What is a Clarendon Scholarship?
Clarendon Scholarships are awarded to academically excellent students with the best proven and future potential. The scholarships cover tuition and college fees in full along with a generous grant for living expenses, and are open to students starting a new course at Oxford. They are highly competitive, with less than 3% of graduate offer holders being offered the scholarship as well.
In 2014/15, there will be around 350 Clarendon scholars at Oxford representing more than fifty different countries.
Whilst there are no quotas by course type, the majority of Clarendon scholars are working towards a DPhil (Oxford's name for a PhD). Scholarships are also awarded for 2-year graduate degrees (such as the MPhil or BPhil) or 1-year degrees (such as the MSc, MSt, MBA or MFE).
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 community contains equal number of students from each of the University's four academic divisions as well as part-time students from the Department for Continuing Education, and this diversity provides great opportunities for interdisciplinary interaction amongst the scholars.
As well as providing for fees and living expenses Clarendon aims to enhance the Oxford experience, and the Clarendon community is going from strength to strength. The Scholars' Association is extremely active in providing events which range from the academic and educational, via the careers-oriented, to the cultural and social. You'll be able to find out more about the Clarendon community via the Community pages and especially the Clarendon Chronicle, the scholars' newsletter.