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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, you must submit your University application(s) for the programme(s) you wish to be considered for, by the early January 2019 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 2019

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.


We are able to nominate eligible DPhil 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 2015 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. 

The Oxford-Calleva Scholarship 2019

One scholarship place for the DPhil in Experimental Psychology working with Prof Lucy Bowes on the Changing Lives project. The scholarship is linked to Magdalen College. For more information on the scholarship and research project please visit Magdalen College website.


The Department of Experimental Psychology has one scholarship place for the DPhil in Experimental Psychology working with Prof Gaia Scerif and Dr Karla Holmboe. The project is Optimisation of co-registered functional near-infrared spectroscopy and electroencephalogram measurement of early childhood neurocognitive development. For more information on the project, the funding and how to apply please visit the Medical Sciences Division website. 

WIN Studentships 2019

The WIN Centre is excited to announce fully-funded WIN studentships for a three year DPhil which can be hosted in the Department of Experimental Psychology. These studentships are associated with St Edmund Hall.

These studentships are available to students with a WIN PI (based at a host department) as their primary supervisor. Potential students must apply through the normal departmental route (deadline January 2019). Students and supervisors must meet all standard Departmental and University eligibility requirements. Entry to the WIN funding competition will be conditional on a departmental offer from a host department. In addition to the departmental evaluation process, the applications will be evaluated on the basis of fit with the WIN themes.

Applicants will have first degrees in relevant disciplines such as psychology, engineering, statistics, neuroscience, computer science, or similar.

The competition is open to home and EU students. 

To be considered for this studentship, please submit an application for admission to the DPhil in Experimental Psychology. On the application form, in the section headed ‘Departmental Studentship Applications’, you must indicate that you are applying for a studentship and enter the reference code for this studentship "19EXPSYWIN01WEB".

You may list St Edmund Hall as your first choice college on your application if you wish, but this is not required. If you do select St Edmund Hall and your application for a WIN studentship is successful, you will be given a place at St Edmund Hall. 

If you have any questions, please email

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, students 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.