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Competition for scholarships and grants to study in the UK is extremely competitive and there are usually strict requirements. You should check carefully that you are eligible to apply for a particular scholarship before making an application, as most of the schemes are restricted to certain nationalities and/or courses. We also advise you to start looking for funding as soon as you have decided to apply to Oxford, if not before. Your potential supervisor may also be able to offer help and advice on funding your DPhil.

To be considered for funding for any of the Department of experimental psychology graduate courses, you must submit your University application(s) by the December 2022 deadline.

If you are made an offer then you will automatically be considered for funding from a number of sources including the Wellcome Trust, MRC, BBSRC, CR-UK, ESRC, British Heart Foundation, the Clarendon Fund, Oxford Colleges and numerous charitable sources. 

Medical Science Division Graduate School Studentship Competition 2023

The Department of Experimental Psychology can nominate suitable applicants for the Medical Sciences Graduate School Studentship Competition. 

Prospective students do not apply directly for the Medical Science Division Graduate School studentships; they are nominated by the department based on an evaluation during the graduate admissions process.

Applicants will be notified if you have been nominated for this funding when they receive an initial conditional offer.

BRC Psychological Therapies Theme STUDENTSHIPs 2023

Funded through the Oxford Health NIHR Biomedical Research Centre’s Psychological Therapies Theme, we are pleased to advertise two funded full-time DPhil studentships at the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford. The studentship is open to both home and overseas students and provides funding for three years at Home student fee levels from October 2023.

For more information on these studentships, please click here.


We are able to nominate eligible applicants for funding via the Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership. The two forms of funding available to us are:

ESRC +3 - This funding will cover 3 years of a DPhil study. Applicants will need to have fulfilled the majority of core training requirements as set down by the ESRC – see the ESRC postgraduate training and development guidelines for further information.

ESRC 1+3 - This covers funding for the one year MSc in Psychological Research followed by 3 years of DPhil in Experimental Psychology study. Strong DPhil candidates being considered for an ESRC studentship but without meeting the sufficient ESRC core training requirements may be offered this 1+3 award in order to complete the relevant Masters level training before starting the DPhil.

Additionally, applicants with appropriate research proposals will be considered for an AQM (Advanced Quantitative Methods) studentship.

In order to be considered for an ESRC studentship you will need to complete the scholarships section of the University's graduate application form and submit additional supporting material. The required form can be accessed via the Research Council Studentships page.  

The ESRC award funding packages depend on eligibility criteria that are explained on the Grand Union DTP website FAQ page.

We will notify you if you have been nominated for ESRC funding and formal notification, if your nomination is successful, will come from the Grand Union DTP at a later date. 


Funding for your graduate studies

The University is committed to providing a wide range of funding opportunities and, every year, there are hundreds of scholarships available to applicants for graduate study.

How to search for Potential Funding

The Funding Search will help to determine which scholarships, studentships or awards for which you may be eligible to apply.

If you are an international student, you should also contact the Ministry of Education or Education Department in your own country for information on national aid schemes, as well as your nearest British Council Office for advice on opportunities and funding for studying abroad. 

Applicants who have already succeeded in finding funding to come to Oxford should be aware that this does not automatically guarantee a place on our programmes of study. We will still assess your application along with all the other applications we receive.