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Oppenheimer Fund Scholarships for South Africans




Harry Frederick Oppenheimer was a noted South African businessman, philanthropist, and opponent of apartheid. In 1993 he endowed the Oppenheimer Fund at Oxford University. The Fund promotes links between the University of Oxford and South African Universities. It does this by supporting academic exchanges between Oxford University and South Africa, and assisting students ordinarily resident in South Africa wishing to pursue postgraduate study at Oxford University.


Eligibility Requirements


The Oppenheimer Fund Scholarships are open to applicants who are ordinarily resident in South Africa applying to start any new degree bearing course, with the exception of PGCert and PGDip courses, at the University of Oxford.  Applicants should be intending to return to South Africa following their studies.


To be eligible for an Oppenheimer Fund scholarship, applicants must have the following:


  1. Be granted a place on a postgraduate programme in any discipline at the University of Oxford.
  2. Be a national or permanent resident of South Africa.
  3. Be studying a postgraduate degree programme. Candidates intending to study in a postgraduate certificate or diploma programme are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.
  4. Be fluent in the English language.  Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate aptitude in the English language and will require an English language qualification (IELTS, TOEFL).
  5. Candidates should intend to return to South Africa after the completion of their course.


Value of the Award


A grant to support fees and living costs (up to £6,500 in 2012).


Awards are usually made for the full duration of a student’s fee liability for the agreed course.  If your scholarship is offered for a course lasting more than one year, the continuation of your scholarship each year is subject to an annual renewal process based on satisfactory academic progress.


Application Information


Apply at the same time as you apply to Oxford University by selecting “Oppenheimer Fund Scholarships” in the Funding Section of the University’s Graduate Application Form.


In order to be considered for this scholarship, you must submit your application for postgraduate study by the relevant January deadline, and you must have secured a place on your chosen programme of study by the expected final decision date (normally mid- March). 


NB: Applications with an outstanding admissions decision after this date, or applications which are re-evaluated against the later March deadline field are not eligible for scholarship consideration.


Application Information


Applications for grants from the Fund should include:


  1. A statement of the purpose of the proposed visit. This should give an outline of the research to be carried out during the visit and should be summarised in terms accessible to a layperson.
  2. Duration and estimated costs, including details of any other available sources of funding.
  3. A curriculum vitae.
  4. A letter of support from the institution in South Africa you will be visiting, or a letter of support from your host in Oxford as appropriate.


NB: Examples of curricula vitae and letters of recommendation are available here.


The Oppenheimer Fund accepts applications twice a year. (Normally mid –March and early November).


Applications and any enquiries about the Fund should be sent to:

Annette Miller, Graduate Admissions and Funding, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD;


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