About the Clarendon Fund
The Clarendon Fund is a major graduate scholarship scheme at the University of Oxford, offering over 100 new scholarships every year. In 2012-13, there are over 300 Clarendon scholars at Oxford from more than 50 different nations. Awards are made based on academic excellence and potential across all subject areas, enabling the most distinguished scholars to study at Oxford University, one of the world's top five universities and the oldest university in the English-speaking world.
The Clarendon Fund was launched in 2001, and since that time the scholarship has enabled over 1,000 international scholars, who represent the elite academic candidates of their generation, to undertake graduate studies at Oxford.
The University has one goal in mind when selecting Clarendon scholars: to elect the best students worldwide, as decided by experts in each student's field. This aspect makes the scholarship unique: while many other scholarships stress the need for demonstrated leadership in their selection criteria, Oxford believes that by electing and nurturing the best and brightest minds in any given field the advancement of their study at Oxford will, by its very nature, produce leaders in that field. Furthermore, the process of selection means that the Clarendon scholarly community contains equal number of students from each of the University's four academic divisions, and this diversity is an immense strength for inter-disciplinary interaction amongst the scholars.
The Clarendon Fund has grown significantly since its inception in 2001: to date, the fund has received over £37m in support from its sponsor, Oxford University Press (OUP). This generous funding allows scholars-elect to study at Oxford regardless of financial capability, helping to remove any barriers that may stand in the way of the best graduate applicants. In return, their attendance enables Oxford University to maintain its position as a leading academic institution, providing long-term value to the University which has been described as 'immeasurable' by former Vice-Chancellor Dr John Hood.
In 2011, the year of the Scholarships' 10th anniversary, it was decided that the remit of the Clarendon Fund would be expanded to include all nationalities. From 1 September 2011, all graduate applicants to degree-bearing courses are eligible for this prestigious scholarship funding which was, up until this point, only open to candidates with overseas fee status.