Oxford Scholarships for Developing Countries


The Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme cultivates the leaders of tomorrow by providing outstanding university graduates and professionals from developing and emerging economies with the opportunity to pursue fully-funded graduate studies at the University of Oxford, combined with a comprehensive programme of leadership development, long-term mentoring and networking.

The Oxford-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme is part of the Oxford Graduate Scholarships. The University contributes 40 percent of the funds for these scholarships, together with 60 percent from generous donations provided by supporters of the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust, including Fondation Hoffmann. Fondation Hoffmann is a Swiss-based grant-making institution supporting the emergence and expansion of concrete projects which address global problems in today’s societies.

The Leadership Programme is a unique part of these scholarships; more information about this can be found on the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust website

The scholarship will cover 100 percent of the course fees and a grant for living costs (of at least £17,668). Awards are made for the full duration of your fee liability for the agreed course.

A list of more than 30 eligible master’s degree courses can be found on this link.

Deadline: Apply by the relevant December or January deadline for your course, for 2023-24 entry. See the relevant course page for the deadline applicable to your course.


Residents of all Arab countries are eligible to apply.

You should be intending to return to your country of ordinary residence once your course is completed. Students currently at Oxford are not eligible to apply unless they are already Weidenfeld-Hoffmann scholars. 

You should be able to demonstrate a connection between your subject of study and your longer-term career objectives, explaining how you see your professional work contributing to the improvement of public life in your country of origin or at a wider regional or international level.

The above qualities will be assessed during the selection process, including using your graduate application form, your Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships Questionnaire and (if relevant) your interview. For further details, please see the graduate admissions Application Guide.

This scholarship is not open to applications from candidates who hold deferred offers to start in 2023-24.

How to apply: 

In order to be considered for this scholarship, you must select the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme in the University of Oxford Scholarships section of the university’s graduate application form and submit your application for graduate study by the relevant December or January deadline for your course. 

You must also complete a Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships Statement and upload it, together with your graduate application form, by the deadline. Download the scholarships statement form at this link.

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