These scholarships were established in the spirit of post-World War II reconciliation and are named after Captain Michael Wills MC, a former student at Magdalen College who was killed in action in Tunisia in 1943. Michael Wills was a cousin and close friend of the 2nd Lord Dulverton, and it is the Dulverton Trust that generously funds these scholarships.
The Dulverton Trust is an independent charitable grant-making organisation established by Deed in 1949 by the 1st Lord Dulverton. The Dulverton Trust also funds Dulverton Scholarships at the University of Oxford, which will next be offered for entry in 2012-13.
In 2011-12, the Michael Wills Scholarships are being co-funded and run in conjunction with the Oxford Department of International Development.


Candidates should be applying to start a new graduate course at Oxford in one of the following courses: MPhil in Development Studies, MSc in Refugee & Forced Migration Studies, MSc in Migration Studies or the MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy.
Whilst there are no fixed nationality restrictions, preference will be given to candidates who come from a country that has experienced conflict.
Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of outstanding academic merit. Financial need may also be taken into consideration.
Please ensure you meet the requirements for entry to your course, including English language requirements. See the Course Guide for more information.

Worth of Scholarships

100% of university and college fees, and a grant for living expenses (the rate in 2010-11 was £11,700).
Awards are 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 for the second year is subject to an annual renewal process based on satisfactory academic progress.


How to Apply

Apply at the same time as you apply to Oxford. Candidates should apply by Application Deadline 2, which for the eligible courses is 21 January 2011.

How will I know if I have been successful?

The two Michael Wills Scholarships in conjunction with the Department of International Development have been made and the successful candidates have accepted the awards. If you have not heard from us by the time this notice is posted, then your application to this scheme has been unsuccessful. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to contact unsuccessful applicants individually or provide feedback on applications
The Scholarship website is here.