The African Studies Centre, University of Oxford, and Waverley Fund are offering a joint scholarship to one African doctoral student starting at the University in October 2013.
The Waverley Fund was established in 2001. It aims to assist academically excellent students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have shown the potential to make a significant contribution in their future careers.
The scholarship has been suspended until 2016/2017 session
Worth of Scholarships

  • The scholarship will cover all university and college fees for the full duration of the student’s fee liability for the agreed course.
  • The scholarship will also include a grant for living expenses (exact amount to be confirmed) which should be sufficient to cover the cost of accommodation, food, utility bills and general living costs.
  • Overseas students are encouraged to apply for supplementary funds such as the Clarendon Fund, or other sources both in their home countries and in Oxford.


  • It will be awarded on the basis of outstanding academic merit
  • The scholarship is open to applicants who ordinarily reside in sub-Saharan Africa and intend on returning to their home country at the end of their studies.
  • Students must be registered in one of the following disciplines: International Development, Politics, History and Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford.
  • The continuation of the scholarship each year is subject to an annual renewal process based on satisfactory academic progress.

How to Apply


Note: In order to be considered for this scholarship, you must have secured a place on your chosen programme of study by the expected final decision date (March each year).  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.
Deadline: Usually around January 10th or 20th each year.
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