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2011/ 2012 Clarendon Postgraduate Scholarship for International Students

Clarendon Scholarships are awarded to academically excellent postgraduate – Masters and PhD – students with the best proven and future potential. The Scholarships are highly competitive, with less than 10% of applicants selected for the scholarship. Applications are now being accepted for the 2011-2012 Clarendon Scholarship competition. Scholarships cover full tuition and college fees and a generous grant for living expenses, and are open to students starting a new course at University of Oxford.
In 2009-10, there were 298 Clarendon scholars at Oxford from 35 different nations.

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Scholarship Worth
All Clarendon Scholarships cover the full tuition and college fees and a generous grant for living expenses.
Scholars on a full-time course also receive an annual grant that is normally sufficient to cover the living expenses of a single student living in Oxford. The grant for living expenses in 2010 – 2011 was GBP£13,590.
Scholars on a part-time course also receive a pro-rata amount of the full-time grant for living expenses. Part-time Master’s scholars are offered 1/3 of the full-time grant per year for two years. Part-time DPhil scholars are offered 1/6 of the full-time grant per year for six years.

* Clarendon Scholarships are awarded on the basis of outstanding academic merit and potential to graduate students liable to pay the University of Oxford’s overseas fee rate.
* Scholarships are tenable in all subject areas and open to candidates who will be starting a new course.

Eligible Countries
Clarendon scholars come from all continents in the world: from the USA to Australia, Venezuela to Vietnam and from Norway to Nigeria! Applicants liable to pay the ‘overseas’ or international student fees rate at the University of Oxford are eligible.

Degree of study
All degree-bearing courses at graduate level are eligible.
This includes all full-time and part-time taught and research Master’s courses (MSt, MSc, BCL/MJur, MBA, MFE, MPhil, BPhil, MSc by Research, MTh) and all DPhil programmes. Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma courses are not eligible for this scholarship.

Method of Scholarship Selection
A distinguishing feature of Clarendon scholarships is that scholars are selected from the leaders in their field – that is, academic departments nominate whom they believe are the most deserving of their place at the University of Oxford based on their academic record and ability to contribute significantly to their field of study, both in the present and future. This feature ensures the best and brightest minds are selected as Clarendon scholars.

Selection Criteria
The Criteria for Scholarship Selection vary slightly depending on the subject area and whether applicants apply for a taught or research degree, but include:
* An excellent academic record is essential: A first class honours degree or its equivalent (a GPA score of at least 3.7 if the mark is out of 4) or an outstanding academic record at Master’s level is necessary.
* Other indicators of high academic achievement may include individual marks on student transcripts; evidence of previous university prizes or awards; information on your overall position within your cohort; and publications (if applicable).
* Aptitude for the proposed course of study: This may be assessed by reviewing academic references, the research proposal, demonstrated evidence of aptitude for research, and the likelihood the scholar will contribute significantly to their field of study.
* Student motivation: This is assessed through evidence of the applicant’s commitment to their proposed course, evaluated by the personal statement and referees’ reports.

Duration of Scholarship
Clarendon Scholarships are offered for the full period that you are liable to pay tuition fees to the University, which is usually the same as the length of your course. Scholarships are awarded for 2-year postgraduate degrees (MPhil/BPhil/MLitt) or 1-year degrees (MSc/MSt/MBA/MFE).
Scholarships are subject to an annual renewal process based on satisfactory academic progress.

Subject of Study
All subjects can be funded by a Clarendon Scholarship. There is no quota by subject or preference for any particular course type.

Application process
If you wish to apply for a Clarendon Scholarship for entry in 2011 – 2012, you must apply simultaneously with your application to the University of Oxford, by ticking the ‘Clarendon Fund’ box in the University of Oxford Scholarships section of the Application Form for Graduate Study.
You do not need to submit any additional documents specifically for the Clarendon Scholarships and there is no separate scholarship application form. The information that you provide with your application form for graduate study at Oxford will be used to assess your funding application.

Application Deadline
The closing date is the same as the January application deadline for submitting a graduate admissions application to the University
* 7 January 2011 for Medical Sciences and Philosophy;
* 14 January 2011 for Said Business School applicants;
* 21 January 2011 for all other subjects).

Contact Details
Clarendon Scholars’ Council
Email: [email protected]

Post: Graduate Admissions & Funding, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD, UK.
Phone: +44 (0)1865 280487
Email: [email protected]

For more details on admission into University of Oxford and how to apply visit www.clarendon.ox.ac.uk/about/whatisaclarendonscholarship

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