”

During the graduate admissions process, each successful application is considered for all sources of funding for which the candidate is eligible. This may be from Oxford University, Research Councils or DPIR’s own funding.

The department receives an extremely large number of applications each year and competition for places and funding is high. However, while funding is competitive, the University of Oxford offers considerable financial support to some applicants. For example, for the 2020-21 academic year, just over 47% of the University of Oxford’s new graduate students received full or partial funding from the University or other funders.

To ensure the best chance of success, prospective students are strongly encouraged to read all the information available on the University of Oxford’s Graduate Admissions webpages before applying, especially the information regarding:

The deadline for this year’s graduate taught courses and research DPhil (PhD) programmes is 7 January 2022.


"I am immensely grateful to the DPIR for awarding me the studentship. Financially supporting one's doctoral studies can be difficult. The studentship allows me to fully focus on my research."
DPIR funding recipient, DPhil in Political Theory, 2021