Oxford-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholarship and Leadership Programme

The Oxford-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholarship and Leadership Program support exceptional students from transition and developing countries in Africa, Asia, and South America in pursuing graduate degrees at Oxford University. 

The Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust helps students who want to return to their home country or region and make a difference in their field. The scholarships fund a limited number of courses chosen to support scholars who want to help their home country develop or strengthen civil society.

Furthermore, the University of Oxford is one of the top universities in the world. It is ranked #1 top 10 universities in the UK and ranked #5 globally in QS Global World Rankings 2021 by the Top Universities QS World University Rankings 2021.

Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Program is available to undertake bachelor and masters level programs at the University of Oxford. Below are the subjects covered by the scholarship:

  • BCL Bachelor of Civil Law
  • MBA Master of Business Administration
  • MJur Magister Juris
  • MPP Master of Public Administration and Policy
  • MSc African Studies
  • MSc Biodiversity, Conservation and Management
  • MSc Comparative Social Policy
  • MSc Computer Science
  • MSc Contemporary Chinese Studies
  • MSt Diplomatic Studies
  • MSc Economics for Development
  • MSc Education (Comparative and International Education)
  • MSc Education (Higher Education)
  • MSc Environmental Change and Management
  • MSc Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation
  • MSc Financial Economics
  • MSc Global Governance and Diplomacy
  • MSc Global Health Science
  • MSc International Health and Tropical Medicine
  • MSt Islamic Studies and History
  • MSt Jewish Studies
  • MSt Korean Studies
  • MSc Latin American Studies
  • MSc Law and Finance
  • MSc Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing
  • MSc Migration Studies
  • MSc Modern Middle Eastern Studies
  • MSc Modern South Asian Studies
  • MSc Nature, Society and Environmental Governance
  • MSc Refugee and Forced Migration Studies
  • MSc Social Science of the Internet
  • MSc Water Science, Policy and Management

Benefits of the Oxford Scholarship Program

The scholarship will cover 100% of University and college fees and a grant for living costs (of at least £14,777). Awards are made for the full duration of your fee liability for the agreed course.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must pursue an eligible bachelor’s or master’s program at the University of Oxford to apply for Oxford Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholarships. Besides that, applicants must meet the eligibility requirements listed below:

  • The applicants should be residents of the eligible country list.
  • The applicants should intend to return to their home country after their course is completed.
  • Students currently at Oxford are not eligible to apply unless they are already Weidenfeld-Hoffmann scholars.
  • The applicants should have an offer of a place on their course to be considered for the scholarship.
  • The successful candidates should prove that they are committed to serving the global community including the agricultural industry, politics, law, food security, economic, public and foreign policy, health care, development areas, environmental and water management, and sustainable agriculture.
  • Applicants should be able to demonstrate a connection between the subject of study and their longer-term career objectives, explaining how they see their professional work contributing to the improvement of public life in their country of origin or at a wider regional or international level.
  • The applicants are assessed based on the connection between their subject of study and their career objectives.
  • The master course applicants will be given preference.
  • The DPhil candidates should show how their DPhil studies will benefit their career in leadership.

This scholarship is not open to applications from candidates who hold deferred offers to start in 2020-21.

How to Apply

To apply for the scholarship program, eligible candidates may go to their University of Oxford Scholarships section and look for Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme. Applicants must submit their admission applications prior to the program’s January deadline.

Candidates for the Oxford Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholarships must provide a statement in addition to selecting the scholarship in their graduate admission application.

The guidelines for the scholarship statement are mentioned below:

  • Complete the application form for the choice of the graduate programs along with the following information:
    • Personal information
    • Choice of graduate program and preference of multi-disciplinary college at the University of Oxford.
    • Information regarding the previously attended Universities including location, degrees, and results.
    • Professional work experience of two recent jobs with details regarding main responsibilities.
    • Details of any other Oxford or non-Oxford scholarship that the applicant has applied for.
  • Applicants will have to provide answers to the following four questions in maximum 200 words per question:
    • Why do you want to participate in the Weidenfeld Hoffmann Trust Leadership Program? What value do you see in our Moral Philosophy Program and Enterprise challenge?
    • How can one individual make a difference?
    • Have you ever mobilized a group to achieve a common goal? How?
    • What is the challenge facing your country that you want to help resolve?

Students are required to complete and submit the Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholarship Statement before their course deadline.

Selection of the recipients for the Oxford Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholarship will be done on the basis of the assessment of their application form, the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarship questionnaire, and the interview.

  • Any shortlisted candidate will have to participate in an interview conducted on Skype in the month of April/May.
  • Final decisions can be expected by the end of May 2022.
  • Only selected candidates will be notified about the outcome of the scholarships.

Eligible Nationalities:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, China Tibet, China, Hong Kong SAR, China, Macau SAR, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Dem. Rep. (Kinshasa), Congo, Rep. (Brazzaville), Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Guiana, Gabon, Gambia, The, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea (North), Korea (South), Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao PDR, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia , Libya, Lithuania, FYR Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar (Burma), Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Samoa, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Taiwan (Republic of China), Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste (East Timor), Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Western Sahara, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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