Oxford Australia Scholarships Funds

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The Oxford Australia Scholarships Funds support approximately five scholarships each year for talented Australian graduates to study at The University of Oxford. The Oxford Australia Fund was initiated to endow scholarships each year for academically outstanding Australian graduates to go to The University of Oxford for study and research. The first scholarships were established at The Australian National University in connection with the Campaign for Oxford 1993, with donations from Australian Oxford alumni and a large benefaction from the late Mr James Fairfax AC. The first scholarship was awarded in 1998.

Scholarship selection is made on academic merit across the entire range of university disciplines with (partial) funding provided to Australian university graduates for the duration of a full-time Masters or Doctorate degree, or a second undergraduate degree, at Oxford. Only candidates who have not experienced international study before are eligible. An application allows the candidate to be considered for any of the available scholarships.

In addition to the James Fairfax fund, a number of Oxford College linked funds provide specific scholarships thanks to generous donations from their Australian alumni and with matching College support:

  • University College Old Members Oxford Australia Scholarship
  • Magdalen College Oxford Australia Scholarship
  • Ian Wilson-Guy White Magdalen College Oxford Australia Scholarship
  • Brasenose College Oxford Australia Scholarship
  • Lincoln College Oxford Australia Scholarship

James Fairfax Oxford Australia Scholarships
James Fairfax Scholarships allow access to all Oxford colleges. They provide partial support for study in Oxford after the first Australian undergraduate degree and may be for postgraduate degrees up to three years or a second undergraduate degree at Oxford. Degrees in Arts or Social Sciences are encouraged and one scholarship was linked to the Clarendon Scholarship in 2016.

Brasenose College Oxford Australia Scholarships
The generous support from members of Brasenose College now living in Australia, and the College, allowed the first Brasenose Oxford Australia Scholarship to be awarded in 2014. The scholarship was linked in 2016 to the Clarendon Scholarship.

Lincoln College Oxford Australia Scholarships
The generous support from members of Lincoln College now living in Australia, and the College, allowed the first Lincoln Oxford Australia Scholarship to be awarded in 2018. The scholarship was linked in 2016 to the Clarendon Scholarship.

Magdalen College Oxford Australia Scholarships
The generous support of the College and from members of Magdalen College now living in Australia has made it possible for the Magdalen College - Oxford Australia Scholarship Fund to assist an Australian student to study at Magdalen since 2006.

Ian Wilson Oxford Australia-Magdalen College Scholarships
The scholarship was established by the late Hon Ian Wilson MP for partial support of distinguished Australian graduates to study at Magdalen College. The scholarships are open to any discipline. The first scholar started in 2013. This scholarship became the Ian Wilson- Guy White Magdalen College Scholarship in 2014.

Guy White Oxford Australia-Magdalen College Scholarships
The scholarship was established by the late Dr Guy K. White FAA for partial support of distinguished Australian graduates to study at Magdalen College. The scholarships are open to any discipline. This scholarship became the Ian Wilson- Guy White Magdalen College scholarship in 2014.

University Old Members Oxford Australia Scholarship
Established in 1999, this scholarship supports Australian graduates wishing to further their studies with a post graduate degree at Oxford University.

I will always be grateful to the Oxford Australia Scholarship Fund for enabling me to study at Oxford for three great years. For so many of us, Oxford lifted our horizons and gave us the chance to study with the leading figures in our fields.

Patrick Porter

Professor of Strategic Studies, Exeter University, UK. James Fairfax Oxford Australia Scholar 2001-04

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