Scholarships - your impact

St Antony's DAC Scholarship

Last year, the College launched a campaign to raise funds for a scholarship to support students who did their first degree in a Development Assisted Country (DAC) as defined by the OECD and are accepted to do a degree at Oxford, but who cannot come due to financial constraints. To make sure that St Antony’s takes the best students from across the world, regardless of their financial situation, the College’s Governing Body made the DAC Scholarship our funding priority. 

Thanks to the support of the worldwide community of Antonians, and other funders such as the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust, we are already able to support five students who did their first degrees in DAC countries and won places on graduate courses in Oxford but who would not otherwise be able to take up those places.

Partnership with the Weidenfeld-Hoffman Trust

The Weidenfeld-Hoffman Trust (WHT) and St Antony’s College have agreed to a five-year partnership that will support three students each year who did their first degree in a Development Assisted Country with a full scholarship: the WHT DAC Scholarship.

The Weidenfeld-Hoffman Scholarships and Leadership Programme cultivates the leaders of tomorrow by providing graduates and professionals from developing and emerging economies with the opportunity to pursue fully funded master's courses. St Antony’s contributes to the partnership by funding the Scholars’ Leadership Programme through its DAC Scholarship Fund.

The tailor-made Leadership Programme for the WHT DAC Scholars focuses on skills needed to become leaders in their chosen fields in their home countries and on a global scale. This unique programme is made up of three key strands: ethical leadership (moral philosophy seminar series), business skills, and communication training.

The partnership very much aligns with the strategic objectives of the WHT to support the young leaders from emerging countries who are passionate about social change in their home countries and the College’s aim to address under-representation and help improve equality, diversity, and inclusion in its graduate student body by awarding scholarships to students who have undertaken their first degrees at a university in a Development Assistance Country.

Partnerships with departments within the University of Oxford

Together with the Faculty of Economics and the Oxford Department of International Development, two DAC Scholarships are offered.

The St Antony’s DAC African Economics Scholarship is open to an incoming graduate student applying for an MPhil in Economics who has completed their undergraduate degree in an African country that receives official development assistance.

The Angelines DAC ODID Scholarship is open to an incoming graduate student applying for a degree offered by the Oxford Department of International Development who has completed their undergraduate degree in a Latin American country that receives development assistance.

DAC Scholarship Campaign

Offering the DAC Scholarship and forming partnerships with external funders and departments within the University would not be possible without the support of the worldwide community of Antonians.

The University of Oxford is keen for St Antony’s to offer the DAC Scholarship. It has offered to contribute £0.5 million if the College can raise £1 million towards the endowment of the 90s DAC Scholarship. Thanks to the generosity of those who attended the 90s Gaudy in September, we are already halfway to that target.

If you would be interested in supporting this endowment or the general DAC Scholarship fund, whether large or small, please contact the Development Office or check all the relevant details by following this link.

Gifts can be made through the website of the University of Oxford. Our donors from Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Switzerland, can make tax-efficient donations; please follow the respective links.

Partnerships with Clarendon and UKRI

Through the Warden’s Scholarship Fund, the College is grateful it has been able to partner with the Clarendon Fund to offer a fully funded scholarship in any course that is accepted by the College. In Partnership with UK Research and Innovation, we are also able to offer a full UKRI Scholarship.

Frankco Harris (DPhil Criminology) is currently a recipient of the Warden's scholarship. His story to Oxford has been anything but ordinary. It has been a path marked by numerous challenges, setbacks, and unwavering resilience. You can read an interview with Frankco here.

Scholarships for students from Japan, mainland China, Hong Kong SAR and Kenya

St Antony’s has a long-standing relationship with the Swire Charitable Trust and is delighted it can continue offering the Swire Scholarships to students from Japan, mainland China, or Hong Kong SAR. And, the Swire / Oxford & Cambridge Society of Kenya Scholarship is open to a Kenyan student.

Current DAC Scholars

In the academic year 2022/23, we welcomed our first ever St Antony's DAC Scholarship recipient, Samira Mohammed Ibn Moro who studied for an MSc in African Studies. And this year, we are delighted to introduce you to Debayan Das. You can read an interview with him by following this link. We were also pleased to award jointly with ODID a DAC Scholarship for this academic year.

Thank you

Graduate study at Oxford is costly and the financial pressures on students are high. St Antony’s aims to create scholarships for the brightest and most capable students so that we can admit graduate students from all backgrounds with outstanding academic potential. Each year some of the best students are unable to attend due to a lack of funding. To make sure that those who have been offered a place at St Antony’s are able to come, it is a core objective of the College to offer fully funded scholarships and to open Oxford’s doors to the very brightest without financial constraints.

To everyone who is supporting our students - thank you for being so generous.