DAC Scholarship

Supporting students from the Global South

In 2023, 73 students from Development Assistance Countries (DAC) who had been offered a place at St Antony’s had to withdraw due to lack of funding.

The door that those students had opened by their own merit had been closed for purely financial reasons. This is why we created the DAC Scholarship – so we can take the best students from across the world, regardless of their financial situation.

How can you help?

Endowment of a DAC Scholarship

The University of Oxford recognises the vital importance of the St Antony’s College DAC Scholarship and has offered a matched funding opportunity. If St Antony’s secures £1,000,000 in donations before mid-September, the University will provide a 50% match of £500,000. This will create one fully-funded DAC Scholarship at St Antony’s College in perpetuity.

Thanks to the inspiring generosity of the 1990s Antonian cohort, we have already raised £600,000.

We now invite the entire Antonian community, no matter your location or graduation year, to help us reach our goal. Any donation will be part of a life-changing opportunity for potential students.

DAC Scholarship Spend-Down Fund

The College’s Governing Body has made it a priority for the College to raise money for the DAC Scholarship. To show its commitment to the Scholarship, it has ring-fenced the income from a recent unrestricted endowment of £1.3 million to fund students on the scheme for at least the next ten years.

The annual income from this endowment is used to form partnerships with external funders and allows us to offer full DAC Scholarships. These cover academic fees, living costs and accommodation to help exceptional students to fulfil their potential.

Antonians are invited to support this effort: by donating you can help increase the annual expendable amount available for DAC Scholarships.

Supporting the DAC Scholarship

There are different ways to give. You could give a personal donation, or group together with other Antonians to provide a collectively-endowed gift. Feel free to get in touch with the Development Team at alumni.office@sant.ox.ac.uk to discuss how you would like to give.

There are a number of naming options available for Antonians and groups of Antonians who support the DAC scholarship:

Antonians are welcome to dedicate a table, room or flat after a year, person, city, themselves, or anything else that seems appropriate. Find out more about the College’s donor recognition programme here.

How to make a gift

All gifts can made over a period of time (typically of up to three years), and your gift can often be enhanced by a variety of tax breaks for charitable action.

Our donors from Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Switzerland, can make tax-efficient donations. 

Meet the current DAC Scholars

Samira Ibn Moro, DAC Scholar 2022

Read Samira’s story

Debayan Das, DAC Scholar 2023

Read Debayan’s story