The St Antony's DAC Scholarship

The St Antony's DAC Scholarship

A new initiative at St Antony's to support students from the Global South



At the very end of the 2022 admissions round, we discovered that 16 students who had undertaken their first degrees at a university in a Development Assistance Country (DAC) - as defined by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development - had been offered places on one-year (MSc) Master’s courses at the College. They were, however, unable to take up those places due to a lack of funding.


A door that those students had, against the odds, opened by their own merit, had been closed - for purely financial reasons - before they could go through it.

We know that this is not the first year that this has happened and we know that it also applies to students doing two-year (MPhil) and even doctoral (DPhil) programmes, but it is the first time we have actively collected data to show the scale of the problem. This is thanks to an initiative led by three previous student GCR executives. They spotlighted the need for the College to tackle this issue if it was genuinely going to state that it takes the best students from across the world, regardless of their financial situation.

St Antony’s DAC Scholarship

We are delighted that the Governing Body has made it a priority for the College to raise money for those students who did their undergraduate degree in a DAC country. To show its commitment to the Scholarship, it has ring-fenced the income from a recently received unrestricted endowment of £1.3 million to fund students on the scheme for at least the next ten years.

We are proud to announce that it was able to use those funds to offer its first scholarship to Samira Mohammed Ibn Moro, a student from Ghana who will study for an MSc in African Studies.

Samira writes:

The DAC scholarship is the brightest light at the beginning of my Oxford journey. Being the first-ever recipient is overwhelming and inspiring at the same time. I am grateful to the sponsors of the scholarship and St. Antony’s College for such a life-altering opportunity.

We want the DAC Scholarship to be available to all graduate students (MSc, MPhil, or DPhil) who have the ambition to apply to Oxford and St Antony’s and the extraordinary talent to get accepted at a time when there are over six eligible applicants for each graduate place.

We appeal to the St Antony’s community, many of whom were supported in their own studies by others, to help guarantee that such students never again face such an unfair end to their dreams as happened this summer.

As the GCR wrote to Governing Body: 

Our community will be the better for it.

The DAC Scholarship is the number one funding priority of St Antony’s. Our goal is that the scholarship will cover Living Costs (£21,060 for 12 months in 2022/23 as calculated by the University) and Fees up to a value of £30,330 (set by Departments and Faculties) with a maximum value of £51,395. It will be available for any degree or course (except for the MBA and MPP) offered at St Antony’s. Our ambition is to raise £3 million within three years and create a permanent endowment from which the DAC scholarship will be offered.

Gifts can be made through the website of the University of Oxford.

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.  For more information, please follow this link

St Antony's College is a registered charity (number 1141293).