All applicants should visit the University’s Fees and Funding website at which includes a tool to search for funding based on your chosen course and your nationality/country of residence.

The fees and funding team provide information and advice to prospective and current students and also manage a number of Oxford and national scholarships. They also provide advice on fee status, fee liability, hardship applications and US loan applications. Although the information on their web pages is aimed primarily at full-time students they are very happy to provide individual advice for applicants to part-time programmes.

Please note: Departmental scholarships / studentships offered by the Law Faculty are unfortunately not open to students applying for the MSt in International Human Rights Law.

University-wide scholarships

Student Funding Services administers a number of national and Oxford scholarships for students on behalf of the University. Only certain schemes are open to part-time students but we recommend that you check your eligibility by using the funding search tool. If you are eligible for any of the schemes and wish to apply, please check  the application instructions carefully (some require you to do nothing, some require you to tick a box on the application form and others require a separate/additional application). Please note that you may only apply for these scholarships if you submit a complete application in time for assessment by Application Deadline 2 and you must indicate your interest in these scholarships at the time of application (i.e. it is not possible to apply for them after you have submitted your application for the course). In particular, you may wish to check your eligibility for the following:

The Clarendon Fund: offers 100 full scholarships every year to graduate students at the University of Oxford. Graduate applicants of any nationality applying for 2014-15 entry will be eligible for this prestigious scholarship funding. Awards are made on the basis of academic excellence and potential across all degree-bearing subjects at graduate level. They cover tuition and college fees as well as a generous grant for living expenses. For futher information, visit the Clarendon website.

The Oxford Graduate Scholarships: offers over 100 new Oxford Graduate Scholarships, supported by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and other donors, for UK and EU postgraduate students who start their course at Oxford in 2014-15. You will need either to qualify for UK or EU fee status or be ordinarily resident in the UK or EU and have been offered a place on an eligible course (of which the Master’s in International Human Rights Law is one). The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of your financial circumstances and socio-economic data, and academic merit as assessed through the admissions process. Full awards for two-year, part-time courses will cover 100% of university and college fees and a grant towards living costs. Partial awards may also be awarded depending on an individual’s circumstances. For futher information, visit the Oxford Graduate Scholarships website.

Oxford Kobe Scholarships: offers two scholarships every year to graduate students at the University of Oxford. The Scholarships are open to Japanese nationals but applicants should not be intending to exercise in Great Britain the skills which may be obtained as a result of the Scholarship. The Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and cover tuition and college fees, as well as a grant for living expenses and flights.

Saïd Foundation Oxford Scholarships: offers two scholarships every year to graduate students from the Middle East. The scholarships are open to Jordanians, Lebanese, Palestinians and Syrians resident in the Saïd Foundation’s target countries (please refer to the Foundation’s website). Applicants must be able to demonstrate their commitment to the future development of the region and should be intending to return to one of the Foundation’s target countries after their studies. The scholarships cover tuition and college fees, as well as a grant for living expenses. Please note that as well as selecting Saïd Foundation Oxford Scholarships in the Funding section of the University’s graduate application form you also need to complete the Foundation’s onine application form in order to be considered for these scholarships.

College scholarships

Blackfriars Hall Las Casas Service Learning and Social Justice scholarships: offers scholarships to graduates in the social sciences. If you are eligible for these scholarships and would like to apply, you will need to list Blackfriars as your choice of college on the application form.

International Human Rights Law scholarships

Brunsfield Oxford ASEAN Human Rights Scholarship

The Brunsfield Foundation in Kuala Lumpur have generously agreed to fund one full scholarship for a candidate from an ASEAN country to study on the MSt in International Human Rights Law, starting September 2014. Full details, including eligibility criteria, are available in this Scholarship Guidance Notes.

Commonwealth Scholarships

In 2012 and 2013, the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission of the United Kingdom provided funding to enable five human rights advocates from developing African Commonwealth countries to undertake this Master’s course. For the course starting in September 2014, we are very pleased to report that the scheme will be continued and, in addition, will be extended to candidates from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The closing date for applications is 23 April 2014. For further information, please visit the Commonwealth Scholarships page of our website.

We are hopeful that funding provided by Commonwealth Commission so far will be continued in 2015. Therefore, if you are unable to submit a completed application by this year’s deadline (23 April 2014), you may wish to consider applying in September 2014 for studies commencing September 2015. In this case, your application will automatically be considered for these scholarships, in the event that funding is secured again. You will also automatically be considered for all other University scholarships for which you are eligible. If you would like to be notified of the opening of applications in September 2014 for the start of study in September 2015, please email entering ‘IHRL MST’ in the subject line and we will add you to the mailing list.

International Human Rights Law Scholarship Fund

The Department for Continuing Education has a small scholarship fund which varies from year to year to support students applying for the MSt in International Human Rights Law. These funds are used by the Admissions Committee to assist one or more outstanding human rights advocates to attend the course based on the applicant’s academic record and evidence of commitment to the furtherance of human rights. The awards are likely to be partial scholarships (i.e. they will not cover full fees). There is no special application for this award; all candidates accepted by the Department who meet the criteria for the award are considered. Decisions will be made after the final admissions round and successful applicants will be informed of the outcome by 31 March 2014. If you have not heard from us by this date, then your application for an award from this fund 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.

Santander Human Rights Scholarships

Banco Santander S.A are generously providing three Scholarship awards each of £10,000 to be allocated per annum towards tuition fees for students admitted to the MSt in International Human Rights Law, starting September 2014. Ideally candidates should be ordinarily resident in the countries within the Santander scheme* and Banco Santander S.A. shall support the scholarships by raising awareness of such awards throughout its network. Applicants will be selected on the basis of academic merit and evidence of commitment to the furtherance of human rights.

*Santander Network countries are:  Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Mexico, Peru, Portugal,  Puerto Rico,  Russia, Singapore, Spain, Uruguay, Venezuela, UK, USA.

Full details about this scheme, including eligibility criteria, are available in this Santander Guidance Note. 

Student Loans

International students are encouraged to contact the Ministry of Education or Education Department in their own country for information on national aid schemes. In some countries, students are able to apply for a student loan from the Department of Education. For US students the course is eligible for a private loan but not a federal loan and applications should be submitted via the US Loans office at the University.