The University of Oxford in conjunction with the Weidenfeld Scholarships and Leadership Programme is accepting applications from prospective international students  for the 2014/2015 Oxford-Weidenfeld-Roland Berger Graduate scholarship for students from developing countries.
The Weidenfeld-Roland Berger Scholarship and Leadership Programme supports five postgraduate students per annum with the objective of promoting human rights and human dignity across a range of fields. The Scheme targets exceptional individuals from the transition and emerging economies of Europe’s wider neighbourhood including Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Russia, and Central Asia, as well as North Africa and the Middle East.
The Leadership Programme includes:

  • An annual Leadership and Public Policy Seminar including moderated discussions and workshops on political philosophy and leadership development;
  • Practical skills training in presentation, exam-writing and interviewing techniques;
  • A London Leadership Forum at the end of the academic year;
  • Engagement in the Institute for Strategic Dialogue’s projects and conferences;
  • Organisation of an annual Weidenfeld Debate; and
  • Numerous networking opportunities throughout the year.

Worth of Awards

  • 100% of university and college fees and a grant for living costs (rate to be confirmed).
  •  Awards are made for the full duration of a student’s fee liability for the agreed course


  • The scholarship is open to candidates studying for all full-time graduate degree courses, with the exception of PGCert and PGDip courses.
  • Eligible candidates must have an undergraduate degree and be ordinarily resident in one of the following countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, FYR Macedonia, Georgia, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Mongolia, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Authority, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Western Sahara, Yemen.
  • Prospective candidates should be intending to return to their country of ordinary residence once their course is completed.

Candidates for the Weidenfeld-Roland Berger Scholarship and Leadership Programme will need to satisfy at least one of the following criteria:

  • A strong interest in human rights and human dignity, which they can demonstrate either through their academic work, their extra-curricular activities or their planned professional careers;
  • An interest in exploring social and economic models which would support the promotion of human rights and human dignity.
  • Furthermore, applicants should be able to demonstrate a connection between their subject of study and their longer-term career objectives, explaining in some detail how they see their professional work contributing to the improvement of public life in their countries of origin or at a wider regional or international level.
  • the scholarship may not be held in conjunction with any other awards.
  • Students currently at Oxford are not eligible to apply unless they are already Weidenfeld Scholars. Part-time courses are not eligible for the Weidenfeld – Roland Berger Scholarship and Leadership Programme.

How to Apply

  • Applicants are to apply at the same time as they apply for their course at Oxford by using the University’s online application system.
  • In the Funding Section of the University’s Graduate Application Form, they are to select  Weidenfeld – Roland Berger Scholarship and Leadership Programme. Applications sent to ISD directly cannot be considered.
  • Applicants must also complete a Weidenfeld Scholarship Questionnaire and upload it together with their graduate application form by the deadline, in order for their application to be complete.

Deadline: Application closes on  January 10, 2014 for Medical Sciences, Philosophy, Politics & International Relations and Computer Science; 24 January 2014 for all other subjects).
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to participate in an interview in late April 2014.
Click here for details and to apply online